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Wolf Moon

(Luna #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,837 ratings  ·  250 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

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Tor Books
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Stewart That's disappointing as I'm about to buy it. I wonder if it will be the same on kindle? Does anyone know the method of transfer for books into kindle…moreThat's disappointing as I'm about to buy it. I wonder if it will be the same on kindle? Does anyone know the method of transfer for books into kindle version? Is it re-checked for errors? How much of this is down to mis-production or editorial error versus what the author has sent to the publisher? (I am so ignorant it shames me sometimes)(less)
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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)
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: llegits-2017
Creo que lo he disfrutado más que el primero. La fórmula es muy parecida, pero creo que la historia es más entretenida.
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3,5 / 5

Un Dragón ha sido destruido. Ahora solo cuatro corporaciones familiares amansan sus riquezas en la Luna, pero han de repartirse sus riquezas. Esto no es nada fácil, y algunas rivalidades y guerras internas surgirán en la Luna. Los supervivientes de Corta Hélio se han dispersado. Algunos están bajo la protección de los poderosos Asamoah, otros son pupilos en Mackenzie Metals y el ultimo heredero nombrado de Corta Hélio, está en paradero desconocido. Así conoceremos como sobreviven los Cort
Apr 22, 2017 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
U nastavku Lune uživala sam, začudo, više nego u samoj Luni. Najpre jer sam ušla sa malo nižim očekivanjima a potom jer se Mekdonald ipak odmakao od koncepta "Kum na Mesecu". Ima i dalje sve što volim kod njega, žive likove, lepo diferencirane iako ih ima nepregledno mnoštvo, sjajno piše, sa tehničke strane sve *deluje* uverljivo i promišljeno, ima i dva-tri gotovo samostalna odlomka koja dođu kao klasične purpurne zakrpe - npr. o modalnom i fri džezu i o poslastičarstvu - i završava sa brutalni ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Alexander Páez
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction

La capacidad para la narración de McDonald es tremenda. Puede meterte dentro de un caos tremendo, con decenas de puntos de vista, pero en ningún momento te pierdes. Es más, cada personaje tiene su propia voz muy distinguida. Además se permite momentos para deleitarse, por ejemplo, en hacer un símil larguísimo (de varias páginas) con una tarta. También os digo que este tipo de novela no es para el gusto de todos. El agobio y la claustrofóbia de la Luna es palpable en cada página y en el esti
Antonio Diaz
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy en la línea del primero. Más contenido y algo más enfocado (en parte porque tiene menos personajes). Sin embargo, McDonald sigue dibujando un fresco de la vida en la Luna mientras los cambios se suceden entre bambalinas (aunque a veces se suceden en primer plano).

Pero lo importante es, ¿dónde está el siguiente?
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
War comes to the Moon.

Leona Lecturopata
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leídos-2017
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque la idea ha perdido frescura, creo que el ritmo está mejor llevado. McDonald se centra casi siempre en personajes que hacen avanzar la trama, aunque eso signifique apartar a otros que tenían más protagonismo en el primer libro y eso me parece una decisión acertada. Este vicia mucho más y te deja con más ganas de leer el siguiente. ¡A ver cuando sale!
“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 New Moon left off - Lucas shooting into lunar orbit, half-dead from oxygen deprivation, and being taken in by the Vorontsovs - his family and their empire shattered and scattered to the winds.

What follows is a a slow-burn of
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Si la anterior novela me duró un suspiro (más o menos, que ya no soy de leerme libros de 400 páginas en dos días), esta se me ha eternizado más de lo deseable para lo que me parece: un culebrón pasapáginas. En cierta forma paga las consecuencias de haber perdido personajes que daban bastante juego, aquí reemplazados por otros con el relieve de una vitrocerámica. Algo incuestionable en el caso de los Mackenzie, muy de relleno y, en su mayoría, indistinguibles. O la aparición de un nuevo personaje ...more
Maria Teresa
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La reseña completa aquí

“No hace falta buscar; no hay nada que rescatar. O se vive o se muere a manos de la Luna”.

El año pasado Luna. Luna Nueva de Ian McDonald fue una de mis mejores lecturas, me impresionó mucho la capacidad del autor de Manchester, de presentarnos a una sociedad creíble que se había establecido en la hostil Luna y la había transformado en su hogar, describiéndonos cómo las cinco familias apodadas “dragones” habían creado un imperio dond
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-collection, sci-fi
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
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 diff
Brianne Reeves
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
God, I love this series
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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
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
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
¡Quiero el siguiente YA!
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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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