Author: Allison Pang

Review: Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang

Posted October 17, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 1 Comment

Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang
Series: Abby Sinclair #3
Published by Pocket Books Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
four-stars

Drinking from the waters of Lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe . . . these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.

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.

 

The story begins a few weeks after Abby drank the Lethe water and she is living in the Faery Court with no memory of herself other than what Talivar has shared with her: her name and their plan to marry. When she’s contacted by Brystion in the Dreaming, he sets off a chain of events that have devastating results for just about everyone.

Abby doesn’t get many breaks but continues to think her way through each challenge using her extraordinary instincts and heart. As with the first two books, the action is almost continuous, the fantasy is creative, the villains are diabolical and no one seems to be immune from potential harm. Abby still is torn between Tavilar and Brystion, loving both of them but in different ways. You’ll be just as confused as they present their best and less attractive sides and her decision about them is unpredictable.

This final book in the trilogy doesn’t disappoint and kept me in emotional turmoil through the end. It provides the answers we were hoping to find but also leaves many details unresolved (not in a bad way but left to our imaginations). I’m not ready to let go of these characters who are so complex, flawed and interesting. They have a certain nobility because of their quest to do the right thing but are far from perfect. They’ll stay with me for quite some time and my hope is that we will see them again in a spinoff. If so, those stories will have a high bar to reach in meeting or surpassing the excitement of Abby’s adventures in this series.

(ARC provided by Bewitching Book Tours)


Review: A Sliver of Shadow By Allison Pang

Posted October 16, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 9 Comments

If you haven’t read the first book, Stop! There are events discussed here from that story that may be spoilers for you. The story picks up six months from the end of the first book. Abby is coping with (or trying to) her breakup with Brystion. Moira leaves for the Faery Court and soon after, all hell breaks loose and Abby’s in charge. Talivar is still staying with Abby as her personal bodyguard, along with Phineas the unicorn and Benjamin, Moira’s baby who she left in Abby’s care. Unlike the first book, this story takes off seemingly from the first page. Abby still has missteps but she’s still got very good instincts and has gained the respect of those OtherFolk in Portsmyth. When an Elven […]


Review: A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang

Posted October 15, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

I had two separate experiences with this book: the beginning, where you are mired in a world that you know nothing about and are in a state of near constant confusion; and, the second half where you’re so riveted by the story you can’t turn the pages fast enough. Funny how my feelings seemed to mirror that of the heroine, Abby Sinclair, and I believe this may have been the designed effect of the author and pretty brilliant. I suffered through the beginning, almost to the point of quitting but was utterly hooked by the second half of the story and settled in for a very interesting ride. The story begins with Abby continuing to behave as if everything is normal, even though it’s been […]