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Monday, May 4, 2009

The Spell of the Killing Moon by Skhye Moncrief

The Spell of the Killing Moon by Skhye Moncrief
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (46 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Druid Elspeth is a were-assassin sent to Cumberland to kill a renegade time guardian. She never expected to find him her soul mate. All she knows is she must stop Aidan Gordon from changing history. The sexy powerful knight proves too tempting to refuse. If his noble actions convince her he was wrongly accused, she will be forced to haunt the Frenzied Wood under THE SPELL OF THE KILLING MOON.

Skhye Moncrief’s “The Spell of the Killing Moon” offers the best of spine-tingling suspense.

The setting is perfect – from the archaic stone castle to the misty forest. It is a haunting backdrop for the silent padding of the Druid woman who is enslaved by the power of the moon. Elspeth is all too aware of her true self – and how her own desires fly in the face of her duty. Nonetheless, Elspeth will stop the black knight Aidan Gordan. She must stop him… her choice is no choice at all.

Shadow is her cover; her duty must take place before dawn. Death by Druidic hands may not be allowed, but in another guise, by physical assault, she may achieve the ends of her masters. Spellbinding blends with suspense as Elspeth, child of a future world, takes up this destiny past. Her personal – electric – feelings, can be given no room. Her personal tragedy even, must be put aside.

The sizzling of a soul-mate Aidan will only add to our sympathy for the two. Why must the gods interfere with the living? As a couple their personal goals are far from the fate that has fallen to them; and there seems no escape.

Elspeth acknowledges that she is no great lady, but greatness, all too horribly, lies within her just the same. The story is entirely unpredictable.

Moncrief’s ability to weld magic and emotion are without compare. Her words twist together emotions and visuals until you experience this tale as if the trap were set for you.

Some lines blend a kind of poetic magic:

“Moonlight wove a special kind of magic, a spell so vacillating that a person never knew if reality were anything other than a dream.”

Darkness and premonitions and deadly intent fill this pages. "The Spell of the Killing Moon" is a unique blend of mystic Medieval Gothic and romance…and a true blood-curdling thriller. 5 books