EYE OF THE MOON
An elegant house party celebration is not what it seems. Two friends reunite and discover far more than they bargained for as secrets are revealed and relationships splinter. It falls on Percy to build something new, or lose everything.
Percy knew growing up with the Dodges meant certain obligations would follow him to his grave, but he never expected that an anniversary house party at the otherworldly family estate would place him in the crosshairs of multigenerational intrigue. Together with his childhood friend, Johnny, they seek to resolve the mysterious passing of Johnny’s Aunt Alice, while navigating the dark waters of an explosive long weekend.
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What a great time I had reading Ivan Obolensky’s Eye of the Moon!
Full of wonderfully fresh characters, it’s a story full of stories that become interwoven as the novel unfolds.
Looming over the book and all the characters is the fabulous estate of Rhinebeck, part Gothic castle, part Downton Abbey and part upstate New York country home.
The estate holds many secrets, mysteries, and the hearts of all who have lived there or hope to. But it’s the characters that we take with us and hope to see again.
Finely drawn, unique and complex, these are less characters in a book and more people we come to know better as we spend time with them. Comedy, romance, death, passion, mystery, and magic are all elements that drive the story.
Full of suspense and always revealing new surprises, this novel is just plain fun to read. And I for one can’t wait for a sequel!
Eye of the Moon is an intricate and intimate story of fascinating people; their intellect, their problems, their inner and outer selves.... very nicely detailed with all facets of the individuals revealed.
Eye of the Moon is a delightful story, full of family dynamics, intrigue and the occult. I found the plot to slowly unfold as the characters’ lives unfolded before me. The sections dealing with intuition were very insightful. I can definitely see this work being produced as a miniseries.
A wonderfully engaging read. Five hundred pages that grab you and won’t let go of you, while taking you in a swirl of discoveries through the realms of magic, finance, love, passion, and intrigue. Not for one moment did I feel it lacked research or knowledge of the subjects touched upon. It awoke many memories of my growing up. The splendor of a beautifully set table, the perfect orchestration of a well-served dinner. The joy of taking it for granted.
Eye of the Moon has potions, spells, myths, legends, white- and black-tie dinners, rare wines, and especially intrigue, and lots of it. Ivan Obolensky takes you into a world that existed in the US and Europe in the not so distant past. This was a time when everybody of consequence knew each other and vast wealth was concentrated in the hands of a small group of established families who prized discretion, their reputations, and traditions. Nonetheless, they conducted themselves in ways that belied those intentions. Take a ringside seat and watch the action unfold.
Ivan Obolensky has whipped up a storyline in Eye of the Moon that twists and turns the characters in a storm of a journey. We readers are allowed to sit in the eye of that storm quietly peeking into a captivating world few of us have walked through before.
In any arena, relationships are the critical factor. The relationship you develop with another individual or group of individuals drives how you exist in this world. Why do you like/respect someone and how does that determine how you interact with them, trust them and are willing to be a part of their world? This book’s journey looks at the relationships between individuals who live in the upper-class society and their support staff who play the critical role of connector.
The people issue is the driving factor.
Eye of the Moon is an engaging and entertaining read. In it, the reader is taken on a journey in which the storyline, and each of the characters, are built around a web of mystery, intrigue, betrayal, and suspense. Based on a wonderful country estate, one is guided by the two main characters through an investigation of the family’s secrets, which include magic and the occult, financial trouble, and secret relationships. Detailed descriptions of the fabulous meals and wines served throughout the story, make it a delightful journey through the various surprises that we encounter at each turn. As the story develops, one encounters everything from true friendship and romance to redemption and forgiveness. A page-turner.
Obolensky has woven a fascinating and enchanting web with his novel Eye of the Moon. An intellectual rollercoaster ride, it took me to another place in time, and is a breath of fresh air in today’s world where we sometimes forget the art of conversation and the importance of forgiveness and love. It has something for everyone, and I will certainly be reading it again and again to catch the subtle nuances, and relive the surprises that come throughout the story!
