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Harvest Moon

(Five Hundred Kingdoms #5.5)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,181 ratings  ·  139 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….

Cast in Moonlight by New York Times
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Luna (first published September 17th 2010)
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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
Kathy Davie
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
"A Tangled Web" (Five Hundred Kingdoms, 5.5)
"Cast in Moonlight" (Chronicles of Elantra, 0.5)
"Retribution" (Underworld Cycle, 0.5)

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.

Mercedes Lackey's "A
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
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Lyndi W.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
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
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
Barb in Maryland
Oct 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-f-goodies, sf-f
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
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reviews
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
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...

Cast In Moonlight by Michelle Sagara
Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Read 2 out of 3.
Picked it up for the story by Michelle Sagara which I enjoyed. It was fun to see Kaylin as she met people I know and love from the other books. It’s a backstory they sometimes referenced in passing but now you get the details.
I also read the story by Cameron Haley and while it was interesting I’m not quite sure it was my cup of tea. Perhaps if I’d ever read anything else by that author/ in that series, my reaction may have been different because I’d have know the world/
Heather Rohrer
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2019
I enjoyed reading this book of short stories. I loved Persephone’s perspective and the awareness that the gods had of following tradition that was dictated by the humans who worshipped them. In Cast of Moonlight, I loved Kaylin and the world of Elantra. I’ll definitely being checking out Cast in Shadows, the first book in The Chronicles of Elantra series. I did not really enjoy Retribution. I found the protagonist did not hold my interest. Overall, an entertaining collection.
Lindsey Rojem
I primarily chose this for the Mercedes Lackey story, but they were all a bit disappointing. Hers felt too quick and simple, no real plot or descriptions. The second one I had trouble following, there was no real world-building and the characters didn't stand out. The third had potential, but I won't continue the series.
I originally added this to my TBR for the 500 Hundred Kingdoms story, which I did really enjoy. It very much follows the Tradition and pattern of the other books in the series, while providing an intriguing take on the Hades & Persephone tale.

The other two stories introduced new series to me, and I found both to be very interesting. I will be going to check out the full-length books in those.
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3* for A Tangled Web. Didn't like the others.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Provides clarification on the later book in the Elantra series! Interesting!
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got it mostly for the "Cast in Moonlight" novella, which was excellent. I did not like "Retribution" at all, and "A Tangled Web" was just ok.
Finished book on 7/10/15 .Full review to come! =0p

I got this book so I can continue with Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Misty is my 2nd fav author.

Harvest Moon surprised me because I discovered Michelle Sagara's writing specifically her Chronicles of Elantra series. I had never heard of Michelle Sagara before I read her short story in this anthology. I fell in love with her writing style and her series! Smiles.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an ARC that I won from
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
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommend, fantasy, shorts
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
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'
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
Lynda Tatad
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
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
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
Jen A.
Oct 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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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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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