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Harvest Moon (Five Hundred Kingdoms #5.5 included)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,405 ratings  ·  119 reviews
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….

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Luna (first published September 17th 2010)
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Amélie
Review for Cast in Moonlight

Kaylin Neya is a young girl of 13 who was living in the slum in the fantasy world of Elantra. To survive, she had had to obey to the crime lord of those slums, but his last order was snding her to kill the lord of the Hawks, the police force of the city. Not surprisingly, she is unable to do so and is captured. Resigned to her death, she is somehow surprised and suspicious when the lord of the Hawk fails to have her executed and propose to her to join the ranks of the
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Keziah Wallis
Three awesome novellas from three fabulous writers. I bought Harvest Moon because of Michelle Sagara's contribution Cast in Moonlight, a prequel to the Chronicles of Elantra series and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Teenage Kaylin was an interesting contrast to the Kaylin that we all know and love from the Elantra novels. She was already picking up some bad habits from Teela before the end of the novella however.

What really interested me however was Mercedes Lackey's story A Tangled Web. Set i
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Kathy Davie
Three short fantastic stories that involve the moon.

I have the impression from the level of writing that the intended audience is young adults. Which, I suppose, is a rather rude assumption as it indicates that I think people who are not-yet-adults aren't capable of understanding more complex writing. And that is not my intention.

Series:
"A Tangled Web" (500 Kingdoms, 5.5)
"Cast in Moonlight" (Chronicles of Elantra, 0.5)
"Retribution" (Underworld Cycle, 0.5)

The Stories
Mercedes Lackey's "A Tangled
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Tori [Bottles of Summer]
Review of: A Tangled Web by MERCEDES LACKEY

A TANGLED WEB is the reason I wanted to check out HARVEST MOON. I always love a good recreation of the Hades/Persephone relationship and ATW sounded like it would be a cute, fun read.

My first problem with this piece is that it felt too casual. I wasn't buying the mother/daughter relationship between Persephone and Demeter. The former sounded like a brat with ADD, and the latter sounded like one of those psycho mothers you thank the heavens you're not r
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Sarah
There are 3 stories included in Harvest Moon, which I'll deal with (and rate) separately.

"A Tangled Web" by Mercedes Lackey
This is the first work by Mercedes Lackey I've ever read, and I can see why she gets such high reviews. Despite the fact that this short story is part of a larger narrative, it was so well written that I was able to follow with no trouble. I loved the perspective on the Persephone legend, and the characterisations of the different gods in the Greek/Roman pantheon. The prese
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faeriemyst
A very odd mix of stories that feature a harvest moon and only the first by Lackey fits the cover, of which makes me think of fairies and moonbeams.
Overall: 3.5 stars

A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey (Light Fantasy)
A retelling of the Greek myth pertaining to Persephone and Hades, with some added Norse mythology. A cute story, if a little thin on actual plot. I'll probably forget it by next week.
2.5 stars/5

Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara (Fantasy/Urban Fantasy hybrid)
Fascinating mythology and
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Barbara
The Lackey story and the one by Haley were okay. I borrowed this book for the story by Sagara and it did not disappoint.
Cast in Moonlight is a pre-quel to her Cast in... series. This story goes back to when Kaylin and the Hawks first encountered each other--the day of Kaylin's very unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Hawklord. The Hawklord, while not exactly amused, decides to 'adopt' Kaylin and turns her over to Caitlin. So we get to see Kaylin's first encounters with all the familiar chara
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Colleen
Harvest Moon was a compendium of three novellas by Mercedes Lackey, Michelle Sagara, and Cameron Haley. The Lackey story was set after Sleeping Beauty and involved screwups around Persephone's abduction by Hades. It was an ok story, but I think I'm just burned out on Lackey for a while. The Sagara story was how Kaylin's failed assassination of the Hawklord gets her into the Emperor's Hawks, and her first two days there. I'm a big Kaylin fan, but even so, this story was a bit thin. All it did was ...more
Lyndi
I only read "Harvest Moon/A Tangled Web" by Mercedes Lackey. This story features the supporting characters Leo and Bru from the previous book along with Persephone and Hades. Always more than one romance happening in Lackey's books.

