Magick by Moonrise [NOOK Book]


Tudor England, 1556

A religious war is brewing. The Catholic Church relies on the ruthless reputation of Lord Beltran Nemesto, who tirelessly hunts down those who don't believe or who practice dark arts.

Half mortal, half Fae princess, Rhiannon le Fay is a healer trying to broker peace between the Faerie and mortal worlds. The Convergence is approaching, an occurrence every thousand years where the Veil that ...

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Tudor England, 1556

A religious war is brewing. The Catholic Church relies on the ruthless reputation of Lord Beltran Nemesto, who tirelessly hunts down those who don't believe or who practice dark arts.

Half mortal, half Fae princess, Rhiannon le Fay is a healer trying to broker peace between the Faerie and mortal worlds. The Convergence is approaching, an occurrence every thousand years where the Veil that separates the two realms temporarily dissolves. Without her help, war between the two is inevitable.

After meeting Rhiannon, Beltran knows he must bring her to justice, but he's instantly attracted to the ethereal beauty. She forces him to confront his beliefs and introduces him to the Faerie world, and in the process he discovers a haunting truth about himself.

As the Convergence nears, Rhiannon and Beltran must decide where their loyalties lie as they fight to prevent a war that could destroy both of their worlds forever.

Book one of The Magick Trilogy.

88,000 words

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Set during the reign of Mary Tudor, the first book in the “Magick Trilogy” is a fascinating historical glimpse into these troubled times. The book opens with a stupendous chase scene evoking the ride of the Nazg?l in The Lord of the Rings. Rhiannon, half-faerie, half-human daughter of King Arthur, is on a mission to prevent the catastrophic Convergence, the mixing of the faerie lands with the human lands. She is saved from death by fallen angel in disguise Beltran Nemesto. As a papal Blade of God, his goal is to root out heresy. Inconveniently, he falls in love with Rhiannon and cannot consign her to torture and death. They work together to save the world and each other—she via her magick and he with his awesome powers as the archangel Uriel.

Verdict Simmering sex on the island of Avalon is icing on the cake of this well-crafted plot, with highly imaginative descriptions of genitalia: Nicholson Baker’s House of Holes meets Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon meets Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.—Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Lib., CA
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426895197
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Series: Magick Trilogy
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 864 KB

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Tudor England, April 1556

Torrential rains lashed the countryside with cataclysmic force, a mighty river pouring from angry clouds to punish the drowning lands. The deluge pounded the frost-nipped forest, stripped away pearl-gray daylight and churned the English soil into a sucking sea of mud. Through this treacherous mire, their valiant steeds galloped full out.

Rhiannon twisted to slant a desperate glance behind her, where the last of her defenders hammered at her heels. Faithful unto death, just as they'd sworn before the Goddess, no matter their hidden misgivings about this dangerous mission.

From the rear, a horse's whinny pierced her like an arrow—the familiar timbre of Nineve, the white mare she'd raised from a foal.

An angry growl of thunder muffled the rider's shout of despair as he tumbled from Nineve's saddle. Rhiannon felt the lightning crack of pain through her own tender flesh as his shoulder struck the ground with crushing force. Her heart nearly stopping, she cried out as though stricken herself.

"Halt!" Healer's instincts taking over, she struggled to slow her panicked mare.

"Nay, princess!" her foster-father shouted, pounding alongside. "Those brigands are but a breath behind. The devils ride as if hell-spawned."

"But Nineve and Cynyr—I will not abandon our friends." Violently she shook her head, damp tendrils of silver hair flying around her shoulders. "Halt, I command it!"

"Nay, child." Lord Ansgar Emrys gripped her bridle in his gauntlet and urged the mare on. "Your safety must be our paramount concern. Cynyr himself would be the first to say so."

As their flight opened distance between her and the fallen, the searing bolt of pain eased, until her own healer's bones no longer throbbed with Cynyr's agony. But she would hear Nineve trumpeting for help until the day she died.

Cynyr could save them both if he kept the presence of mind to summon the Veil, thicken the mist swirling among the ancient oaks and wish himself back to Faerie. But nothing could mend bones snapped like kindling, save time and her own healing touch.

Tears of sorrow stung her rain-washed eyes, because Rhiannon knew her foster-father was right. If they were overtaken by that howling band of brigands—the horde who'd come ravening down on them from nowhere the moment they cleared the Veil, and hunted them for three days as though bewitched—if they were captured, all her friends' precious lives would be lost in vain.

Only four of us left. A pang of grief and terror stabbed through her. Goddess, will they all fall—all those faithful souls who believed in me enough to follow me from Faerie? Every one of the stalwart seven she'd lost tore her heart anew.

But she would honor their sacrifice. Later she would grieve for them, those shining souls who should have lived forever, their immortal lives cut cruelly short by the sword. If she survived, she would never cease grieving them.

