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An epic fantasy about dragons, dark secrets, Pendragons, and magic On the southernmost tip of Wilde Island--far from the Dragonswood sanctuary and the Pendragon Castle--live the native Euit people. Uma, who is half Euit and half English, and not fully accepted by her tribe, wants to become a healer like her Euit father. But the mad English queen in the north, desperate forAn epic fantasy about dragons, dark secrets, Pendragons, and magic On the southernmost tip of Wilde Island--far from the Dragonswood sanctuary and the Pendragon Castle--live the native Euit people. Uma, who is half Euit and half English, and not fully accepted by her tribe, wants to become a healer like her Euit father. But the mad English queen in the north, desperate for another child, kidnaps Uma and her father and demands that he cure her barrenness. After her father dies, Uma must ensure that the queen is with child by the time of the Dragon Moon, or be burned at the stake. Terrified and alone, Uma reaches out to her only possible ally: the king's nephew Jackrun, a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood. Together, they must navigate through a sea of untold secrets, unveil a dark plot spawned long ago in Dragonswood, and find a way to accept all the elements--Euit, English, dragon, and fairy--that make them who they are....

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In the Time of Dragon Moon Reviews

  • Tammie
    2019-06-05 04:53

    In the Time of the Dragon Moon is the third book in the young adult fantasy series Wild Island Chronicles and once again Janet Lee Carey has transported me to a place that I am sad to leave behind. “In the enchanted woodland wild, The Prince shall wed a Fairy child. Dragon, Human, and Fairy, Their union will be bound by three. And when these lovers intertwine, Three races in one child combine. Dragon, Fey, and Humankind, Bound in one bloodline. O Bring this day unto us soon, And forfeit weapons forged in strife. Sheath sword, and talon, angry spell, And brethren be for life." This prophecy played a prominent role is this series. At the end of the previous book, Dragonswood, we saw the child Jackrun born of dragon, fey, and human blood. Jackrun plays a big part in this book even though it is focused on Uma, a healer from a Euit tribe who is brought to Pendragon Castle against her will to care for the queen. I liked Uma as a character. She was brave and in the end very forgiving. The last scene with the queen brought me to tears. I truly do not think I would have been capable of treating the queen, who was a horrible person with the love and kindness that Uma showed her. I admired the fact that she could treat her enemy with so much kindness. Uma grows so much in this book as a person. She learns who she really is and she learns to be proud of who she is as a woman. I loved that she learned to accept and appreciate the many aspects of being a woman that could contribute to her vocation as a healer when no one in her tribe thought a woman could even be the Adan (the tribe's healer). In turn we learn that Jackrun has been hiding a part of himself as well. He's been hiding the dragon part of himself that is so unlike the others in his family. We eventually learn what the prophecy about Jackrun's birth really meant. Is it that he becomes king, like the Fey wanted, or is it something else? I ended up really liking the answer to that question, but all I will say here is that Jackrun learns what he is meant to do with his life. I loved Jackrun as a character, and just as I wished I had gotten Bion's point of view when I read Dragonswood, I wished that I had gotten Jackrun's point of view in this book. I enjoyed revisiting certain characters from Dragonswood here as well, even if their roles were minor. Unlike the first book Dragon's Keep where we spent most of the book with the dragon, here and in Dragonswood the dragons play supporting roles. I actually liked these two books better because I thought they allowed for more character development. I wouldn't mind reading more stories from this series, but I'm pretty sure this is the last book. I will be looking forward to seeing what the author writes next.

  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
    2019-06-16 01:50

    Loved this!!! I think even more so than Dragonswood! I can't believe I fell for Tess and Brion son Jackrun but man he was sexy as hell and such an amazing guy! I really loved Uma too she was a strong MC who knew what she needed to do and stuck to get guns. And of course the dragons were amazing!!!One thing I love about these books is you can read them completely separate from the others. So if you haven't read Dragons Keep or Dragonswood you don't need to worry about missing anything! I hope Janet writes more from this world :)?

  • Tandie
    2019-06-11 03:42

    I love Janet Lee Carey's writing. She's such a gifted story teller. All her heroines are tough and easy to like. Her boys are swoon worthy. Her dragons are magnificent!Uma kind of breaks my heart, trying to be the son her father never had. She cuts off her hair, wears boy clothing, and tries to be the perfect apprentice. I'm half in love with Jackrun Pendragon.I've loved all 3 books in this series. They're each a stand alone, complete story. Highly recommended.

