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Harvest Moon (Luna): A Tangled Web / Cast in Moonlight / Retribution

Harvest Moon (Luna): A Tangled Web / Cast in Moonlight / Retribution [Kindle Edition]

Mercedes Lackey , Michelle Sagara , Cameron Haley
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A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey

Kidnapping Persephone should have been easy. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple--and the wrong goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back...

Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara

Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, fugitive and attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra--if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

Retribution by Cameron Haley

In the underworld, there are tricks to killing. Like executing rivals at crossroads so ghosts won't follow you home. But sometimes retribution is hard to avoid--and now a supernatural hit man has a contract on Domino Riley's life. Luckily she knows a thing or two about death...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Luna (1 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068WNQBO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book contains three novellas; they are each very different from the others.

The first is Mercedes Lackey's A Tangled Web, which is a retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone. It's an amusingly writting light fantasy tale, following on from her 500 Kingdoms novel The Sleeping Beauty. It's best, although not essential, to have read Sleeping Beauty so that you understand where two of the main characters arrived where they are. Knowing your Greek myths also helps. Although I do like Lackey's books, hers was actually my least favourite of the three, because for me it lacked depth. It was a pleasant enough way to pass an hour, but not a story I'd set aside time to read again. Although I might read it again if I had time and nothing else with which to fill it.

The second is Michelle Sagara's Cast in Moonlight. It's the prequel to her 'Cast' series and tells the story of how Kaylin Neya joined the Hawks (police force) at the age of thirteen. Like the series that spawned it, it's a relatively dark tale - this one dealing with the kidnapping torture, and murder of children. Hard for it to be light with that subject matter. But the characters are lively and engaging, and there is enough humour to offset the grim plot. For this reason, the story works well, and it's definitely one to re-read, especially if you have also read, or are planning to read, Sagara's 'Cast' books. Which I highly recommend.

The third story was by Cameron Haley, who was an author new to me. 'Retribution' is the story of a gangster sorceress who executes someone who attempted to kill her - just doing business - and ends up trying to avoid his death curse. As a gangster, the main character, Domino Riley, is hardly whiter-than-white.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2 out of 3 ain't bad 21 July 2013
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"Harvest Moon" contains a trio of fantasy novellas which accompany the full length novels the contributing authors have produced.

A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey

ML twists together pantheons and fairy tales to create a great addition to her "Five Hundred Kingdoms" series. As Persephone plots to be with the man she loves, Hades agrees to a fake kidnapping to get her out from the protective clutches of her mother Demeter. He tasks Thanatos (Death) to collect his beautiful blonde immortal wife to be only to discover his friend has kidnapped the wrong blonde. Now he and Persephone have to deal with Valkyrie Brunnhilde and explain exactly why she cannot be returned to her mortal lover Leo. Blasted Tradition is flaring to life as Leo undergoes a number of quests to release his beloved from the Underworld. 4 stars

Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara

If you've ever wondered how Kaylin ended up with the Hawks, then this novella will answer all your questions. There are also first time meetings with Lord Grammayre, Marcus Kassan and the Barrani's Teela and Tain. Kaylin is only 13 but she's suddenly keeping company with some powerful individuals and holding her own against them as she helps to uncover the magic user responsible for the gruesome murders of a growing number of children. 4 stars

Retribution by Cameron Haley

I haven't read "Mob Rules"; the full length novel available from this author so was a little of a loss when reading this short story. There's plenty of magic and violence surrounding leading lady Domino, not surprising as she is a "mob sorceress". She proves a strong character as she battles a hostile takeover and an inescapable death curse, yet she doesn't prove to be a likeable leading lady at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read 4 July 2012
By Sisalka
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Three novellas, three authors. Lackey's story is set in the Hundred Kingdoms background and is good fun. If you haven't checked out that series and like fairy tales with a twist and a good dollop of humour, that's the one for you. Her characters - as always - work and have interesting and distinctive voices. As this is 'only' a longer version of a short story don't expect a novel.

Sagara's novella I liked best, the characters and the setting were interesting, the weird and wonderful was credible and I fell for the quite multi-layered main character like everybody else she came across. Quite a good thing, when you think that she is not exactly sweetness and light. I likes it enough to check out Sagara's novels about the character in what seems to be a very enjoyable series.

