Type: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
Drinking from the waters of lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe . . . these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems. Abby’s pact with a daemon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal, then gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. On top of everything else, she’s lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy. Only one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.
I’ve been waiting for this book to come out FOREVER *wails*, ok, fine, like a year but that feels like forever to an avid book lover. I’m glad to report back, after reading, A Trace Of Moonlight was worth the wait! I love this book and the series as a whole is simply amazing! Allison Pang combines urban fantasy with romance effortlessly (well probably not for her, heh, but for the reader) resulting in complex world building, intense story lines and characters that will entice, repulse and actively engage you! Not once did I ever feel that the story line lagged or got wordy.
Abby Sinclair is an unlikely heroine with her imperfect body, her seizures and her complete lack of kick butt fighting skills. She makes up for it in spades with her enormous heart and loyalty for those she cares for, to the point of being the sacrificial lamb. While I sometimes wanted to shake her for her selflessness, I could admire her fearless ability to do so. She just an awesome character all around. Completely real. Her love life is messy and hopelessly strung between two men, her demon lover Brystion and her Prince Charming Taliver. She loves both for different reasons but ultimately her connection with Brystion always seems to be strongest. It may be because she feels she should be with Taliver on principal, they have more in common, he seems to need her more and she’s loyal to him almost to a fault. The heart knows no bounds though and she craves the touch of Brystion. Though he has hurt her on more than one occasion. Their connection in her dream state binds them more tightly then I think either wanted to admit, at least at first. There are places Taliver just can’t touch in Abby, and Brystion has full access to all those and more.
So okay, the romance….awesome. The world building? Just short of fantastic! Everything about this book and the series is wrote with a lushness you just don’t find much anymore. Readers should be able to completely envision the world around them and get lost in the feel and tone of the book effortlessly. It’s almost all encompassing. I found chunks of time missing when I looked at the clock lol. I was captivated. Demon, fairies, angels…A Trace Of Moonlight has it all. There are times I was reminded of the movie The Cell, in which the characters got the chance to enter others dreams. It’s both creepy and cool at the same time not to mention probably dangerous to the persons psyche, especially when dealing with a killer to begin with.
I enjoyed the evolving relationship with Melanie and Nobu who we have both previously met in the prior two books. I wasn’t sure what to make of him in the past but the reader gets the chance to finally see where his loyalties lie and how his involvement will most likely shape future story lines. Ok course Phin, the quirky talking unicorn is still with us and really, I just love his snarky, no nonsense attitude that keeps the laughs coming with every one liner he delivers. He’s an integral part of each book and his complete uniqueness sets him apart from other urban fantasies on the market currently. The ending….oh the ending…I WANT MORE NOW!!!!! I won’t spoil the little/big surprise though. Even if I’m trembling with wanting to……
Allison Pang is in a category ll her own and she delivers yet another winner for me! I loved this book and encourage urban fantasy and paranormal romance readers alike to check it out and discover the awesomeness for yourself!
I give A Trace Of Moonlight by Allison Pang 5 stars!