Beneath the Thirteen Moons

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He's a ruler in a divided world...

In the magical, watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com'nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the ...

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"A beautifully drawn story filled with lush scenery and an engaging plot. It's a story you'll enjoy reading again and again."
-Romance Reviews Today

He's a ruler in a divided world...

In the magical, watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com'nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the people he rules. Until the day he is accidentally kidnapped by a beautiful outlaw smuggler and is forced to open his eyes to the world outside his palace walls.

She's an outcast, but at least she has her independence...

Mahri Zin would stop at nothing to save her village, and when they needed a healer she didn't think twice about kidnapping one. But when she realizes that the healer she so impulsively stole is none other than the crown prince of the Sea Forest, Mahri knows that this is her only chance to change the fate of her people...

"A highly original fantasy tale...Kathryne Kennedy has done an excellent job with world building. I really loved this world."
-Romance Junkies

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Editorial Reviews

Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Pure magic... A world is filled with wonders.
Bookaholic's Romance Book Club
A well-written fantasy with an out-of-the-world atmosphere.
Cheryl's Book Nook
One part paranormal, one part magical, one part romance and one hundred percent delightful good reading!
Coffee Time Romance
Kathryne Kennedy brings amazing depictions and unique characters to any reader's world.
Fresh Fiction
A fast-paced, elegantly written romance that reads almost like the best of fairy tales: the characters stay true to their original characterizations even as they learn and grow throughout the novel.
Linda Banche Romance Author
With dazzling descriptions, nonstop action and searing romance, Kathryne Kennedy's Beneath The Thirteen Moons thrusts you headlong on a dangerous journey in an extraordinary world brimming with wonders and treachery.
Queen of Happy Endings
Kathryne Kennedy's imagination is amazing... Her beautiful writing and superb world-building have captivated me.
Rom Fan Reviews
Incredible, amazing, fantastic... I can't wait to see more from this incredibly talented author.
Star-Crossed Reviews
Kennedy has created one of the most detailed, fabulously rich cross genre stories I've read in a very long time.
Star-Crossed Romance
The world of Beneath the Thirteen Moons is richly textured, the characters fully realized and the love story is powerful as well as highly sensual.
That's What I'm Talking About
Kennedy has created an amazing and original mythology.
The Long and Short of It Reviews
Kennedy has another winner on her hands and her talent for words brings to life characters you can believe in and is what makes the happily ever after so powerful.
Yankee Romance Reviewers
A romance that will take you on a colorful 3D journey through some very vivid scenes of rare beauty and ugly, dangerous reality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402236518
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 821,512
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryne Kennedy is a multi-published, award-winning author of magical romances. She's lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the US, and currently lives in Glendale, Arizona.
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Chapter 1

Mahri poled her boat around the base of the sea tree, the bone staff she used as much an extension of her body as her own arms. She ducked beneath a branch, a wide one, the limb as straight as the Power of a Seer could make it. The gloom of the evening blackened to inky darkness, the slap of the waves echoed eerily inside the cavern-like arch, and here Mahri chose to anchor her craft.

She flipped her wrist in the pattern peculiar to her bone pole, and it retracted with a sliding hiss; her fingers shook as she slid it into a sheath of octopus skin. She patted the bone grapnel with its length of coiled rope and then dug into the small fish-scale pouch that hung against her hip. Mahri withdrew a small piece of zabbaroot, unsure if it would be enough for her task-she'd never kidnapped a man before, how could she possibly know? With a shrug, she popped it in her mouth and squeezed it with her molars, releasing the bitter drug of Power that shivered through her veins and allowed her to See. The world turned into bits and dots and she closed her eyes for control. The root burned her tongue and she fought the need to gag, then opened eyes that flickered with sparkled light before fading to their normal green hue. With control returned, she'd now only See when, and how, she wished.

A scurry of sound beneath her collapsed sleeping tent reminded Mahri that she wasn't alone. The tiny face of her pet peered up at her from beneath the rugged narwhal skin. The dark prevented her from making out the features, but she knew them so well her mind filled in the details. Monkey-like, with scales for fur and webbed hands and feet, Jaja had the agility of the native tree dwellers with the slippery fluidity of a sea creature. And the curiosity of a treecat.

"Stay," whispered Mahri, her mind reinforcing that command with such mental force that Jaja moaned. Mahri breathed deeply, quieting her thoughts so that they didn't project with the equivalent of a piercing scream. I won't risk you in this, Jaja. I have lost so much already.