I enjoyed Eye of the Moon immensely and hope Obolensky intends to give us a sequel. The style reminded me of the Victorian and early 20th century books that I love so much. The description of the setting was so well done, I could really picture that old place in my mind. I like to be able to follow characters as they move around! The characters themselves I found to be totally satisfying, who first appear to be stereotypical and evolve into complex and profound personalities, reacting in unusual though entirely credible ways. The supernatural elements were gripping and blended in very well with the rest; I do like a good dollop of the 'unknown' in my stories!
A wonderful historic mystery with nuanced knowledge of Egyptian occultism, shamanic rituals, and erudite insights, this novel offers an engrossing read through the relationships and dialogs of sophisticated characters, in the cultural setting of a wealthy estate in New York.
Obolensky’s narrative is thick in occult knowledge, and his characters are complex and enduring. I couldn’t stop reading as the story and characters evolved in completely unexpected ways. It kept me on my toes!
This was a wonderful mix of characters and their relationships were well defined. I felt very much a part of the world of Rhinebeck.
The narration is intimate, almost like you are being told all this in the strictest of confidence and the reader feels like they are privy to a society page scoop that no one yet knows about.
This story is the first in over three decades to invoke the sensation I had when first reading Marcel Proust’s world of the early twentieth-century Paris aristocracy, and the intrigues and exuberance of a social class in which strong passions, artistic and life expressions are cultivated, in a very refined ambiance.
Obolensky shows us a highly entertaining view of high society family dynamics where female characters possess wealth and power, and where secrets of the past are revealed. At times witty, sexy, and immensely unpredictable, this novel will keep you on your toes
and turning pages!
Very entertaining. Great dialogue, and the combination of human frailty and spiritual intervention makes for a very unique family drama/ghost story/love story.
Loved it! World of finance meets Egyptology, in a modern-day Agatha Christie setting. Great twists and unexpected revelations. I want more! The house itself was a character and I want to know its next adventure.
This novel changed my life; it opened my eyes to the world around me, within me, like I could never have imagined.
QUOTES FROM THE NOVEL
“I express the oldest language in the world. With it, I create, sustain, or end life.” - Dagmar
Scotch Broth and Welsh Rarebit
Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and trimmings, paired with Haute Brion or Latour
Hors d’oeuvres: Caviar on points of white toast
First course: Smoked salmon from Scotland with small points of white toast with cold Sancerre
Second course: Scotch Broth
Third course: Series of pâtés with different sauces
Small pâté ball surrounded by watercress
Chicken soup with egg-lemon sauce
Delightful cube of salmon surrounded by a lemon jelly and blackened leeks
Beef tenderloin served rare, with dreamy mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts in browned butter with garlic pecans, paired with Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
Dessert: Wonderful purée of berries, whipped cream, meringue, and handmade vanilla ice cream
Butternut squash purée with a touch of heat and salt to give a zing, sprinkled on top were a dozen tiny croutons
Crab cakes with a sharp sauce accompanied by a light salad
Tuna tartare with Asian pear slices with wasabi sauce, served with champagne
Simple consommé with brunoised seasonal vegetables
Followed by Sole
Main course: Beef tenderloin, interspersed with salads and small slivers of fruit
Dessert: Dagmar’s signature pound cake with vanilla ice cream
Chilled cucumber soup
Cold deshelled Maine lobster with claws served on platters for each guest, accompanied by chilled white asparagus, lemon, and potato salad, set around a silver bowl of remoulade
Fresh fruit and cheese with perfect grapes
Amuse-bouche of hamachi, salmon roe, and basil topped with a small flower on wafers and a tiny dab of wasabi, paired with Château Haut-Brion white
A small bowl of cream of watercress soup, served cold and garnished with a sprig atop a little dollop of crème fraîche
Roast beef, with Château Lafite
Vodka-infused raspberry sorbet
Three cheese soufflés accompanied by a simple cold salad and a heavenly dressing of garden herbs, olive oil and vinegar, paired with Sancerre