Haley's is the weekest of the stories, perhaps because he is a relative newcomer. I didn't take to his main character at all. Its all all very well to write about a seriously aggressive character who is a sociopath but that means there is nothing in it for me as a reader to care either she lives or dies. I couldn't help but think that I didn't and the last story was the one I forgot first. There was just not enough there to make it interesting for me. Perhaps Greg Benage (Cameron Haley is his pseudonym) will remedy that in the full length novel about his character and give her more interest by loosing the psychopath and giving her some depth.

Summary: Nice summer read, great to get to know the authors, for stars instead of five because the third story just didn't do it for me.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting glimpse into three different series by three amazing authors 18 Oct 2010
By Donna - Published on
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This review is based on an ARC that I won from
Harvest Moon is an anthology of 3 novellas centered somewhat around the theme of the Harvest Moon. The world in each of these stories comes from a previous series by each of the authors. Tangled Webs is based on Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Cast In Moonlight is based on Michelle Sagara's Elantra series, and Retribution is a prequel novella to Cameron Haley's Underworld Cycle.

A Tangled Web was a re-imagining of the story of Persephone and Hades. I have enjoyed so many of Mercedes Lackey's books that its a surprise to me that this story was my least favorite of the three, it fell a bit flat for me especially in comparison to the other two. I've read her other books in The Five Hundred Kingdoms series and I enjoyed how, in this novella, "The Tradition" can even force Gods to bend to its will. The Greek Gods themselves act like spoiled children which is entertaining. I think a lot of the problem for me was that there were so many things going on in such a short story that the characters, for me, fell flat. Persephone herself reminds me of a whiny and defiant teenager while Demeter acts like one of those selfish, clingy talk show mothers that doesn't want their child to ever leave home, and Hades comes off as rather weak. When you add to the mix the strong personalities of Brunnhilde and Leopold from Norse mythology, a quest for Leopold to become immortal, and a mistaken identity kidnapping, there's a lot of plot to cover in such a short story. I would rate this one a 3

Cast in Moonlight was a compelling story set in the world of Elantra that I'm not at all familiar with having never read any of Sagara's previous work. Sagara writes this novella in a show don't tell style that had me rather lost in the first pages, not being familiar with the world, however, I was quickly caught up in 13 year old Kaylin's story. Through this novella, Kaylin Naya is captured trying to kill Lord Grammayre, finds herself reprieved from what she believed to be an automatic sentence of death, learns to face her many fears as well as embrace her magical ability and find her place among the Hawks in this unique world. I think this was a well written story and definitely got me interested in learning more about the world. There were a lot of characters introduced, but the main ones I felt were fully realized and the story itself was interesting and enjoyable
I would rate this a 4

Retribution was a hard hitting rather violent novella that introduces us to Dominica Riley, a tough as nails heroine that fits right into the Underworld of gangsters and sorcery. Actually, combining magic and gangsters was an interesting concept to me and I'm certainly left wanting to read more about this world. This short story, while violent and dark, was also an action packed page turner for me beginning with the first line "I was twelve years old the first time I killed a man" That certainly caught my attention and the story itself was a good introduction to The Underworld Cycle. This was my favorite story of the three, possibly because I enjoy the darker elements in my Urban Fantasy. Retribution is certainly appropriately named and was the main focus of the story, the desire for retribution, what you're willing to do, and the consequences. I look forward to reading more from Cameron Haley.
I would rate this one a 4

