**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review from as part of a tour from TBR and Beyond Tours.**
Title Blood and Moonlight
Author Erin Beaty
Release Date June 28, 2022
Date Finished June 28, 2022
In this medieval YA fantasy thriller, an orphan with a secret, magical sight gets caught between a mysterious genius and the serial killer he’s hunting.
Rising above the city of Collis is the holy Sanctum. And watching over its spires is Catrin, an orphan girl with unique skills—for she alone can spot the building’s flaws in construction before they turn deadly.
But when Catrin witnesses a murderer escaping the scene of his crime, she’s pulled into the web of a dangerous man who will definitely strike again. Assigned to capture the culprit is the mysterious, brilliant, and enigmatic Simon, whose insights into the mind of a killer are frighteningly accurate.
As the grisly crimes continue, Catrin finds herself caught between murderer and detective while hiding her own secret—a supernatural sight granted by the moon, destined to make her an outcast, and the only thing that might save her and those she loves from becoming the next victims…
Content Warning: graphic death, violence, incest, talk of mental illness
I was so excited to be chosen for this tour. I loved Erin Beaty’s first trilogy and was really excited to see this author take on a murder mystery!
Some Things I Liked
World building and magic. I thought the semi-historical but mostly fantasy world was so interesting. I loved the societal structure and the way the people were divided by magic. I also thought the religious element was portrayed in a fascinating way.
The mystery. The murder and mystery elements of this story were really well done. I truly wasn’t sure who the killer was until the very end.
The romance. It was subtle but I was a nice addition to the story. The mental illness rep was also done very well and the way these two themes were woven together gave the story an interesting twist.
I’d love to see more books set in this world. Catrin was a great main character and I feel like she could have plenty of other interesting adventures. I also loved the world and would love to see more set here.
I really really enjoyed this book. The setting, mystery, and romance were everything I wanted to see and more. It was very YA but in all the best ways. Definitely recommended for fans of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.
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