  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    2019-06-16 07:03

    Uma Quarteney, the daughter of the Adan, an Euit healer, and an English midwife, is determined to defy convention and become the first female Adan in her father’s tribe. News of her father’s infertility cure has spread throughout Wilde Island and the Queen, desperate for another child, orders her soldiers to bring the Adan to Pendragon Castle to cure her. When Uma’s father dies, the burden passes to his daughter, who knows failure will not only end her life but her tribe’s. Despite all her effort, time is running out. On Dragon’s Keep, Uma finds an unlikely ally in Jackrun, the King’s nephew and firstborn of a legendary prophesy. When tragedy strikes the Pendragon family, taking the life of one of their own, Uma and Jackrun discover it may not have been accidental at all, but the opening move in a larger scheme.“The jagged crack running down the mirror cut me in two. The split image I saw startled me: Uma of Devil’s Boot, Uma of the Pendragon court. I spread my feet apart, trying to span my two worlds. My heart felt wedged in the crack between them both.”I am in love with Janet Lee Carey’s Dragonswood, so I was delighted to discover that this book contained several familiar faces, even if they only made small appearances. A new layer to Carey’s world is discovered in In the Time of Dragon Moon, the third installment in the Wild Island Chronicles. Readers have already met with dragons, fey, and the English inhabitants of Wilde Island. Uma’s perspective explores the beliefs and customs of the native islanders. Half Euit and half English, Uma’s journey takes her from her home among her tribe to the foreign and often stringent formalities of the English court. And though her circumstances change, Uma struggles to reconcile who she is and who she wants to be when both worlds seek to limit her opportunities. She is subjected to threats and prejudice, but through it all she learns to accept herself and not to compromise her ambitions.Jackrun is the first to have human, dragon, and fey in his blood. To many this means he is destined to rule, despite the fact that he isn’t the heir to the Pendragon throne. Chivalrous and kind, it’s hard not to see that he would make a just leader, but there is more dragon in Jackrun than the dragon scales that can be found on his arm. He struggles with his fire-breathing ability, an ability that has made him feel like an outcast in his own family. Both Jackrun and Uma don’t quite fit in among their own people. For Uma, her struggle is with being half English and a female healer in a tribe that values tradition. For Jackrun, his gift and the prophesy of his birth feel more like a curse and burden. Despite this, Uma is accepting of Jackrun’s gift and he in turn encourages her aspirations.In the Time of Dragon Moon explores themes of identity, prejudice, and madness. With cunning characters and high stakes, this third installment is as delightful as the last.

  • Ruman
    2019-05-30 03:01

    2.5 stars!Contains SpoilersIn the Time of Dragon Moon is not like Dragonswood. It has a much slower pace, with an underlying, not very prominent, plotline. In my opinion, I found the journey of Tess and Brion in the last book much more captivating. This book mostly revolves around Uma - a half English, half Euit - as well as her father, the Aman (revered tribesman healer) - getting abducted by the mad English Queen in order to cure her of her bareness. That is basically the plotline, in addition to a lame murderer, and how Uma, because of her heritage, and Jackrun, because of what/who he is, feeling alone and isolated. I honestly mostly felt hatred towards those who made Uma feel inadequate; but my sympathies towards Jackrun were basically nonexistent because he is royalty, and already has a baseline respect that Uma had to earn from her tribe through hard work, and a degradation of who she is (a female) in order to become what she wants (the Adan). I absolutely love dragons. I am somewhat glad they were incorporated but I mostly felt oddly detached (a phenomena that never occurs) from the dragons in this book. Surprisingly, I did not like the dragons because they barely accepted Uma, and had expectations of her that were difficult to reach because she was in such a complicated position.And the conclusion of the story, however resolved, did not feel like justice to me. Uma was about to be burned at the stake by the King for the murder of the Queen - an act Uma is clearly innocent of - and after they actually catch the true culprit, the King acts somewhat cordially towards Uma and Jackrun, who defended her. The King than goes on to live his happily ever after, which kind of pissed me off. He does not deserve it. He stood by the Queen as she went on witch-hunts and killed too many people to count over the years. My question, however, is why is Brion so defensive of his killer-brother? It degrades his noble character that I came to like in the last book. All in all, justice has not been served, and I feel quite dissatisfied.

  • Mary
    2019-06-07 06:55

    This will easily be a 4 or 5 star for many, but since I've read so many books like this, I can only settle for 3.There's honestly nothing wrong with this book. Heroine is great, she never frustrated me, and the love interest wasn't an abusive asshole. Jackrun was kind and a friend to Uma before they became lovers. It sucked how much suffering afflicted the people of Pendragon Castle, including Uma and Jackrun. The Queen, as awful as she'd been, was a tragic character in the end. Though her actions are inexcusable, I admired Uma for finding in her heart a way to feel pity for her. To understand.If you like dragons, fey, royalty, and a book that wraps up everything it set to do, this is definitely a read to consider. There's no need to read the others before this, as each book is a standalone.

