Posted by: Nyxks | May 18, 2008

Blue Moon

Blue Moon
by Cindy Lynn Speer © 2008
Zumaya Publications
ISBN 978-1-934135-72-3
305 pages
$15.99 U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

Dragons interacting with humans – not too uncommon; dragons interacting with humans in the modern world – uncommon; dragons interacting with humans, in the modern world AS humans – okay, now we’ve moved from uncommon into unique. Dragons, for whatever reason, seem to be the mystical creature of the 21st century. They far outnumber unicorns, centaurs, or any other non-humanoid in books. I’m not sure why that is, or what it says about the human psyche.

Have you ever wondered why “science” triumphed over “magic”? Why the fae faded from common knowledge and experience? Well, this book presents one answer. Oh, it is fiction, so it isn’t “real,” but it is an interesting perspective for all of that.

What then happens when two worlds (literally) separated but physically identical are forced apart, each to develop their own destinies for centuries and then brought, physically, back together? What could happen when the Rome of our technologically dependent world and the Rome of a magical world try to occupy the same space and time? The populations are very different, but the land masses are identical. Well, we never find out in this book, but it would be an interesting speculation.

There were occasional editing glitches in this book (dropped words, mostly), but unless you are looking for them, you probably won’t even notice them. They in no way detract from the quality of the story. Zumaya is one of the newer publishers and, I am sure, will be around for a long time to come, assuming that readers who value quality and support them.

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