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Moonlight: A fractured Celtic retelling of THE SWAN PRINCESS (Crowns of the Twelve Book 2) by [Hunter, Ann]
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"It's kind of ethereal"
--Kat's Indie Reads

"
With her gift for writing, Ann Hunter will sweep you away into a fairytale world that will steal your heart and fuel your imagination"
--The Tome Tender (Amazon top 500 reviewer)

"Look no further, this is your book!"

--Lily Anderson

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Although a story for young adults, this was a fun novel and was easily read in an afternoon"
--In D'Tale Magazine, Oct 2014 -- *Moonlight received magazine's crown of excellence for YA*
indtale.com/reviews/young-adult/moonlight-crowns-twelve

From the Author

I, too, once knew of a selfless girl with a selfless love, and let me tell you something: to lose that is to allow goodness to disappear from existence. Ask yourselves how dark the world would be without girls like Aowyn.
--Sylas Mortas, FALLEN

***
As the summer months approached, Aowyn spent only enough time at the castle to check on her father and more and more time with her brothers and Xander. Watching Ciatlllait's belly grow sickened Aowyn. Normally Aowyn enjoyed summer, but the oncoming heat only reminded her time dwindled, and a new heir would inherit the crown. It troubled her, but she kept distracted enough to avoid completely agonizing over it. However, Aowyn noticed something strange about Ciatlllait. The bigger her belly got, the more tired and weaker Ciatlllait became. She remained testy, but did not come across with the will to exercise total dominion. Aowyn began to wonder if the pregnancy might be taking more out of Ciatlllait than a normal woman. Aowyn wondered if it was affecting Ciatlllait's powers.
Aowyn sat brooding about it one night, oblivious as Xander came to the shore of An Cuan Áille and lowered himself beside her. He had learned to keep quiet on nights like these. Aowyn beheld the moon and the two stars beside it. If Ciatlllait was growing weak, it would be the ideal time to strike.
Xander's hand crawled over the loam and rested on Aowyn's. He squeezed it gently.
Aowyn inhaled sharply. She blinked as she jostled from her reverie and offered a smile.
Xander smiled back and squeezed her hand again. He bumped his shoulder into Aowyn's. "Tell me your name," he whispered.
Aowyn looked away sadly. You know I cannot.
Xander turned her face back to him. "I cannot call you love names forever."
Aowyn's brothers swam quietly in the water. They had begrudgingly come to accept Xander. Caoin Croí began singing in his swan voice which sounded more lovely and sad than many others of his kind. His brothers bobbed their heads and began to honk rhythmically.
A...
Oh...
Win...
Aowyn gazed out across the waters. She listened closely.
A...
Oh...
Win....
Aowyn's eyebrows met. She leaned her head to one side.
Her brothers honked again one by one.
A...
Oh...
Win...
Aowyn glanced at Xander. She tilted her head towards her brothers. Xander listened closely to the song. One white swan honked a middle note. The next one went up on the scale. The black one honked lowly. The honks became more distinct in his ears.
A...
Oh...
Win...
Xander turned quickly to Aowyn. "Aowyn?"
Aowyn lit up and nodded emphatically.
Xander smiled brightly. His free hand reached for her cheek and pulled her close. He leaned his forehead against hers.
Aowyn's heartbeat quickened. She shut her eyes and breathed deeply.
"Aowyn...." Xander murmured. His nose touched hers.
Aowyn's lips parted.
Rógaire honked loudly.
Aowyn's eyes opened, and she glared at the white swan.
Lorgaire and Choróin joined in. Their honks sounded like laughter. They gurgled and teased her.
Xander tossed a stick at them.
Choróin hissed at Xander as his brothers scattered.
"Come now, feathers," Xander called, "give me a little slack."
Aowyn giggled and chewed her lower lip.
Xander's gaze returned to her.
Aowyn blushed. She glanced down at their hands and wove their fingers together. Xander lifted their intertwined hands and kissed Aowyn's, never taking his eyes from hers.
Aowyn leaned against him and rested her head on his shoulder. She looked to mother moon and the two shining brothers beside her and for a moment felt whole again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2827 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Afterglow Productions; 1 edition (March 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IRUBQR6
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Another fantastic book by Ann Hunter!!!

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.
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Moonlight by Ann Hunter is another interesting and engaging story that will unleash your imagination and have you following each character closely while wondering how important decisions will affect the lives of others. I was happy to see this book turned out to be a prequel to The Subtle Beauty which I had also just read and reviewed and enjoyed. It was nice seeing the story of the characters in that book unfold and both stories to inter relate.

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. *
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“Moonlight” comes as a sort of retelling of the classic folktale “The Swan Princess” and as a prequel to Ann Hunter’s first book “The Subtle Beauty”.
It’s not a very long story, but it is very well written. It is very nicely paced and descriptive enough to give you the image of where it is set. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable reading!

The story is all about love, patience, bravery and selflessness, and how all that will always conquer evil, hate and cruelty. All of these set in the middle of Celtic Myth, which makes for a really great combination. It is a nice fairy tale that completely sucks you in and has you rooting for some of the characters (no spoilers here for my fellow readers).

I was given this ebook for free for my honest opinion and unbiased review, and I am really happy I read it because I really loved it! I am curious now to see what comes next from Ann Hunter’s #CrownsoftheTwelve.
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This is a retelling of the classic folktale; the Swan Princess.It is a short, well written and enjoyable book. The story is about love, duty, patience and evil. Every element is tested through these 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.
It was an enjoyable light read to pass your day, It was a well written book.
#CrownsoftheTwelve
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Moonlight is a retelling of the classic folktale; the Swan Princess.
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!
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