In a time of castles, muskets, and hideous creatures of the night, a beautiful woman travels across the treacherous Dark Forest to be by the side of her dying grandmother.
There are a lot of things that I liked. The author successfully attracted me from the first lines and kept me interested in the story. I liked the author’s choice for the narrator, one that I did not meet for some time. The “narrator” gives his (at least I think is a he – despite the corset scene) testimony of what has seen, though, and done during the challenging events. His words and impressions, his reactions, and his feelings are those that shape the story, helping also with the originality element.
I liked the chameleonic language which adapts to the specific moment of the story. The plot, probably developed from the well or less known versions of the classical fairy tales with a "Stoker-ed" folklore influence and enough room for unknown and twists, is good even if a hypercritical reader could say that some aspects could have benefited from a little more detail. The love and sorrow permeate the air and the action scenes are good, have rhythm and tension. I liked the general atmosphere of the story and how the author controlled the darkness and gruesome – the right amount at the right time.
So, why do I hesitate to say that I liked “A Cry in the Moon’s Light” A LOT? Mainly, because I didn’t like that the author preferred the easy path of the reminiscences. On one hand, I would have wanted to receive those explanations in another way as I am a “show me don’t tell me” type of reader. On another hand, the reminiscences are much too long. They interrupt the tension and normal flow and impede the previous good pace. Maybe, one (and shorter) should have been enough. Also, I was not convinced that the bond between the characters is deep and powerful enough for such confessions. Another thing is that the very end is a bit girlish, in total opposition to the fine general tension and the darkness of the story. I would have liked a similar (same) end but with graver nuances.
Still, “A Cry in the Moon’s Light” was an enjoyable read that kept my curiosity about what it will happen next. Now, I really want to find out more about Mr. Alan McGill and discover other of his works.