The Panther Moon
The Secret Warrior Series Book Three
Wild Rose Press
Morgan comes into her own in The Panther Moon.
Morgan is a wolf shifter and a member of the Wapicoli pack. She is the fabled Seventh Morcant, gifted by the Star People with the sacred Moonstone. The Moonstone allows her to channel blue energy and zap her enemies. Jackson is her future mate and the seventh Wapicoli. As a direct descendant of the Star People it is his destiny to become the White Wolf and Chief of his people. For now, Chief Okema is still in charge and keeps a protective veil over Wapicoli lands so that the wolves are hidden from their many enemies. Except that Okema is missing and the veil is down.
As the novel opens, Okema disappears and the veil over Wapicoli lands goes down. Morgan and Jackson take over as co-chiefs and travel to the hermit Randalf for advice. They are surrounded by enemies both new and old. Eve and her coyotes, Mateo and his band of city panther shifters and the new threat of vampires. They must gather old allies and forge new alliances if the pack hopes to survive. Morgan must also contact the Star People and seek their help in the coming battles.
This is very much a book at the mid-point in a series. It draws on what has come before and also heavily foreshadows what is to come. Though the author doesn’t mention it, reading this out of order is incredibly confusing. The novel lacks the summary section at the beginning that many serial books have and without it the reader is thrust directly into the action with assumptions made about their knowledge that aren’t necessarily true. The storyline was hard to follow because it was constantly broken up by the insertion of pop culture references that felt forced as they broke the flow of the narrative and added little to the story. Overall, if you start with the first book and enjoy celebrating geek culture this will be your thing.
Elizabeth Ramsay is an editor and education writer.