Tuesday, 1 January 2013
A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang
Abby's pact with a daemon — whether or not she remembers making it — is binding, so she'd better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there's nearly always a loophole. But her friends' reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal, then gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. On top of everything else, she's lost the Key to the Crossroads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the Otherworld and put its very existence in jeopardy. Only one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.
So after becoming the Tithe, Abby has no memory. As she floats around thinking she has a perfectly happy life, she stumbles on Taliver & Moira discussing her and realises life isn't as she thinks it is. She accidentally turns Ion mortal, becomes handfasted to Taliver (not accidentally but not planned either), gets killed and comes back to life (thanks to Phineas). She has to save the Barras as well as the Key and also Ion - so all in a days work then?
OK, so it took me a long time to get into this book and the only reason I can come up with is that, at the beginning, it wasn't really Abby but a very twittery little child-person. As soon as she became herself again, I didn't want to put it down (stupid need to sleep made me put it down though ~ grrr) - and Pang didn't disappoint. This is full of the usual humour and sexiness that we've come to expect from the previous books.
Sadly the last book in the series, as announced by Pang on her blog, but it seems like the story has been ended nicely. There's no cliff hanger ending or anything so I can't help but wonder is Pang had planned this from the beginning, and if that's the case - it's a good and bad thing. Bad that the series is finished but good if the series got its planned ending.
If you haven't read this series, I suggest giving it a read. Great world building with some great characters (Phin being my favourite).
Book Depository: A Trace of Moonlight
Amazon UK: A Trace of Moonlight