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Beneath the Thirteen Moons by Kathryne Kennedy

December 9th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: December 1, 2010

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Kathryne Kennedy’s award-winning first book, now available for the first time to the trade market, features a magical, watery world in which mammoth trees grow up from the ocean floor, supporting all life within their canopy. In spite of the beauty and abundance, the world is harshly divided into two classes: pampered royalty and struggling have-nots. In search of a Healer for her swampland village, smuggler Mahri Zin inadvertently kidnaps the heir to the throne, Korl Com’nder. As the two become lovers, they discover that not only are their fates intertwined, but the very survival of their peoples depends on them…

I have read Kennedy’s book, The Fire Lord’s Lover, and was absolutely in love with it so I was very excited to read this one.  Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations.  There was no real explanation about what this world was and you are left fumbling through the book trying to figure out what was so important about zabba root,who the river rats were and where this world came from.  I almost felt like I had missed maybe another 100 pages that should have been at the beginning of the book. I also found Mahri irritating in that she played the “I hate you” card for so long with Korl yet every time she looks in his eyes she melts like butter.  I felt like instead of showing how in love or attracted to him she was it just made her seem weak.

My favorite part of the book was Mahri’s pet.  He was adorable and cracked me up with his entire personality and his love of the food in the royal palace.  Once we finally started getting to the interesting part of the story of what zabba root could do and how it could be used to attack one another the story was over.  I really would have liked to see more of the conspiracy against Korl by his sister and her co-conspirator.  That seemed like it would have been the most interesting part of the book.

All in all this was a disappointment after reading The Fire Lord’s Lover but I will say Kennedy does come up with some great ideas and worlds.  I just wish this one had been more developed.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Fantasy, Romance

4 Responses

  1. blodeuedd

    Ohh yes it sure fell flat for you :( It was sure nothing like the wonders if Fire Lord, but I kind of forgave the plot a bit because of the world. The world did raise the grade for me, and it still was an amusing tale.

    But here is to hoping the next elves book will be golden :D

  2. Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews

    I agree. I LOVED The Fire Lord’s Lover and was a bit disappointed with this one. She has an awesome imagination but the story of Beneath The Thirteen Moons feel short.I believe though that this one was one of her first books as it’s a re-release. Could be that her writing improved over time with her later novels. I’m interested to see how she does with the historical Victorian fantasy novels. Have you read any of those?

  3. dsuzuki

    blodeuedd-I hope the next elven book is good!
    Farrah-I haven’t read any of her other books. I was thinking the same thing when I saw this was a re-release so I will give her next book a try.

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