- File Size: 761 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (March 11, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 11, 2013
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00APEYAO8
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Tasked by her mother, the Faerie Queen Maeve, to reach an accord with her human counterpart, Mary Tudor, Rhiannon le Fay crosses the Veil into Tudor England--a portal that is thinning as the millennial "Convergence" approaches. The intersecting of these two worlds, Faerie and the mortal realm, will bring endless wars between the two unless Rhiannon's mission is completed.
For the virginal half-Faerie, half-human princess, the timing is dire, as the Inquisition's reign of terror is in full force. Even worse, Beltran, one of the "Blades of God," who enforces the papal edicts has picked up Rhiannon's trail. Intent on delivering to Bishop Bonner any soul suspected of devilry, Lord Beltran Nemesto makes quick work of Rhiannon's escort as he captures the princess.
Little did Beltran expect to be captured by Rhiannon. Her elfin beauty torments him far more than is seemly for a man of God. It is lust at first sight, but by the time Beltran reverses his original course and determines to protect Rhiannon from the inquisitors, it is too late.
Eluding his custody at the country manor of the exiled Lady Elizabeth, Rhiannon makes her way to Hampton Court, where the sickly and pious Queen Mary believes her first an angel, and then a witch. Thrusts and parries of passion ensue on many levels as Rhiannon and Beltran's loyalties and faith are tested at first by their honor bound by their respective duties to kith and kin, and then to each other--especially when the ultimate sacrifice is required from both of them.
Navarre expertly employs "The Convergence" as a macrocosm of the religious struggle between the Faerie princess and the man called God's Vengeance. Herein lays the crux of the novel, as Faerie magick and Christian dogma collide repeatedly across time and space.
"Magick by Moonrise's" romantic heat is sensual, stirring and puissant--enough to empower Rhiannon and Beltran to overcome the deep chasm that separates them. Navarre's lush writing style, which deftly appeals to the senses, describes the unbridled lust stirring in Beltran while he debates with himself over his duties, loyalties and honor. Alternatively, she artfully reveals the euphoria of feminine ecstasy that comes with submission of heart and soul.
Book One of Navarre's Magick Trilogy, "Magick by Moonrise," will leave fans of fantasy and romance eagerly awaiting the series' next installment.
This novel incorporates Arthurian Lore, Faerie Legend, Angels and the history of Mary I and Elizabeth I -- one would think this mix would result in a hodge-podge of a story but, no, Laura Navarre's Magick by Moonrise has got to be one of the most intelligent, most focused, most absorbing stories to be published this year.
The author weaves each element intricately into the story of Rhiannon and Beltran and presents a very clear narrative structure, which takes you through a well-paced exposition and rising action before providing a breathtaking resolution to their story.
This is a story that shows development and growth. Like building blocks, each chapter contributes to the journey our hero and heroine take: moving forward, there is a deconstruction of their former selves and a reconstruction of a new one. When the story ends, Rhiannon and Beltran have undergone a profoundly personal transformation.
The beauty of Magick by Moonrise is that it works very well as historical fiction and just as wonderfully as historical romance -- but Laura Navarre decided to up the ante and created this incredible world that appeals to all of one's senses. It is immersive and enchanting in its beauty and menace.
The full review can be read at Love Saves the World
Rhiannon's plight was dire; the half-human, half-Fae princess was tasked with entering the mortal world to persuade England's Queen Mary to agree to a peace treaty with the Fae. If they didn't come to an agreement before the Convergence, the mingling of their two realms would end in war and destruction. As if her task wasn't challenging enough, Rhiannon happened upon the one man who could easily put an end to her quest; the Blade of God, Lord Beltran. Though he saved her life, as God's Vengeance he was tasked with bringing the "witch" in for questioning, which meant she was his prisoner. From start to finish, it seemed that Rhiannon just could not catch a break, and the bravery and strength she exhibited throughout every challenge made her such a lovable heroine. Her cruel and powerful sister Morrigan, Beltran and the wrath of the Church, and even creatures from her own realm all stood in her way, but she refused to give up. It was no wonder that Beltran became completely captivated and drawn to her despite his disbelief in her claims, and my oh my was he one sexy man of vengeance!! Turns out he had some secrets of his own as well, which was such a clever twist and made Beltran's role in the journey something else entirely as he questioned everything he stood for.
There is clearly a great deal of treachery still to come in this series as the Convergence draws closer and Morrigan's witchcraft gains strength. I'm nervous for these characters, because there's no doubt it's going to be painful both physically and emotionally for them! Laura Navarre is a fantastic writer, with polished storytelling and breathtaking descriptions of her mesmerizing world. I do worry that some readers will be deterred by the way the story gets bogged down on occasion, because it's a heavy read and I found myself wanting to skim from time to time. However, I still loved Beltran and Rhiannon's tale and I have no doubt that fans of historical romance will thoroughly enjoy it as well!