I think I prefer her full length novels because she tends to go on these infodump rants and have her characters mull over every single possibility, even though none of it is in any way relevant. And she simply doesn't have time to do that and keep a story flowing in a
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Leesgoodfood
I love Mercedes Lackey's Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms books - the old Fairy Tales tipped out sideways. That said, I had already read A Tangled Web, but am always up for a re-read. I did not know the stories of either of the other two authors, so enjoyed those. The biggest problem with other worlds/universes is explaining enough to understand it in a short story novella format. These both succeeded, although it took me a while to figure out who was which race in Cast by Moonlight, as they a ...more
Marilag
Grabbed this book at a Dragoncon bookstore hoping I could get it autographed by Mercedes Lackey (only to realize that she'd already done so, hah!). Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed all three stories. Obviously my enjoyment ranged in varying degrees, but that's out of taste, not so much because the writing was bad (and, yes, the writing was fabulous). Anyway, just some tidbits of what I liked about each story.

A Tangled Web - Lackey mixed a ton of mythologies here, from the
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Rachel
I wanted to read this book for the first story by Mercedes Lackey, since I am a fan of the Five Hundred Kingdom series. This story featured Leopold and Brunnhilde in a setting straight out of Greek mythology. In short, I loved it. It weaves Leopold's quest for immortality in with the tale of Persephone and her union with Hades. The perspective is different from the usual story of a victimized Persephone, and turns her into a strong, young woman who will stop at nothing to be with the man she lov ...more
WillowBe
This review is solely for Cast in Moonlight, which is the story of Kaylin's first case with the Hawks as their mascot. The two stories- besides Cast were so ridiculously sacharine or depressingly pedestrian that I couldn't finish the second page of either.

For those who dislike/dismiss Severin. this story makes it obvious that he is the ballast to her power. Kaylin can soar- but in soaring, she gets lost, loses focus, acts on emotion. Severin pulls her back down to earth, keeps her safe, and mor
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Trish
As hard as I tried to avoid it, I ended up putting this book in the “Did Not Finish” category. I did read the entire first story and half of the second, however, so I thought it worth sharing my thoughts on it nonetheless.

Harvest Moon is a collection of three novellas from established fantasy writers. Each of them appears to connect to a world from one of their series, so readers who are familiar with those books may enjoy these stories more than I did.

The first story is A Tangled Web by Mercede
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Lynda Tatad
I mostly picked up this anthology because it had a 500 kingdoms tale by Mercedes Lackey in it, and I love her twist on classic fables and fairy tales couched in a magical energy known as the Tradition! I had never read any of the stories by Michelle Sagara or Cameron Haley.

A Tangled Web" by Mercedes Lackey brings back Prince Leopold and Brunnhilde from a previous 500 Kingdoms Tale (secondary characters story in Sleeping Beauty)as they visit the different kingdoms helping people where they can.
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Donna
This review is based on an ARC that I won from Goodreads.com
Harvest Moon is an anthology of 3 novellas centered somewhat around the theme of the Harvest Moon. The world in each of these stories comes from a previous series by each of the authors. Tangled Webs is based on Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Cast In Moonlight is based on Michelle Sagara's Elantra series, and Retribution is a prequel novella to Cameron Haley's Underworld Cycle.

A Tangled Web was a re-imagining of the st
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Julie
All three of the novellas were interesting well written stories. Each in their own unique way. And all have a central theme around the Harvest Moon (or that worlds' version of it), which adds some good twists to each individuals story and manages to tie them together, in sharing a central theme.

I enjoyed A Tangled Web and Cast in the Moonlight the most, but Retribution was also interesting and well written, the overall story for Retribution doesn't exactly appeal to me, but it does give a good l
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Zimt
This Anthology is a good introduction in the various realms of the three authors meaning their won't be any repeating of style nor plot only the theme of the Harvest Moon combines their Tales.
In Lackey's Story your literally thrown into the world of her Five hundred Kingdoms. It is quite refreshing, but slows the reading progress. If your not acquainted with Lackey's World, you will be confronted with a lot of different Gods. Lucky me, I've read the Kindle version with an integrated dictionary.
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Jen A.
Like so many other readers, I bought this collection of three novellas because I am a Mercedes Lackey fan. The Lackey story doesn't disappoint, as it happily follows Prince Leopold and Brunnhilde from The Sleeping Beauty novel that I read earlier this year. I already wrote an update after reading the first story, A Tangled Web, so I won't repeat myself here. Instead, here's my thoughts on the other two novellas.

Novella #2 = Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara
I haven't read anything by Sagara be
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Colleen
This anthology of three novellas serves its purpose extremely well. I picked up the book specifically to read Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms's short story, but all three contributions grabbed me enough to add the other authors' series novels to my TBR list.

