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In the Light of the Moon (Dark War Chronicles #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  114 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Stripped of all control, shifter Kassity has no choice but to be a killer for a vampire named Lucius. Obeying the vampire from the shadows was simply her way of life, until Jax comes to town and brings trouble with him. When her panther half recognizes Jax as her fated mate, Kassity must deal with betrayal, secrets and Lucius in order to be with him.

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Published June 11th 2013 (first published June 8th 2013)
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Laurie Garrison
Fast pace story with action, love and an excellent start to a new paranormal romance world. I loved the characters and the way the author wrote the story.

You get to know Lucius and how he runs his clan. I know some will regard him as the true villain and at one point I also seen him as that, but as you read this book and the next you might change your tune. Kassity is part of his clan, she serves as his killer. I really liked Kassity character and I hope one day she will see her immortal mark, s
May 27, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I read another book by A. L. Kessler before, Midnight Symphony, and really enjoyed it. So I was excited to try something else written by her. In The Light Of the Moon is a new and exciting shifter series that I have completely fallen in love with!!

I was captured from the opening chapter where Kassity is told to run, as Lucius has located her. And in the second half of that chapter, Jaxon is hired by her family to recover Kass and bring her home. From that chapter I thought I had pegged
This was a new and quite interesting world full of shifters of all types, vampires, and other things that I'm not even sure what they are yet. Kassity is one of the few remaining panthers in North America - she's special, and she's caught up in a war working for Lucius. At first I thought of Lucius as the bad guy, but once we get to know a few of the other characters better I realized he might actually be the good guy - just in a weird twisted way (which I love). His relationship with Kassity, a ...more
Beth Henry
Sep 09, 2013 Beth Henry rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and intense. Descriptive and captivating. The characters’ dynamics grow and twist as you read. Jaxon and Kass are a great pair that you just can’t help yourself from loving and praying desperately that fate, and Kessler, are on their side. Oddly, my favorite character in this book is Lucius, the villain from the prequel short story, Touch of Night (I strongly suggest reading that first!). He’s got twists and turns, viciousness and a well hidden compassion, and a sense of protection fo ...more
Mia Bishop
Jun 18, 2013 Mia Bishop rated it it was amazing
This was another fun read, I enjoyed the prequel and Book One didn't disappoint. The world A.L. Kessler has built is unique enough to stand out and familiar enough to be comforting to the reader (bars ran by the paranormal, conflicted lovers, etc). I enjoyed the new twists common aspects of this genre.


I loved the idea that different factions have their own territories, these creatures are bad and don't seem to play well with others. I like that. And Lucius is a bad guy with somethi
Ashley Nemer
Jun 04, 2013 Ashley Nemer rated it really liked it
Shelves: friends-books
This was a good book. I enjoyed the story lines, it was easy to follow and I do want to know what happens next in the series. I love shifter books and typically I like wolves, but I really enjoyed Amy's panther's in her story. I am however interested in the wolves from the bar that help Kass out. I'd like to hear more of them. I wasn't to fond of the vampire in this book. While I like a controlling male in a novel, there was something about him that rubbed me wrong. I suppose it could be the fac ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book and I found the characters to be interesting and emotion provoking. They were easy to relate to and the story pulled you in from the start. I for sure can not wait until we find out more about Lucius, I find him quite a bit mysterious in the way he keeps his people and how he treats Kass and his "human". Another really great read from A.L. Kessler!
Leigh Johnson
Jan 09, 2014 Leigh Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from A. L
Kessler. This introduction to the fae world makes you want to know what else is to come for the characters involved!
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
THEME: Shifters, Werewolves, Vampires

I’ve read a lot of shifter stories but none that really focused on a Panther shifter. This is a new series with a lot of potential, solid characters, with a really interesting and mysterious plot.