  • Annette Flick
    2019-05-31 03:49

    Where do I even begin...??Carey's writing is beautiful and amazing. She really knows how to capture and describe every moment and I can easily imagine it as I read. I love making myself the main character; it makes it that much more fun. :)Also, I might be ever so slightly spoiling part of it, so beware!The second book in this series Dragonswood had become my favorite book and I thought it would stay my number one until I read In the Time of Dragon Moon, which now my number 1 bumping Dragonswood to #2. It was such an incredible, endearing, romantic, and action packed book and by action I mean there is always something going on, and I was NEVER thinking "come on when is something good going to happen." It was all fantastic. I was so drawn in and I just couldn't put the book down that I finished in about 2 days.I plan on reading it again, and agian. I love the main characters (who are on the cover) Uma and Jackrun. They are brave, kind, smart and strong willed. I very much love that there is more romance and that I'm not sitting there hoping they might hug or kiss, only to get it towards the end of the book (I'm happy I wasn't kept waiting!). So, there is more of the characters actually expressing their love towards one another instead of being blind to their affections. There are definitely events that happened that I didn't see coming which made it very exciting. I'd love for this book series to become a show, since there is so much detail and so much going on, a few movies wouldn't cut it. Unless, maybe, they were long like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, but I don't know. I would audition to be the main character for sure! I love Uma and her passion for wanting to heal the sick because I share that same passion. I also love dragons! :)I very much enjoyed this adventure and I HIGHLY recommend this book!

  • Molly Blaisdell
    2019-05-26 08:58

    If you long to be lost in another world, if you seek to find your place when you have never fit in, if you have repressed a part of yourself that must be free, run to your nearest bookseller. In the Time of Dragon's Moon by Janet Lee Carey is a thick tapestry of story, woven by a master storyteller. Prepare to read a living history. Main character Uma Quartnery, half-Euit, half-English is caught between two worlds. She serves her father, a traditional healer of Euit people, but to do so, she must suppress the feminine side of herself as she seeks to follow in her father's footsteps. The position of a healer is denied to women of her tribe. She and her father are taken prisoner and are forced to serve the mad Queen of the English. She seeks a child even though she is surely past the age of childbearing. As Uma's father struggles to heal the queen in mind and body, he succumbs to illness and dies to leave Uma to carry on his work. This position as the Queen's healer intertwines Uma's life with handsome Jackrun, son of Duke Bion. You may remember him from the previous book in this series, the thread binding this story to Carey's triptych.Few third books in a trilogy offer such complexity, nuance, and enchantment. Carey's prose breathes magic. Her word choice is sumptuous, gorgeous, and provocative. The whole of the story is woven on the loom of the moon. Embrace the beauty of one loeith--be well with you. These fairy words will heal in ways that may surprise you. This read is one to linger over.

  • Angie
    2019-06-15 02:58

    It has been a while since I read the first book, but I remember loving it so much I even bought it. It's also been a while since I read the second book, but I remember being so disappointed by it and giving it a bad review. I wasn't sure what to expect with this third book. Well, as you can tell by the 5 stars, I am once again in love and excited by this series! The main character, Uma, is so wonderfully written as she develops and grows. This book very much reminded me of Eon. Uma is disguising herself as a male because her dream to become a healer is only given to males in her tribe. She has to struggle against the restrictions made against females and also made in her mind to go against her beloved tribe's customs to realize her full potential. So it has a positive message towards girls and following their dreams and talents.This book also addressed mental illness in a different light. Sure, we've all heard about the mad royal beheading people, senselessly harming their subjects, but it's all brushed off easily with the vanquishing of the mad royal. But what Uma realizes, is that this horrid Queen she must serve is a human being, a woman with wants and needs, trapped inside her own madness. "Wicked as she was, she was human, and she was suffering." Uma becomes more than just a person who distributes medicine, but comes to truly understand human nature and the healing of the human spirit.Oh yeah, and there's dragons. Always a big plus for me. :)

  • Horsegirl275
    2019-06-12 02:02

    I think Janet Lee Carey is incapable of disappointing me. Loved this.

  • Virginia
    2019-06-07 07:59

    You guys, this book was pretty bad. At first, it seemed ok. But then, the characters got less and less consistent. The story got more convoluted. And I got really bored. Skip.

  • Britt
    2019-06-17 03:43

    Review to come on #/26/15 @ Please Feed The Bookworm

  • Aurelia
    2019-05-30 04:52

    I did not know this book was part of a series, but I enjoyed it nevertheless, there weren't any parts where I was unsure of the story or characters, so you do not need to read the other novels in the series. I rated this book four stars because the writing style didn't really compel me enough and the beginning of the book was a bit too slow paced and slightly boring. I was about to dnf until soon the plot twists came and the actual storyline came into play, which I enjoyed. The plot and overall characters and setting I enjoyed, and I probably would recommend!

  • Shay
    2019-06-11 01:42

    Loved it! This is one of my favorite series because of the fantasy and pure creativity put into this series. In every book new things take place, but they still relate back to each other making it interesting and keeps the pages turning. Definitely would recommend for everyone!

  • Colette Waring
    2019-06-20 08:42

    I really liked how Carey came up with this dragon fantasy. It had roots based off of classical fairy tales, but she put a spin on it so that it was thrilling, addicting, and kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more.

