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A Trace of Moonlight [Kindle Edition]

Allison Pang
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Drinking from the waters of lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe . . . these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.

Abby’s pact with a daemon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal, then gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. On top of everything else, she’s lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy. Only one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3313 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (30 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL5C02
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jeannie Zelos TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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abby has drunk the waters of Lethe and become a sacrificial tithe in a bargain with a demon to save her friends. By the usual exciting and unforeseen curcumstances they struggle to rescue her and though they manage to recover her memory other devastating acts occur and she falls into a handfasting with talivar ( what a gentleman - i love him but the i love poor Ion too...). poor Ion disappears, they can't find Melanie despite needing her to save the Eidolon Tree, the queen is still insane, mMoira still conflicted - its business as usual.
Once again we ride a rollercoaster of events and each time Abby seems safe something else happens as a sdie effect of whatever others have been doing. I really feel for poor talivar - he's had a terrible life so far and yet is a true gentleman and loves abby dearly, but the there's Ion - took him some time to recognise his feelings for abby and he's had a crap start in life too...Can they share, can there be two Abbys - maybe someone else will come along for one of them, but not in this book :( they both struggle with trying to do best by abby and yet loving her deeply.
Its a cracking book and i can't wait for the next adventure with them. Thats the problem with sereis - gives a great chance for lots of adventure and emotion and yet we always seem to be waiting on what happens next.
allison manages to wrap up the adventures in this book, and leave suggestions for what happens next very neatly without using the awful cliffhangers that so many authors resort to in order to keep reader hooked. If the story is good enough - as this is - then we don't need a hook that frustrated and (in my case) irritates to be persuaded to buy more books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, nice finish to the series 1 Jan. 2013
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So after becoming the Tithe, Abby has no memory. As she floats around thinking she has a perfectly happy life, she stumbles on Taliver & Moira discussing her and realises life isn't as she thinks it is. She accidentally turns Ion mortal, becomes handfasted to Taliver (not accidentally but not planned either), gets killed and comes back to life (thanks to Phineas). She has to save the Barras as well as the Key and also Ion - so all in a days work then?

OK, so it took me a long time to get into this book and the only reason I can come up with is that, at the beginning, it wasn't really Abby but a very twittery little child-person. As soon as she became herself again, I didn't want to put it down (stupid need to sleep made me put it down though ~ grrr) - and Pang didn't disappoint. This is full of the usual humour and sexiness that we've come to expect from the previous books.

Sadly the last book in the series, as announced by Pang on her blog, but it seems like the story has been ended nicely. There's no cliff hanger ending or anything so I can't help but wonder is Pang had planned this from the beginning, and if that's the case - it's a good and bad thing. Bad that the series is finished but good if the series got its planned ending.

If you haven't read this series, I suggest giving it a read. Great world building with some great characters (Phin being my favourite).
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE Loved it 10 Dec. 2012
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This series gets better and better. Keep up the good work. I will definitely be buying the next book. I cant wait. PLEASE hurry!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Trace Of Moonlight by Allison Pang 3 Nov. 2012
By Tori @SmexyBooks - Published on
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Favorite Quote: "Clap if you believe! Clap if you believe!"

SPOILERS ahead from book two. At the end of Slivers Of Shadows, Abby offered herself up as the Tithe which enabled the Faerie Queen to reopen the Crossroads. Abby loses her memory in the process and A Trace Of Moonlight opens to Ion doing his best to help Abby regain her memory in the Dreaming.

Abby Sinclair has been to hell, come back, then went voluntarily back again. She is currently sequestered in the Seelie Queen's palace, having been convinced she is in love with and marrying the Queen's son, Taliver. When Ion comes to her in a dream, begging her to remember and giving her a priceless gift, the fog that has obscured her mind begins to slowly lift. A chance meeting with Maurice, a mortal who has attempted to destroy the Otherworld throughout the series, brings back all her memories and causes her to lose the amulet. With all her memories intact, Abby has some issues with decisions that have been made for her and wants to go home. The Queen doesn't agree with her plan and her attempts to belay Abby's plans causes an impromptu handfasting between Taliver and Abby. Taliver and Abby escape the palace and head to the Unseelie Court. Taliver takes his place as the rightful king and steps up his efforts to find Maurice and the amlet. When a band of mercenaries attack the Unseelie Court and damage the Eildon Tree, Ion appears and uses the confusion to pull Abby through to the veil; therefore breaking the spell that trapped her in the Otherworld. Now the race is on as Abby must find away to save Ion, save the tree, and save Faerie before she loses everyone and everything she loves.