Mercedes Lackey's "A Tangled Web" (Five Hundred Kingdoms #5.5) - Featuring Brunnhilde and Leopold from TheFive Hundred Kingdoms, I thoroughly enjoyed Lackey's mash-up of Norse and Greek deity myths inserted into this series' Godmother/Traditio
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Kim
A Tangled Web is the first novella in the book and is the story of the Greek god Hades and his bride Persephone. The usual tale is that Hades essentially kidnaps Persephone, forcing her to be his wife. Lackey's version is a fresh and often humorous retelling in which Persephone and Hades plot to be together despite the interference of Persephone's mother, Demeter. A pair of gods, Brunnehilde and Leopold, from Norse mythology added an interesting subplot and twist to the story, as well. The gods ...more
Rhonda
I won this book through Goodreads and I'm quite pleased that I did.

There are three stories included in this collection. The first, A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey is basically a retelling of the Persephone myth. It really wasn't to my taste and hit several of my pet peeve buttons.

Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara is the second story in this book. I liked it more than the first, but still wasn't overly impressed. I had a lot of difficulty envisoning several of the characters and spent a grea
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Cid Tyer
A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey

This story takes place in the Five Hundred Kingdoms; a world governed by the will of magic to follow set paths. Paths are stories like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and so forth. Magic pulls a person who fits those molds into those types of stories – even if all the parts aren’t present and even if it has a terrible ending. A Tangled Web combines Norse and Greek mythology in the story of how Persephone is kidnapped by Hades. The story is magical, fun, and explores
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Mandolin
This novella combines a nice ending to the romance between Leopold and Brunnhilde, who were introduced in Lackey's A Sleeping Beauty, and a retelling of the romance between Hades and Persephone. The scenes that shine brightest in this short addition to the Five Hundred Kingdoms books are those in which Bru and Leo each learn what it means to be a true hero: to care for those for whom you are a Champion. The last few scenes of the book, in which they must face their greatest fears and challenges ...more
L.A.
Harvest Moon is an anthology of stories, each with a very strong female lead, and all are in fantasy based worlds. Each of the stories' heroines has to overcome an obstacle to grow into her potential. In most cases those obstacles, if not handled correctly, could end in their death. They are three different and unique worlds, and what bind them together are the unique challenges they overcome. Each are set to occur under the phase of the moon called the Harvest Moon.

Persephone, our heroine in "A
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Mary
Three novellas with a harvest moon theme. At first, I stopped after reading Mercedes Lackey's, because I didn't know the other two authors' work and was apparently in one of my "not interested in trying anything new" moods. Thank goodness it didn't last long. I enjoyed the Lackey offering, but the second was great. Not as thrilled with the third at first but did enjoy it too after I got into it.

A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey is a story of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, this one both Hades's abduct
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS FOR "A Tangled Web" by Mercedes Lackey ONLY:

This is an interesting and fun re-telling of the famous Persephone and Hades tale from Greek Mythology. In this story, Persephone and Hades are in love and try to find a way to be together. Hades sends Thanatos, the god of Death, to “kidnap” Persephone and bring her to the underworld-reasoning that her mother, Demeter, could not take her away if “death” claimed her. Well, unfortunately, Thanatos claims the wrong goddess which cause
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Rachel
I was shopping the Borders liquidation sale (sadness) and found this book. I picked it up for my mother, but read it while I had it. I lucked into having just finished reading The Sleeping Beauty, and the Mercedes Lackey story is a direct follow up to it, using the secondary characters. So I was well pleased.

As for the second story, I dove right in. I liked the framework, the world, all that, but I had a problem - the main girl was antagonistic for no apparent reason. And when I say no apparent
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Theophania Elliott
This book contains three novellas; they are each very different from the others.

The first is Mercedes Lackey's A Tangled Web, which is a retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone. It's an amusingly writting light fantasy tale, following on from her 500 Kingdoms novel The Sleeping Beauty. It's best, although not essential, to have read Sleeping Beauty so that you understand where two of the main characters arrived where they are. Knowing your Greek myths also helps. Although I do like Lackey's bo
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M—
Fine. Forgettable. I picked this up because of Lackey's A Tangled Web, which was a continuation of her The Sleeping Beauty and part of an ongoing series. It's a fun read if you follow the series, but not terribly impressive in its own right. Plus, the climax solution was a blatant rehash of the climax solution in One Good Knight.

Haley is not an author I follow, and I did not read her Retribution.

Sagara's ongoing series, however, is one I've read a couple books in, and her Cast in Moonlight acted
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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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Five Hundred Kingdoms (6 books)
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