A Trace of Moonlight
Book Three Abby Sinclair series
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster
Date of Publication: October 30, 2012
Number of pages: 400
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Drinking from the waters of lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe …these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.
Abby’s pact with a demon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal and gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. She might have even been able to recover from all that had she not lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy.
Only one person can make things right again, but to find her, Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.Tour Materials from Bewitching Book Tours
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In many cultures this is a day when the veil between worlds in thinnest, giving the most opportunity for beings to cross from one to the other. What better to look at than a book about a young woman, Abby, her lovers and friends who all play a part in the doors between the world of mortals, faerie and the landscapes of our dreams and nightmares?
First I have to say, I loved this book and the series as a whole. Abby is a great heroine, with enough rough spots to make her accessible, enough problems to make her sympathetic, enough empathy to make her care and enough courage to do what needs to be done. This is the third in the series and it really is not a stand-alone; there's a lot of back story. It's not "high fantasy" so most things are familiar and have pronounceable names. There's some intimacy and quite a bit of violent action. There is a love triangle There's even a perverted miniature unicorn. How can you miss with that combination. Wouldn't you love to have a perverted pet unicorn?
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The series centers on this young heroine, Abby Sinclair. She lives in a world where a few people are privy to the fact of "others." She works for one, at a semi-fae bookshop, if your fae, you know it's otherworldly and if you are an unaware mortal, you don't see it. Humans and fae can only cross between worlds through portals and with a contractual relationship called "Touchstoning." Abby and her mom were in a terrible car crash that killed her mother and left her with seizures and musculoskeletal issues that killed her career as a dancer and left her with constant pain. Her dreams are invaded by a hot incubus, Brystion. At some point their relationship becomes more. She is also attracted to her boss's brother Talliver. The fate of the worlds and dreams ends up in the hands of a few and Allison is vital to saving the worlds as we know, and don't know them.
This is the most feeling-oriented, dreamy and esoteric of the books. Much of it takes place outside the mortal realm so the laws of physics don't have to apply. Saying much more than this will result in me telling you too much, and well, I don't want to piss off the Faerie Queen. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND A TRACE OF MOONLIGHT and the rest of the series.
Instead, of prattling on, I asked Allison a few questions she was kind enough to take the time to respond this Samhain. She's virtually touring the book through cyber space via Bewitching Book Tours!
We hear that Brystion can cook, could you share one of his favorite recipes, or things to make?
I don’t know if he really thinks of it in terms like that. His tendency is to cook the things his TouchStones like. He doesn’t really have to eat mundanely to survive anyway, so it doesn’t really matter to him. (There’s a line he mentions at some point about how nothing of him is his – his very nature means he’s supposed to conform to his TouchStone’s desires – and that would include food. (Abby wouldn’t do this to him consciously, but there’s a reason he tends to make her omelets.)
Where did he learn to cook?
One of his previous TouchStones was a chef. He has a tendency to absorb other people’s skills through their dreams so he picked it up from her.
Was Abby his first dreamer to bring him through from the Dreaming? Yes.
Is anyone able to be a touchstone? Yes.
At one point Abby refers to just the "Awful Courage" in her gut. That is such a different and interesting way of describing courage. How is it awful?
I think it’s more that courage itself is such an odd concept. People tend to romanticize it, but finding true courage in face of something terrible *is* awful. It’s hard, it often involves sacrifice, and the end results aren’t always lollipops and rainbows.
Is this the last book in this series? What's next for you?
It’s the last book in this particular story arc. There’s a Melanie short story coming out in the Carniepunk anthology next year (it’s a bit of a prequel – we find out how she got her violin.) I’m in the process of writing more of a straight fantasy at the moment, but if there’s an opportunity to write more Abby stories, I’d be happy to continue.
Who do you WANT Abby to stroll off into the sunset with? I realize that she may have other ideas.
Heh. It doesn’t really matter what I want. It is what it is. ;-) And she makes a decision at the end of A Trace of Moonlight.
Does Abby sill have seizures in Faerie?
The potential is still there, but thus far she hasn’t.
In your faerie does time move faster or more slowly than in the mortal realm?
Both. It depends on the time of year.
At the start how many faerie years has Abby been in Faerie?
She hasn’t been there a full year, by any stretch – probably closer to 4 or 5 weeks. She just doesn’t have any real concept of time passing since she doesn’t remember her past or how she got where she is.
Do Brystion's bells carry his essence, his incubus-ness?
In Abby’s mind, they do. Even from the very beginning of A Brush of Darkness, the bells are a representation of him.
Do you feel this is the most metaphysical of the books?
Yes. Given how much of it takes place in the Dreaming and on the CrossRoads.
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A Bit about Allison
A marine biologist in a former life, Allison Pang turned to a life of crime to finance her wild spending habits and need to collect Faberge eggs. A cat thief of notable repute, she spends her days sleeping and nights scaling walls and wooing dancing boys….Well, at least the marine biology part is true. But she was taloned by a hawk once. She also loves Hello Kitty, sparkly shoes, and gorgeous violinists.
She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.