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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Moth In Darkness by Frances Pauli

A Moth In Darkness by Frances Pauli
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (197 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Larkspur

The boundaries between the worlds have fallen. Forced to integrate the creatures of fantasy into real life, humanity struggles against its disillusionment, prejudice and an inevitable feeling of inadequacy.

Once an agent for the embassy that mediates between the worlds, Elizabeth Larson has abandoned her past and slipped into a world of nostalgic addiction to fairy revels, dancing, and the dark lure of her own memories. But when Lockland Sheen, her former partner and lover, goes missing, she is pulled reluctantly back into service. She must venture once more across the borders, into the land that haunts her, facing a string of gruesome murders, the imposing Sidhe rulers and her own addiction in the process.

While the Embassy’s agents attempt to soothe tensions between the races, Liz and her new partner search the fairy realm for Lockland. Fighting the constant temptation of the revels, they piece together the trail of an unknown enemy. But the longer they follow it, the more it appears that the man they came to rescue is more villain than victim. And the more they rely on Elizabeth’s ties to the fairies, the closer she inches toward the madness that lurks behind her fantasies.

Once upon a time a witch inadvertently stumbled into the land of the Fey and a world of possibilities opened including meeting the Elf of her dreams, but fairytales don’t always have happy endings, and when her Fey left he took her heart and her dreams with her and left her A Moth in Darkness.

Frances Pauli takes us on an imaginary journey to her interpretation of Fey/Human realms, she does this with a story line straight out of an adult fairytale turned horror story. She adds quite a mystery to solve as well as she spins her fantastic tale with characters you only meet in fables, myths and lore and she brings them in a new light as she mixes them with humanity. She does this with very earthlike narrative so the story flows smoothly and even we lowly human type beings can easily understand and follow her story. She gives us characters that are as unique as her tale, and equally interesting and imperative to the telling of her story with humans, elves, gnomes and especially her fairies. Her heroine is a strong female character that’s not afraid to show her weaknesses but also doesn’t let those weaknesses stop her from aiding her hero, a hero who plays a very minimal role in the tale but is nonetheless very important to both the outcome of the story and the happiness of the heroine.

From the first paragraph the author had me enthralled by giving only bits and pieces at a time, by weaving a mystery into the plot and making it almost impossible for me to put the book down until I had the answers to all my questions. And even as I finished the book in one sitting I still had more questions and am very certain that Ms. Pauli isn’t done with this particular cast of characters and their stories as I found a definite cliff-hanger at the end.

So if this kind of fantasy tale/mystery/suspense romance floats your paranormal boat, by all means: All-Aboard. Thank you, Ms. Pauli for one heck of a trip.