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Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses Series #3)

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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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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441015375
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: Twelve Houses Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 296,439
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Another great book

    Excellent. characters get better and better

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  • Posted September 29, 2012

    Unexpectedly Delightful

    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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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Falling in love all over again.

    Justin sure knows how to pick 'em. I enjoyed this book as much as the two that came before it, it tied up alot of the loose ends and the story came together quite well. Good read but you'll want to pick up #1 and #2 first or you'll ruin some of the breadcrumb trail Shinn left for you in the first two books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Very good book...

    I had a wonderful time reading this one. I loved the 1st book in the series, 'Mystic and Rider'. But the second one, '13th house' bored me to tears. I'm very happy to report however that Shinn made a great rebound with this, the third installment in the series. Still not as great as the first one, but so much better than the second. I look forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    More, please!

    This is the third installment in a brilliantly-conceived series from the woman who brought us the incomparable Angels/Samaria series. I never thought she could top the Angels series, but she equals it here. Justin gets his own story, and it's wonderful to see this severe young matched with Ellynor. The development of their story doesn't lack for action or drama, and the overall arc continues with the threat to the kingdom by the religious fanatic, Coralinda Gisseltess. And, yay, because the entire gang comes back, Senneth and Tayse and Kirra and Donnal and the endearing Cammon. I love this book. Shinn has a way with the written word that is evocative, and heart-wrenching, and dryly witty. It's enjoyment on a higher plane. This woman could write the next edition of the yellow pages, and I'd rush out to get it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    Better than the Thirteenth House

    This book is fantastic! I loved it. I was a little disappointed with the Thirteenth House, too much romance. But this book spends time on all the characters and gets down to the real issue, impending war. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006

    Awesome!!

    Shinn's third Twelve Houses installment, Dark Moon Defender, is amazing! Shinn goes in depth with Justin, a well known character from her previous books. It's refreshing to have new angles added to Justin along with information on the other characters and their doings. The book is a perfect blend of humor, intrigue and suspense. I can't wait for the next one to debut.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    One of the fifty elite King¿s Rider, Justin heads to the remote town of Neft because some recent activity against King Baryn of Gillengaria seems to have initiated at the Daughters of the Pale Mother religious sect led by Coralinda Gisseltess located there. This Moon Goddess worship faction insists that other forms of mysticism are abominations and needs to be dealt with by death to the heretic. Thus the two travelers are to infiltrate this fanatic¿s House to determine whether Coralinda fosters anti- monarchy fervor.--------------- Justin goes undercover obtaining work at the stable where he soon meets novice Ellynor, a healer with stealth skills that she hides for fear her superiors will sacrifice her as a heretical mystic. He uncovers her magicals secrets even as they fall in love with one another. Her fears prove true when she is condemned to die at a fiery stake for being an unholy magical practitioner. Only Justin can save her, but by doing so he would reveal his identity as an undercover King¿s Rider and ergo jeopardizing the mission.----------------- The third Twelve House saga (see THE THIRTEENTH HOUSE and MYSTIC AND RIDER) is a superb romantic fantasy starring a dedicated hero struggling with saving the woman he loves that would most likely devastate his mission. The action-packed story line is driven by the relationship between Justin and Ellynor ironically if he saves her, his family and his peers still will not accept her as his spouse because she is a Lirren. Fans of terrific character driven tales will fully appreciate the wonderful DARK MOON DEFENDER that deftly blends deep characterizations inside a strong saga.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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