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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite
Creole Moon Book of Roots by S.T. Holmes is an amazing whirlwind ride that begins in the heavens with Mamuska being told to leave his wife Ophelia behind when he returns to earth. As if that was going to happen. He just could not abandon her, so they both returned to the Louisiana Bayou country after 100 years. Awaiting their return is George, who is their reluctant servant of sorts when he is not the swamp beast known as the Luxican. In the meantime, the arch rival goddess twins, Sephora and Vollera, have possessed bodies of women to help them search for the coveted Book of Roots. It's been 100 years since they have all been to New Orleans and they return to a changed city, just in time for Mardi Gras during prohibition. George is assisting an old woman named Marie, Sephora's present host body, as she searches for the clue to find the book. There are surprises in store for the twins when they learn that George can read their thoughts, just as they can read his. George in his human form struggles constantly internally to keep the beast from emerging. When the sisters finally meet and confront each other, spells and voodoo chants start flying in abundance to gain an advantage in victory.
S.T. Holmes does a remarkable job of moving this story along, with the quest being slightly interrupted by the histories of how the twins became not only rivals, but arch rivals. I was instantly reminded of the series introduction to the Adventures of Hercules, depicting the gods of Olympus and their pettiness. Only this author's version goes way beyond that, as if their lust for power is on steroids. Holmes's story telling and descriptions of New Orleans at that time are just so vivid that I felt as if I were there. The internal struggle for George to keep his inner beast at bay kept me on edge every time his eyes began glowing green. Creole Moon Book of Roots is a suspenseful work of art that really delivered on all levels for me. This is an entertaining read that keeps you on the edge of your seat as each of these well developed characters aspires for superiority. All I can say is, "Wow! Well done."