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Preview — Ill Met by Moonlight by Mercedes Lackey
Ill Met by Moonlight (Doubled Edge #2)
All the good and bad that applied to This Scepter'd Isle apply here.
The pace is glacial. Each event is planned and reviewed by four or more points of view. The action itself is often so quick that only due to the half dozen reviews by various characters does the reader find out what happened ... maybe. The ambiguity is because the characters see things differently, have different goals, and often miss what's right in front of them.
Others will enjoy the rich melding of history ...more
This Scepter'd Isle [BKL F 15 04] continues Lackey and Gellis' saga of elven and human intrigue at the court of Henry VIII. The Bright and Dark Courts are at odds over visions of possible futures in mortal lands--futures that are to be determined by which of the king's children will rule after him. The most uncertain but most desirable outcome for the Bright Court would be the succession of Lady Elizabeth, and agents from the Dark Court are sent to watch, attack, and possibly dest
I don't think Mercedes Lackey did much of the writing. I've been reading her since I was twelve, and I know her voice. Whether the book is good (By The Sword) or bad (Sacred Ground), her voice is incredibly distinctive. When I was reading this one, I had no sense of her being present. This smells to me like the all too common scenario where the lesser known*** coauthor did all the work and the better known author did t ...more
It's the story of Elizabeth I's childhood, complete with abduction attempts by fairies. A lot of historical research has gone into this (minus the fairies!) but I think the characterisation of Elizabeth and Mary could have been a little better.
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