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Hounding The Moon: A Tess Noncoire Adventure by P.R.  Frost
Review by Carolyn Frank
DAW Hardcover Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0756403898
Date: 05 September, 2006 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Her familiar, although he persists in thinking of her as his familiar, Scrap, has his own needs and ambitions. Basically the runt of his rather large family of imps, 100 plus siblings, Scrap wants his person not only to look her best but successfully stomp demons as well. He dresses Tess well, far better than she would do on her own, but has his own thing for pink feather boas for example. Scrap prefers to live on mold, but would be perfectly happy living on latt├ęs, if it weren't for his lactose intolerance. However the more the two of them battle demons and the like, the bigger and wartier he happily grows, so a prospective demon battle is also a grand event in the making from his perspective.

Along the way Tess rescues a 12-year-old Native American girl from an extraordinary hound, and finds that their lives will continue to be interwoven. Balancing her writing, her sword practicing and the rest of her rather fast-paced life, Tess nonetheless is resolved to track down the mystery of this hound. Along the way she meets up with two opposite guys: Guilford Van de Hoyden-Smythe, a cultural anthropologist with far too much knowledge about the secret Sisterhood, and Donovan Estavez, who while striving to get his casino on the local Native American lands built, has definite sexual designs on Tess.

Having written several successful young adult fantasy series (for example, the Dragon Nimbus and Merlin's Descendants) under the name Irene Radford, P.R. Frost writes on topics she knows intimately, science fiction conventions, the Washington State region, sword fighting and, of course, writing science fantasy. As this book is the first in a new series, it deftly introduces us to a set of characters about whom many new tales could easily be told. The book is written boldly and broadly, and if the reader enjoys fantasy and science fiction conventions, is an enjoyable romp to read.

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