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Festival Moon (Merovingen Nights, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 1987

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Book 1 of 7 in the Merovingen Nights Series

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C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at

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Product Details

  • Series: Merovingen Nights
  • Mass Market Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; First Edition edition (April 7, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886771927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886771928
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Loughlin on April 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Let me clarify the numbering is really confusing on thisseries. Angel with a Sword is written by Cherryth alone, and has nonumber on the cover. Festival Moon is the first anthology, and islabeled #1 on the spine of the book. And I'm sure because I'm staring right at the book and just re-read both books this weekend. Angel With a Sword definitely preceeds Festival Moon.
Staring with Angel with a Sword, you get your introduction to the space/medieval world of Merovin, though the whole series takes place in one city, Merovingen. It is a Venice-like city of canals and corruption both, with Borgia like clans plotting against each other.
Medeival/space worlds are fun, and there is no world builder like Cherryth. The mix in this world is due to a human colony being bombed back to, if not the stone age, to barely industrial civilization after the planet must by treaty be handed over to the alien sharrh. Who don't do anything else (up to now) and leave the survivors to fragment and interestingly enough, decide that if they don't develop technology they will be left alone.
That may be true or not, but one of the most amusing parts to me is the religions that spring up over the whole issues of 1) how do we explain what happened and why we are here 2) how to control the masses. It is an analogy not difficult to draw back to Earth and provide a good spoof on the whole organized religion wagon. The only exception in the religious main triad of adventist, revantist, and janist, is that the janists (followers of jane morgoth) wish to bring BACK technology, though out of caution to do so subtly.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on February 20, 2001
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This is actually *not* the first book in the series, but only the first anthology (see also ANGEL WITH THE SWORD, the first novel).

The Ancestors, those few humans who refused to be evacuated before Union's treaty turned the planet Merovin over to the alien sharrh, have been cursed for fools by all the generations of their descendants. Festival-time marks the anniversary of the Scouring, when the sharrh razed the abandoned human cities.

Incidentally, Merovin = the planet, Merovingen = the city where the series takes place.

My comments on the individual stories in the book are alphabetized by author, but the book is actually written in a braided format - the total effect from beginning to end is a continuous flow of events. The stories are interdependent to a greater or lesser degree; all of the anthology volumes are written in this style (ANGEL WITH THE SWORD is the anomaly, since it is a novel written by Cherryh alone).

Abbey, Lynn: "First-Bath" - Introducing the Kamat family: Richard, promoted to House-Head on his father's untimely death; Marina, his younger, irresponsible sister; Andromeda, their mother, originally from Nev Hettek, whose unusual love-match marriage with their late father cut her off from her Adventist family. Richard and Marina are only 3rd-generation hightowners; their grandfather, Hosni, was a sheepherder who founded the family business, and discovered the formula for making First-Bath dye.

The Kamats from this point on are major characters, and a rising power in Merovingen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Camfield on August 10, 2010
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I always liked this series which continued on after the author's first novel in the setting. The short story anthologies are really like round robin books, i.e., different authors contribute and create characters and situations as the story progresses forward. I was drawn into this by the characters in the first novel, and you become somewhat addicted wanted to see how events go forard. You have the situation of a Venice like city state with feuding families, a society of canalers who live on the water, and various merchants, adventurers, etc. I was always sorry to see the series end.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Anderson on April 12, 2014
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Thanks, nice book, good reading. This is a waste of my time. I don't see why I have to type so much.
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