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VOYAThis teaser launches the new Luna line of books that debuted in January 2004 and consists of romantic fantasy novels. There are three novellas in this omnibus. Counting Crows by Mercedes Lackey is the story of Lady Gwynhefar (not the one who married King Arthur; this reviewer was confused by the name for several chapters), who is given in a "glove marriage" (in the absence of the groom, he is represented by a glove) to the rough, loutish Lord Bretagne to secure the safety of her father's kingdom. Although she at first believes that she can tame Bretagne, she soon accepts the futility and finds that she loves one of his lieutenants instead. Although the novella form is rather short, the story drags on a little too long-there is much description of the spells Gwyn performs in order to spend her life with her true love. Drusilla's Dream by Rachel Lee is, perhaps, the most charming of the three stories. A young painter by day/computer operator by night fantasizes about saving an imaginary kingdom, only to discover that her fantasy is shared by the night shift's sysop. Catherine Ansaro's Moonglow is the sweet but rather predictable story of a prince who suffers traumatic deafness, muteness, and blindness after the murder of his parents, and is cured by the love of his soul mate. This book is a light diversion, to be indulged in when one's mind is exhausted from hard work or studying. There are some relatively detailed, although not offensive, sex scenes that keep this one out of the league of younger teens who might enjoy the romance. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommendedfor Young Adults). 2003, Silhouette/Harlequin, 377p., pb. Ages 15 to Adult.
—Marlyn K. Roberts