  • Olivia
    2019-06-21 05:11

    This Book Was...AMAZING!I really enjoyed the characters (Uma and Jackrun are the leading pair). I actually cried when I finished it!

  • Vicky the Cat Lady
    2019-06-08 05:05

    Fantasy lovers take note, this is NOT TO BE MISSED. I can't recommend 'In the Time of Dragon Moon' highly enough. This is the knock out kind of book that makes me proud to be a YA reader and boosts my faith in the genre that is all too often bogged down in whiny protagonists and cardboard dystopian worlds that play at imitating one another. 'Dragon Moon' is an adventure story, a journey of self-discovery, and a damn good fantasy, with some intrigue woven in and a sprinkle of romance. Carey has a way with prose that makes reading this a truly magical experience. The world building is phenomenal-- much like in the previous companion book, 'Dragonswood'. The setting manages to be familiar but at the same time distances itself from the default faceless 'medieval' era that tends to define many other fantasy stories. Carey is a deft storyteller. Not a single word is false, not a single paragraph is filler. Don't be discouraged by the girth of the book-- there's no wading through a muddled story or unnecessary plot devices. It's a smooth adventure that had me turning pages eager to continue, yet also made me want to slow the hell down because I didn't want it to end! As for characters, Uma is easily one of my new favorite female heroines. Uma, a Euit native who is half English desires to be a healer. But in a culture that refuses to entertain the idea of a woman taking up the position of the tribe's Adan -- or medicine man-- she instead settles for working with her father, the current revered Adan, while dressing up as a boy. It doesn't matter that the tribe knows she's female, she still has to bind her breasts and wear the clothes like the men in her tribe, and she's even called 'ti tupelli' or 'my lad' by her father and her people as a mark of pride. It isn't long before danger and tragedy strikes Uma and the other Euits in her community, and she's spirited away with her father to heal the ailing, and tyrannical, English Queen -- a woman who is responsible for much of the oppression and deaths her tribe has faced over the centuries. The culture is incredibly well researched and it's absolutely brilliant how Carey manages to combine a plethora of heritage from the Natives of North America, to the Maui, the Wari peoples of Peru, and Natives indigenous to Alaska, to many other Native peoples in between. The concept of the 'Moon', 'Path animals' and deep love, respect, and connection to the earth and nature, along with ceremonial dances and beliefs in the spiritual higher powers such as 'sister sea' and the concept of having 'elements' in or out of balance in every human being -- such as the Queen having too much 'wind mind' which made her susceptible to the madness that plagued her-- are wonderfully executed. As for characters, the development of Uma is commendable. She is a courageous and resourceful and never once traversed down the 'pity me' path or 'insta-love' air head state of mind that tends to hit a lot of female leads hard in the YA genre. Her love interest is outstanding as well. He isn't another built, brooding, bad boy. Girls who love that kind of over controlling and jealous male love interest-- take heed, Jackrun is NOT that kind of guy. So if you want an abusive relationship helmed by an insecure dick, you're better off finding another book. Jackrun is a diplomatic royal-born seventeen-year-old with a fierce personality who is battling demons of his own. His difficulties, especially that of feeling like an outsider, and having forces working against him mirror that of Uma's struggles in a way that is not shaky or preachy. None of the characters are unnecessary. They aren't plot devices and they don't blend into the scenery. They all have voices, and they go way beyond ink and paper. The story itself is lushly written prose, with a plotline that is gripping and captivating. There is tension, the stakes are high, mystery runs thick, and what's even more impressive is that not once is this story ever saccharine, dull, or melodramatic. It's the kind of book that as a reader I was completely absorbed and never once fell out of the spell that was this fantasy, and 'realized' I was just reading another story. 'Dragon Moon' plucks at your emotions from the very first page, and there isn't the feeling that a guaranteed 'happy ending' awaits you at the end. It's a true pleasure cover to cover, and feels more like a gift to the reader than anything. Yes, there is entertainment in 'Dragon Moon' but it's also a 'bigger picture' kind of book, with heavy themes that are covered with Carey's deft hand, wrapped in her gorgeous prose. This is a novel that will stay on your mind long after you have finished it.With dragons, faeries, and magic galore 'Dragon Moon' is an outstanding work of fantasy fiction and a stunning work of art. Exploring the beautiful world of 'Dragon Moon' is not to be missed.