This was a hard book to read and review. As the supposed end to this series, Pang had multiple storylines to finalize and resolve, just in case she doesn't continue the series. This series continues to be an intricate blend of reality and dreams that thrive on deception, betrayal, and jealousy. A strong character driven arc, every action is suspect, every word a double edge sword. Witty and snarky dialogue continue to keep you giggling though the situation is at its most serious here. While I adore the fast, explosive action and twisted nature of the characters and storyline, I found the love triangle put a damper on my enjoyment. During Slivers Of Shadows, I thought Abby had finally found what she needed with Taliver. Ion is wonderful, but as an incubus, Abby never knew if her feelings for him were hers or a reaction to his true nature. Taliver cannot make Abby feel what she doesn't want to for him, so it felt more natural. He loves her for her. Not for her powers as a Dreamer. Not for her powers as a keystone. Yet, Abby continues to string both Ion and Taliver along, choosing to use on going threats as a way to avoid making a decision. She flips back and forth between them, then when she gets caught, she shrugs, feels bad, then resumes her antics. It was disappointing. I lost respect for her and the storyline. Perhaps if she would have reflected some to us on why she loved them, I would have enjoyed it more. But she doesn't and nothing in the book convinced me she does. Do I believe Ion and Taliver love her? Yes. But her actions made it feel like she regarded them as a booty call.

The main conflict was, thankfully, executed better. Both courts struggle to keep the Eildon Tree alive and the Crossroads open as Taliver attempts to find Maurice and the amulet as Abby searches for Melanie. Abby finds herself at a loss when the true meaning of Ion's gift reveals itself. Abby has to trust and accept herself, flaws and all, in order to help her friends. Closely guarded secrets and agendas unravel, forcing Abby to accept help from allies and enemies alike as they all race to stop the end of Faerie.

Ms. Pang's wonderful voice continues to resonate through here. She owns this series with her theme of a human, with no real defensive powers, fighting for a supernatural world. Unpredictability continues to permeate the arc till the very end. The story reads fast and easy even as you feint left and right in order to keep up.

The secondary characters continue to explode across the pages with their richly developed personalities and vivacious appetites. Each one plays their role in the overall resolution of the arc brilliantly. Phin continues to delight us as he struts, flounces, and generally annoys everyone. Melanie still has to be my favorite character as she has always had Abby's back and tries so hard to help her navigate this dangerous world. I loved seeing a more intimate view of Nobu. I do hope Pang eventually writes his and Melanie's story.

"...she is in my arms, the caged bird is nearly free...I want to capture that part...if I try too hard, I'll merely crush her...oh Gods...I have to let her go...

Happy sigh.

The ending left me confused and a little lost. We are given a clear cut resolution to the main conflict and answers to almost all our questions. Only one is left open and unfortunately, Pang made that particular storyline an important part of the arc, so the lack of an answer was disappointing. External forces intervene and force Abby into a situation in the end that leaves us wondering.

Regardless though, I recommend this series to all readers who are looking for an imaginative urban fantasy series that hits all the high notes and then some. As I stated earlier, as of right now, this is the last book in the series. If Ms. Pang chooses to write more, I'll definitely read them, but I really felt the the arc suffered overall because Abby and her adventures had to fight against the continuing love triangle.

Overall Rating: B-
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as stupid, but more confusing 2 Jan. 2013
By Kathy Davie - Published on
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Third in the Abby Sinclair urban fantasy series revolving around Abby, a half-fae, half-human KeyStone who can function as a TouchStone to anyone.

My Take
The writing is getting better and Abby is being less of a ditz. Although that's not really saying much as she's a major idiot at the beginning. I still want to slice her up with a sword. Stupid woman. After overhearing that conversation in the garden, I do NOT understand how she could interpret it as she does. I suspect someone just read this section over quickly and couldn't be bothered with a proper editing job.

