Reviewed by: Jo
Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
Note: This review assumes you’ve read the first Darkest London book, Firelight. If you haven’t, please check out Jo’s review of book one.
It’s no secret that I loved Firelight. In fact it’s one of my favorite reads of 2012 so far. So I was excited to see where this series would go. I’m thrilled to say that Moonglow was just as good.
All of the things I loved from the previous book were there: the spooky setting of Victorian London, the witty and period-appropriate writing style, a plot filled with action and mystery.
Picking up a year or so after Firelight, Moonglow follows Daisy, one of Miranda’s older sisters. Now widowed from her considerably older and vile husband, Daisy is determined to live life to the fullest. But when a trip to a party turns into a bloodbath, she finds herself in the center of the latest murder spree in London.
Daisy is a strong and independent character, who wears her sharp wit and risqué mannerisms like armor, but after all she has been through she has some understandable self esteem issues. She makes some life-altering discoveries, and I loved watching as her confidence and self-confidence grew.
Unlike Archer in Firelight, Ian’s paranormal nature is shown almost immediately. After rescuing Daisy and looking closer into the rogue wolf killings, Ian is forced to reconsider his reasons for breaking away from the pack and shunning his Lycan side. He came across as a pretty unlikeable character after his interference with Miranda and Archer, but as things are shown from his perspective and his backstory is revealed, it’s hard not to fall for his teasing charm (or his skills in a carriage *fans self*).
Daisy and Ian are both experts at taking flirtation right up to the brink of no return, playing carefree and promiscuous without ever giving their damaged hearts away. This just makes it all the more satisfying (and at times frustrating) to see them dance around that line with each other. As they investigate and unravel the reasons behind the savage attacks they begin to challenge each other, forcing them question who they really are and what they truly want, despite their pasts and fears.
While this is primarily a werewolf tale, other really interesting mythologies were introduced. There are those with power to control the elements and others able to alter their appearance at will. My favorite new addition was the Ghost in the Machine: ghostly immortality seekers, who steal the bodies of a fresh corpses and uses them via a clockwork heart.
Moonglow takes the fantastic world building and characters laid out in Firelight and expands on them, keeping the world exciting and fresh. Mixing a steamy and, at times, heartbreaking romance and a few great plot twists, Moonglow is a winner. With a variety of new paranormal elements involved and a taste of what’s to come, I can’t wait to read Poppy’s book Winterblaze in February 2013.
Sexual content: Sex