  • MrsK Books
    2019-06-03 05:10

    Uma has the gift of being a healer and even though her culture doesn't accept a female as a healer... sometimes you just have to follow your calling. Within the time of 1210-1213, Uma will face the dangers of being a healer. Unfortunately not everyone requesting healing will be blessed, grateful, or healed. Not everyone will be helpful, supportive, or of honor.When Uma and her father are kidnapped by the Queen, there is a threat in which Uma's village will be under siege until the Queen is with child. Being part English will have no value, only the precious herbs and time will prove the safety of her village. On that devastating morning when her father does not awaken, Uma will need every ounce of strength and faith as the only Adan (healer). Pendragon Castle will prove either its threats or royal promises, Uma will prove her calling or die without every going home to her beloved Euit people and mother."Vazan flicked her tail, the spikes rising to my waist before the scaled flesh slapped the ground again.Was she going to leave me now that Father was dead?I felt a sharp jolt of fear.I pinched the red dragons on my belt,as if squeezing hard enough, I could make her stay...I need you, Vazan. Don't go. Please don't leave me alone."With a voyage to Dragon's Keep, Uma is introduced to Jackrun Pendragon and his sister Tabitha. Everything about Dragon's Keep will prove to be enchanting. Here Uma will find friendship, someone to look after her, someone who will despise her, the true meaning of the fairies song "Fey Maiden," and the inner strength to protect those whom are worthy of her faith and trust.With a stunning eloquence of a story-weaver, this fantasy novel will delight you with characters so compelling they remain with you long after the final page is turned. The varied personalities of the dragons will cause you to smirk or hold your breath depending on your inner vision of their majestic power. The delightful detail of the fairy cavalcade as they arrive for the masked ball causes you to be so still that you fear their entry might be concealed if even a blink of your eye acknowledged your presence.Your heart will beat with trepidation as Prince Desmond decides to run and leap off the cliff onto the back of Babak. You will discover that you have been holding your breath as Jackrun and Uma venture deep within the underground catacombs. With stunning awe, your senses will be ignited as King Onadon gathers the elements:"King Onadon drew circles in the air, turning the long red flames into a spinning golden orb....summoning water from the river. A wave sped toward us, tumbling in midair...A gust of wind blew across the meadow, spinning the fiery orb faster until it flung out chains of brilliant light.Wind whistled around us, lifting cloaks and hair and skirts...chill as the windy blast I'd felt on Faul's Leap." And... you will hear the beating of your heart as the council gathers for the trial. Both Kings, seven dragons, a half-fey, and all from Dragonswood and Pendragon... present for the final verdict! This journey was not as a quick read... it is meant to be savored... it is a place that beckons you back,Enjoy every detail within Dragonswood and Pendragon Castle,MrsK

  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    2019-06-13 07:06

    Thank you so much to Rockstar Book Tours, Kathy Dawson Books, and Janet Lee Carey for providing me with an arc to review!In The Time of Dragon Moon was everything a fantasy book should be. It had magic, romance, action, and betrayal all wrapped in an engrossing fairy tale. It was also powerfully and beautifully written. I only wish the arc had a map for me to consult (but the finished copy will have one!). In the Time of Dragon Moon is actually sequel to Dragonswood, a gem that I found in the library one afternoon not knowing much about it. You can certainly read Dragon Moon separately and nothing about the story is diminished. However reading Dragonswood first adds so much nuance and history to the world and characters.It’s set in this really interesting alternate medieval England ruled by the Pendragon family, who I believe are supposed to be descended from King Arthur. There are three islands that make up the country, along with fairies, dragons, and a native population, all of whom coexist uneasily with the English. It creates this environment rife with political and cultural tension, as well as lots of exhilarating action and sneaky character motives.I loved Uma. She was such a strong, interesting character caught between two worlds in more ways than one. The pull between her English and Euit sides, and the pull between her womanhood and being a healer in her culture gave her this fascinating character arc. I liked watching her reconcile her fears and dreams and finding a path to follow that made her happy. I liked learning about the Euit culture, especially the animal moons and how they affected life. And her relationship with Queen Adela was chilling. It was filled with hated and mistrust along with sympathy and pity, her healer’s oath warring with her real feelings about the queen. But most of all I loved her relationship with Jackrun. They were both outcasts in a sense for different reasons and watching them learn to trust each other, to build a friendship, and the way Jackrun continually stood up for Uma while also respecting and nurturing her was wonderful. I looooved Jackrun!My favorite part of the story was how Janet Lee Carey wove her unique dragon mythology into her alternate medieval setting. There are different types of dragons with their own dragon culture, some of whom treat with humans, some who won’t. And in the Pendragon bloodline, humans can be born with dragon scales and dragon traits. The fairies are less unique but no less interesting. They are magnanimous and beautiful and frightening. I loved the intermixing of species and cultures in the story; they each had their own part to play.This book was just a wonderful concoction of history, magic, passion, brutality, forgiveness, love, and fantasy creatures. And even a murder mystery, I always love seeing how those are pieced together. If you enjoy lyrical prose, a fascinating cast of characters, rich worldbuilding, slow burn romance, and dragons, you have to read In The Time of Dragon Moon!

