Blue Moon

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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 ...

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Overview

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 it.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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934135723
  • Publisher: Zumaya Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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On the other side of the world--not the other side of the globe, but the other side of existence--a dragon took flight. He was silver and brown, and seemed to meld with the mist that wreathed the steep, sharp crags. The mountain he circled was one of strange myths, so tall that no man or elf or four-footed beast had ever climbed it, so hard no dwarf had ever dug its depths. Some thought God lived at the peak, some considered it the domicile of husband sun and wife moon, and some believed it a barren wasteland where no life could ever survive.

The dragons knew the truth. Only they had breath enough and will enough to reach the highest of peaks. And this dragon was testing his breath and strength and will; his magnificent wings, with membranes so fine and clear they seemed like a net meant to capture the stars, strove hard, cleaving the wind, pushing just a little bit farther. He was tiring, and even he, a prince of the northern frost dragons, felt the cold like an ache in his bones.

Heaving forward, he broke free of the last of the clouds, his scales glittering like snow in the pale moonlight. The summit still seemed far away, but he continued, straining, for he had no choice.

When he finally made the top, he didn't stop, flying almost vertically until he had no more breath and darkness dotted the corners of his vision. He dived, let gravity take him, folding his wings back against his body. Closer to death than he had ever been, he did not see this as the end. This was a dive of faith, and he concentrated instead on another place only seen in dragon dreams. Soil and rock rushed up to meet him, but he kept his eyes open. He was close enough, in those last seconds, to seethe fine cracks in the parched earth.

Then he was tumbling through absolute blackness. First came emptiness as his magic was ripped away; then pain as his bones began to shift. He concentrated, reminding himself where he was going, who he was.

He came out of darkness and into twilight, fetching up against a tree. He pushed himself up, trying to focus on the land around him. His bones shifted again, and the prince of dragons threw back his head and screamed as wings withered, as scales transmuted into cloth. His coming was like a flare in the night for those who knew how to watch, a ripple across minds and hearts. They knew he had crossed through, but they did not know who or what he was, what his presence meant to them.

* * * *

On the The Flying Dutchman, a group of elves looked to their captain. The captain's wife pulled out her charts.

"It's only the first sign," she whispered, "But the blue moon is coming."

The captain looked at his crew of refugees. "I swear to you now what I swore to you then. No one will force us back."

Grim silence greeted him, broken only by slap of waves against the hull and the creaking of wood.

* * * *

In the cave beneath the ruins of her parents' castle, Nimue of the Lake stirred. Her pale-green eyes opened sleepily, but there was no quickening of magic in her soul. She sighed and rolled over, back into dreams.

* * * *

In a one-bedroom apartment, Sabin felt the stirring in the atmosphere but couldn't interpret its meaning. He shrugged and looked at his wife, shook the car keys. She winced at the sound but continued scrubbing dishes and pretending not to cry.

"Dry your hands, baby," he said. "It's time to take a ride."

* * * *

Others heard the cry. Some trembled, some nodded and began to make plans.

"The blue moon is coming," they whispered, in fear and anticipation.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Very well written story!

    Review by Robin:
    Being a big fan of Merlin I decided to give Blue Moon a try. It sounded interesting and right up my alley. Having said that, (I had a rough time getting into the book) knowing that some books are slow starters I decided to slug this one out and see what happens. I am glad that I did.

    Ms. Speer's takes us into the realm of magic and Merlin. Where we find Merlin creating what is called the Merlin Stone. Merlin foresaw the coming of the Scientific Age and with that the division of the fantasy and the scientific worlds. Merlin must enlist help from all sides thus creating an overabundance of characters that if not paying attention you can easily lose yourself. Along with a slow storyline that jumps around.

    Within the magic realm Merlin enlists the help of Arthur, The Lady of the Lake, Morgan Le Fey and various elves and dwarfs.

    We become a bit confused as we enter into the scientific world where there is a crossover of Human characters and Magical characters.

    Libby Halstead, is a romance writer, who comes from an abusive marriage. She has decided to move to her grandparents cabin hidden deep within the forest and has become a hermit of sorts. She is the keeper of the Merlin Stone. So rare and powerful and a beacon for evil, she must protect it at all costs.

    Alex Kincaid, five years ago he woke up with no memory whatsoever. With no knowledge of who he is or where he came from he creates his own identity to get by in this world. He decides that maybe the best thing to do is to travel the world and just maybe something or someone will trigger his memory and help him find out who or what he really is. Hopefully he will soon find what his purpose is because if not there will be a big impact on the worlds.

    Sabin, the Prince of Darkness (pure evil). His goal is to find the Merlin Stone before the Blue Moon to make mama proud.

    Zorovin, the Dragon King, comes to the scientific world in order to find his son the prince. He is in hopes of finding him soon to prevent the destruction of the worlds.

    Once the characters are developed and in place the story seems to take off. We find the protectors of both worlds needing to come together to save the Merlin Stone and keep evil from finding it. With the Blue Moon coming, where magic is the strongest, things start to heat up.

    You find yourself thinking that evil just may win because of the obstacles that are continually thrown at you. You start to prepare yourself for the worst.

    I found this to be a very well written story despite the slow start. It is a different take on the two worlds and how they actually could exist. Not just in a make believe realm but in reality.

    Even with the slow start this story is well worth trying. For those that don't believe other realms exist just might find themselves with a new look at things.

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