She only caught the most basic thoughts from her pet, but he seemed to understand hers with amazing accuracy, especially when she was filled with root Power. He scurried back beneath the tent.

Mahri leaped from her boat, hesitated a second to adjust to a firm surface beneath her feet, then crept along the narrow ledge formed by the base of the sea tree, emerging from beneath the branch with caution. Mahri looked up at the balconies that spiraled around the tree, watching for guards, but not really expecting any. Not around the Healer's Tree. The Palace, yes, and perhaps even the Seer's Tree... but how could she know for sure, being only an ignorant water-rat?

What did they do, she wondered, with water-rats that skulked around the city at night?

She pulled the grapnel from her belt.

Throw them in prison for later torture?

With an easy swing of arms strengthened by a life of poling, she threw the hook up to the first balcony. Or maybe force them into slavery as they did the native tree dwellers?

She tugged, and the rope held her weight. Fear fluttered her stomach and was swiftly followed by the inevitable fury at that cowardly reaction, propelling her up the rope with the speed of a silver-fish.

Mahri crouched, listened to the breeze swishing through the leaves, the soft patter of rain that had just begun to fall, the constant rushing, flowing of the water surrounding the interlaced network of sea trees. She studied the row of carved doors that circled the tree, Seeing beyond each door to the occupant within.

She knew if she went up to the top balconies that she'd find the powerful Master Healers. Here on the lower level slept the apprentices and newly learned. But all she needed was the knowledge, she would provide more Power than all of the Masters combined. Besides, if she stole away with someone of importance they might come after her, and she hoped that if a lowly apprentice disappeared no one would take any notice.

So she chose the first person she Saw snug in their bed. To See into the lock of the door, move the latch from here to there, took a flick of her Power. To See into the center of the Healer gently snoring, and to make those unwilling limbs move to her boat, was a different matter.

For a moment Mahri considered waking the sleeper.

Perhaps the Healer would be willing to come with her?

She crept closer to the bed. She could only make out longish, light hair, a smooth yet masculine jawline.

With a flash the memories of a past she'd tried desperately to forget overwhelmed her, of another Healer with long, pale hair. But hers had been arranged in artful layers of braids and pearls upon her head, and she'd stared at Mahri as if she were some swamp creature that had oozed out of the slime.

"You truly expect me," she said, one eyebrow raised in delicate disbelief, "to get in that piece of scrap you call a boat, travel into the swamps to heal a fever-ridden village of water-rats? And blindfolded, no less?"

Mahri narrowed blazing green eyes. If this woman only knew that those "water-rats" provided the city with more zabbaroot than a year of production from the root farms, she'd be begging to go with her. And that Mahri herself was a smuggler; who defied the Royal's decree that they possess and distribute all the zabba, on the pretense it presented too much danger for the common citizen. But to Mahri's thinking, the only danger lay in lack of knowledge, and the Royals hoarded that more surely than the root.

"Without a blindfold," growled Mahri, "I would have to kill you." Then she almost slapped her hand over her mouth. She spoke the truth, for the safety of the village lay within the secrecy of their location, but it needn't have been said. She never could control her temper. The Healer's face flickered with sudden fear, then feigned annoyance. "Use one of your own Seers then."

"They don't have the knowledge you possess, as you well know."

The woman rose, presented her back to Mahri, and flung over her shoulder, "I can't help you."

Mahri clasped her hands together, her lifemate's agonized face in her mind, and the cries of their child, the once-perfect little hands twisted in agonized deformity. She swallowed her anger, and her pride.

"Please," she whispered. "Is there no one that would be willing to help?"

The woman hesitated, her posture slumped briefly in response to the desperate appeal in that voice, and then too quickly stiffened.

"No one," she replied, then slammed the door behind her.

The Healer on the bed snorted and rolled over, bringing Mahri back to the present, knowing she was mad to even consider asking for help ever again. Brez and her little boy, Tal'li, had died-even the thought made anger and guilt burn anew-and she'd become a Wilding herself. But the fever had only hidden, to return with a vengeance to strike again that same village and the only family she now had left.

And although this time Mahri had the root tolerance she still needed the healing knowledge. She could See the effects of the illness, could treat the symptoms, but couldn't be sure of the Pattern to cure the disease itself. Only one trained to know the normal body cells could detect the shape of a virus in time to destroy it before it could mutate again.