In the light of the Moon follows Kassity a shifter who is controlled by very powerful vampire. After severing ties with her horrible family, she decided to go with a lesser evil by
Elle Klass
Jul 10, 2014 Elle Klass rated it it was amazing
In the Light of the Moon (book 1 in the Dark War Chronicles) by A.L. Kessler has a unique twist on the supernatural. I found nothing “typical” about it, which drew me in as a reader. The protagonist Kass isn’t a normal human, she shifts form into a panther and a strong one at that. Lucius a formidable vampire rescued from her own family as they wanted her dead. Lucius uses her for his own means controlling her ability to shift and only allows it when he wants her to kill another supernatural. Sh ...more
C.J. McKee
May 12, 2014 C.J. McKee rated it it was amazing
Although there are parts of A.L.'s book series, Dark War Chronicles that are familiar from other vampire or similar stories, A.L. has taken it all to the next level. In this first of the series, Kassity and Jaxon are the main, shape-shifter protagonists. Although the antagonist, Lucius controls Kassity and others, as the story goes you understand him, even if you don't agree with his actions.

One of the great things about the Dark War Chronicles is each book focuses on two protagonists, even thou
Apr 13, 2014 Angus rated it really liked it
Kassity is a different kind of Lycanthrope. She and her clan shape shift from human to panther. There is not one single family on Earth that doesn’t have some level of dysfunction and hers is no exception. That situation has led her into the protection of a vampire, Lucius, who has control of her ability to change and uses that for his own ends.

Deeper into the mystery it becomes apparent that the Circle is attempting to get control of Kassity for their own ends in the escalating war among the su
Leanne Jacobson
Jun 22, 2014 Leanne Jacobson rated it really liked it
Kassity has a beast insider her and controlling the blood thirsty beast is painful. Her master Lucius controls the blood thirsty beast to do his dirty work. Her cat seems ok with the blood that’s on her hands but the human side of Kassity is revolted at such carnage. Will she ever be at peace with the cat and truly become one as she should. She begins to think it might be possible when she meets Jaxon. His Cat seems to calm the she beast inside her.

Jaxon is one of the best trackers around, and g
Johnnie-Marie Howard
Oct 17, 2013 Johnnie-Marie Howard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
I really really enjoyed this story I have read from this Author before and really liked her story then and still do. I liked how it made me feel as if I was a bird in the sky watching from above. The description of the characters and just everything was great I really liked how it was a story about a Panther for once normally they are about everything else under the sun in the paranormal world and for once something else got the spot light yeppie.. I think I might have a new paranormal favorite. ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Karyn rated it liked it
This is the first book in the series. Since this is the first book, the author starts to set up the story for the series and focuses on Kassidy and Jaxon, two shifters. We start to learn about this battle and the various characters in the story. We also start to find out about the different supernatural beings and how they relate to one another. Because this is book one and everything is being set up in this story, there is a lot going on as the author tries to familiarize the reader with the ch ...more
Lilac Reviews
Oct 18, 2014 Lilac Reviews rated it liked it
Shelves: romances
In the Light of the Moon’s main characters are Kassity and Jaxon, both panther lycans, and Lucius, a vampire. Lucius runs a territory and there is a war going on. This was a weakness to the first novel. We didn’t get really vested in who was fighting against who and more importantly, why we should care. I did care about Kassity and Jaxon. Lucious is still a little bit of a wild card. He seems to be the bad guy, but he does have a method for what he does. His actions aren’t just to be cruel. Ther ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Sep 10, 2014 Fee (Ebook Addicts) rated it really liked it
I have read my fair share of shifter series and this one didn't disappoint. It's a fast paced 

In the light of the moon book 1

We meet Kassity who is on the run from her family, Lucius who is keeping her as his killer, and Jaxson who is a rogue "bounty hunter"

Both Kass and Jax are panthers - who discover they are mates. This doesn't bode well with Lucius as he uses Kass by controlling her beast and getting her to kill for him. It is a better life than with her family, who basically wants her de
Ashley Haines
Aug 17, 2014 Ashley Haines rated it really liked it
This story is a great start to a nice series. however I feel the story ended abruptly I think more could have been said on Jax and Kass I liked the happy ending with the couple but it just ended without any closing than again this is a series and I do not know what's going to happen next I look forward to starting the next book in the series and feel as if I will not be disappointed. A.L Kessler has taken a genre and ran with it giving it her own flare. I loved how the story was about different ...more
Ashley Haines
Dec 27, 2014 Ashley Haines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is a great start to a nice series. however I feel the story ended abruptly I think more could have been said on Jax and Kass I liked the happy ending with the couple but it just ended without any closing than again this is a series and I do not know what's going to happen next I look forward to starting the next book in the series and feel as if I will not be disappointed. A.L Kessler has taken a genre and ran with it giving it her own flare. I loved how the story was about different ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
I am giving this review for author A.L.Kessler. This is book 1 of the Dark War Chronicles series by the author.

