Magick by Moonrise

Magick by Moonrise

by Laura Navarre
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Magick by Moonrise 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Tin106 More than 1 year ago
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.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
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*
gaele More than 1 year ago
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.