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Beneath the Thirteen Moons (Five Star Expressions) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2003
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""Beneath the Thirteen Moons" is a highly original fantasy tale. Kathryne Kennedy has done an excellent job with world building. It's not so much that it overwhelms the story, but it's just enough to learn about the world she created as the story unfolds. Mahri and Korl are both strong people and remain true to their natures, even at the very end of the story. I loved the character of Jana and how he was more than just Mahri's pet. I really loved this world as well and how everything was built in trees. The planet is all water with forests. If you enjoy an original fantasy with true love, I highly recommend reading Kathryne Kennedy's "Beneath the Thirteen Moons.""
"I was totally blown away by Kennedy's imaginative use of flora, fauna and geology. She certainly knows how to set a sparkling scene." - Bookfoolery and Babble
"Beautifully written, it's almost alive in its vividness." - Book Chick City
"[Kathryne Kennedy's] ability to create new worlds that are realistic and believable with characters of immense depth astounds me. " - Once Upon a Romance
"Lots of vivid scenes that will have you in awe as you escape to the magical world Kennedy has created in Beneath The Thirteen Moons. " - The Book Faery Reviews
""Beneath the Thirteen Moons" is a delightfully entertaining blend of fast paced action and tender emotion, interspersed with plenty of humor and breathtaking intrigue." - CK2's Kwips & Kritiques
"Kathryne Kennedy brings amazing depictions and unique characters to any reader's world. " - Coffee Time Romance
"A fast-paced, elegantly written romance that reads almost like the best of fairy tales: the characters stay true to their original characterizations even as they learn and grow throughout the novel." - Fresh Fiction
"Kennedy has another winner on her hands and her talent for words brings to life characters you can believe in and is what makes the happily ever after so powerful. " - The Long and Short of It Reviews
"Incredible, amazing, fantastic... I can't wait to see more from this incredibly talented author." - Rom Fan Reviews
"A romance that will take you on a colorful 3D journey through some very vivid scenes of rare beauty and ugly, dangerous reality." - Yankee Romance Reviewers
"A well-written fantasy with an out-of-the-world atmosphere." - Bookaholic's Romance Book Club
"[Kennedy] has a stunning imagination and is able to bring all her ideas and concepts to the printed page perfectly... Magic at its best." - The Good, the Bad and the Unread
"Kennedy has created an amazing and original mythology. " - That's What I'm Talking About
"One part paranormal, one part magical, one part romance and one hundred percent delightful good reading! " - Cheryl's Book Nook
"Kennedy has created one of the most detailed, fabulously rich cross genre stories I've read in a very long time. " - Star-Crossed Reviews
"Pure magic... A world is filled with wonders." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
"Kathryne Kennedy's imagination is amazing... Her beautiful writing and superb world-building have captivated me." - Queen of Happy Endings
"With dazzling descriptions, nonstop action and searing romance, Kathryne Kennedy's Beneath The Thirteen Moons thrusts you headlong on a dangerous journey in an extraordinary world brimming with wonders and treachery." - Linda Banche Romance Author
"An absolutely beautiful fantasy world... a magical treat." - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf
"Lush scenery and lots of romantic heat... Kennedy has amazing world building skills " - Debbie's Book Bag
"This fantastic romance is simple, clean, and a nice light read for anyone who wants something different than the everyday paranormal romance." - The Bibliophilic's Book Blog --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Kathryne Kennedy is a multi-published, award-winning author of magical romances. She's lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the US, and currently lives in Glendale, Arizona.--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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I couldn't finish this one. I first started reading this book on June 28 and got almost halfway through before calling it quits on September 18.
I tried to like this one, I really did but I just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure it isn't any one thing over another but this book just doesn't do it for me. The main characters drove me nuts and not in a good way. Mahri I found to be kinda whiny and annoying.
Don't get me wrong, I like women who are strong but when they have to spend most of the time whining over how they have to be independent, it takes away from the strength of their behavior.
The male lead wasn't much better but I tolerated his behavior a little bit better than hers since he was raised in privilege and didn't have any real life experience.
Yeah, wanted to like but just couldn't.
