Wednesday, October 31, 2012

ARC Review - A Trace of Moonlight (Abby Sinclair #3) by Allison Pang

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.

Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Pocket
Genre: Urban fantasy, PNR, fae
Pages: 384
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Review:  Allison Pang's vivid imagination takes reader's of A Trace of Moonlight through a spectacularly visioned fae world, and into the human world without skipping a beat.  A Trace of Moonlight picks up right where A Sliver of Shadow left off.  Pang delivers on her trademark world building, as well as romantic tension and plot twists that had me wishing for more.

This story begins with Abby's memory still in limbo.  She made a huge sacrifice in the previous book and is still paying on it in this one.  Talliver is taking care of her and she is set to marry the sexy elf.  As much as Talliver loves Abby, he is truly trying to help her.  However, Brystion is still in the picture, trying to help Abby on his own by pulling her out of the fae land through her dreams.  This doesn't go according to plan, and Brystion finds himself in a very difficult personal position.

Talliver's mother, the queen is still crazy.  After Abby and Talliver wed, they are on the run from the queen.  Talliver and Abby spend just a tiny free time together, but it is sweet and we see just how much Talliver is in love with her.  Talliver, though, has other responsibilities, and we see Talliver take power from an unexpected place.  Talliver is a man of morals and great honor and he is willing to sacrifice himself for his brethren, even though Abby is the most important person in his life.

The elf hummed against my throat, punctuated by a series of tiny kisses.  "The future holds what it holds," he said finally, echoing my thoughts.  "We cannot predict it.  I have sat by the wayside of my own life for far too long, waiting for the right thing to happen at the right time.  Trying to be the good man.  The faithful son.  The supportive brother.  The cast-aside prince."

Brystion reappears and is not himself, yet doesn't seem to be too worried about it.  He seems to be reveling in a life that he thought was out of his reach, even if it kills him.  I like Brystion.  I really liked him after the first book in this series, but he lost me in A Sliver of Shadow.  He broke Abby's heart before, and although he still may be in love with her, I didn't like the sudden change in direction with his feelings in this book.

Abby, herself, had me pulling my hair out.  I don't mind love triangles.  I even love some of them.  However, this one gave me problems.  In A Sliver of Shadow, Abby seemed to grow closer and closer to Talliver.  Once Brystion wants back in the game in A Trace of Moonlight, she's ready to give him her heart.  There were too many places in this book where it seemed that Abby wanted to have her cake and eat it, too.  There are places where she tells Talliver that she loves him, and within a few chapters, is saying the same thing to Brystion.  I think that she loves both men, but at the same time, I think she's leading at least one of them on which I don't think is very fair.

The elf's arms curled tightly around me as he kicked his own horse forward,  "I love you, Abby," he murmured in my hear.  "Whatever happened, remember that."  I tucked the words into my mind, folding up the memory of the sound of his voice at that moment.  We stood on the precipice - like so many times before...  I kissed him, my lips brushing his cheek.  "I love you, too."

The rest of this book centers around the destruction of the Eildon Tree.  Without the tree, there is no Other worldly creatures.  Abby and friends spend a lot of time searching for Melanie and the evil doers who are trying to destroy the tree.  It turns into a good vs. evil story line that I was captivated with.

The ending of this book leaves a lot of questions, which isn't a good thing, because as of now, this is the last book in this series.  Abby finds herself at a personal crossroad and she still hasn't made many crucial decisions about her life.  I felt like a lot was left up in the air for a final book in a series, and am crossing my fingers that there will be more books in the future. No matter what small problems I had with this book, it is obvious that Allison Pang has a talent for creating mystical, fantasy worlds that draw the reader in.  Her characters have all shown growth since their introductions into the series, and I am very sad to see this series wrap up.  There are still so many possibilities!

I recommend this series to those who are fans of urban fantasy and fantastical worlds.  You won't be disappointed!


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