Her eyes sparkled and she Saw into the Healer's mind, traveling the path that controlled muscular movement, manipulation at least possible with the person unconscious. Mahri lowered her face to his, could almost feel his breath on her cheeks, when a soft knock on the door made her concentration slip and her heart stop.

"My lord?" whispered a man's voice as the door opened a crack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004


    Picture a world entirely of swamp where people lived in homes carved into the trees. ................ Mahri Zin was what the Royals called a water rat. She was a boat-smuggler whose only thought was to kidnap a Healer to cure her hidden village, even if it killed her. Mahri had a high tolerance for zabba, but even with all the power the root gave her she could not save her village without the knowledge Healers had. When she finally kidnapped a Healer, he turned out to be Prince Korl Com'nder! Even so, Mahri could not return the Prince of Sea Forest until her village was safe. ...................... Korl was the most arrogant, spoiled-rotten man with an extremely healthy ego. He fell for Mahri even when he had woken up to find that Mahri had taken control of his muscles with her root enhanced powers and was knocking out his guards with her bone staff. She WOULD be his! What he wanted, he got! He just had to make her understand it. ................... Korl was a Healer first, a Prince second. But when they realized the only way to save the village was to have a Bond of Power, they still hesitated. A Bond was for life, unbreakable. Whenever one of them died, the other would too. They would be One, knowing each other inside and out. They would See into each other's very souls. They would share power...until death. ............... Korl's time with Mahri and her village would change him. However, when he finally returned to the Palace Tree, his half-sister would do all she could to kill him and take the Crown. Only Mahri could save him. Together, Mahri and Korl would change the entire world as they knew it! ................. ***** In a single word, 'Wow!' I mean W-O-W-! I have never read such a wonderful tale as this. Kathryne Kennedy's computer must smolder from the power she creates in her stories! I simply cannot describe how awesome or how thrilling I found this novel to be. I am begging everyone out there who reads my words here...BUY THIS BOOK! If you love romance and fantasy (magic powers) you will NOT be disappointed. Enough said. *****

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2003

    terrific science fiction romance

    On a world that is mostly water and where humans live in gigantic trees, the royals along with the aristocracy control the scientific knowledge that enables them to use the drug Zabba that enables the user to read minds, heal and communicate with other species. Mahri is a Wilding, a genetic anomaly capable of using use Zabba and harness its power even though she doesn¿t have the knowledge to heal the people of her village who are dying of a plague. <P>Though she is a swamp rat and a smuggler, she navigates her boat into the city to kidnap a healer and take him to her village. Along the way she learns he is Prince Korl and though he is a royal and she is a swamp rat, there is a deep mutual attraction that neither wants but neither can deny. During their time in her village they Bond. When they return to the city, Korl marries her to protect her from the laws she broke, never realizing his actions put them in dangers from someone very close to the throne. <P>BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS is a terrific science fiction romance that will appeal to fans of Anne McCaffrey and Catherine Asaro. The natives of the water world play a key role in the actions of the protagonists though most people don¿t know just how intelligent this sentient species is. The romance is an integral part of the storyline and readers will love watching these darling lovers face up to their true fantasies. If this is an indicator of her output, Kathryn Kennedy is destined to be one of the sub-genre¿s superstars. <P>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Read this as a hardback years ago. Loved it then. Had to wait ye

    Read this as a hardback years ago. Loved it then. Had to wait years for it to become eBook. Bought as soon as it became an eBook. Loved this world she built. Wish Kathryne Kennedy would do more stories in this world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012


    This was a beautifully crafted story. The world building was fantastic and the characters were beliveable. I've read a few books by this author and have greatly enjoyed all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Great story

    I love all of Kathryne Kennedy books. This one was harder to read because of all the details. BUT you need to go slow and visual what she is saying. It took me longer to get read but I enjoyed the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Magical, serene, adventurous

    Great setting for a great adventure, not extremely heavy on the romance if that is what you like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2011

    Totally in love with this author.