  • Sara Bennett
    2019-06-22 05:11

    Fantasy is probably my favorite genre the majority of the time (as it does change depending on my mood) and dragons are basically the coolest things in my opinion. So...I hear Janet Lee Carey has a new book out and it has dragons and fairies...I'm in. I've read a handful of the author's books before, some ranging a little too dark for my taste, but I've enjoyed at least two or three of them previously. In fact, I think it was the previous two books in this series (although I don't think it matters very much if you read them out of order, as I didn't remember much from the other books when I read this one) that I enjoyed the most. So I had high hopes for this one and it delivered!My favorite thing about this book, other than the dragons? The world-building! Reading in the acknowledgments, it's incredible the amount of research the author put into this book in order to create such an amazing world. I loved the traditions of Euit people and the history between the fairies, dragons, and humans seemed almost real, it was that well done. Speaking of the Euit traditions, I really liked how their law against having a female Adan, or healer, helped to grow Uma's character and also have a good dosing of girl power as she manages to triumph the stereotypes of her people. As far as characters go, there were some evil ones, mistreated and misunderstood ones that you came to sympathize for, and then of course the heroic ones. The heroes being Uma and Jackrun, their dragons, and Jackrun's family. Jackrun's family was very fun and close-knit, which was very sweet.I felt like I got sucked into the story each time I picked up the book and found it hard to put it down when I had to leave it. The plot is engaging and it seems like something is always happening. There's even a bit of mystery as there are a few murders and suspicious doings here and there. There was honestly next to nothing I disliked about this book, sure there are a few spots that are a tiny bit darker. For example, the queen that Uma is trying to heal isn't mentally stable and kills the physicians that can't heal here. She also holds the Euit people captive, keeping royal soldiers at their village and literally kidnapping and blackmailing Uma to help her.Overall, I thought this was a phenomenal fantasy book. I loved it twice as much because of all the dragons *heart eyed emoji* but the rest of the world the author created and the healing aspects of the book were equally interesting. I thought this was very well written and I got lost in the story and characters very easily. There are some rather dark parts, but for the most part I thought this was grasping and exciting. If you like dragons, fantasy, fairies (the not so Tinkerbell-y kind), and adventures I'd recommend this book to you.

  • Katie Mouse
    2019-05-31 10:00

    I don't read too often but this one caught me up so quickly I couldn't put it down. Read it in about three school days. loved it. I may not be a brilliant critic but I ether love a book or dont finish it and I really loved this one.

  • Casey
    2019-05-31 06:03

    I'm not sure how I could love the first book (Dragon's Keep), loathe the second book (Dragonswood), and feel so enchanted by the third book but that is what happened.The biggest strength of this book is in the compassion and humanity with which many of the characters are portrayed. Uma's father is a healer (the Adan) who has found a cure for the infertility plaguing the Euit tribe. The English Queen Adela is also struggling with infertility and sends her husband's army to steal away the Adan and hold the Euit tribe captive until the Adan helps her conceive. Queen Adela is known for her history of cruelty. She was once a witch-hunter and burned, drowned, and tortured many women during her hunts. When the Adan and Uma finally meet the Queen, it is immediately apparent that, besides being barren, the Queen is also completely mad. Cruel, crazy, and desperate -- not a good combination. But though the Queen is easy to hate, Uma often contemplates how horrible it must be for the Queen to know that she is going mad but be helpless to stop it, horrible for her to want a child so badly but be unable to produce, horrible to know that the man she loves, King Arden, often now avoids her company. The Queen is horrible, yes, but she is not some evil villain caricature but a human.The second strength is watching Uma find herself. Uma is half Euit, half English and is not fully accepted by her Euit tribe. The tribe's coldness toward her made Uma choose remake herself into a boy and apprentice herself to her father. In her tribe, only men can be healers, but still Uma hopes and learns and becomes invaluable. When the Adan dies while treating the Queen, Uma steps up. If she does not succeed her tribe will die. But she is still plagued by the doubts of her tribes teachings and a lifetime of insecurities and uncertainties with her identity. Uma, through experience and relationships and soul-searching, does learn to reconcile her desires and knowledge and gifts with her femininity and her Euit and English heritages.In the Time of Dragon Moon was a compelling fantasy read.

  • Linda
    2019-05-29 09:48

    The Enuit village is attacked and surrounded by the king's soldiers, and Uma Quarteney and her father are kidnapped from their village by the English prince to be brought to his mother, the mad Queen, in her search of a cure for her barrenness. A grisly death by the burning of the stake awaits them if they do not produce a medicine that will allow the Queen to bear a second son. After her father dies, Uma is forced to take over her father's task. The prince suffers an accidental death during her time spent at the palace, and she and her new companion, Jackrun (the king's nephew), begin to question how accidental the death was. Uma learns more about Jackrun and his extended family's history while continuing her administration of the Queen's medicines.The book was highly enjoyable, and I loved the positive effect that Uma had on those around her. I admired the way she kept a calm head despite the threat of death overshadowing her palace stay. She was kind and was determined to heal all of those in pain no matter whether or not they were her enemies. Although many of the characters grew and developed throughout the book, I couldn't help but notice the growth in Vazan, Uma's father's former dragon. It took a while, but the dragon slowly warmed up to Uma and I enjoyed observing the growth of their friendship. The author also showed a side of the "bad" characters that allowed the reader to understand some of the cause for their negative actions. In addition to the characters, I loved the entire world of Wilde Island that the characters lived in and enjoyed learning about the dragons, fey people, and the royal family as well as how they were all connected. The one thing that I personally would have liked was to learn more about these other races and their history since I felt like there was more to it than the information that I was given. The lack of information on Uma's tribe the Enuit, also made me wonder about the powers of the Enuit that were so briefly displayed. Overall, I enjoyed the read and am giving it a 4/5.

