Ill Met by Moonlight
Nine year old Lady Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII, is surrounded by enough mortal dangers, without adding those from the Elven world to them. The hostile neglect of her father is based on his hatred and guilty conscience toward her dead mother. Catholics don’t want to be ruled by the child who indirectly caused the separation ...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
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
The second book in the Scepter'd Isle series is as true to history as the first, weaving the Fae Courts seamlessly into a turbulent time in history. The story picks up where the previous left off, after the beheading of Anne Boleyn, and the short but fruitful marriage between Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. This segment covers the period of time between the death of Jane Seymour and the next three marriages of the King till just after his death, befor ...more
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 is an exciting premise and a nice way to make Tudor history interesting, in this second book we concentrate on Lady Elizabeth as a child growing to adulthood, with her ...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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