Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

If you read my review of the first book in the series: Luna: New Moon, you will know that I enjoyed it – but I wasn’t really its biggest fan. The same goes for this book – which is the second book – however, I felt like it suffered from the middle-book-syndrome.

A Dragon is dead.

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed.

The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent deaths, is now a ward–virtually a hostage– of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished off the surface of the moon.

Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and more to the point—that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was the Schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey–to Earth.

For me, I was excited to read this book because of how the first one ended: everything had gone wrong, war had broken out, an entire family was in serious trouble, and I really wanted to find out what happened to the Corta family. I also thought that it would be very interesting to see whether Lucas Corta actually made it down to Earth and survived.

Luna: Wolf Moon is a very dense book – like its counterpart. There is so much information packed into a paragraph that you have to read every line very closely to make sure that you don’t miss any information. Also, keep that character guide close by because you will need it. Even though I had already come across most of the characters before, I kept having to go back to the character list, just to remind me of who was married to who, who had a certain job role… It got very tiring and that’s one of the major downfalls of this series so far. There is just too much information for me to comprehend. I know that people may not find it as difficult as me to keep up with the families on the Moon but I really did struggle.



“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.”

– Ian McDonald, Luna: Wolf Moon



I just felt like the plot was dragging and I just wanted to finish the book so I could get it out of the way – and I really hate feeling like that when I’m reading a book. I wanted to enjoy it and there were actually some good bits in this book. I loved the action (when I could keep up with it), I loved how Luna Corta got some major character development and I liked how we got to see more of Wagner Cora.

I can’t say that I am excited for the third book in the series because it just means that I will probably have to re-read them so I can become even more aware of the characters and their relationships with each other.

Like I said in my review of Luna: New Moon, if you are into the big world-building books (like Game of Thrones), then you will probably enjoy this book because there are loads of elements to it. If you’re like me and enjoy reading science fiction, then go into this series knowing that at times, this book will seem confusing, you will have to refer to the character list and the glossary of terms a lot to understand what it going on; but power through it!

Have you read this series? I’d be interested to see what you thought of it and whether I am only the only getting confused! Drop me a comment below and let me know!

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Released 23rd March

2 thoughts on “Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

    1. Thank you 🙂 Don’t forget that this book is the second one in the series!


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