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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
High Moor by Graeme Reynolds is a superbly refined story of werewolves, and the surprisingly structured werewolf social hierarchy. Unstable rogue werewolves are sought out, hunted down, and killed by “the pack” in order to protect the anonymity of their existence. As long as everybody thinks werewolves don’t exist, they can move freely among the human population. Therefore, it is crucial to their continued existence that indiscriminate rogue killings not be tolerated. Graeme Reynolds is highly regarded throughout the United Kingdom as a premier author of Horror stories; High Moor is just one example of his genius. This tale covers roughly three generations, and uncovers a number of revelations as to familial kinship! Throughout High Moor, it seems as if the reader loses his/her control of emotions. In every example of some person or thing being picked on, humiliated, harmed or threatened, I don’t think any reader can remain neutral. You will find yourself hoping and wishing that so-and-so got what’s coming to him, or gets caught, or otherwise experiences a negative outcome.
I found High Moor to be highly engaging, and accomplished at maintaining my attention. I have read some werewolf stories that are pretty lame; this is not one of those. High Moor is fairly graphic, with respect to the bodily damage the competing factions inflict upon one another. It is almost physically painful just reading about some of the things they can do with their jaws and claws! I’m convinced that is just another example of Reynolds’ writing skills. High Moor is, if I may be allowed a cliché, a real page-turner. It has some great moments, some excellent moments, and a lot of really good moments. When I finished High Moor, I was immediately eager to take on the next volume, High Moor: Moonstruck. Penned as a continuation of High Moor, Moonstruck cannot go wrong. I am confident Graeme Reynolds is not a one-shot-wonder, and I fully expect Moonstruck to be another fascinating thriller.