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...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Of course, to better understand this novel -like all Ian McDonald’s works- a s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more