Prophecy Moon starts with a pleasant morning's routine--husband, wife and breakfast, interrupted by the woman at the door. But there are secrets behind that strange intruder, and hopeless realities behind the interrupted meal. Travis's other world is a miserable place; and a curious seer with an even curiouser deck of cards may be his only hope.
Soon Travis spins into an altogether different, third reality, well-painted by the author with rich greenery and pleasing scents contrasting with the previous world's decay and despair. Backstories weave slowly into the tale, a simple glimpse at a time, adding depth and mystery to the place and its characters. Point of view changes are equally well-timed, revealing hints of truth. And the unfolding quest comes naturally to the tale, making this a really pleasing and absorbing read.
Of course, the protagonists are falling in love, just as the reader falls in love with the magical world. And of course, there are obstacles placed in the way of their growing affection. Even as their bodies respond, their doubts and independence intervene. So clearly made for each other, will they ever admit it to themselves? Beauty and evil, love and manipulation--each fights the other on a road to startling revelations at the turn of the cards.
"Let go of the might-have-beens," says Travis as the final battle begins. Wise advice to his comrades, and a lesson well-learned in a story that's full of passion, surprises, power and might-yet-bes. I really enjoyed this exciting fantasy, well-crafted, intriguing, and delightfully told.