Published: 4 February 2021
Series: Wolfbrand #1
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Devereau Webb is in uncharted territory. He thought he knew what he was doing when he chose to enter London’s supernatural society but he’s quickly discovering that his new status isn’t welcome to everyone.
He’s lived through hard times before and he’s no stranger to the murky underworld of city life. But when he comes across a young werewolf girl who’s not only been illegally turned but who has also committed two brutal murders, he will discover just how difficult life can be for supernaturals – and also how far his own predatory powers extend.
The Noose Of A New Moon follows on from the events in Midnight Smoke, the third book in the the Firebrand series although it can be read separately.
The Firebrand Series
The Wolfbrand Series
The Noose Of A New Moon
The Noose of a New Moon is book 1 of the Wolfbrand series. However, the characters in this book aren’t all new to those of us that are familiar with other books by Helen Harper. And if you’re a fan of her books like me, this book won’t disappoint!
Those of you who have read my reviews know that I’m all about the romance. So, this book is a little unusual for me in that so far, in that we’ve only had the slightest hint of the potential for romance to happen further down the track. But, the hint is there and I’m on it’s trail! And while I’m waiting for the love to blossom, I’m loving the path to get there.
This book is set in London and it is all seen through the eyes of Devereau, our main man. And this is a man with a lot going on.
Devereau is a fairly recently converted Werewolf, so while he is mostly comfortable in his new ‘skin’, he’s still adjusting to his new position in the world of werewolves.
In addition to this, he’s also attempting to find a balance with his old life. Because before he became a Werewolf, he was known as The Shepherd and he led a band of thieves! (The skills from his old life come in handy at various times too.)
There is a lot happening in London, and as much as he may not be trying to be part of it, he finds huimself in the midst of a crime.
Devereau doesn’t really think of himself as a particularly good person. But all throughout The Noose of a New Moon we are given insights into his softer side. He is a man with a strong moral compass and a very good heart.
And I really love that Helen Harper hasn’t made him into the type of alpha he-man who can never show weakness. So many main male characters are portrayed as being so strong and confident that doubting themselves would never occur to them, but that’s not Devereau.
I particularly appreciated his moments of quiet insecurity. Sometimes his mental ramblings even get to the point of almost a whinge (since he’s a wolf, perhaps I should say whine). It’s never annoying; instead, makes him very relatable.
Along with Devereau we have many in the cast that we’ve met before in the books from the Firebrand series. (Click the links below to see my reviews of books one, two and three of the Firebrand series.)
One of these characters is Scarlett, and she has quite an important role in this story. Just how important her role will become going forward is yet to be seen. But she’s a very cool one-fanged vampire, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that the early chemistry between her and Devereau gets the opportunity to grow into something more. Because we all know, it’s all about the romance!
I’m off now to get myself a copy of book two in the series – License To Howl…
After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time, thanking her lucky stars every day that’s she lucky enough to do so!
Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.
She currently lives in Edinburgh in the UK with far too many cats – not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards and vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere.