Title: Luna: New Moon
Author: Ian McDonald
Publishing Date: September 17th 2015 by Gollancz

I received a review copy from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion in any way!

Goodreads Summary:

The Moon wants to kill you.

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

As the leader of the Moon’s newest “dragon,” Adriana has wrested control of the Moon’s Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family’s new status. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation-Corta Helio, confronted by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies… and each other.

What a ride! Exquisite world building, political schemes on a moon where everything is negotiated and nothing, not even the air you breathe, is free; This is a space opera of epic proportions with an epic fantasy feel and a subtle touch of the paranormal. I couldn’t turn the pages enough, caught up in the political intrigues played out by the Five Dragons in their quest to best each other and to control the moon’s assets at the expense of each other’s lives. I like that is has an epic fantasy feel with the huge cast of characters and political intrigue. The comparison to Game of Thrones is well deserved in my opinion.

The characters are so well-drafted, from Lucasinho spoilt brat and playboy to his aunt Ariel ambitious and smart all members of the Corta family, the fifth Dragon. All is not well with this family and the other families plot their downfall. The political intrigue and tensions between the various Dragon Corporation and the LDC (Lunar Development Corporation) and other side characters tied on one way or the other to these is so captivating, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

The world-building is superb with futuristic tech but not too ‘far out’ to be able to appreciate and understand how it all operates. The pacing is perfect and left absolutely no room for boredom. That ending shattered me and had me so thankful that I have the sequel in hand to jump right back into this world, needing to know how things are going to play out with the odds seemingly stacked so highly against Corta Helio.

All in all, Luna: New Moon is a fascinating immersive Space Opera with an epic fantasy feel sure to captivate its audiences.

Title: Luna Wolf Moon
Author: Ian McDonald
Publication Date: March 23rd 2017 by Gollancz

I received a review copy from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion in any way!

Goodreads Summary:

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 from 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 a 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. In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war between the families erupts.

If all Sci-Fi was this exciting and filled with political intrigue, I would read nothing else…seriously. I loved this sequel and thought it was a great follow-up. It didn’t read like a filler novel either but a natural continuation as we follow various members of Dragons especially those of the Cortas whose recent fall from grace and near annihilation makes for a thrilling read.
War has come to the moon and it is exciting to see who comes out on top and who survives. This sequel starts off right where Luna: New Moon left off and is even more explosive and packed with intrigue as the four prominent corporations , go all out against each other picking off what is left of Corta-Helio. The remaining members of the Corta family left on the moon are right in the thick of things . Will they survive?

The pacing is fast and consistent and never lags. The intensity is real and the tension is palpable. I loved this even more than the first book and literally couldn’t put it aside. It is Sci-Fi Space Opera of the kind that grabs your attention from the get-go and keeps you engaged throughout and I can’t wait to read the third book. I’m assuming there is going to be third because there is so much left to be wrapped up. I am still rooting for the Cortas even though the odds are stacked highly against them but they’re far from being out of the race.

Overall, an exciting and immersive sequel in this amazing Space Opera and perfect for Sci-Fi fans.