Early Review: A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang (Abby Sinclair #3)
October 30 2012
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Kick Ass Chick – Abby Sinclair
From Goodreads –
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.
A Trace of Moonlight is the third book in Allison Pang’s Abby Sinclair series and it is the end to the current story arc. With all the twists and turns and the ‘did she really just go there and do that to our girl Abby?’ moments, I figure this could not have been an easy installment for Allison to write. Important questions that have come up in the first two books needed to be answered and many things needed to be explained. But Allison rose to the occasion making this not only a great installment but also a wonderful end to the current main storyline.
Are there a few things sort of left open? Of course. But I’ll get to that in a sec.
Abby is the main lady of the series (as you can probably tell by the fact that the series carries her name) and I love this gal. She was a somewhat regular girl, down on her luck, thrown into an insane situation and did what she had to do to survive. She wasn’t this crazy too-good-to-be-true-and-good-at-everything chick – she was real and sincere. She sometimes panicked and she sometimes went with the flow but she always did what she thought was best for everyone involved – sometimes at her own expense. She really did sacrifice a lot for her friends in this series. In A Trace of Moonlight she grows and matures even more. Watching Abby come into her own and grow fully into herself was great to witness. Allison really did a fantastic job with her.
Yes, there is a love triangle in this series and it is extra prominent in this book but the way it’s written is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever read one done quite this way. I mean…the characters are all adults about it. *gasp* I know! Amazing that some characters tied romantically and what not to more than one character in a book can act like adults though it all! I thought it was genius that…well I can’t tell you who Abby ends up with but I enjoyed that it wasn’t…damn I can’t tell you that either! Tell you what: once you finish the book, if you are as happy with the way the relationships ended in this book as I am, email me and we’ll chat. 😉
Man number one is Brystion. He is a succubus but not in your typical sense. I adored him in the first book. Damn him…he actually made me cry at the end of that book. But then I wanted to kick him in his special area in the second book and subsequently started adoring Talivar and found that for sure, hands down, he was the best choice for Abby. Talivar is man number two and is just a fantastic character trapped in a bum situation and fighting to just survive. My heart goes out to him in this series and especially in this third book. But my heart also goes out to Brystion in this book. Both men have a few faults but are mostly both good enough for our Abby! Through the entire book I couldn’t really decide who I wanted her to ultimately end up with! Plus, I was so sucked into the story that I didn’t have the time to sit and ponder over it either. But I will repeat again that I am very happy with how everything turned out for everyone involved. Allison, you wrote one amazing relationship mess 😉
As with the last book, I found this one a little slow to get into. The story wasn’t slow, heck it was the total opposite really, but I still found myself trudging along until about the 50 page mark where I was sucked in completely and wasn’t spat out until the very end. And let me just say, thank goodness for that epilogue. That was a brilliant epilogue.
As I said, there are many loose ends tidied up but a few little details are still left open. But not as open as last book! Hell, that ending…it hurt! But hurt so good. (But let’s not bring that up again). The way this book ended was just perfect. I actually sighed. In fact, I’m sighing right now just thinking about it. *sigh*
As to what happens in the actual book, there is no way I could ever get into that. From one chapter to the next, there are constant changes and events that are crazy important to the story and to the outcome of the series. You have to make sure you read each and every line or you will miss something. This is a series that has gone to so many ‘whoa’ places, I’ve lost count. It is a series that introduced readers to the Dreaming and a really interesting twist on Other beings and how they travel to our plane and how they can survive here. It is a series that has a talking horny little unicorn that loves bacon like there is no tomorrow. It really is an inventive and unique urban fantasy series.
All in all I was super pleased with this book. Much is explained; things are settled but not all is perfect. It leaves open many possibilities – like spin-off possibilities. But even though this particular story arc has ended and even though it’s not all tied up in a pretty little bow, I feel completely content by the way it all went down. Allison has a vivid imagination and she is very good at putting it to words. I am glad I tagged along with her for this ride. The first two books of this series are on my favorites list and A Trace of Moonlight is right there alongside them. If you are a fan of urban fantasy reads with fantastical elements, definitely check out this series. You will not be disappointed.
p.s. This book releases in exactly one week so that gives you one week to catch up on the series 😉
Giggle worthy quotes
‘I stared down at the slice in my palm. ‘What the hell just happened?’
‘You traded in a potential Evil Stepmother for an Evil Mother-in-Law,’ Phin said. ‘I’ve never seen anyone quits so talented at digging a hole as deep as you do. It’s like you trained for it.’
‘I wasn’t asking you.’”
“’So what now?’
‘We keep dancing. And figure things out later.’
‘Assuming there will be a later,’ I muttered darkly. ‘If the Tree dies, we’re probably pretty screwed.’
‘Probably,’ he agreed. ‘In which case we can fuck like rabbits until the CrossRoads collapse.’
‘What happened to being honorable?’ I laughed.
‘Under those circumstances, honor can go take a flying leap.’ His face became sly. ‘If I’m going to die, might as well be while I’m between your thighs.’
‘You stay classy.’
‘It’s what I’m good at.’”