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Wolf Moon

(Luna #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,814 ratings  ·  339 reviews

A Dragon is dead.

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed .

The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent dea

Hardcover, 382 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Tor Books
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Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC!

This is definitely the kind of series where you have to want to pay very close attention to the sharp, precise lines of text, enjoy truly convoluted political machinations, and not mind a lot of weird sex.

What a weird thing to say about a novel, right? But it's true! After so many brilliant and beautiful descriptions of tall towers on the moon, of falling from great heights, both literally and figuratively, we see the grandeur and the decadence and the hubris wri
Mogsy (MMOGC)
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Luna: New Moon was a wonder for me, a sensation. And following directly on its heels is this sequel, Wolf Moon, which picks right up from the shocking events at the end of the first book. As such, the usual caveat about potential spoilers for book one applies to this review, in case you haven’t had the chance to start this series yet and would like to approach it with completely fresh eyes (and I would highly recommend doi
Paul O'Neill
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seize your enemy’s fallen weapon and turn it against them.

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I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a fantastic read. The first book, Luna New Moon, was great and this is even better.

As I mentioned in my review for New Moon, this series has been dubbed ‘Game of Domes’ and it feels every bit as epic as George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece.

We follow the fallout from the epic events that c
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
A decent second book that follows up on the hanging threads of the first book, New Moon, but without the same punch.

New Moon was dense and original, filled with political machinations and bloody action. Unfortunately, Wolf Moon pales a bit by comparison. I should say up front that McDonald's prose makes for great reading, with short but descriptive sentences that are both sensory laden and impressionistic. At the same time, however, I thought the substantive story was somewhat lacking. While mos
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I flew through this one. I think I actually enjoyed it more than New Moon. The first book dazzles you with all kinds of new tech, the fabulous underground cities, glittering parties and beautiful people. This book smashes that beautiful city to bits and becomes very dark and gritty.

There’s some character growth and some character degeneration here. Ariel Corta is a raging alcoholic whirlwind of a lawyer. Lucas Corta has done lost his mind. Lucasihno, Luna, and Robson are just trying to survive.
I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. I really do love the near-future universe that Ian McDonald has set up with Lady Luna. So vivid and realistic, yet one thing he really specializes in is flawed characters. I've found that I even care about the ones I don't much like on a personal level.

This does have a middle-book feel, which does make it not quite as good as the first one, but it is still very good on its own too. And what a setup for
Reading about testicles, killer bots, baking cakes in microgravity, corporate wars, people falling from 3 kilometer height (for sports) has never been more fun.

I remembered being really impressed with New Moon so obviously I was thrilled when I found out there would be a sequel. When the Coode Street Podcast raved about this, my patience got thinner. I am a sucker for political intrigue, power grabs, coups, intricate conflicts, especially when the characters are unique, grey, and memorable. Spi
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading an Ian McDonald's book it is not an easy endeavour for the science fiction fans, frequently used to more lighter novels. It requires careful attention to not lose the richness and nuances of his prose, and in this case the added difficulty to remember all the dramatis personae. But the effort has its reward. In an unique way the author shows a complex and also a highly believable history about our future Moon.

Of course, to better understand this novel -like all Ian McDonald’s works- a s
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Disclaimer: I got a free advance reading copy from Gollancz via Netgalley for giving an honest review; which this definitely is.

Luna: Wolf Moon is the sequel to Luna: New Moon and follows the Corta family corporation on the Moon (Luna) and this time back on Earth.

Since the events of the first book the Corta family are in drastically different circumstances. They’ve become more scattered and less of a cohesive unit and are now on the back foot against the other 4 dragons, or families. Their oldes
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
3.5 stars. Not as good as the first book. I don't really like most of the main characters in this book (since most of the people I did like are dead now). There were way too many side characters. I had a hard time telling them all apart. Parts of the story were really slow moving. Too many really long descriptions of Robson climbing around on top of the city or Lucasinho talking about cake. So...overall good, but not great. I will read the last book in the series. ...more
Excellent second volume of the Luna series - lots of action, great ending (at a good tbc point), reversals of fortunes, no mercy for major characters, twists, turns and an ending that is in many ways the exact opposite of the one in volume 1

highly recommended and eagerly awaiting where it goes next - still closer to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress than to GOT btw and modern sf the way it should done more often (not particularly daring in concepts but a realistic view of possibilities and power - th
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, war
Don't be deceived by the 4* I've given this book - it still is more a 5* read. Wolf Moon has all the pros of New Moon, and he only reason I'm rating it a 4*, not a 5*, is because that initial "WOW" reaction is gone for me. I know about the moon, I know about all the cultural and marital and business customs, I know that Lady Luna is a harsh mistress and therefore this book didn't amaze me anymore as New Moon did. Please note, that this is probably the only flaw I can think of, while all the meri ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I repeat the review I did in the first reading, because I'm a bit clumsy and I've deleted it

(you can also see my review of the third book "Luna: Moon Rising" in Goodreads).

Reading an Ian McDonald's book is not an easy endeavour for the science fiction fans, frequently used to more lighter novels. It requires carefull attention to not lose the richness and nuances of his prose, and in this case the added difficulty to remember all the dramatis personae. But the effort has its reward: in an uniqu
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
War comes to the Moon.

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

Second in sprawling scifi series set on the moon. The scope for this series is large and sprawling, the plot is ambitious and intricate, but the characters are wholly unengaging and their welcome has worn exceedingly thin in the two published books.

