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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The witch knows he will hunt her.

If history repeats itself, as it always does, Wynn will have no choice but to cross paths with her feared counterpart, the warlock. If given the chance, he would kill Wynn, absorbing her aura and obtaining ultimate power. In a desperate attempt to outrun destiny, Wynn moves from place to place, hoping to stray from the map laid out by the
Paperback, Paperback, 286 pages
Published October 7th 2012
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Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started off reading this book in dribs and drabs, when I was travelling or waiting for people to arrive places and whatnot. Its start was intriguing (and well written) enough to keep me reading, but not to hook me. The magic system isn't too complex in that there are really one two people who can use it, and it seems to work mainly off will rather than any real degree of learning. How could it, with 100 years between each appearance of witch and warlock? It's not like anyone's still going to b ...more
Brenda A
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thank-you
I started reading Lunula with the notion that it would be vastly different than what it turned out to be. Given the description, I expected it to be more of a face off between the witch and the warlock, one where she is training for magical combat of some kind. The thing is, the summary given for this really doesn't aptly explain it at all. What it explains is maybe the first 50 pages of the story, and then everything after that is grossly unrepresented. This worked out simply because the actual ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting off slowly, the first quarter of the book is really giving some background and establishing worlds and lore: to the author’s credit these are done skilfully and provide a few interesting twists and unique elements. Once the story picked up steam and pacing and plotting became more immediate, the story became quite a fun read, with several pieces to appreciate and an ending that leaves room for more to come.

While perfectly capable of being placed into the YA genre, the character of Wynn
Marit Thostenson
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, adventures lovers
Recommended to Marit by: Goodreads Firstreads
Thank you to Goodreads First Reads for a free copy!
I thought this was going to be a really cheesy book that I wouldn't like. BOY WAS I WRONG! I stayed up until all hours of the night for two nights in a row trying to finish this book. And whenever I thought somebody was someone important, it switched up on me. I myself fell in love with Gethin and felt as if Wynn was my sister. I still haven't gotten over my lack of sleep, but it was well worth it! If I am ever in need of something to read I wil
Rachael Fick
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a wonderful story! Read along as Ms. Auch delivers an intriguing world where not much is as it seems. Meet the female lead character Wynn, the first white witch born in a century. She has hidden her talents her entire life, for fear that she will be found and killed by her counterpart, the Dark Warlock.

As she goes about her life as a "spy", she catches the attention of her queen and gets sent as a messenger to deliver a box that will hopefully stop an impending war with the elves to th
Muggle Padme
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I'm not usually one to give perfect scores to people for anything, but I don't remember the last time a book sucked me in like Lunula.

The book was well written with witty remarks and likable characters. Her descriptions on the minute details of everything from scenery to clothing made the story play out without pausing to think of the character's surroundings. The book is written in first person, which I think really added to my anxiety towards the characters in difficult situations t
Kirstin Pulioff
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Wow!!!! This is a 5 star fantastic book.
I was won over many times in this book... starting in chapter one. When Wynn, a witch uses her magic in a way similar to the jedi mind tricks, I knew I was in for an enjoyable ride. By the third chapter I had lost all sense of myself and was fully engaged in the story with the characters.

From engaging characters, a well thought out interwoven plot, and an even balance between darkness and romance, this book delivers in the way of the traditional epic fant
Ann Snizek
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lunula has proved to be a wonderfully captivating story. I love how it holds to the traditional fantasy genre while Alyssa Auch gives her own spin on witches and warlocks and her own voice to the characters. Speaking of the characters, Wynn is a wonderful character to follow. With her strengths and independence as well as her realistic fears and believable reactions. Gethin is a wonderfully strong warlock and I absolutely LOVE how Auch wrote him.

The emotions, world building, characters... they a
Ysabel Grace
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I just found a new favorite book. After finishing, it is such a surprise for me that this book did not garner the attention it deserved at all. I gained interested in the synopsis years ago and failed to read this until now. As a personal rule, I do not buy ebooks. However, after days of debating, searching, and returning back to staring at my screen that posted the synopsis of a story that seemed so much up my alley, I caved in and downloaded kindle and bought the ebook. I have made few ...more
Y. Correa
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wynn, a young witch (the Witch of the Light) in hiding—constantly running, trying to hide who she really is and what she can really do. Why? Because, if she does not, then the dreaded Warlock of the Dark will find her and kill her in order to obtain her power, thus making him the most powerful being in existence.
Wynn has made it her life's mission to flee her possible captor, because legend says that she cannot and will not survive the encounter. So, she opts to dedicate her time to becoming a s
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
'Lunula' is a great fantasy novel but it was quite a slow read for me. I guess, for me, it is the same with all fantasy novels as the author has to spend a lot of time building the world and introducing it to us so the first half was definitely quite slow, still very enjoyable. I flew through the last half of the novel though as it was very eventful and the action and plot was fast-paced.

