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Ill Met by Moonlight

(Doubled Edge #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  980 ratings  ·  25 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
Paperback, 768 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Baen (first published 2005)
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Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually take breaks at work, but during this (2013) reread I did because my breaks gave me a chance to put in a little extra time with 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
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

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
Edward Butler
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Martha Hocutt
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scepter'd Isle Series

Loved this one! Love the historical aspect and the faerie side of the story. Can't wait to see how the next part is laid out in novel form.
Jayme(the ghost reader)
I am a big fan of Mercedes Lackey. This is the second book in a series called Double Edged series. It is centered around the family of Henry the eighth. In this book, the subject is Lady Elizabeth and Lady Mary. It is an alternative history because some of the characters are elven. Elizabeth can see through illusions and can see the creatures for what they are. The book starts out when Elizabeth is eight until she is fourteen. There are two groups of elves. The Dark Court wants Lady Mary to take ...more
Jeanette Finkes
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tale worthy of Spenser and his "Faerie Queen".

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
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Staggeringly complex and brilliant in the way it retells history with a wonderful fantasy angle. Quite liked it.
Sanya Weathers
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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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
Deborah Ideiosepius
The second in a series of clever novels which link Tudor England to Elfland's Selieghe and Unselieghe courts. The premise is that the mortal world creates energy upon which the two courts can nourish themselves, each prefers a different flavor of nourishment and each jostle for the upper hand in the politics of the mortal realm.

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
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Full review here -
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Deb Kinnard
Jun 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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.
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm not quite done with it yet!
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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...
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Veronica Lindsey
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another good one in the series. On to the next one!
Nov 30, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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read 05.xx.05.
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good series
Feb 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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Enjoyable fluff read about elves in Tudor England. Second in series.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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I like this for the mixture of Elizabethan England and the Elfland world. There is at least one other book in this series.
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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loved it and looking forward to the 3rd book
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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 &am ...more

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