Black Moon

by – Tegon Maus (Author)

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Book Description:

Every twenty-eight years, the reign of the old Shalic comes to an end with the arrival of the Black Moon. The symbol of the law is a spear that holds sway over the whole of the Kindred, and is passed onto the old Shalic’s successor with the passing of the Black Moon.

When the old Shalic is murdered, war between those who carried the spear and those who were to receive it divides the Kindred bent on settling old scores.

Only one man stands between them…Tucker Littlefield, and he holds the spear.

Reviews for the Book

In BlackMoon: The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield, Tucker is once again thrustinto the world of the Kindred, a society of nine tribes, all with uniquephysical, cultural, and regional attributes. When the Kindred's sacred ceremonyends in murder, Tucker attempts to regain some order in the chaos that hasbroken out. But he realizes too late that this action will bind him, at leasttemporarily, to the Kindred in a way no one expects. With no clue how to fixwhat he's started, he sets out on a journey to right the wrongs the Black Moonhas brought.
Forthe Kindred, the Black Moon, a solar eclipse that occurs every twenty-eightyears, signals the largest ceremony of all nine tribes, the induction of thenew Shalic, the highest leader of the Kindred. With Tucker's arrival to theceremony, he is introduced to all nine tribes for the first time.
Tucker'sencounter with the tribes turns sour when the current Shalic is killed duringthe Black Moon ceremony. No one knows who is responsible, but the knife used tostab the Shalic is from the Norha tribe, and chaos quickly ensues. In a fit ofpanic, Tucker reaches for the Shalic's magical spear and crashes it to theground, causing everyone to freeze. Unbeknownst to him, the spear only allowsitself to be held by the Shalic himself- the spear has chosen Tucker to be thenext ruler of the Kindred.
Readerswill find the creatures of the nine tribes to be fantastically brutish, gentle,repulsive, and honorable, but the Kindred's most fascinating qualities comewith their customs and their histories.  
Whilesome scenes of Tucker's experience with the tribes are magical, intense, andunforgettable, others don't feel quite as complete. Though the short, concisechapters aided in keeping up the pace of the story, at times it preventedintimate, vulnerable moments between characters to shine.
Overwhelmed,confused, and not wanting the job, Tucker is forced to accept the role ofShalic and decide whether the Norha are guilty of murder or are innocent, asthey plead. A friend from the Jonda tribe, and a protector of the accused fromthe Norha tribe, accompany Tucker in his search of any insight on the murderer.
Thethree unlikely companions join forces and through their journey create theirown kind of tribe for the misunderstood, the unlikeable, the undeserving, andthe confused. All three characters are distinct, with dimensional personalitiesthat, despite their faults, will win the hearts of readers. The more we learnabout the three, the more relatable they become.
In BlackMoon: The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield, empathy and pain burn throughthe pages as we get closer to knowing what it truly means to be a part ofthe Kindred. The creatures Maus created are unlike any other fantasticalcreatures, and with intricate histories that are heart-wrenching andreflective, readers will come to resonate with them. Ending on a cliffhangerthat will make your stomach drop, this second installment of TheChronicles of Tucker Littlefield series marks no sign of an end forTucker's involvement with the Kindred.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About the Author: Tegon Maus

I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.

The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after following a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.

It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.

I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an out right lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not. If I can make people think “it could happen,” even for a moment, then I have them and nothing makes me happier. When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

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