  • LouLou
    2019-05-31 03:11

    Read review in its entirety at Janet Lee Carey continues to spellbind readers with her latest novel, In the Time of the Dragon Moon (Wilde Island Chronicles #3). In this latest installment, Carey introduces readers to the next generation of Wilde Island inhabitants, namely teen protagonist Uma Quarteney and her quest to balance herself as a whole of two halves-- Euit & English and female & healer. A refreshing apparatus is Carey's handiwork in making this a strong stand alone novel for those who are not familiar with the previous books in the series. Though there are mentions and appearances of previous characters in proceeding novels, it does not interfere or hinder with the current plot. Adept at crafting a bedazzlement of fantastical elements together and not running-a-muck are the strong suit of this novel. With so many fabled factors at play--dragons, fey, old English customs, and tribal culture--Carey blends them for a nice brew rather than a disappointing mélange. Thus, exciting readers rather than confusing them with the concoction. Readers acquainted with Robin McKinley's work will no doubt gravitate to the familiar subject matter. Although the authors write about similar elements, their writing differs slightly, in that McKinley's work seems to engross lyrical writing, while Carey's rhythmic style is more intermittent, but still pleasing.Narrated by main character Uma, there are substantial secondary characters presented in the book, some to favor, others to disdain, suiting a wide range of readers' preferences.Mystery surrounds fantasy and not all your questions about the characters will be answered. Still, with solid pacing and smooth transitions, In the Time of the Dragon Moon (Wilde Island Chronicles #3), is a pleasurable novel for the reader who enjoys mythical, magical, and malevolent story telling. Review of an Advance Uncorrected Proof

  • Heidi
    2019-06-07 05:56

    Uma wants more than anything to be an Adan (healer) like her father. But her half-English, half-Euit ancestry and the fact that she is female stand as major obstacles to her dream. After she and her father are abducted and taken to the Pendragon castle to help the queen conceive a child, everything changes. Soon, Uma is on her own desperately trying to find a way to survive and free her people from captivity. When she meets Jackrun, the king's nephew, she finds someone she can trust and perhaps even love, if she allows herself to be a woman rather than just a healer. But when the king's son is murdered she struggles to define herself and find a way to save herself from the plots that swirl around her.I haven't read the first two books in this series and I think it would have helped if I had, but the author does a good job of introducing enough of the culture and beliefs that I wasn't too lost. I just had a feeling that knowing what had happened before would have made the story that much easier to follow. I did enjoy the book though, for such a long book, the plot moves quickly as Uma faces various challenges and crises. I think the parts I enjoyed the most though were her interactions with Jackrun. Jackrun is my favorite kind of hero, a courageous and kind person who struggles with his own identity as the Son of the Prophecy, including a unique talent that he's very self-conscious about. Jackrun and Uma connect I think because they both are still figuring out who they are and what they really want. That theme unlies the whole story but is overshadowed by the political intrigue and betrayal. An enjoyable read for YA fantasy lovers everywhere.Note: this is definitely a YA fantasy because it includes an attempted rape, a bit of language, and sexual references (not graphic) as well as some violence (torture, hanging, burning, etc.)

  • BAYA Librarian
    2019-06-19 08:06

    Uma Quarterney is the daughter of and apprentice to the Adan, or tribal healer, in the Euit tribe. The tribe’s traditions mandate that its Adan not marry and that a woman cannot be Adan but Uma feels her place at her father's side, though does not easily accept herself as a woman. She also has difficulty accepting her English heritage from her mother while also feeling she cannot fully be accepted by her Euit people. But then the English king's men take Uma and her father, leaving their soldiers in their village so that Uma's father can treat the queen with his fabled fertility cure. Her father dies with his task incomplete and Uma inherits his task. She is up against a mysterious someone who does not want the Queen to have another child. Meanwhile she meets the King and Queen's nephew, Jackrun. Like her, he struggles to balance his identity as the first with human, dragon, and fairy blood. Jackrun and Uma are alike in many ways but also different in ways that allow them to help and complement each other as they try to navigate the mysterious happenings they encounter to a suitable and just path for all those involved.There is plenty of action in this book which is enhanced by Uma's and Jackrun's respective searches for identity. The heritage of Uma's people close to the English seemed out of place geographically, perhaps because the author borrowed from indigenous traditions worldwide to create them. But the addition of fairies and dragons make Uma's world rather unique. Though the book contains other points of interest as well, the budding romance between Uma and Jackrun is sufficiently descriptive and significant that I would not recommend this book to younger or romance-shy teens.