Would I recommend this book? Not really.
If you are like me and kicking yourself for missing Beneath the Thirteen Moons in its first incarnation, then now you can rest easy because Kathryne Kennedy's first book is available once more. And I for one am thrilled to finally be able to get this book in my hot little hands.
Mahri Zin is a swamp rat, making ends meet as a smuggler of zabba root, prized for the power it gives the user to See into the minds of others and influence the environment. She's proud and she's a wilding, able to use zabba's power far more than most people, as yet unaffected by overdosing as happens to so many others. Now her village has been struck ill and is in desperate need of a healer. Mahri has no qualms about kidnapping a healer to save her people, though she gets a little bit more than she bargained for in the process.
Prince Korl Com'nder has the gift of healing, but he also has a duty to his family as rulers of the Sea Forest. He's always been granted anything he desired, so he gets a rude awakening, quite literally one night, when he is kidnapped by an outlaw who demands he save her family and their village from a terrible illness striking them down. The last thing he wants is to be whisked away into the expansive waters of their world, though he soon finds out that is exactly what he needs.
Now Korl and Mahri must join forces to save Mahri's village, and defeat an enemy determined to steal the crown rightfully belonging to Prince Korl. However, there is only one way to do both of those things, and it comes with a price that means permanent changes to both their hearts and their lives.
Beneath the Thirteen Moons is a beautifully told and incredibly realized fantasy world from the imagination of a master, Kathryne Kennedy. The Sea Forest planet is a world inhabited by humans crash-landed there so long ago they no longer remember their original home. The landscape is so brilliantly done that I was right there with Mahri on her adventures. The world is so amazingly vivid that I had no difficulty imagining the beauty of the world and its inhabitants. I especially loved the natives of this striking land. We don't start seeing them until later in the story but they were so exotic, compared to Mahri's people.
Korl and Mahri have an immediate attraction, though Mahri is resistant for so long, convinced she had no need for a partner again, after losing her mate. They are consistently at odds in the beginning and I loved watching the fireworks as Korl's royal pride clashes with Mahri's determination to save her village. Korl knows right away he desires Mahri, no matter how resistant she is to his charms. Seeing the relationship develop between this couple, as Mahri comes to terms with her growing love for Korl, makes for many sigh-worthy moments. The character growth happens gradually throughout the novel until both Korl and Mahri reach the point where we know their love will carry them through everything thrown their way.
Beneath the Thirteen Moons is a delightfully entertaining blend of fast paced action and tender emotion, interspersed with plenty of humor (most often in the form of Mahri's scene-stealing companion, the monkfish Jaja), and breathtaking intrigue. All of the elements I've come to expect from Kathryne Kennedy are here, and it is evident that her skill for painting magical worlds was present from the beginning, only growing and becoming more sophisticated with time and practice. I so thoroughly enjoyed my travels to the world of the Sea Forest that I hope we get a chance to come back for a visit in some later book.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, November 2010. All rights reserved.
"Yet, in a tiny corner of her mind lay the knowledge that he had manipulated her, using the gifts of the Sea Forest [an herb] to get what he wanted...so did Korl pound himself into her, trying to lay a claim, and Mahri fighting it all the way"
It's a bad sign when we're not even at page 150 of a romance novel and I want the hero to die. Sure, Korl is sort of called out on this behavior--in an "Oh, you" slap on the wrist way. Oh, sure, the narrative seems to say, Mahri's just having a temperamental tantrum over being seduced via drug (I think we call that date rape out here), she'll come to her senses and return to him soon. She spends a few chapters making him suffer, not so much for raping her as for his privileged princely perspective in general. Still, I decided to give this story a chance--partially because I knew I was going to write something scathing and felt it was only fair to hear the full story first. The ending is blah and doesn't redeem it. Korl rides roughshod over Mahri's boundaries and there's no clear reason why she'd want to put up with that, as he's not a very standout character.
I keep this book on my shelf, among much better work, for two reasons: I'd feel irresponsible selling it onward to some unsuspecting reader, and having it nearby keeps me motivated to read (and write) better romances.
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