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The Moon Shines Red: A Fantasy Romance Novel (Heart of Darkness Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It's set in a magical world of mythical creatures with one kind the "Unseelie" wanting to cause an uprising and take over the kingdom and the human world. There are so many lies told and betrayal on all sides that you never know who to trust and darkness and shadows that hide secrets that Elin and Lochlan need to discover. This is a great fantasy adventure story that I enjoyed very much and look forward to reading more from this author.
Pamela Sparkman outdoes herself with the first book in her new fantasy Heart of Darkness series.
The Moon Shines Red was all that and a box of chocolates, and although I cannot really say much about the story for fear of posting inadvertent spoilers, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The author hit pay dirt with everything in this book, her writing style fits it perfectly and the vividly descriptive prose worked so well in giving the reader such clarity on the people and places that were being described.
"You should expect the unexpected."
Words, I have so many words in my head about what I want to say, but to put everything together coherently and without giving anything away, the story between Elin and Lochlan, held me in its grip as each new revelation added to the plot.
"There is more to you than meets the eye…"
There is a lot going on in this one, and you won’t get bored, the multiple POV’s are added at just the right points, that they are are confusing because you are given the opportunity to get to know each and every character with such clarity, even though most of them aren’t necessarily what they initially seem, I was transfixed, transported and totally enthralled with it all.
I have been an avid fan on Pamela’s books and writing since her first release, and each and every subsequent release improves on the last, I can honestly say that this is some of the best story-telling I have read in a long time, and I am dying to get back to the Kaelmor Kingdom, with the release of A Monster like Me at some point in the future. I hope that we don’t have to wait too long, but this isn’t a story that will leave me anytime soon, and I think you will be saying the same if you pick it up and let your imagination enjoy the ride the author takes it on with the telling of The Moon Shines Red.
**Dathúil means - A pleasure for the eyes.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy
Well, some you win, some you lose. Sadly this was a lose for me. Its garnered a whole slew of 4 and 5 star reviews so clearly its spot on for many readers, but I'm not among them.
I thought I'd like it, it sounded intriguing but I just felt disassociated from the plots and the characters. I just couldn't connect with them in any way, didn't really feel anything for them, didn't care if things worked out. I did skim read the last 60% just to finish as it was clear when I got to 40% that it wasn't going to work for me :-(
That happens, reading is subjective, not liking it doesn't mean it's a bad book any more than liking a book doesn't mean it's good. Its just My View of it, and if you share my taste in reads you may feel the same.
Its perfectly well set out, doesn't leave plot lines hanging, is easy to follow and has a proper ending where everything is clear and story-line for later book emerges, but it felt almost YA in the way the plots played out and the characters acted. Though I've enjoyed some YA in the past its not my preferred reading type and this just didn't work for me. I won't continue with the series.
Stars: Two, a great book for many readers, but wasn't one for me.
ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily reviewed it and this is my honest opinion.
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In a faery tale that is guaranteed to enchant as prose and poetry become one, this journey begins when an evil curse is placed upon an innocent baby boy before his birth. The King of Kaelmor broke the rules when he fell in love with a Faerie princess. It had long been the mutual agreement that humans and faeries were forbidden to share romantic ties. When their union produced a child, war broke out. Both sides deemed the baby a mixed breed — unacceptable as an impurity. And Lord Lochlan was never seen again. . . .
"When what is blue turns red, your child will bring man to his knees in sorrow
For they will not see the light of tomorrow
Let it be so until the mountains move and the rivers shiver
As soon as what’s been shrouded is revealed, all wicked souls will quiver
A refusal shall mark an age of tranquility
And the restoration of balance shall bring forth a remedy"
In a different time and place, another innocent child accused of practicing witchcraft and using magic, along with her parents, is forced to seek refuge in a new and unfamiliar place called Mirova, a town that is the doorway to and from the land of Faery. Unbeknownst to them, evil is now closer than ever, and life as Elin has known it will be lost forever.
Let the goosebumps begin.
As Lochlan grows up banished from home and family, his life is filled with years of loneliness and sadness. Until the curse can be broken, it carries an everlasting aftereffect preventing him from sharing a closeness with anyone — one touch brings tragic results. His world remains a cold and isolated place until a small beauty surprisingly slips through a crack in the wall he has built around himself, and with her brings a little sunlight into his dark world. When Elin requires protection, a kindly Monk Searly brings her to the monastery where another lost soul also resides. The plot quickly advances at this point. Lochlan becomes a protector, and he and Elin form a friendship that soon sparks deeper desires. Intrigue, mystery and love are always at the heart of their story.
Always expect the unexpected! With treachery and danger always a constant threat, survival is only a heartbeat away for Lochlan and Elin. Evil forces threaten at every turn and soon Elin has been snatched by their enemies and Lochlan sets out on a harrowing journey to save her and return her to safety. Long-held secrets are exposed that affect both their lives with shocking results. Readers will be captured in a spell that wraps Elin and Lochlan in a finely woven tapestry of danger, fantasy and a magical love story.
There’s a lot to love about this fast-paced story filled with wonderfully defined characters – although some of them are not so lovable. Good and evil battle it out in a fiery revolution that allows no escape as you fly through the pages. With twists and turns around every corner, you’ll still be trying to solve the mysteries until the very end. There are plenty of surprises as the author makes her way to the conclusion, leaving not a single question unanswered.
Impeccable writing by this author makes for effortless reading, where she spins a perfectly paced plot within the realms of the Fae. In a world beyond the everyday, few storytellers have the gift of so deftly arranging a fantasy or building a world so magical that it comes to life on the pages, but Pamela Sparkman is the best at her craft and she made it happen.
Will fate and a luminous moon reward Lochlan and Elin with true love and a happily-ever-after? I’m not telling! But where Elin and Lochlan’s story ends, another begins. A character filled with morbid anguish, guilt and misery must battle personal demons for his own existence, along with forgiveness and love from others, in the next installment of the Heart of Darkness Series. No release date scheduled.
Already the faeries are at the top of my “best reads of 2017” list. Just goes to prove that faery tales aren’t just for the young — but the young-at-heart as well! I hope you’ll give this book a look-see.
I don't want to spoil anyone with plot or anything from this book, you may want to check this out yourself even if you're not a fantasy romance lover. It's magical and beautifully written. It's a MUST-READ. Also my 2017 top read!
I liked the characters, I found them to be strong yet not perfect at the same time. This gave them a more 3D feel.
I would recommend this book to those who love fantasy books.
There is no language/sexual content. But there is some mild violence.