But they'd made their choices just as she made hers, sworn to preserve the fragile peace between the mortal realm and the Summer Lands behind the Veil where the Fae dwelled. She'd sworn to reach Catholic Queen Mary at the Tudor court, to deliver the precious treaty the Faerie Queene had crafted, to trigger the spell that would bind mortals and Fae to an enchanted peace. The desperate scheme had been Rhiannon's, the Faerie magick her royal mother's—and nearly every high noble at her court violently opposed the plan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Entertaining Fantasy, But ....

    Navarre's "Magick by Moonrise" is highly original in its setting; I know of no other book which combines the Tudor era, fairy lore, angel lore, and Arthurian mythology. Main characters Rhiannon le Fay and Beltran Nemesto are also compelling and well-rounded, and the story opens on a dramatic note.

    Unfortunately, the story also suffers from a number of problems. Several lines are repeated over and over and over; Beltran and Rhiannon develop an almost overwhelming lust for one another in the space of only a day or so; several characters -- such as Linnet and Sir Ansgar -- appear and disappear from the narrative seemingly at random; there are odd scene jumps, with chunks of the story related in info dumps; and the story ends on an incomplete note (yes, this is the first in a trilogy, but it *still* feels incomplete -- like ending Stars Wars immediately before the attack on the Death Star).

    "Magick by Moonrise" kept my attention, and I loved the main characters. Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives, so I do recommend it -- just be prepared for a few bumps along the way.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    Disclosure: A review copy was provided by Lit Connect. Thank you

    Disclosure: A review copy was provided by Lit Connect. Thank you to Lit Connect and to Carina Press for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

    This novel incorporates Arthurian Lore, Faerie Legend, Angels and the history of Mary I and Elizabeth I -- one would think this mix would result in a hodge-podge of a story but, no, Laura Navarre's Magick by Moonrise has got to be one of the most intelligent, most focused, most absorbing stories to be published this year.
    The author weaves each element intricately into the story of Rhiannon and Beltran and presents a very clear narrative structure, which takes you through a well-paced exposition and rising action before providing a breathtaking resolution to their story.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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    Hey everybody! Well, todays selection is Magick by Moonrise by L

    Hey everybody! Well, todays selection is Magick by Moonrise by Laura Navarre. I have to say that this was interesting read. Something I wouldn't normally choose, because there are a lot of layers to this story.
    First off you have Rhiannon le Fay who happens to half-mortal and half-faerie. Who happens to be on a mission to make sure a war doesn't start between the faerie world and the mortal. Rhiannon is to get Queen Mary to sign the treaty between the two worlds. However, there are a few obstacles occur. One of those obstacles comes in the form of Lord Beltran Nemesto.
    First off, I had a really hard time getting into the story. Don't get me wrong it was good story and well written. However, Magick by Moonrise just wasn't for me. However, there were somethings I really did enjoy as I read the story. I loved the sacrifice Rhiannon makes for her friends and Beltran. I enjoyed how Beltran starts to wonder about his mission in life.
    Overall, it's a good story, just not for me. However, if you love stories with a bit of Arthurian legend, a bit of history of Tudors (by the way I'm not a Tudor fan), and fallen angels, you might want to take a shot on Magick by Moonrise. It was well done with all those elements in the story.
    *review copy*

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

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    Incorporating faerie and Arthurian legend with the intrigue at t

    Incorporating faerie and Arthurian legend with the intrigue at the end of Queen Mary’s reign, add in biblical references to angels and vengeance for the church, the reformation versus the inquisition and a desperate quest to reach Queen Mary before Convergence and you have a hint at the elements Navarre has woven together in creating this fantasy. 
    As if the political intrigue, superstitions and the time-sensitive mission weren’t enough; magic and mayhem are constantly stepping into the forefront as Rhiannon’s sister Morrigan seeks to disrupt the mission and uses every power at her disposal to thwart Rhiannon: even spoiling her first taste of love and desire. 
    The attraction between Rhiannon the half-faerie princess and Beltran with unusual ties to Uriel and his commitment to the Pope and the inquisition to roust out heretics is denied and fought by both.  While their interior voices narrate the confusion, desperation and longing, the magnetic pull of one body to another is undeniable and detailed in every encounter. Lushly phrased and drawn specifically to place the reader in the middle of the story, the author has managed to define a world and setting that feels real and tangible, and the historic details of space, clothing and speech further ground the edges in an easy to imagine reality. 
    Beltran is haunted by his failure to join the priesthood, and conflict arises between his oath to serve the Pope and his desire for Rhiannon. Rhiannon has always been “different” and feels even more so in England, her desire for Beltran is an unknown and confusing.  The slow pace as the two work through their own questions and baggage, and take tentative steps forward and back while constantly finding themselves closer together is all the more sensual for the delays.  
    This is a great start to a richly detailed and crafted fantasy, with elements that manage to add some fairy to history, and ground fairy in a world that is known from school days.  Navarre has managed to weave multiple elements into a story that will transport, entertain and enchant. 
    I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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