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Ill Met by Moonlight Mass Market Paperback – November 28, 2006
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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 destroy her. But Elizabeth not only has mortal and elven defenders, she has the true sight and therefore can see through a sidhe disguise. Lackey and Gellis continue their superior blending of English folklore and history as they briskly cover the 10 years or so between the death of Jane Seymour and that of Henry. It is useful, though not necessary, to have read This Scepter'd Isle beforehand. Anyone who knows the period will appreciate this book all by itself. Frieda Murray
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Mercedes Lackey is the author of the Bardic Voices series and the SERRAted Edge series (both Baen), the Heralds of Valdemar series (DAW), and many more. Of her writing, Stephen King has stated, ¿She¿ll keep you up long past your bedtime,¿ and Locus raved, ¿Lackey is one of the best storytellers in the field.¿ Among her popular Baen titles are The Fire Rose, The Lark and the Wren, The Shadow of the Lion (with Eric Flint and Dave Freer) and This Scepter¿d Isle, the prequel to Ill Met by Moonlight, written in collaboration with Roberta Gellis. She lives in Oklahoma.
Roberta Gellis is author of over 25 novels in different fields. New York Times best-selling author John Jakes has called her ¿a superb storyteller of extraordinary talent,¿ Publishers Weekly has termed her ¿a master of the medieval historical,¿ and Romantic Times has praised her as ¿a master spinner of tales.¿ Her many awards include: The Silver and Gold Medal Porgy for historical novels from West Coast Review of Books and the Golden Certificate and Golden Pen from Affaire de Coeur. From Romantic Times she has received both the Award for Best Novel in the Medieval Period and also the Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical Fantasy. And the Romance Writers of America have presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award..
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This is the second book of four and begins four years after the end of the previous book, "This Scepter'd Isle". It has taken this time for Elizabeth's Elven protector, Denoriel, a Bright Court Elf, to recover from the serious injury he received in a fight with Dark Court Elves at the end of the first book. The ruler of the Dark Court, was also seriously injured and has been slowly recovering, still vowing to keep Elizabeth from coming to the throne.
The plots and counter-plots of the two courts are woven around the actual lives of the mortal characters - Elizabeth, her younger half-brother, the future Edward VI, and her older half-sister, the future Bloody Mary - and their interaction with their awe- (and sometimes terror-) inspiring father, Henry VIII, and his last three wives. The book ends with Henry's death and its repercussions in the two Elven Courts..
The real and fictional mortals and the entirely (?) fictional elves are once again portrayed so realistically that the reader comes away feeling that this is the true history of the period and non-fiction is what is false.