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Moonlight (Crowns of the Twelve) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 3, 2014
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The whole story was just too sad, between the deaths of her Mother & of 4 of the 6 brothers, the strange romance, the emotional abuse on Xander by his father & brother, over all made this just too sad for my taste. I don't enjoy reading stuff like that. I also didn't relate to the names of all the characters, though they may be from the Celtic origins of the story, they were just to confusing & most were too similar sounding to follow, I kept getting confused of who was who. There were quite a few incomplete ideas or gaps in the story that left this reader puzzled of intent or what happened or having to backtrack to see if I missed something. Like who/what was Sylas Mortas? He could have been any kind of creature, but I wanted to know what, to help me understand where the story was going with him. What was the bargain that Aowynn made with him? I was very confused over that bargain, took me a ways in to figure out her silence meant no speaking. Or who/what was Crwys? How did she inhabit the body of Ciatlllait? Were they separate identities? & what did some of the pharses translate too, like "Go dtachta an diabhal thú"? I don't know if that's Celtic/Gaelic or whatever, but I need a translation in order to appreciate it in a book written in English. The overall flow was very slow & choppy, I almost put the book down. The characters aren't super likable, the majority of the brothers were not likable in my opinion. Princess Aowyn was ok, not the type of heroine I would have thought. Xander, just seemed odd until near the end. Just not enough background/world building to get more of a feeling for the characters to like them.
As said in the the synopsis….this is a retelling of The Swan Princess and what a retelling it is!!! It is also the love story of Xander and Aowyn (briefly told in her first book of the series: The Subtle Beauty).
I loved that again, Celtic lore was woven in the story. If I haven’t mentioned before, I love anything Celtic. This obsession started when I was in my teens and I haven’t lost my love for it over the years.
I loved Aowyn’s devotion to her brothers andand to her mother’s memory.
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I reccomend it to family and friends? Yes
Age range? Elementary school (4th grade) on up.
In Moonlight, Aowyn is growing up in a household with six brothers and her and her mother are extremely close. Caitillait, the housemaid brings an uneasiness to Aowyn's mother... something she can't quite explain but she keeps it inside and does not send her away because she feels she doesn't have good reason to. Sadly Caitillait is not what she seems and has a part in the reason Aowyn's mother dies. She casts a spell on Aowyn's father and they end up sending the brothers away and turning them into swans.
Aowyn wants desperately to help her brothers and to reunite her family and make them all see what has been happening. So she turns to Silas Mortas and makes a pact to help her brothers but things go from bad to worse and once again good and evil are pitted against each other.
I don't want to give the whole story line away so I will leave you guessing at what will unfold! Some adventure, some love and a story that will touch your heart. Another great read from Ann Hunter and one I think you will really enjoy.
* I received this ebook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. *
It is a short, well written and enjoyable book. The story is about love, duty, patience and evil. Each element is tested through the characters, making them go far and beyond for the things and people they cherish.
The MC Princess Aowyn is a favorite to the Queen;her mother while her six brothers are in favor of the King. But when her dear mother dies, the young princess vows to protect her family at all cost.
She is young but very strong, patient and bright.
Love conquers all, is a quote that is well played through out this fairy-tale.
Because of Love, Aowyn is able to defeat Ciatlllait's( who was her mother's handmaiden) evil endeavors. She was also able to overcome the extremely difficult deal that she made with the dark creature (Sylas Mortas) in order to save her brothers from the vicious curse.
I also enjoyed the budding love between Aowyn and Xander. Their love felt innocent, sweet and pure. They were both young and experiencing family related challenges in their lives. Fate brought them together and with time, fell in love.
If you want an enjoyable light read to pass your day, Look no further, this is your book!