Winter Moon : Moontide\The Heart Of The Moon\Banshee Cries
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Moontide by Mercedes Lackey
In an isolated land where the lure of the "Moontide" leads to shipwrecks, a woman is torn between obeying her father or her king. When she chooses to follow a Fool, she discovers magic she'd never expected... at a price that might be too high....
The Heart of the Moon by Tanith Lee
Struggling under the curse of a dead comrade, Clirando, a warrior priestess unready to face the powers trapped within her, must face "The Heart of the Moon" to reveal what has been hidden....
Banshee Cries C.E. Murphy
In "Banshee Cries", ritual murders under a full moon lead Jo Walker to confront a Harbinger of Death. Maybe this "gift" she has is one she shouldn't ignore—because the next life she has to save might be her own!
This is my first Lackey story even though I've got her Diana Tregarde mysteries waiting here on Mt. TBR that I haven't read yet. In this novella, Lackey takes us to the land of her Five Hundred Kingdoms and tells the story of a sea keep's daughter who's been sent off to fostering for most of her young adult life. While there, she was trained as an assassin and one of the "Gray Ladies". Her skills come in handy when she returns home to find her father entertaining a pirate from a rival land, to whom he wants to use Moira as a bargaining chip. But Moira's got other plans...
"The Heart of the Moon" by Tanith Lee
I really enjoyed this story. It portrays a tough heroine, a warrior, who is sent off to by the priestesses of Amnos to the magickal island of Moon Isle, where she must work through some of the things from her past. While on her "journey", she meets a strange man whom she feels an instant attraction to. But can she trust him, or is he just another man like Thestus, who would only betray her? And what else will she learn about herself in the process?
"Banshee Cries" by C. E. Murphy
"Banshee Cries" is set in the same place as Murphy's The Walker Papers series and takes place between Urban Shaman (book 1) and Thunderbird Falls (book 2).
This was the best of the bunch. I read the first book of the Walker Papers, Urban Shaman, back at the end of 2005, so I'd forgotten much about the characters. Fortunately, this story provides a lot of reminders that jump started my memory. Also, whereas the Urban Shaman kind of dwindled action-wise after awhile as Joanne struggled with her new powers, there wasn't much time for dilly-dallying in this short story format. Joanne still wishes she didn't possess her Shamanic skills, but she's beginning to get a handle on them nonetheless. This story gives us a lot more information about Joanne's mother, who passed away in the last book, and it's with the help of her dead mom that she's able to defeat the Banshee, the Harbinger of Death, that has returned to try to complete something it couldn't 30 years ago!
This book is now reserved to go to Morsie, who won it in the 9/22 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Swap on BookSwap Live.
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Morsie won this in the 9/22 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Swap on BookSwap Live. It was mailed 07-Dec-2006 via Media Mail.
It looks really good ;)
I truly enjoyed all three of this book's offerings, which makes me believe that Winter Moon is one of those rare collections where each story is as good as the others.
Although 'Banshee Cries' does stand alone, I think I may have appreciated it more if I'd read Urban Shaman first. Though reading the story made me think that I should add Urban Shaman to my wishlist so I guess it was pretty successful after all ;)
I really enjoyed reading all of the stories in Winter Moon -- perfect for reading curled up in bed.
Merecedes Lackey's story, "Moontide" is short, sweet and a bit predictable. C.E. Murphy's story, "Banshee Cries" is part of The Walker Papers series she writes about a reluctant shaman. It was gruesome, but interesting. I think I would have liked this story better if I had read Murphy's "Urban Shaman".
Tanith Lee's story, "Heart of the Moon" was amazing. She has a great way with story and character -- pulling them all together seamlessly. This story has elements of myth, fable, magics and self discovery. Plus it had a great ending. Loved it! Worth catching this book just for this story alone.
I sent it off to BookMooch member kathyb today.
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Thanks again for your generosity Kathy!! These books will be well enjoyed.