Overall, this was an entertaining read and an exciting glimpse into three amazing series by three great authors. I will definitely be continuing to read Lackeys 500 Kingdoms series as I have enjoyed all of the previous books I've read in that series. And now I have two more series of books on my to read list, I'm especially excited to read more from Haley. I'm giving Harvest Moon an overall rating of 4.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two good stories and a dud 4 Mar 2011
By Jacob's Beloved - Published on
I wanted to read this book for the first story by Mercedes Lackey, since I am a fan of the Five Hundred Kingdom series. This story featured Leopold and Brunnhilde in a setting straight out of Greek mythology. In short, I loved it. It weaves Leopold's quest for immortality in with the tale of Persephone and her union with Hades. The perspective is different from the usual story of a victimized Persephone, and turns her into a strong, young woman who will stop at nothing to be with the man she loves. To make Greek mythology fit in with the rest of the series, Lackey explains that the Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus are half-Fae who have forgotten their origins thanks to the power of The Tradition.
I am not familiar with the second author, Michelle Sagara. This short story is a prequel to her Chronicles of Elantra series and introduces the reader to the character of Kaylin Neya. I was a little lost when I began this story because of the variety of characters that I was introduced to at the very beginning. I actually was not even sure who the story was about at first. The story seemed a bit bogged down with details and descriptions, and Kaylin seemed to get lost in the mayhem of Sagara's attempt to introduce the reader to the world of Elantra in such a short tale. I stuck with it, though, and by the end of the story I was intrigued enough to want to continue on with the series in Cast in Shadow (The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1).
The third story, written by Caleron Haley, is meant to be a prequel to Mob Rules (Luna Books). I am not familiar with this author either, and when I began this story I realized immediately that this story was heavily-flavored with gangster-style speak and vocabulary, even more so than the urban fantasy elements. I really tried to adjust to the language used in the story, but the lack of explanation to accompany such terms as "juice" and "outfit", as well as the overabundance of foul-mouthed language and typical gangster lingo like "capping" someone mad me lose interest in the actual plot of the short story halfway through. I am sure there are other readers that enjoy this style of story-telling, but I am not one of them.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection! 3 Nov 2010
By Kiki Deister - Published on
A Tangled Web is the first novella in the book and is the story of the Greek god Hades and his bride Persephone. The usual tale is that Hades essentially kidnaps Persephone, forcing her to be his wife. Lackey's version is a fresh and often humorous retelling in which Persephone and Hades plot to be together despite the interference of Persephone's mother, Demeter. A pair of gods, Brunnehilde and Leopold, from Norse mythology added an interesting subplot and twist to the story, as well. The gods of Greek mythology were far more human in this version of the story, and far more relatable to the reader. Anyone who has read any of Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms novels will also recognize the references to "The Tradition" and to Godmother Elena, although the story is easily enjoyed without having read those works. I am a huge Mercedes Lackey fan, so I enjoyed the headlining story, but it was my least favorite of the three.

The second novella, Cast in Moonlight, by Michelle Sagara, was set in the world of Elantra. Not having read any previous works by Sagara, I was not at all familiar with Elantra or its inhabitants. The very beginning was a little confusing for me, and I suspect that was because of a lack of familiarity with the setting, but it sorted itself out quickly. The heroine is 13 year old Kaylin, who is captured after trying to assassinate Lord Grammayre, the leader of the Hawks. Expecting a death sentence, she is stunned when her intended target decrees that she will become one of them, a Hawk. The journey of self-discovery that Kaylin goes through as she adjust to her new life, all while dealing with betrayal, intrigue and magic, is extremely engaging. I very much enjoyed this novella.

The final novella is Retribution by Cameron Haley, another author that I had not read. The very first line, "I was twelve years old the first time I killed a man", sparked my interest in the heroine. Dominica Riley is a hard woman, a sorceror and enforcer for the Underworld mob. After an attempt on her own life, she kills in retribution and soon learns that there will be severe consequences, even after her enemy is dead. Definately more violent and more graphic than the previous two novellas, Retribution is a dark tale of violence, magic, and self-discovery, Of the three, this one was definately my favorite!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good to have for completeness, not necessary for satisfaction 31 Jan 2011
By Rover - Published on
Harvest Moon was a compendium of three novellas by Mercedes Lackey, Michelle Sagara, and Cameron Haley. The Lackey story was set after Sleeping Beauty in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series, and involved screwups around Persephone's abduction by Hades. It was an ok story, but I think I'm just burned out on Lackey for a while. The Sagara story was how Kaylin's failed assassination of the Hawklord gets her into the Emperor's Hawks, and her first two days there (Cast in... series). I'm a big Kaylin fan, but even so, this story was a bit thin. All it did was provide some desired back story on Kaylin, Tain, and Teela. As for the third story, it was totally foreign to me. I don't know the Haley universe, so I had no backstory for the characters. That story was interesting enough, and had a neat twist on death curses and angels, but not riveting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 1 Mar 2012
By Sylver - Published on
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I bought this book for the short novel of Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara. It was worth the price for that story alone. It was wonderful to get a look at young Kaylin, mischievous and at times heartbreaking. The other stories were interesting as well, and in the future I will look for more from these series.
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