by Kathryne Kennedy

December 2003
ISBN: 0-7862-5336-3
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Mahri, a Wilding, is a river smuggler on a hydrographic planet. When a plague hits her village, Mahri is desperate not to let it take all she loves like the first plague took her husband and child. Her strategy? Kidnap a healer.

The healer she kidnaps is not a mere healer. He is Korl, Prince of the Sea Forest. Mahri realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew. With the Princes enemies in hot pursuit, Mahri uses too much zabbaroot and finds herself in a coma as a result. She dreams she can converse with the planet’s natives. She learns that she is to bond with the Prince in order to save Sea Forest planet. Things are definitely not going according to her plan. All she wanted was to stop the plague in her village. Now she finds herself entangled in a quest to save the entire planet and experiencing a physical temptation she’d not felt since her husband was alive.

If this reviewer had to pick one word to describe Beneath the Thirteen Moons it would have to be…Wow! Author Kathryne Kennedy has created a lush planet described so well that I could actually see it in my mind. Intriguing, intricately written, and superbly designed, the tale of Mahri and Korl is one that readers will return to more than once. Readers will fall in love with Korl and admire Mahri. Mahri shows characteristics of which the modern woman can relate. Responsibility of a family takes courage and ingenuity as well as compassion and devotion. All of which Mahri embodies. Korl exhibits strength and determination in his steadfast love for Mahri. The author has evenly distributed the plot and characters so that it will delight the fan of science fiction as well as the romantic at heart. It is this reviewers hope that readers will have the opportunity to visit Sea Forest again in future books by Ms. Kennedy.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Rho.

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