It's not exactly a raving endorsement to read this, I realize. I do like Pang's basic storyline. It's interesting how she's created a fey culture with these particular twists. But Abby is so stupid. And wishy-washy. Arghh. She's so clueless about how Faerie operates and she just rushes in, rushes off, releasing and connecting.

Worse, it's so damned confusing as to what is going on. Talivar wants her, doesn't want her. Ion has done something in the Dreaming Heart, but we don't really know what. Talivar is willing to share, but he's not. Talivar knows she loves Ion, but he's surprised to find out she does. I mean, WTF? I simply got another headache trying to make sense of this.

Maurice's escape was confusing. Fair, I suppose, as Abby was dying, so she was particularly coherent.

As horrific as Maurice is, why are they letting him wander around as unencumbered as they do?

I am confused as to where Abby's relationships sit with regards to Ion and Talivar. After events in A Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclaire, #2), I had thought she'd be off with Nobu and not luxuriating at the palace. This was all a bit vague and doesn't really improve. I get the impression that Talivar doesn't really want Abby...and then again I think he does. I suspect Pang intended to create a three-way conflict and it doesn't work until much further in. The whole bells thing was poorly done.

The Story
Abby drank from the River Lethe and pledged to be the Devil's Tithe. Meanwhile Moira, Phin, Talivar, and Ion are desperately trying to figure out how to save her without becoming oathbreakers.

But the memory loss doesn't hold and Abby must flee the Queen's displeasure. Right along with Talivar. And they fall into a new alliance that will have far-reaching consequences.

Now if they can just keep the Eidolon Tree from dying and find the escaped Maurice.

The Characters
Abby Sinclair is a Dreamer, a living KeyStone. She's also Moira's half-sister, and they share a father, True Thomas of Ercildune who is the Queen's Steward, lover, and her TouchStone. Phineas is a perverted little unicorn, whom I just adore.

Talivar is Abby's fiancé, Moira's brother. Moira is the heir to Faerie and making plans to take over from the mad Queen.

Ion/Brystion is an incubus, a daemon, who can move through dreams and is in love with Abby. He's desperate to help rescue her and pulls a very risky stunt. Sonja is his sister, a succubus.

Topher gives Abby options. Maurice was Moira's TouchStone until he wanted more than Moira could give. He's a poisonous toad who should have been watched much more carefully.

Back in Portsmyth
Roweena DuMont is the fae liaison between the Faery Court and the Protectorate's Council. Melanie is human, but a Door Maker with her violin, playing to open the Crossroads for those with the price. When Abby died, she ran, and no one can find her now. Benjamin is Moira and Robert's baby, half-fae and half-angel right up to the wings on his back. Charlie is Robert's girlfriend and very unhappy that he would cheat on her, but she does love Benjamin whom Moira left with her and Robert. Katy is a young human who is the TouchStone for Brandon, a werewolf who owns the Hallows, the OtherFolk pub. Katy is currently away at college. Didi is a PETA pixie sent off to hunt Melanie down.

The Unseelie Court
Kitsune leads the banished fae and has a proposition for Talivar. Jimmy Squarefoot, a piglike man, is one of the lesser fae and blessed with an excellent sense of smell.

Nobu is a daemon who knows Melanie very well, and he loves her. He will betray anyone for her.

OtherFolk are the elves, the fae, etc. To be able to travel the CrossRoads as they please and to stay in the mortal world without problems, they need a TouchStone. A human with whom they make a Contract. A KeyStone can TouchStone OtherFolk on contact, seeing the OtherFolk's inner personality.

The Cover
The cover is sparkles in the sunlit woods with Abby up front and center in her cropped, slip of a halter top and low-cut jeans, wearing her mother's necklace.

