by Cindy Lynn Speer
What really happens once in a blue moon? Libby Halstead is about to find out.
Centuries ago, Merlin realized that magic and technology could not co-exist, and so he created the Merlin Stone and cast one last great spell, sundering the two worlds. For us, the only reminders of the world that once was is a handful of tales.
In our time, Libby is the protector of the stone, keeps herself locked away to protect...and herself. When the stone is stolen, she must find a way to retrieve it before it is used to reunite the worlds.
Fortunately, she has help--Alex, a man with no memory of his past, Zorovin, a dragon who has crossed over from the twilight lands in search of his son, and Sierra, a woman who has forsaken this world and longs for magic. Will they defeat Sabin and his mother, creatures so horrible knowledge of their existence were removed from the hearts and memories of mankind?
The blue moon is rising like a baleful sapphire eye. Magic will return to the earth for one brief night, flowing like a river while good and evil struggle for the stone. A slag pile will become a castle, dead sisters will come back to life. It is a tale filled with magic and wonder, love and myth.
I enjoyed this book, though it was a bit of a long read, not easily read in one night. It used familiar characters from fantasy but approached them in a fresh way. One of the most unique books that I have ever read.
Libby lives her life in constant fear. Her fear is so tangible, you can almost touch it. She hides herself away, to protect her life but also the secret that was given to her. She is scared and scarred by her life, but she is also able to see beauty in the world, by writing romance novels, she allows herself to see that beauty, to enjoy it. When a stranger is thrust into her path, she at first holds herself back, fearing that pain could come from him. But as she begins to trust him, she finds the courage to face her greatest fear.
Alex, is a man who has lost his identity due to amnesia. All he knows is that when Libby rescues him, he is drawn to her for reasons he doesn’t understand. But there is something about him that makes him different from all others. As he is drawn into Libby’s world and her struggles, he begins to piece his life back together. His growing love for Libby may be all that will save them both.
Strong main and secondary characters, as well as an understanding of legend, makes for a one of a kind fantasy romance. The characters were well developed and the entire story was well thought out. My favorite character has to be Dashiel, Libby’s dog, a very unordinary animal. I did, however, get a bit lost from time to time keeping track of the changing faces of a few of the characters. It was all in all though a very enjoyable book.
Review by Zinnia