    All her books so far are just amazing. Granted, they are romance novels, so you can expect some more detailed and intimate encounters. The fantasy worlds and magic she creates are just simply amazing. The characters are fun, witty, and very relatable. Beneath the Thirteen Moons was so much fun, and I cannot wait for more to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2011

    Wonderful imagination and beautifully told love story

    Kennedy's books continue to astound me. Few authors have the imagination that she brings to her stories and fewer still have the skill to translate their vision into such vivid and unforgettable characters and prose. Kennedy delivers it all. In Beneath the Thirteen Moons, Kennedy ventures into a new world (literally) and tells a story of a society in crisis that needs to grow and change. In the midst of the turmoil, Kennedy weaves a touching, wonderful love story. Her setting is lush and beautiful and her people are the kind you want to cheer for. You won't be walking in her Regency world, but she will take you someplace exciting and fresh! If you like reading the same old thing over and over, perhaps this author isn't for you. If you like new and interesting stories, I highly recommend BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS!

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    Fun, magical romance - a satisfying escape!

    Romance novels are a bit silly and Kathryne Kennedy isn't afraid to take risks. If you're willing to dive into this world where magical powers exist and can be harvested, harnessed through the consumption of special rare foods -- which somehow reminded me a bit of Dune -- and join Mahri as she navigates dangerous waters under time pressure to bring the healer to her village, you'll find Beneath the Thirteen Moons a light, fun escape. The attraction, the gentle banter, the obstacles and unusual characters combine to give an engaging and satisfying romance.

    ISBN-10: 1402236514 - Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (December 1, 2010), 384 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    Kathryne doesn't disappoint!

    Another great book by Ms. Kennedy, I hope for a sequel to this book and maybe see it made into a movie. Thank you for great imagination, romance and a touch of the sci-fi! Don't stop writing.

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

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    A Whole New World

    I absolutely love this world created by Kennedy! Every chapter held a new surprise; from kidnapping the prince to riding a Nawhal there wasn't a moment to spare for a down time. My only wish is that I could see what happened to the couple once they finally came together both body and soul! I'm sure they did great things together! I look forward to the next book written by Kennedy.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    Sci-Fi Great!

    Anyone who enjoyed Avatar or liked the concept of it will surely enjoy this latest amazing adventure by the talented Ms. Kennedy.

    I think the author's version is more along the lines of what would happen generations later to humans who settled a planet and forgot their origins. Over time they evolved into something new and magical but something cathartic needed to happen to set the metamorphosis in motion and in this story, that event is love between a man and a woman.

    Mahri is the heroine who has trust issues. Not because of something diabolical that scarred her. It was based on her own experience of lost love and the complications of class structure among the society she lived in. She has good solid values of loyalty, duty, love of family but her drive and determination come from her refusal to fail. She's compelled to do the unthinkable in order to save those that she loves from a dreaded sickness and time is running out. The author did a good job of making me care for those that Mahri loves including the woman herself. I got a clear sense of her fears, her yearnings and her tentative hope. I understood her skittishness when something really positive and beautiful came into her life and her obstinate refusal to admit that it meant as much to her as it really did.

    That something positive and beautiful is Korl, the hero. He doesn't exactly come into her life, she kidnaps him. I enjoyed watching this proud man, who was secluded from the realities of the people who live beyond the scope of his kingdom, come to grips with all that he saw and Mahri opened his eyes to a much bigger world than he realized. Because he is so sure of himself and his position in life is why I felt he was freer to recognize and verbalize his love for Mahri. Korl's character is full of strength, passion, and the will to fight for what he wants and what he believes to be right. His sense of what is right is challenged by Mahri in every step of his journey with her. The part in the boat with the cats was incredibly powerful. At that moment I understood just how strong a man Korl is, and how much more Mahri needed to grow within herself before she could accept the gift that he had already given her.

    Another beautiful part of the journey while Mahri was fighting her attraction and growing love for Korl was her revelations. As much as she fought her feelings, she had emotional urges to share things with him that she'd shown no one before, even her first husband. Ms. Kennedy wowed me with the scope of her imagination. The visual pictures her words painted in my mind would have rivaled the movie Avatar if it were brought to the big screen. The creatures she has created to populate the planet include those in the air, on the ground and in the ocean. The world building alone blows my mind because the author paid attention to the littlest detail. Even Mahri's furry companion, Jaja was a delight. I liked how he'd whack either Mahri or Korl when they were being too dense about something or needed to pay attention. The critter didn't need to use words to get his point across. Not only that but the author has a surprise up her sleeve for readers as the story unfolds in which Jaja plays an integral role. It's not too often I read a book where a strong secondary character isn't even human. I liked the freshness of it.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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