*This title will be released on October 30, 2012*
A Trace of Moonlight
by Allison Pang
Genre: Urban Fantasy |
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Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
Drinking from the waters of lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe . . . these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems. Abby’s pact with a daemon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal, then gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. On top of everything else, she’s lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy. Only one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.
The Abby Sinclair series has been on my radar for quite some time and I couldn’t let one more book slip past me without jumping in to try it for myself. Starting with book three posed some predictable problems as far as emotional reactions and catching up with the plot, but from the first chapter I knew I was going to finish A TRACE OF MOONLIGHT and rush back to A BRUSH OF DARKNESS to catch up. I was drawn in by an intriguing world, hints of mysteries, and relationships that appeared complex without resorting to melodrama, a trifecta of urban fantasy fun.
“Complex relationships” barely covers this web of love, betrayal, infidelity, and children. Moira, Robert, and Charlie’s situation is particularly interesting to me, and Abby’s connection to both Ion and Talivar has me ready to go back and start at book one. Talivar seems like Abby’s true friend and Ion has that plus uncontrollable passion, I’m really looking forward to seeing where these three started out. The differences between Fae and Mortals are particularly heart wrenching in this book. From life-spans dividing lovers to Ion wasting away to hold on to his dearest dream, Pang manages to interweave delicate threads of human grief amongst the magical battles and political maneuverings that drive Abby and her friends forward.
I wouldn’t recommend new readers follow in my footsteps and try to start this series at book three. As much as I enjoyed A TRACE OF MOONLIGHT and was able to follow the current action, I was often distracted by hints of what I was missing from before. Pang’s world and relationships seem pretty well balanced between reality and melodrama, as characters react genuinely to the consequences of their actions without bogging the story down in too many regrets. I can’t wait to truly catch up with the series, I’ll definitely be re-reading A TRACE OF MOONLIGHT with new eyes once I do.
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