“The Wolf and the Moon Seeker” by Stephanie Teer

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The Wolf and the Moon Seeker

Stephanie Teer
Graphic Brains (2023)
ISBN: 979-8985576047
Reviewed by Michaela Gordoni for Reader Views (11/2023)

Mateo Reyes is just a neglected 14-year-old, unloved and unliked. Growing up with an alcoholic mother and getting ridiculed by bullies isn’t his idea of a great life. So, when some strange warrior kids his age pop up out of nowhere and tell him that he is actually extremely special, he eventually falls for it. Mateo actually belongs to a secretive order called the League, and his memory has been wiped and replaced. He always knew it was weird that he had a unique birthmark and could talk to the moon, but now it all makes sense. Everyone in this League has a special animal bond, but many of their animals have been nabbed and turned into demonic beasts. Now Mateo needs to find his wolf—Ghost—and help rescue others captured by the Dark Order.

The writing in “The Wolf and the Moon Seeker,” book 1 in the League Warriors Series, is very fast-paced. Author Stephanie Teer focuses much more on letting characters’ actions speak for themselves rather than their appearances. It isn’t a heavy teen book with lusty or graphic elements, which gives it a very wholesome feel, making it appropriate for teens and tweens. There is a little violence, but it’s very light.

The story is very creative and original. Everyone has heard of fictional characters turning into animals (werewolves, etc.), but Stephanie Teer has created a different concept. Members of the League have animals that they bond with and call into themselves, or release from themselves at will. The pace, content, and direction of the story have a lot of image/visual appeal; it would make a great animated series.

The well-developed character traits of Mateo’s new friends also add a little spice to the novel, as do Mateo’s teenage attitude and wit. For example, Mateo comments to the reader after his friend slaps him on the arm and calls him a baby:

Did I mention how annoying she is?

Overall, this is a unique book that perfectly fits the description of adventure fantasy. It’s fast-paced and not very long in length—perfect for book lovers who like to read slowly. It prioritizes characters and concepts over settings and small details, which is ideal for its target audience. Stephanie Teer is an author to look out for, as is her book, “The Wolf and the Moon Seeker.”

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