Review - Luna Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seize your enemy’s fallen weapon and turn it against them.

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What a fantastic read. The first book, Luna New Moon, was great and this is even better.

As I mentioned in my review for New Moon, this series has been dubbed ‘Game of Domes’ and it feels every bit as epic as George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece.

We follow the fallout from the epic events that concluded New Moon. I can’t much about the plot without spoiling the previous book but McDonald puts on a masterclass in writing and character building.

At its core, this book is about honour, ambition and family.


What McDonald does best is create very real characters. Whether it’s Lucasinho and his cakes, Lucas and his music or Robson and his climbing, McDonald makes you like each character and their flaws. I’d even go as far to say that McDonald is up there with the likes of King and Abercrombie at building full, real characters.


In my review of New Moon, I had to knock off a star purely because of the amount of mistakes that were made throughout the book. Such mistakes don’t make an appearance here and as a result, the book is nearly flawless.

McDonald puts on a masterclass with his language. What really stuck out for me were his descriptions. All too often I see writers recycling clichés when trying to paint a picture. The writing is also unique and had me on the edge of my seat or laughing out loud. Here are some of my favourites:

A leather purse of a man at the heart of a pulsing tangle of pipes and lines.

The pod lands soft and solid on its wheels.

…he sleeps because waiting is a dull sick ache, like a tinnitus of the soul.

When words are not enough, stuff suffices.

…an embrace as great as the sky.

…the tendrils of blue Curacao dispersing into the gin like guilt.

The tension that McDonald is able to build from start to finish keeps you on the edge of your seat. The pace doesn’t let up through the whole book, it’s quite an accomplishment.

Final thought

Does anyone know if there will be a third book in this series? It feels like there will be with that ending but I can’t find details anywhere! I thoroughly recommend this series. It might be a good place to start for those who are interested in Sci-Fi but are too intimated by the more hardcore Sci-Fi books out there.

We are such self-absorbed creatures. We think ourselves the measure of everything. Time will take away everything we are, everything we have, everything we will ever build.

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