The title is consistent with the previous ones with its reference to a light, quick contact. And that's as close as it comes to being relevant to the story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 8 Nov. 2012
By Gimme The Scoop - Published on
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I really LOVE this series so much! Phineas is my hero! A Trace of Moonlight opens with Abby having no memories in Faerie but moves quickly and regains her memory and the action takes off from there. Without going into alot of detail an all out war breaks out when the Eildon Tree on the Crossroads is set on fire because it sort of kept peace amongst all the different creatures with it's hidden magic. Now sworn enemies must join forces to find the one person who they think may can save the tree and the future of the Crossroads but will they be in time? I'll never tell! LOL

The love triangle between Abby, Ion, and Talivar is a bit disturbing but I guess it's necassary to the story. I just dislike Abby having sex with both men and acting like it's supposed to be okay with everybody. Maybe she does really love both men even if in different ways and they obviously both love her even if they do have their own separate agendas but I still think she needs to choose one or the other and not keep stringing them both along. Heck I say dump um both! Who needs them when she has Phin for crying out loud? LOL
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Pang has kept me engaged with every twist and turn she had created for this installment. 31 Oct. 2012
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Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

I have rated A Brush of Darkness and A Sliver of Shadow 5 stars and now another well deserved 5 stars for A Trace of Moonlight. Ms. Pang has kept me engaged with every twist and turn she had created for this installment. I found myself either covering my mouth with surprise and excitement, or clutching my chest with sorrow from the turn of events.

This book takes off shortly after the A Sliver of Shadow had ended. Abby had sacrificed herself to save the ones she loves. Isn't that always the case with her? She is a strong heroine but she seems to put herself on the line each time. Everything she does is for the "otherworld" or her friends or her lovers and never taking any for herself. The result of her sacrifice (this time around), left her with amnesia, separated from her world, gravely injured and married to Talivar. From book one, Abby just keeps getting her ass kicked and always left with heartache or unresolved issues. One thing is for sure, she may not be a kick ass heroine but a strong one indeed.

The love triangle between Abby, Brystion, and Talivar continues however, at the end of this book, it is clear whom she will pick. She may be torn between two lovers, love and lust them equally but her heart, and soul only belongs to one man. These kind of relationships are never easy and no one ever walks away unscathed. I really felt bad for Talivar. I feel like Abby was stringing Talivar along until Ion comes back. Poor guy, my heart ached for him. He loved Abby so much that he is willing to take what he can get no matter how little or much it hurts to see her with another. I'm glad Ms. Pang finally gave this disfigured Prince the long overdue and well deserved recognition.

I have been team Brystion from the start and I still am. He is super sexy, super talented, but he can be selfish and demanding. Now that he finally found love, he thinks he is undeserving of Abby's love. Oh but he is dead wrong because love is not given because one deserves it, it is freely given because of what one feels for the other. And Abby feels deeply for him. No amnesia or even death can change that.

I am thrilled with how this book ended. Many issues were solved and some uncertainties were revealed. It is clear that Abby, Brystion and Talivar has grown and had began to accept what they are to each other and the world around them. The battle between the Seellie and Unseelie court seems to be ending. However, something tells me this is not the end of this world. Many avenues are left open for possibilities of a spin off or more installments to this series *crossing fingers*

Ms. Pang has an amazingly vivid imagination and she has me invested in all her characters and the plot of this story. If you have not read the first two books, I highly suggest you do so. There is just so much that you would be robbing yourself of a good read.

*ARC provided by publisher
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read...ready for the next installment. 5 Nov. 2012
By chellebel - Published on
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I wouldn't recommend reading this if you have not read the first two books. This is a series where you'd come in and be like what on earth? I definitely do not think this is a standalone book.

I do enjoy reading the author and the series. Why? I think the plot is interesting- I find it compelling and quite different from anything out there that I have read. The author has spun a world rich with humor and oddities that grab my attention and make me wish to learn (read) more. Sometimes I do think that Abby is a bit too stupid to live; however, I think she does it with because she seems to be thrown a lot of hardballs aimed at her face. I feel sorry for the woman. I mean seriously she has two men who may really love her (it's kind of hard to tell, since I assume that each one has his own hidden agenda) almost fighting over her. And then you get the hornycorn thrown into the mix.

I'm not sure how I feel about the love triangle that is an integral part of the storyline, but I don't think it's done where I feel repulsed by reading it.

I won't give any type of spoilers, but I'd like to say WOW. When's the next book come out?? Is there going to be a next book? There had better be!

Perhaps she'll be able to catch a bit of a break in the next one.
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