Judith Lepore

Fantasy Author

Judith Lepore

The epic tale of a haunted girl’s fight to save the ones she loves, amid a deadly conflict between dark magic and light.

First in Series Fantasy Novel

Where the Moon Has Been

A war is coming… Can she be the key to Miraven’s salvation? Young mortal Tekoah wants a quiet life but instead is hurtled into danger when she attracts the attention of two lethal shapeshifting sorcerers. One is smitten with her and the other wants her dead. Zant’s sole aim–eternal power. But Tekoah’s clan of Anniste Healers stand in his way, becoming a target in his deadly plan for domination. Moody Braith is younger, but his intelligence and strength threaten to surpass that of any sorcerer ever spawned. His one vulnerability: Tekoah, who wants nothing to do with him.

Both sorcerers face their own impending demise from “the Mantling,” an apocalyptic solar eclipse predicted by the Anniste to end the tyrannical Age of Sorcerers. As a momentous clash between the wizards becomes inevitable, and war with the neighboring country of Berlot looms ever closer, Tekoah must make a choice: save herself or help her clan.

Set in the mythical land of Miraven, “Where the Moon Has Been” is a haunting epic fantasy tale of obsession and revenge–and one girl’s fight to save those whom she loves, amid a violent struggle between dark magic and light.

“This beautifully wrought tale plays out in a vividly imagined world of queens and sorcerers and ordinary folk. It’s an adventure to engage both new readers of fantasy and seasoned fans.”

Eileen, Kernaghan, author of Sophie, in Shadow
(Three time winner of the Prix Aurora Award for Canadian Speculative Fiion)

Judith Lepore

About the Author

Judith Lepore is a Canadian fantasy author who lives and works in the city of her birth, beautiful Vancouver British Columbia. “Where the Moon Has Been” is the first novel in her “Magic from Miraven” series. She is currently completing the second book in the series, “Mirror of the Sea”.

Launching 'Where the Moon Has Been'

LAUNCHING ‘Where the Moon Has Been’  was epic–sitting at an antique desk, with an antique typewriter, below an original painting of a scene from the book, done by talented artist Elaine Hutchinson.

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Donna Yurkovich
Donna Yurkovich
2021-11-17
Where the Moon Has Been: Pour a glass of wine and enjoy a masterful piece of storytelling. Judith Lepore's first epic fantasy novel, "Where the Moon has Been," is simply splendid. From the first page to the last, her vivid use of language and ability to narrate this original story left me wanting more. Her brilliantly sewn tapestry of characters and words slid off the page to both inspire and capture this new fan's imagination. New readers to Epic Fantasy will appreciate this clever, quintessential gem. Pour a glass of wine and enjoy a masterful piece of storytelling. You will want to settle in and enjoy an elegantly-cadenced tale that might just be the love child of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings with much more insightful, loving, and latent messages tucked in. Ripe for our times. When you pick up this must-read, you will not want to put it down; the pacing and suspense are perfectly balanced with a poignant, timeless story that is not only thrilling but has beauty, perspective and depth. I am excited to read more from this talented author.
C Thomas
C Thomas
2021-11-10
Where the Moon Has Been: Beautiful tale Absolutely stunning story
Zig
Zig
2021-09-12
Where the Moon Has Been: Prepare to enter the world of Miraven Happenstance lead to me receiving an advance copy of this amazing story. Lepore weaves a tapestry of characters, with lives intertwined through love & conflict, destiny & sacrifice. Writing through each character's perspective, so much is revealed of their strengths and flaws. I was so enthralled, I had to read it over again, just to revisit the vivid descriptions and stay a little longer in the world of Miraven. I’m excited to read more from this new author.
Steven
Steven
2021-09-10
Where the Moon Has Been: Fantastical journey! Get ready to enter a world of fantasy, or sorcerers and evils but also good people standing against such foes. The author’s debut novel will suck you in and lead you down an amazing journey filled with lessons, and love, and so much more! Can’t recommend it enough.
Alison Martin
Alison Martin
2021-09-08
Where the Moon Has Been: Riveting psychological fantasy! Where the Moon Has Been transported me to another world, replete with sorcerers, wise women, court intrigue and suspenseful action. I loved the originality and rich characterization. Fans of Guy Gabriel Kay will be delighted to find this new author with this first-in-series epic fantasy offering that is a page turner, yet delivers a depth of context and character development that is sublimely satisfying!
Beth Johnson
Beth Johnson
2021-09-07
Where the Moon Has Been: ‘Where the Moon Has Been’ is living in your imagination forever! I received an advanced review copy of this book…and I’m thrilled I did!Before I started to write this review, I reread the Prologue, and in an instant I was there again, in the mythical land of Miraven, all my senses engaged, seeing, hearing, tasting and feeling that world. The exquisite writing is stealthy – it is woven so tightly that the warp and weft of it seemingly disappear beneath the pictures they are carrying. But make no mistake: the language shimmers and shines as it lures you deeper and deeper into the characters and relationships, the story, the lore, the action, the magic. The Prologue foreshadows the embrace of the story to come.The action and world-building start immediately and vividly. We meet our heroine Tekoah, a young villager who just wants to be left in peace, but whose destiny is as a healer, and also, perhaps, as the thumb on the apocalyptic scales balancing good and evil, dark and white magic. And we watch with her as she witnesses for the first time the hypnotic and brutal powers of Braith, the third, youngest, and most enigmatic Sorcerer to hold power over the land. His love of Tekoah means that he must make a potentially fatal choice as The Mantling, which will end the Age of Sorcerers, hurtles toward them. This love puts him in direct conflict with the Sorcerer Zant, whose every action is aimed at stopping The Mantling, and achieving eternal power.The story is rich with lore – shapeshifting sorcerers, the Anniste healers, rifts in space-time – as well as intrigue and battle. Characters are multidimensional and engaging – sometimes heroic and endearing , sometimes misguided and deeply flawed.There is a world here – a world I found myself caring about, and hoping to enter again. I just read that Lepore is writing a sequel, Mirror of the Sea. Can’t wait!
Silvia Albus
Silvia Albus
2021-09-07
Where the Moon Has Been: Everyone's Journey is Unique! I was fortunate enough to recieve an advance copy of this book.Have you ever noticed that the first time you experience something; it could be a place, a taste or a sound, how it can leave you with a feeling of wonder? I beleive that one of the most exhilarating first experiences anyone can enjoy is when you choose to enter into a world created by a gifted story teller. Judith Lepore's initial offering "Where the Moon Has Been" is one of those first encounters that will transport the reader into a fantasy world that is uniquely tied to the characters that inhabit it.This genre will always require the ultimate battle between good and evil and this book does not disapoint. The story reinforces the concept that everyone's journey is unique and that the influences one experiences, either internally or externally will, eventually, allow us to play our part in the greater scheme of things. We may not end up where we imagined but we will end up where we belong.One of my favourite parts about reading a new book is meeting the characters and developing a picture in my mind of who they are and what they look like. I know the author has a clear vision in mind when she creates the characters, but let's face it; it's rare that two people see things the same way. Judith has created a plethora of unique personalities and I would prefer to not influence the reader's imagination, so I will only say this, Sorcerer's are cool.I strongly believe that this book will appeal to a very wide demographic from adolescents to adults. The underlying theme that we can all be healed and we can all be healers, is not only a profound message but something we should all be striving for everyday, especially in today's world.

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