This story is about the character of Wynn who is a 'light-witch’; she is the current witch of the century. To
Queen Spades
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy and the non-typical good vs. evil battle
Shelves: royally-favored
For the full review, check out The Review Board:

Disclaimer: Slight spoilers

With first glance, one would think this is the battle of good vs. evil. Why would this work stand out any more than others who have continuously visited this theme? For some, the struggle is tired and redundant, but I think the battle between good and evil is reflective of life: a mirror between good and bad times.

However, Lunula goes deeper than this battle.

Wynn the witch spends the first part of this work trying to prev
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Lunula started out a bit slow. Main character Wynn is stuck in a dungeon somewhere, but manages to escape using her abilities. Once she’s free again, we find out more about Wynn, and turns out she’s a witch. Not just a witch, because in her world, there’s only one witch and one warlock every one hundred years, and they’re sworn enemies. Wynn has spent her entire life trying to escape her destiny, but when she’s sent o
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

Woah, what just happened, you know what I don't care whatever it was it was awesome. I'm not really sure how there is going to be a book 2 but I do look forward to reading it and finding out.

The main characters Wynn and Gethin are supposed to be enemies are drawn together after Wynn is sent on a mission to deliver a message to the Elvin king. The mission sends her in the direction of Gethin who makes her his prisoner, the couple
Millie Burns
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every 100 years a witch is born. Every 100 years a warlock is born. One has the power of the light, the other the dark. And every 100 years the witch is killed, her powers stolen. Every 100 years! History always repeats. Damn, that sucks!

Did I enjoy Lunula? You bet your sweet bippy I did! I loved that Wynn, the main character is not perfect. She makes mistakes. Which makes it easy to relate to her. I like her stubborn disposition, and yet, she is willing to question that which she has been taugh
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any one who loves a good love story with a magical side
Thanks Alyssa and goodreads new adult book club for allowing me to read this book.

It was worth the read as well as the 5 stars that I give it and if I could I would give it even more that's how much I loved it. The authors writing style along with the World building & Character development kept me hooked throughout the book.

Wynn the main character, a witch was such a lovable character who was vulnerable and strong in equal measure. The developing love story between Wynn and Gethan, the warlo
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I really didn’t know what to expect with this book, but I was very happily surprised. The story grabbed my attention right from the start.
At times the writing style seemed quite old fashioned, but I embraced it and by the end I wouldn’t have read it any other way. The narrative suited the period that the story was set in and suited both the characters and the plot.
I enjoyed the small instances where the characters could jest with each other, although I would have liked to see a lot
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in return for an honest review. The book was great. I’m not sure what I was expecting to be honest. I think maybe I was expecting more of a battle between good and evil and I got so much more. The characters were developed perfectly so that you got a glimpse of what it was like to be .. not human and yet too human, if that makes sense. Emotions awry and tragedy amuck it was adventurous, exciting, devastating, heart wrenching and even romantic at times. This book made you fee ...more
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Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I will not bore you with giving a recap of what happens nor will I say anything to give away spoilers. Auch has an exceptional writing style, she creates characters and a world that you feel is real. Lunula sucks in, and you are left wanting more. This is definitely a book you want to pick up! Well done!!
Carolyn Keel
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads-wins
Received this through First Reads Giveaways.

Couldn't really get into it. It started in a very, very slow place, and it didn't get much better. It wasn't the worst book that I've ever read, but it was nowhere near the best. It took me a very, very long time to get through it. A VERY long time. Because I kept giving up.
InD'tale Magazine

If you love fantasy, this is one for the books!

Read full review in the 2013 Dec/Jan Holiday issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
It drove me nuts that they kept saying "pummel" when they meant "pommel".

Note: The read date is inaccurate because I haven't been keeping up properly with my Goodreads reviews, but I have read it this year and thus want it to count for my year goal.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
*3 1/2 Stars*

Luluna was slow in the beginning, but after the first couple chapters I couldn't put it down.
Loved Gethin & Wynn.
Can't wait to read Inito :)
Eunice Fuller
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was love and passion,fear and alone. But still good came from it. By the fates 5 stars all the way:)
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Alyssa Auch was born and raised in Pennsylvania with loving parents and three hilarious younger siblings. Her imagination was sparked by the lush, green forests and bright colors of her home that often spoke of other worlds only found in the magic of writing. She brought that inspiration into the fantasy novels she so loves to create.

Currently, Alyssa is a senior at Brigham Young University-Idaho

Other books in the series

Irador (2 books)
  • Inito (Irador Series, #2)