The set up and tech is interesting and contains potential. Luna: Wolf Moon is not entirely bad, but it's definitely not enough to keep me reading this series, tho.
Rosemary Standeven
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-in-hard-copy
I read this book in the week of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Back in the 1970s, we were so convinced that before the end of the century, there would not just be a man on the moon, but a whole vibrant community. We are still waiting.
Fortunately, there are superb SciFi authors like Ian McDonald who can bring a fully realised and developed moon colony to life – even if only in our minds.
Ian McDonald is probably the most accomplished world builder in the SciFi genre. So much res
Re-read May 2019: I'm glad I re-read this before tackling Moon Rising, I had completely forgotten most of what happened in Wolf Moon. Still an excellent middle chapter - I hope the finale lives up to my expectations.

“That's the lesson of Our Lady of the Thousand Deaths... There is no dignity at the end.”

I have been looking forward to this book for a long time, and it fell slightly short of the probably overly high expectations I had placed on it.

Luna: Wolf Moon picks up right where N
64th book for 2017.

I found this 2nd book in McDonald's trilogy disappointing.

I had trouble at times keeping particular minor characters separate in my mind, largely because his characters are so one-dimensional. While I generally enjoyed the first book, I am finding hard to buy into his Lunar culture. It just doesn't seem realistic to me. His five families are so stereotypical as to be ridiculous (the uncouth Australian miners; the inscrutable Chinese; romantic/dangerous Brazilians; the somewha
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, my-collection
Well, this certainly didn't disappoint yet again. World building and character building at the level I expect of the author, one of my all time favourites.
The setting is superb - the Moon is certainly a harsh mistress in Mr McDonald's eyes and I believed this totally as I read compulsively for hour after hour. The premise of a libertarian society taken to an ultimate conclusion is fascinating - I have seen comparisons to the dynastic clashes of Game of Thrones in reviews, and I loved a side refe
The Captain
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy me mateys!  Grab yer grog!  Here be book 2 of the seventh installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase.  If ye missed book one click here. While I try to post no spoilers, ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

While I thought the first book was fantastic (minus the unnecessarily explicit sex scenes), I found book two to be enjoyable but very problematic in parts.  The main issue for me is that the scope has changed.  The first book was a family story first with all of th
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: speculative, reviewed

The biggest fault of this book is a secular version of handwavium. Lucas Corta’s machinations and political scheming remain esoteric. He manages to do very big things, but it feels like magic, as we are never explained how. McDonald focuses on the practical results of the cabal wizardry, but as a reader even those results are hard to follow. If the narrative viewpoint had been singular, this would have been justifiable – I don’t expect to have auctorial access to everything – but as Lucas i
Nick Lechler
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Man, these books … they are intense! Clever, bursting with impossible ideas, uniquely written … They are full of sex and gore, but not as an end in itself … The story changes effortlessly between breathtaking suspense and spot-on character building moments …
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So yeah, in case you can't tell: These are among the best books I've read in a long while and I can't wait for the next part! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review originally published on The Curious SFF Reader

The long awaited sequel to New Moon, Wolf Moon starts off a couple of months after the fall of Corta Helio. The few remaining Cortas are scattered around the Moon under the protection of several families and, of course, they are planning revenge.

I read New Moon when it just came out back in 2015 and even though I remembered the world and the cliffhanger a the end, the cast of characters is so immense and the relationship between the dif
Brianne Reeves
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
God, I love this series
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Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was waiting patiently for this book. Its oddly a very different story from the first book: New Moon.

Middle books are hard. They have to bridge the reader's discovery of the first book, while maintaining the tempo for the Finale. For many trilogies, the middle book is a slump. I found this book to be problematic.

My first problem was that despite my rapt attention to the first book, I only had a hazy recollection of the players in the book's Cast of Thousands. Their Byzantine plots are almost a
The sequel to New Moon has less covert politics and more open warfare as the great "Dragon" families of Luna contest each other's wealth & power and the Earth looks on with growing concern. With the setting established. McDonald picks up the pace and violence. His vision of a moon with captalist rivalries in open battle is chilling.

I found myself slightly disappointed at the end because for some reason I thought this was to be a 2-book series, so I was expecting an ending with at least some fina
Sure it was cool. But too complicated. Too many characters with not enough substance to hold in my head and distinguish them. And too much setup. When the payoff finally started it almost seemed worth it, but not quite. In the end I really didn't care much about anyone or any place. For a little while it seemed like everyone would join together against a common enemy. But really there are no good guys here. I was hoping for more. ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Wolf moon didn't thrill me. It was just an average book. I'm a bit disappointed because after the New moon I had such high expectations.

I liked that we had more Robson and Lucasinho time but I feel like actually through the whole book, nothing very exciting with them happend. The plot had its ups, but mostly it was dull. The most interesting thing that happend was Mckenzies downfall. I though that from here everything will be more exciting. Unfortunately we just got a lot of boring descriptions
Dennis Hearon
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scif-fi
Man, do I love this series. The first book was initially a little obtuse and hard to get into, but once it got rolling, it was very good. Wolf Moon far surpasses its predecessor. Wonderful character development, great pacing and a convoluted but engaging story. Certain passages were so fraught with excitement and danger, I hated to put the book down for such mundane tasks as dinner or a favorite TV show. I wish reviewers would stop comparing anything with a little political intrigue or dynastic ...more
Horia Ursu
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Usually, the second book in a trilogy always manages to disappoint the readers who were in love with its predecessor. The first book sets up an exciting course for the action and intrigue, introduces fascinating characters and leaves the reader wanting for more. The second book is then only the road to the satisfying revelations and conclusions in the third one. Not this time. Where New Moon was a carefully constructed political ballet that culminated with a whirlwind of violence, Wolf Moon surp ...more
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Ian Neil McDonald was born in 1960 in Manchester, England, to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He used to live in a house built in the back garden of C. S. Lewis’s childhood home but has since moved to central Belfast, where he now lives, exploring interests like cats, contemplative religion, bonsai, bicycles, and comic-book collecting. H ...more

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