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"A monstrous fate will turn a girl into a legend."
I know.. that tagline grabbed me too!
'Sisters of the Moon' by Alexandra Weis is the story of a slave named Durra who is sold for taxes. Two companions, Emily and Leida, share her fate. After an unpleasant journey with the tax collector, they find themselves on a remote island shrouded in mystery.
Taken to a convent where the Sisters of St. Gertrude accept them and draw them into the close familial setting, things seem odd.. leading Durra to search for information in the Sisters' library and Emily to seek an escape. A vengeful act unveils a gruesome secret and changes their lives forever.
From a writing standpoint, the book is great. That is to say.. structurally the story is well put together and moves fluidly. It's a single narrative told in a linear nature.
Durra is a clever character that was easy to connect with. She, like the other girls, have have a rough start in life.. but it makes her no less likeable. She cares about others, often looking out for them before herself and she doesn't complain. Rather, she just does her best to navigate through whatever rocky path lies ahead of her.
Curiosity getting the better of her, she probably accesses some information before she's ultimately meant to.. which forces a confrontation, but she owns that too.
There are a couple of creative plot points regarding the origin of the Sisterhood, but otherwise the story is just rather average. The benefit is it's also a quick easy read, which I got through in about two and a half hours.
While Weis has the skill to put the story together, for the most part those two points I mentioned were the sum of the creativity. The rest is a lot of old supernatural cliches being reused and honestly, I think she has a ton of potential to grow that innovative thinking because the hard part is already mastered.
This is a fine book for a light read, particularly if you just want to cozy up in a cushiony chair with a warm drink and pass a chilly autumn evening...
Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author, screenwriter, advanced practice registered nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable.
Weis writes romance, mystery, suspense, thrillers, supernatural, and young adult fiction and has sold approximately one million books. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.
She is a member of both the International Thriller Writers Association and the Horror Writers Association.