Kassity is on the run from her "family" and is caught by Licius. Now she must come to term what he is forcing her to do. Jax has been hired by Quinn to find his daughter but what Jax doesn't know can get Kassity killed.

This book was a very good read with the ups and down for the 2 main characters. I felt sorry for Kassity because of her situation and her relationship with Jax. The stor
Jun 14, 2013 Trakena rated it liked it
In the Light of the Moon was a fun and easy read, filled with passion and interesting characters.

I really enjoyed Kass and the dilemma she found herself in. She's a were-panther who's been stripped of her control and turned into a hired killer by the areas vampire leader. Kass is headstrong and knows her mind, and doesn't like being controlled by anyone, much less Lucius. But she feels an obligation to him that causes her to challenge her needs for freedom. This split mind causes some great ten
Aug 28, 2013 Tori rated it it was amazing
I've read quite a few books that shifters were a part of and i havent really read one that completely focused on panther shifters. I was trying to pick something off my shelve to read the other night and this book stood out, it look like something i could get through pretty fast if it wasn't that great. Normally i like the longer stories that let you get the know the characters in more detail but this book just had me from the start i couldn't put it down. Loved the characters and the story line ...more
K.A. Jones
Jun 19, 2013 K.A. Jones rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read.

Love the characters and the story line.

Kassity is a strong Panther shifter who has had a hard life. She finds herself needing the protection of others. Lucian is a Vampire and takes her in and offers her work and the protection she needs. He is a mean character and is using her - yet you get the impression that he does care for her.

I'm looking forward to finding out about the impending war and the story behind the stone.
P.S. Winn
Aug 07, 2014 P.S. Winn rated it it was amazing
This novel involves all kinds of supernatural creatures. Vampires, shape-shifters that turn into panthers, and more. Kassity is special not only can she shape-shift into panther form but chances are she is half immortal too. The problem is her dad and her half siblings aren't exactly striving for the same things she is. This is a story that pulls you into the supernatural world and doesn't let you go. Each new book takes you further in and growing hungry for the amazing conclusion to the saga.
SB Morales
Jun 12, 2014 SB Morales rated it really liked it

This book grabbed my attention right from the first page! The main character Kassity was my favorite. She's been betrayed by everyone, but never stops fighting. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to find out more about this world that Kessler created. This was a great start to a series and I can't wait to see what happens next. If you love vampires, shifters, and everything paranormal like I do, read this book!
Eating Between
Jul 07, 2014 Eating Between rated it it was amazing
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Jun 14, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Another fun read from up and coming author A.L. Kessler, In the Light of the Moon tells the story of Jax and Kass, two shifters who find each other on accident but are kept apart by forces more powerful than themselves. A fun summer read that is sure to entertain :)
Teresa Clark
Feb 05, 2014 Teresa Clark rated it it was amazing
A gripping story with great character development and depth of interest, a world you become immersed in and hooked on! I had to read more of her things after reading this!! I'm addicted to A.L. Kessler now!
Jun 20, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
This book was a very fun one to read. The story line with vampires and shifters was engaging. It drew you in, and at the end, left me wanting to read more. The characters were both love able and hate inducing. I can't wait for the next book in this wonderful new series.
Jamie Cunningham
Jun 24, 2015 Jamie Cunningham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story

The only thing keeping from a five star rating is lacking background information such as what the war is about, who between, how started. Also not much information on Kass' family.
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A.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance and steampunk author residing in Colorado Springs. Since she was a teenager she's loved weaving stories and spinning tales. When she's not at the beck-and-call of the Lord and Lady of the House, two black cats by the names of Jynx and Sophie, playing with her daughter, or killing creepers and mining all the things with her husband, she's either reading, partici ...more
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