My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I recently finished John Hennessey’s second book in the Dark Winter series, “Dark Winter, Crescent Moon.” In it we find our three heroines Beth, Romilly, and Toril, trying to defend themselves form the unearthly forces they met in the first book. The reality is that all the three are trying to do is find some semblance of normal. They find this task elusive as they can no longer tell their friends from their enemies. It is also difficult because what they want often seems to be at odds to one another.
John handles the second book in the series masterfully. An interesting read from start to finish, he does a good job of knowing when it is time to keep the action moving or when it is time to let the story slow down a tad and develop before the next issue erupts to plague their lives.
Not necessarily focusing exclusively on one particular character, you get a sense that every one of the three has their own demons to battle. The three, in the end, begin to recognize that they are stronger together than they are apart. We meet Toril’s mother in the story which is a nice touch to the story line, I thought. That part of the story line was particularly intriguing.
I won’t spoil the ending, but it definitely leaves you with a sense that you want to just download the next book in the series, “Last Rites” and read it because you need to find out what happened!
All-in-all, great work by John Hennessy. It was a very enjoyable read.