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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: Beneath the Thirteen Moons by Kathryne Kennedy

Can a prince and a smuggler help each other in this wonderful water world?
Beneath the Thirteen Moons by Kathryne Kennedy.

    Beneath the Thirteen Moons
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402236514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402236518
     Price: Print $7.99
           Kindle $6.99
     Genre: Fantasy Romance
     My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

Product Description:
He's a ruler in a divided world...

In the magical, watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com'nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the people he rules. Until the day he is accidentally kidnapped by a beautiful outlaw smuggler and is forced to open his eyes to the world outside his palace walls.

She's an outcast, but at least she has her independence...

Mahri Zin would stop at nothing to save her village, and when they needed a healer she didn't think twice about kidnapping one. But when she realizes that the healer she so impulsively stole is none other than the crown prince of the Sea Forest, Mahri knows that this is her only chance to change the fate of her people...
Review: What a wonderful imagination this author has! I was captured by the alien water world immediately and then fell in love with the strong characters too.

Mahri is a smuggler who is able to use the power of the forbidden zabbaroot. The leaders of the Sea Forest set rules which reserve the root, as well as most education, to the “Royals”.  Mahri has learned to use the root to help her navigate the channels of her water planet as she plies her trade and explores her world.  Mahri is skilled and  fiercely independent but part of that independence is due to the fact that she lost her lifemate and child to the plague and refuses to become “heart-dependent” ever again.

Prince Korl has never met anyone as wild, beautiful and stubborn as this intriguing “water rat”, as he calls her. He has been raised in the soft surroundings of a palace although he seems to adapt pretty quickly to the rough life on Mahri’s small vessel. Even though he can’t trust Mahri, who has kidnapped him, he can’t help but be drawn to her amazing uniqueness. But of course Royals are not supposed to mix with commoners.

As they face numerous external challenges Korl tries to offer help but Mahri stubbornly refuses.  Korl’s trained authority smacks against Mahri’s determined independence. The sparks fly through their battle ground of wills as well as through the currents of attraction they both want to deny.

When circumstances force them to work together it is Korl who is willing to make that sacrifice first.  Mahri is just too afraid of the possible pain to allow herself to love Korl back.  It is somewhat frustrating that Mahri would rather push herself to the edge of death than accept help. She nearly kills herself as she tries to escape from love. However, the story would miss some of its fantasy and enchantment if her actions didn’t lead her to extremes -- on several occasions.

There is wonderful tension between these characters in an absolutely beautiful fantasy world. I loved the Sea Forest with the tree villages, the unique plants and sea creatures.  Mahri’s special pet monkfish, Jaja, is a character who adds warmth to Mahri’s self imposed loneliness and also adds humor and joy. 

The story is fast paced. There are human enemies in addition to dangers in the environment.  This is the second story I have read by Ms. Kennedy and I will be glad to fall into the enchanted worlds I am sure she creates in all of her books.  If you like fantasy romance and unique worlds - give yourself a magical treat and read this story.

Thank you to Sourcebooks for the book to read and review and for providing TWO copies  for Giveaway!


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