|The Hunters: Moonsong|
|Publication date||March 13, 2012|
|Published by||HarperTeen & Hodder|
| Preceded by|
The Hunters: Phantom
| Followed by|
The Hunters: Destiny Rising
Moonsong is the second book in The Hunters trilogy and the ninth book in The Vampire Diaries novel series. It was released March 13, 2012.
Life is better than ever, Elena and her friends can’t wait to attend Dalcrest College. But when students start to disappear from campus, suddenly every new acquaintance is a potential enemy. Then Elena uncovers a long-hidden secret, one that shocks her to the core, and realizes that the darkness has followed her from Fell’s Church. But will it be Stefan or Damon who catches her when she falls?
In stores March 13, 2012. L. J. Smith said she wanted this book to be about the group going to Dalcrest College. Damon would help Meredith to control her bloodlust, although that seems to have been resolved in the ghostwritten books. In an email, L. J. Smith wrote:
"I wanted to write Moonsong, and give Bonnie an admirer who is just as sweet and even more naïve than she is—a pure white wolf with radiant blue eyes, who happens to be a werewolf with moonlight colored hair and the same blue eyes when he’s human. I wanted to show Damon’s surprising reaction to Xander the good werewolf (not at all happy about it—so much that he “accidentally” almost kills the poor innocent wolf).
I also wanted to show how Damon rescues Bonnie from a vicious wolf-pack attack, and then let her fly away with him. And I wanted to show how Bonnie, who knows a little medicine from her sister Mary, helps Damon deliver Caroline’s twin babies when she goes into labor deep in the woods. But that’s one scene that I would have had to fight tooth and nail for, because even the glow that Damon and Bonnie share at seeing new life come into the world wouldn’t be enough for them to call it decent. They would undoubtedly have tried to make me cut it. But I still want to write it, so badly.
The main antagonist of this book was Ethan Crane.
- This was written by a ghostwriter.
- L.J. Smith planned this book to be called Evensong.
- Meredith's last name is back to Sulez. In the Phantom, her surname was Suarez.
- Alloy was able to fire L.J.Smith from writing any Vampire Diaries after Midnight because of a "work for hire" clause in her first contract for TVD back in the '90's. That means they can hire whoever they want to continue the series. The books will still say "Created by L.J. Smith," which means she didn't write it.
- The cover may look like him, but it is not Matt Honeycutt. It is actually a new character named Zander. It describes him as Bright Blue Eyes and Almost White Blond Hair in the email, above.
- Read first 80 pages