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Moonlight and Shadow [Paperback]

Isolde Martyn

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YORKSHIRE YULETIDE, 1483 Tankards slammed bawdily upon the trestle tables and the great hall of the Duke of Gloucester's castle at Middleham guffawed with Yorkist laughter as the cockatrice, a gaudy, four-legged monster with the head of a rooster and the tail of a crocodilus, capered round among the revelers. Read the first page
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as it could have been 12 Feb 2004
By S. Soltoff - Published on Amazon.com
Martyn starts out with this wonderful, interesting heroine. Despite her desperate situation and seeming lack of choices, she is still a strong, intelligent woman who finds the only way out of a treacherous situation. I like Heloise a lot more in the beginning than the end. Once the king is crowned, Martyn shifts hats from romance author to historian and the main characters become merely a vessel to retell the events. Heloise is mysteriously tamed, losing all the bite that made her character interesting. Not to mention she has psychic talents that appear when convenient to the plot in the first 300 or so pages, but don't ever appear to be as big a deal to anyone other than Heloise and her love interest.
I couldn't make myself finish the last fifty pages. The last fifty in a 457-page book! Even after investing 400 pages of reading, I no longer cared about the characters. Maybe it picks up in the end. I don't know. I've read one of her other books, The Knight and the Rose, and didn't find it nearly as much of a chore to finish it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How did this get past the publisher? 17 Mar 2004
By "thistle_s" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because it came recommended by the store. It had promise in the first few pages. The author does provide a detailed backround for her plot. However the characters are flimsy & cliche. The writing gets very choppy & leaps all over the place. By page 309 (Where I stopped)
they had kissed twice, fought about her *maybe* being a witch & then argued about their anulment 100 times. Enough with the tension & agnst already! This is supposed to be a romance after all! This book had no flow, no imagination & was just about the single most irritating thing I have ever read. I'm taking it back for a refund tommorow.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong romance with deep historical personage and events 8 Sep 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
In 1483, merchant Sir Dudley Ballaster forces his oldest daughter Heloise and Sir Miles Rushden to marry at sword point. Not longer after exchanging, vows, Miles flees for Wales with plans to annul the marriage.

Dudley informs his daughter that she must find refuge with her new spouse as he no longer will take care of her. Heloise follows Miles to his residence amidst the Duke of Buckingham's estate. Under disguise, Heloise gets inside and soon charms everyone whom comes into contact with her including her runaway husband. Miles wonders what happened to him as he loves his wife and wants her by his side forever.

On the surface, MOONLIGHT AND SHADOW is a typical fifteenth century romance. However, adding depth to the strong romance is historical personage and events from the real world in which a fragile peace ending the War of the Roses needs very little to break back into civil war. It is the effortless ability to interweave real people and occurrences into her story lines as she has done with this wonderful novel that makes Isolde Martyn highly regarded and her books so appreciated by more than just sub-genre fans.

Harriet Klausner
3.0 out of 5 stars Moonlight and Shadow 6 Sep 2012
By Lizz D - Published on Amazon.com
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This story follows one Heloise Ballaster, a silver haired young woman with a touch of precognition. She gets forced into a marriage with the very wonderful Sir Miles Rushden, and they mutually decide to work on getting the marriage annulled so that they can go their separate ways... not to mention that Sir Miles is previously betrothed. But before they can manage it, Heloise is kicked from her father's home, and decides to follow Miles to get him to accept her... or at least protect her until they get their annulment.

The historical accuracy in this book is pretty well straight on. I know that the author takes some liberties, but all the liberties that she took were based in fact.

It was really fun "Seeing" Miles deal with what he feels for Heloise, and what he thinks he should feel for her. The same goes for Heloise. Their banter is witty, and wonderful, and sparks off each other.

The one thing I didn't like was how cruel Miles could be sometimes. It honestly just seemed out of character for him, and the fact that Heloise accepted it, and him for it seemed to be just... not quite right.

Otherwise, this is a great historical romance read. Don't let the cover fool you, it's rich in history instead of fluff.
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok 17 Feb 2011
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
I think that the book started off really nicely, but it was just so focused on the facts that I couldn't really focus on the actual story part of the book! I wish that I could have gotten a chance to enjoy the characters more, instead of having to focus so much on the history. To much time was focused on the history. It did have a fun story line though. I don't think I will read it again though.
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