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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
High Moor 2: Moonstruck by Graeme Reynolds is the second episode in the High Moor series, and may be even better than the first episode. Graeme Reynolds is a master of the werewolf legend, and Moonstruck is one of his brilliantly detailed narratives. The name Moonstruck refers to a type of werewolf who cannot control his transition from man to wolf, but always turns when the moon is full. He cannot restrain “his wolf,” nor does he have any recollection of whatever he may have done while a wolf. According to pack law, moonstruck werewolves must be hunted down and killed, in order to protect the anonymity of the pack. If a moonstruck were allowed to live, and subsequently slaughtered indiscriminately so that people were made aware of the existence of the mythological werewolf, humans the world over would seek and destroy all werewolves. Packs are ruled by their own laws; they can “turn” any time they want, and control what they do while in their wolf phase. To maintain their “mythical” reputation, they do not feed on humans, restricting themselves to rodents and the like.
High Moor 2: Moonstruck is a story about an exhaustive effort by a pack to find and kill a single moonstruck who has been discovered. To the surprise and dismay of the pack, this moonstruck has far greater strength than any they have previously encountered, and capabilities unheard of for a moonstruck. The story is packed with action, subterfuge, and betrayal, and is quite an enthralling tale. Reynolds’ narrative is as thorough as documented history, but as entertaining as any Hollywood blockbuster. Reynolds writes about werewolves as if they truly exist, and he makes the reader “suspend disbelief” every bit as well as any author of fiction ever has. Reynolds is an exceptionally gifted, superbly skilled storyteller. Any reader who wants a meticulous account of “real” werewolves must read High Moor 2: Moonstruck. This story is a riveting delight.