Saturday, October 16, 2010

Review: Harvest Moon by Mercedes Lackey

Harvest Moon
Authors: Mercedes Lackey, Michelle Sagara, Cameron Haley
Publication: Luna; Original edition (October 1, 2010)

Description: A Tangled Web by New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey
Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple—and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back….

Cast in Moonlight by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Sagara
Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra—if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

Retribution by Cameron Haley
In the underworld, there are tricks to killing. Like executing rivals at crossroads so ghosts won't follow you home. But sometimes retribution is hard to avoid—and now a supernatural hit man has a contract on Domino Riley's life. Luckily she knows a thing or two about death….

My Thoughts:
A Tangled Web - I found this story of the 500 Kingdoms to be a little long and not very compelling. It was interesting to see another take on the Greek gods. I didn't really get to know and care about any of the characters. Perhaps if I had read Sleeping Beauty and known the back story for Leopold and Brunhilde, I would have connected more.

Cast in Moonlight - I enjoyed getting some background on how Kaylin ended up joining the Hawks. I liked that she immediately got involved in trying to solve a case of child-killing. I thought it was interesting how her vision of what Elantra was like was changed when she realized that no place was really safe. She did learn though that she could be someone who make life safer. 

Retribution - This was an interesting story because it combined gangsters and magic. The main character was self-described as a hard-boiled character but I saw glimpses of something softer. She was trying to find her way around a death curse by another gangster that she killed. (Well, he tried to kill her first!). 

Overall, I thought the best story was Cast in Moonlight. I would guardedly recommend this book. It would help if you were a fan of Lackey's 500 Kingdoms series.

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