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Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses Series #3)
     

Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses Series #3)

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by Sharon Shinn
 

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The third Novel of the Twelve Houses from the national bestselling author.

In this story of hidden magic and forbidden love, the King's Rider Justin befriends Ellynor, a young novice at a convent-only to discover that she is a mystic being manipulated by the fanatical Daughters of the Pale Moon into hunting down and killing other mystics.

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The third Novel of the Twelve Houses from the national bestselling author.

In this story of hidden magic and forbidden love, the King's Rider Justin befriends Ellynor, a young novice at a convent-only to discover that she is a mystic being manipulated by the fanatical Daughters of the Pale Moon into hunting down and killing other mystics.

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Publishers Weekly
In Shinn's intrigue-filled third Twelve Houses fantasy (after The Thirteenth House and Mystic and Rider), Justin, one of the elite King's Riders who serve King Baryn of Gillengaria, finds plenty to be concerned about after going undercover as a stableman to learn about threats to Baryn's rule. Noblewoman Coralinda Gisseltess, head of the Lumanen Convent of the Daughters of the Pale Mother (a moon goddess), has begun her own campaign against mystics, preaching that their magic is an abomination to the goddess. Then Justin meets Ellynor Alowa of Lirren, a young novice from the convent, and loses his heart to her. Things get complicated when Ellynor is denounced as a mystic because of her healing abilities. Rescuing Ellynor from being burned at the stake won't be easy, but if Justin succeeds, he'll then have to deal with the taboo against Lirren women marrying outside their clans. Once again Shinn expertly mixes romance with traditional fantasy for a satisfying read. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
As a member of the King's Riders, Justin must watch over the sinister Lumanen Convent, where the Daughters of the Pale Mother teach her followers that those who wield magic are evil creatures to be destroyed. When he falls in love with Ellynor, one of the convent's novices, Justin must choose between his duty to his King and the safety of the woman he loves. The latest novel in Shinn's "Twelve Houses" (Mystic and Rider; The Thirteenth House) series elaborates on the conflict between faith and magic, combining storytelling expertise with a richly detailed fantasy world. Recommended for most libraries and particularly those where the author has a following. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441015375
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Series:
Twelve Houses Series , #3
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
434,730
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.31(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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Meet the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
ADropOfInkReviews More than 1 year ago
This is obviously Justin’s story. It’s now time to get into Justin’s head and find out what makes him tick and make his character a bit deeper. While he’s a strong and brutal fighter, he also has a heart of gold he rarely shows anyone. With the introduction of Ellynor into his life, we get to see that side of him more. The influence of Senneth also shines through when he realizes he can help someone he considers weaker than him because it’s the right thing to do, whether he gets anything out of it or not. However, Ellynor is not a wilting flower. She’s a strong young woman who grew up in the Lirrens. While constantly protected by the males in her family, she is excited to be out in the world. She also has a deep understanding of Justin right away because she recognizes the same drive in him to protect and fight as her brothers have. He respects her and lets her make her own choices as well, which leads to all sorts of trouble. This particular book is my husband’s favorite. Perhaps it’s because a strong soldier risks everything for the woman he loves. Isn’t that the dream of any man? To be a woman’s knight in shining armor? But not only that, but to respect the woman you rescue as well? He has read this book several times and I have no doubt it will appeal to a wide range of men who like the idea of being a knight in shining armor themselves.
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Excellent. characters get better and better
BooksRMyFood More than 1 year ago
After book #2 in the series, I was a bit unsure about reading this one, but I really loved it. It was unexpected to realize that the focus was on Justin, one of those who had no magical ability, but the interactions of Justin and Elynor and their ultimate trust in each other and his friends paid off with a very fun read.
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