I picked this up because I love Tanith Lee, and I've also read and enjoyed Mercedes Lackey's work, so the idea of 3 novellas centering around strong young women, magic, and the winter moon was interesting. I'd never read anything by C.E Murphy before, but I wasn't disappointed. The first story, "Moontide" by Lackey, centers around Moira, a young girl summoned back home to a sea keep by her father from an unusual finishing school. Her father expects a demure young woman, but Moira has hidden steel beneath her proper exterior and she suspects him of treason against the king. I thought that the description of the sea keep was probably the most fascinating aspect of the story. It probably could have been longer, and I felt unsettled about something until I was drifting off to sleep and then woke up thinking about a plot hole. The second novella, "The Heart of the Moon", by Tanith Lee centers around a spiritual journey by Clirando, a warrior priest who has been deeply affected by guilt and the betrayal of her best friend. Tanith Lee presents a very dreamy, wintery, changing landscape, and a sceptical woman. Thirdly was C.E. Murphy's story. Although I have not read Urban Shaman before I read her novella "Banshee Cries", (which is supposed to be part 1.5 of her series), it was easy for me to understand what was going on and get into the story anyway. This was more of a modern, paranormal story compared to the other two which were more fantasy, but it rounded off the trio very well. Joanne is a cop with newfound powers as a shaman who is still trying to learn what she can do while trying to catch a murderer. She also learns something about her past along the way.
Three authors present novellas with a moon theme. At least two of them tie into their current book series.
Mercedes Lackey brings a story set in the fairy tale world of her Hundred Kingdoms - a world of feudalism and magic. This story does not tie directly to one of her books, but is set in the same world. If you like Lackey's writing, you will enjoy this story about a princess returned home as a spy for the King against her harsh father. The description of the keep makes you feel like you are there and the characters and engaging.
Tanith Lee tells the story of a warrior woman, Clirando, who is struggling with guilt over a former friend's death and who is sent on a quest wherein she finds peace and love. I am not a big Lee fan, and can'[t say if this ties to any series she has previously written. I liked this story the least of all.
C.E. Murphy's story is directly linked to her Urban Shaman series. It tells more about Jo Walker's mother, and fits between the first and second book. It sent me straight away looking for Urban Shaman. A fast moving and well written tale.
Fantasy, 3 novelettes. C.E. Murphy: Urban fantasy, the setting is between her "Urban Shaman" and "Thunderbird Falls." Mercedes Lackey
& Tanith Lee are authors of far too many fantasy novels, novellas and short stories to mention here. Lackey's is set in her "Hundred Kingdoms" world. Tanith Lee's contribution is a lyrical study of the healing of troubled souls. All are very good and I enjoyed them.
The Mercedes Lackey story in this volume is just plain bad. Writing. Plotting. Storyline. I couldn't even finish it. Yuck.
The Tanith Lee one, however, saves this anthology. Truly a delightful tale. Lyric and graceful.
The C.E. Murphy entry is enjoyable too, but presumes you've read her previous book -- which might leave a newcomer adrift in the story.
"Moontide" by Mercedes Lackey
This is my first Lackey story even though I've got her Diana Tregarde mysteries waiting here on Mt. TBR that I haven't read yet. In this novella, Lackey takes us to the land of her Five Hundred Kingdoms and tells the story of a sea keep's daughter who's been sent off to fostering for most of her young adult life. While there, she was trained as an assassin and one of the "Gray Ladies". Her skills come in handy when she returns home to find her father entertaining a pirate from a rival land, to whom he wants to use Moira as a bargaining chip. But Moira's got other plans...
"The Heart of the Moon" by Tanith Lee
I really enjoyed this story. It portrays a tough heroine, a warrior, who is sent off to by the priestesses of Amnos to the magickal island of Moon Isle, where she must work through some of the things from her past. While on her "journey", she meets a strange man whom she feels an instant attraction to. But can she trust him, or is he just another man like Thestus, who would only betray her? And what else will she learn about herself in the process?
"Banshee Cries" by C. E. Murphy
"Banshee Cries" is set in the same place as Murphy's The Walker Papers series and takes place between Urban Shaman (book 1) and Thunderbird Falls (book 2).
This was the best of the bunch. I read the first book of the Walker Papers, Urban Shaman
, back at the end of 2005, so I'd forgotten much about the characters. Fortunately, this story provides a lot of reminders that jump started my memory. Also, whereas the Urban Shaman
kind of dwindled action-wise after awhile as Joanne struggled with her new powers, there wasn't much time for dilly-dallying in this short story format. Joanne still wishes she didn't possess her Shamanic skills, but she's beginning to get a handle on them nonetheless. This story gives us a lot more information about Joanne's mother, who passed away in the last book, and it's with the help of her dead mom that she's able to defeat the Banshee, the Harbinger of Death, that has returned to try to complete something it couldn't 30 years ago!
Three short stories from 3 very good authors. Mercedes Lackey is fabulous as usual. Tanith Lee's story is very imaginative. C.J. Murphy's goes along with her "Urban Shaman" story, I liked it but found myself having to reread several passages because I would get a little confused.
3 novellas in the Romantic Fantasy genre, by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy. I'm not a huge Lackey fan, but her entry (although fairly formulaic warrior-princess fare) was pretty good. The Lee and Murphy stories were much better, especially surprising for the Murphy novella - she published her first novel just this year, and it helps to have read it before this one; this novella expands on the world she created in Urban Shaman.
All the stories were good but I especially like the ones by Mercedes Lacky and Tanith Lee.
All three stories were wonderful!! Make sure and read C.E. Murphy's Urban Shaman first though before her story or you will be lost.
This book is a really good book. It is a book with three stories in it. Each story has its own magic. They tell stories that can happen under a full moon. If you love magical tales you will absolutely love this book!
Got this book for the C.E. Murphy story. The other two stories were good. But Banshee cries got me interested in CE Murpy
Loved Murphy. I enjoyed Lackey's story, but not as much as murphy's. Her characters are starting to coalesce into the same person. Strong, capable, independent, the perfect straight feminist. While Murphy's is actually a person, because she puts in her fears. The same lack of personhood could be said for Tanith Lee's character.
This is one of those dangerous books to have around. I'd sit down intending to read for 20 minutes. The next thing I knew an hour had passed. All three stories are written very well. Excellent strong female leads.
An excellent collection of 3 novellas. Mercedes Lackey's "Moontide" is set in her Five Kingdoms, a story of politics and treachery, where a young princess is all that stands between her father's ambitions and the security of the Kingdom. Tanith Lee's "The Heart of the Moon" tells of a young female warrior who has to pass a trial on a mysterious island. And rounding off the collection is C.E. Murphy's "Banshee Cries", which fits in between books 1 & 3 of her Walker Papers series and pits Joanne Walker against a supernatural serial murderer that unknown to her is tied to her past. Lackey is as good as usual, and though I have not sampled any of the other authors' novels, these novellas make me want to read more of their work.
I read this for CE Murphy's story. I have read five out of the six shaman books so far and knew I had to read story number 1.5. Going back to read about Joanne was interesting because the character has grown so much in book 5 that I forgot "Banshee Cries" featured a very young Joanne. So it took a little bit to get used to this Joanne again. The story wasn't as funny as the regular books but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. I actually found the story a little more straight forward. Sometimes with the books you are not sure how everything is going to come together. This series is best to read in order.
I tried to read Lackey's and Lee's stories but I couldn't get into them. They probably weren't bad stories, just stuff I'm not used to reading so I had a hard time. I did give up after a few chapters.
Loved the C. E. Murphy story!