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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Half Moon by Dale Renton is a well-paced, intelligently crafted epic fantasy that portrays a moment of grim crisis for the inhabitants of the High Plains and the Lowlands, a people once separated by war. Now, an ancient evil creeps in from the forgotten past and threatens to annihilate them. They have only a single faint hope of survival: unite and fight as one or be destroyed. The signs of impending evil are witnessed by Akri of the Half Moon and the mage Raffin Andelaran of the Lowlands. Man slayers are definitely stalking them and just the thought of these is enough to inspire despair.
Half Moon explores the fabric of a society whose peace is threatened by a powerful evil and develops characters who must make difficult choices in desperate times. The setting is beautiful and I enjoyed the fact that two groups of people, suspicious of each other, must see the need to work together to stop a terrible enemy. The setting is a world unlike our own, a world that will haunt readers in their dreams and excite their imaginations. The narrative features a cast of interesting characters, warriors and others gifted with magic. Here is a novel that brilliantly depicts the primordial conflict between good and evil and, as the conflict develops, the suspense grows even stronger and the reader looks forward to the fate of characters they learn quite quickly to love. Dale Renton is a great storyteller whose powers of imagination are deftly showcased in Half Moon.