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Ill Met by Moonlight (Doubled Edge #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  758 ratings  ·  18 reviews
England in the sixteenth century: a nation at a fatal fork in time, leading to two possible futures forseen by the Sidhe of Elfhame Avalon. Either an evil queen will join forces with the Inquisition and rule with a blood-spattered iron hand, threatening humans and elves alike¿or a benevolent, red-haired queen named Elizabeth will rule wisely and well. But the evil Unseleig ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 768 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Baen (first published 2005)
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Barely three stars.

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
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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

Edward Butler
Far better than the first book in this series, though I think one does benefit from having read it, it's like a Harry Potter novel with the future Queen Elizabeth as its heroine. Some of the Unseleighe court capers get a little tiresome, but everything just works better in this book because Elizabeth is not passive. Highly entertaining.
Sanya Weathers
This is one of those books that should have been a five star, and fell short.

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
This is a very clever book that you can't help but get drawn into, but it's very, very long. I enjoyed it, but by the end I just wanted it to finish.

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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This is the second book in The Doubled Edge series. I didn't realize it was a series until I had already read it, which may be why I found it a bit slow and confusing. The concept that fairies interfered in world history is interesting, and I intend to give it another try starting with the first book.
I don't usually take breaks at work, but during this reread I did because my breaks gave me a chance to put in a little extra time with ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT.

Book Two of my favorite Fantasy read of 2013
I thought the premise of the story was interesting--weaving magic into history. But the Deus Ex Machina ending made the whole book sort of pointless...
What I liked about this book is the way it ties into the world of the Serrated Edge. Its like urban fantasy/traditional fantasy mix with some historical romance thrown in for kicks. Nice twist on the Queen Elizebeth and her bastard brother.
Deb Kinnard
So far, it's a bit confusing, but with two such able authors, I think I'll be willing to go the distance.

Update: never finished it. Too convoluted for me. I will probably give it another go once I get it back from my sister in law.
Read the previous one as well, This Sceptre'd Isle, it is all about a different perspective for the Tudor period. Very interesting and thought provocing, if this is one of your passions.
I like this for the mixture of Elizabethan England and the Elfland world. There is at least one other book in this series.
Enjoyable fluff read about elves in Tudor England. Second in series.
loved it and looking forward to the 3rd book
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good series
I'm not quite done with it yet!
As good as the first in the series!
Sep 06, 2007 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history buffs with a thing for fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & ...more
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