The Noose of a New Moon (Wolfbrand #1) by Helen Harper @TantorAudio #2021AudiobookChallenge

Hello, fellow audiobook listeners. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about The Noose of a New Moon written by Helen Harper and narrated by Shaun Grindell. The first audiobook in Helen’s urban fantasy series, Wolfbrand. My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Media, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.

What’s The Noose of a New Moon about?

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The Noose of a New Moon (Wolfbrand #1) by Helen Harper @TantorAudio #2021AudiobookChallengeMy Rating:
Title: The Noose of a New Moon by Helen Harper
Series: Wolfbrand #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 21 April 2021
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dark Paranormal, Shifters
Narrator: Shaun Grindell
Length: 7 hours 57 minutes

Devereau Webb is in uncharted territory. He thought he knew what he was doing when he chose to enter London’s supernatural society but he’s quickly discovering that his new status isn’t welcome to everyone.
He’s lived through hard times before and he’s no stranger to the murky underworld of city life. But when he comes across a young werewolf girl who’s not only been illegally turned but who has also committed two brutal murders, he will discover just how difficult life can be for supernaturals - and also how far his own predatory powers extend.

The Noose Of A New Moon follows on from the events in Midnight Smoke, the third book in the Firebrand series although it can be read separately.

©2021 Helen Harper (P)2021 Tantor

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: Audiobook
Purchase Links: Amazon* ¦ Audible*
Listened To: 30th August – 3rd September 2021

What did I think about it?

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A Gripping Story – Looking Forward To The Next Adventure!

Helen Harper is a new-to-me author and I really loved this urban fantasy. The supernatural world that she has created is a rich, fantastical tapestry that still feels real and believable. I enjoyed Helen’s pacing and the twists and turns in the plotline. The banter in this story was fantastic; it felt natural and had me smiling and chuckling out loud a few times. There is a varied selection of characters in this story and I liked the personalities she created to go with them – there are some wonderful ones that warmed my heart and some others that I really enjoyed hating. 😉

Devereau Webb ticked my boxes – I do love a dark anti-hero with a hidden heart of gold.

As our protagonist, Dev exhibited many of the personality traits that I love in an anti-hero. He’s intelligent, puts others first above his own safety, has integrity and will fight against injustice. Dev finds himself in a new position in this story, I loved seeing how he dealt with the challenges that sprung to confront him. It was a sharp learning curve with a long way to go. However, I’m looking forward to seeing Dev grow and develop from the boss of his old human crew to the alpha wolf shifter I know he will become.

Shaun Grindell is a new-to-me narrator.

Shaun did a great job pulling me into the story and I liked the pace he read at. His performance personified Devereau Webb’s personality – he made him sound like Jason Statham. Yummy! The emotions and inflexions that Shaun used for the different scenes felt natural and brought them to life. He created different voices for the various characters that matched their personalities to a tee. I never felt lost when multiple characters were in conversation.

The Noose of a New Moon is a really good audiobook – I was captivated.

It’s a great example of a character-led urban fantasy story. I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the release of the next audiobook – Licence To Howl. I need to find out what Dev does next, whether he finds his position in London’s supernatural community, and what adventure he gets caught up in.

Many reviews for The Noose of a New Moon suggest reading the main series that this is a spin-off from – Firebrand. However, I haven’t (yet) and feel I came into it without any preconceptions. I still loved it without knowing the world or the characters. I put that down to the author talents of Helen.

Has my review of The Noose of a New Moon encouraged you to find out more? I bet it has! Click on any of my links to check it out yourself.

Keep reading to find out more about Helen Harper. But first, let me share some info about this series.

Wolfbrand by Helen Harper

The Wolfbrand series is a spin-off from Helen Harper’s Fireband Series. The Noose of a New Moon follows on from the events in Midnight Smoke, book 3 in the Firebrand series although it can be read separately.

Devereau Webb is a modern-day Robin Hood. Living in London he’s the boss of a small criminal gang. A rogue known to the police and loved by his crew and the lower echelons of London’s inhabitants. He thought he knew what he was doing when he chose to enter London’s supernatural society, but he’s quickly discovering that his new status isn’t welcome to everyone. 

Books in the Series

  • The Noose Of A New Moon (Wolfbrand #1) (2021)
  • Licence To Howl (Wolfbrand #2) (2021)

The Wolfbrand series can be bought in print, audiobook and eBook formats.

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Now as promised, here is Helen Harper’s bio and social media links.

About Helen Harper

Author - Helen Harper
After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time although she still fits in creative writing workshops with schools along with volunteering to teach reading to a group of young Myanmar refugees. That’s not to mention the procession of stray cats which seem to find their way to her door!
Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.
"From almost the moment I learnt to read, I fell in love with the escapism provided by those genres. No matter how bad life gets, you can always find a route out, even if only temporarily, in the pages of a good book."
The growth of urban fantasy fascinated her - the mix of reality and fantasy along with strong heroic female characters appealed from the very beginning, and inspired her to write her own. No-one is more astonished or thrilled than her that her characters have found an audience and that her books have achieved average reviews of 4 to 5 stars on Amazon and GoodReads.
Helen currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with far too many cats – not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards and vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere!

And because this is a review for an audiobook, here is Shaun Grindell’s bio and links too.

About Shaun Grindell

Narrator - Shaun Grindell

Born and raised in Southampton, England, Shaun Grindell is an accomplished actor who trained at the Calland School of Speech and Drama and the Lee Strasberg Actors Institute in London.

As an audiobook narrator, he has narrated many titles in different genres. Among his most notable works are the Hamish Macbeth mysteries by M. C. Beaton. Shaun also garnered an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of The Roving Party by Rohan Wilson.

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about The Noose of a New Moon. Have you read this one or any others by Helen Harper? Are there any of Shaun Grindell’s narrations in your collection? Drop a comment below so we can compare notes. 😉

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Bye for now

Flora x

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(2) Comments

  1. […] only got one other title by Helen Harper on my shelf (The Noose of a New Moon). I like her writing style; it feels well researched and natural. The supernatural world that Helen […]

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed this! It sounds very good.

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