  • Lost Girls
    2019-05-30 07:47

    This is the third book in the Wilde Island Chronicles but it can be read as a standalone. Uma is the daughter of a highly respected Euit healer and an English midwife. In Uma's tribe only the men are allowed to become healers. Uma does her best to hide her feminine traits in the hopes that she will be allowed to continue to learn alongside her father and possibly become her tribe's first female healer. When Uma and her father are taken by the English queen and their home is surrounded, they are forced to attempt to cure the queen who suffers from bouts of madness and barrenness. Uma's father passes away before he can complete the treatments, leaving Uma alone to finish the job. If she fails to cure the queen before time runs out, she will be burned at the stake. I love Uma's character. She is brave and strong willed as well as caring, intelligent, and eager to learn. She spent so much of her time hiding her femininity and becoming the boy her father never had, when she meets Jackrun she finally begins to realize that she can be a healer and be herself, even if she isn't entirely sure who that is. Jackrun is part human, fey and dragon, making him a very unique character.Carey's writing style is enchanting and her dragons come alive. They were one of my favorite things about this book. I kept hoping that Uma would get her very own dragon or at least be allowed to fly on one. I enjoyed reading about the Euit's customs and traditions. All of the characters were interesting and the story line was captivating. The romance was sweet and the story itself was very different compared to the books I've been reading lately. It was exactly what I was looking for. -SW

  • Megan Doreen
    2019-06-13 03:07

    I had read both companion books a couple years ago(Dragonswood/Dragon's Keep). I enjoyed them both. In fact, I own them both. While it is true that I wanted to like this book, since I liked the others...I think I was actually more critical of it because of how much I liked the others.That being said, this is a very good book. I enjoyed the description of the Enuit culture, although I had a hard time fitting it into the world that I was already familiar with. In many ways these books have been like an alternate version of the UK, yet here was a culture thrown in suddenly that was much closer to Native American or Pacific Islander. It threw me for a bit of a loop. It wasn't bothersome enough to detract from the plot, characters, or overall quality of the book...but I did feel it was inconsistent world building. I think if the culture had been presented as a type of druidic/celtic culture even I would have been more comfortable.Despite this, the characters were very compelling, and I really liked the plot. It was different enough from the previous two that it didn't seem redundant in any way. It also, mostly, stands completely on its own. While I think that a familiarity with the earlier books would enhance the reading experience, nothing in this book is necessarily reliant on a knowledge of the other two.I will definitely be buying this one to complete my Janet Lee Carey set.

  • Melody Sonstrom
    2019-05-28 09:55

    Disappointing! Nearly 500 pages...and boy does it drag...200 pages in it feels like the plot is going nowhere fast. I didn't finish the book (VERY rare for me)...I will go back to it later I imagine, but the 100 or so pages I have left will not likely change my opinion of this sequel to "Dragonswood" (which I loved btw). ****SPOILER ALERT*** Our heroine belongs to a minority people group who seem to be somewhat based on American Indian tradition, practice and belief. They are persecuted and murdered simply for being a minority and different. Our main heroine is kidnapped and under threat of death. She is sexually assaulted by a man, but saved just in time by our hero Jackrun. That same man dies later under mysterious circumstances. It is suggested that the fairies maliciously keep the queen from conceiving and keep her in a mentally unstable state in order to fulfill the prophecy from "Dragonswood". The king and queen attempt to kidnap Jackrun's brother (their own nephew) who is a toddler, but Jackrun exchanges himself for his brother. The king takes a young women as his mistress. Unlike the simple, pure old fashioned romance of Jackrun's parents he and our heroine are a little modern in their affection (they nearly have relations, but Jackrun leaves before things go far, it is clear however that both are willing). ****END SPOILER**** I was so happy to learn there was a sequel, but incredibly disappointed with this voluminous, redundant one. As I said, I will probably go back and finish it one day, but I doubt that the last 100 or so pages will change my opinion of the book.

  • Julia Thompson
    2019-06-19 03:50

    Uma has always wanted one thing. She wanted to be a healer of her tribe. Janet Lee captures the story of a young girl's struggle to become like her father, and beat the odds in the novel “In the Time of the Dragon Moon”. The limitations put on her for being a woman mean nothing to her. Although this book has an incredible message, I personally did not enjoy reading it. Uma has been her father's apprentice for multiple years. She has learned so much about healing, but the chief of the tribe will not allow her to become the healer when her and her father are on a quest to find ingredients, they get captured by the infertile queen's men. Her father and her must heal the queen or face death. I don't mind Janet's writing style. It is interesting and kept me hooked for the first one-hundred pages but quickly I lost my interest in the book. Honestly, the only reason I finished the book, is because I had already dedicated so much time into reading this book. I enjoyed the concept of the story, but I could not focus on what the main point of each chapter was. In conclusion, I would not recommend this book to many people. It might have been a personal choice, but I do not see myself reading this book again in the future.