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A Tangled Web by New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple—and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back…. Cast in Moonlight by New York Times bes A Tangled Web by New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple—and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back…. Cast in Moonlight by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Sagara Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra—if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks! Retribution by Cameron Haley In the underworld, there are tricks to killing. Like executing rivals at crossroads so ghosts won't follow you home. But sometimes retribution is hard to avoid—and now a supernatural hit man has a contract on Domino Riley's life. Luckily she knows a thing or two about death….


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A Tangled Web by New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple—and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back…. Cast in Moonlight by New York Times bes A Tangled Web by New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple—and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back…. Cast in Moonlight by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Sagara Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra—if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks! Retribution by Cameron Haley In the underworld, there are tricks to killing. Like executing rivals at crossroads so ghosts won't follow you home. But sometimes retribution is hard to avoid—and now a supernatural hit man has a contract on Domino Riley's life. Luckily she knows a thing or two about death….

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Amélie

    Review for Cast in Moonlight Kaylin Neya is a young girl of 13 who was living in the slum in the fantasy world of Elantra. To survive, she had had to obey to the crime lord of those slums, but his last order was snding her to kill the lord of the Hawks, the police force of the city. Not surprisingly, she is unable to do so and is captured. Resigned to her death, she is somehow surprised and suspicious when the lord of the Hawk fails to have her executed and propose to her to join the ranks of the Review for Cast in Moonlight Kaylin Neya is a young girl of 13 who was living in the slum in the fantasy world of Elantra. To survive, she had had to obey to the crime lord of those slums, but his last order was snding her to kill the lord of the Hawks, the police force of the city. Not surprisingly, she is unable to do so and is captured. Resigned to her death, she is somehow surprised and suspicious when the lord of the Hawk fails to have her executed and propose to her to join the ranks of the Hawks. Having nothing to lose, she accepted and try to fit in while wondering what his motives are. However, the mutilated bodies of young children keep being discovered and Kaylin who has always had a weakness for those younger than herself bullied her way into the investigation. This novella is a prequel to the Chronicles of Elantra series and could be a good entry into the series. In it, we finally see how Kaylin manages to integrate the Hawks and how everyone first reacted to her apparition. We also get a full story with an interesting investigation in the same spirit as what we have in the rest of the series. I was particularly interested with Teela and Tain who act as lofty and arrogant as usual but who are also practical and thus adopt Kaylin pretty quickly thanks to her gifts which render her useful to the investigation. We also learn more of Red, the legist, and Sanabilis makes a cameo appearance (he was not recognize by Kaylin but I am surprised that he has never mentioned this when they meet again during Cast in Shadow or later). There are two new characters here and I would love to meet again both of them in the series: a captain of the wolves and the Barrani Arcanist Lord whose name is not mentioned but who has a mysterious past with Teela and who manages to annoy the hell out of her! I definitely want to see him in the West Marches! (view spoiler)[ We also meet another Barrani Lord who is partly responsible for the children’s death and who Kaylin manage to defeat. If I understood correctly, she destroyed one of his eyes in the process; that should makes him easily recognizable for her and should also make him held a grudge against her. Again, I hope to meet him in the West Marches (that’s if Teela didn’t kill him years ago of course!). (hide spoiler)] I was a bit surprised with the way Kaylin acts in this novella, as she seems a bit more mature than when she is older. It must be because she as been pampered by all the Hawks for years but I think I prefer her like this. I recommend this novella to fans of the series and to people who are interested in discovery Michelle Sagara’s writing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Torzilla

    Review of: A Tangled Web by MERCEDES LACKEY A TANGLED WEB is the reason I wanted to check out HARVEST MOON. I always love a good recreation of the Hades/Persephone relationship and ATW sounded like it would be a cute, fun read. My first problem with this piece is that it felt too casual. I wasn't buying the mother/daughter relationship between Persephone and Demeter. The former sounded like a brat with ADD, and the latter sounded like one of those psycho mothers you thank the heavens you're not r Review of: A Tangled Web by MERCEDES LACKEY A TANGLED WEB is the reason I wanted to check out HARVEST MOON. I always love a good recreation of the Hades/Persephone relationship and ATW sounded like it would be a cute, fun read. My first problem with this piece is that it felt too casual. I wasn't buying the mother/daughter relationship between Persephone and Demeter. The former sounded like a brat with ADD, and the latter sounded like one of those psycho mothers you thank the heavens you're not related to. I did not enjoy Hades acting like such a wimp. He's the God of the Underworld... even if one is going to recreate a story... I don't know, he rubbed off on me the wrong way because he was so timid at the start. The relationship was cute, but overall, I wasn't feeling very invested (probably because I wasn't buying Persephone and Hades as characters). I would have enjoyed their relationship developing further. Instead of being told about how the two spent a year together, I think the story would have been more interesting following that year and watching the two fall in love. As it is, I'm expected -- as a reader -- to simply accept the fact that the two love each other without ever being shown that love. One of the primary reasons I wanted to read the text in the first place was to witness that love. Major bummer that I didn't get to. While I am interested in Norse mythology, I don't know as much about it. I felt like I was thrown into this side of the story without any warning, and there really wasn't as much of an explanation/back story for these characters. Once again, did not feel invested. I hate to say it, but I usually skimmed the scenes that switched to this POV. Overall: I'm rather reluctant to continue with this anthology, however, I will try to do so at a later date.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    SERIES: "A Tangled Web" (Five Hundred Kingdoms, 5.5) "Cast in Moonlight" (Chronicles of Elantra, 0.5) "Retribution" (Underworld Cycle, 0.5) Three short fantastic stories that involve the moon. I have the impression from the level of writing that the intended audience is young adults. Which, I suppose, is a rather rude assumption as it indicates that I think people who are not-yet-adults aren't capable of understanding more complex writing. And that is not my intention. THE STORIES Mercedes Lackey's SERIES: "A Tangled Web" (Five Hundred Kingdoms, 5.5) "Cast in Moonlight" (Chronicles of Elantra, 0.5) "Retribution" (Underworld Cycle, 0.5) Three short fantastic stories that involve the moon. I have the impression from the level of writing that the intended audience is young adults. Which, I suppose, is a rather rude assumption as it indicates that I think people who are not-yet-adults aren't capable of understanding more complex writing. And that is not my intention. THE STORIES Mercedes Lackey's "A Tangled Web"… …is a twist on the Demeter-Persephone-Hades myth. The difference is the addition of Leo and Brunnhilde from Norse myth. This is cute, if a bit on the childish side. I did appreciate Lackey's bringing in her theme of The Tradition which she uses to create the external impacts on the protagonists. The Tradition's effects always take me back to the fairytales of my youth and cause me to see them differently. Always a good thing! Michelle Sagara's "Cast in Moonlight"… …is a terrific story, although Sagara is a major pain in that she just abandons you in the middle of the story when she stops. There is no conclusion of any sort. It's as if Sagara got up to go to the bathroom and never came back. Yeah, yeah, I know authors have the option of leaving us hanging on the edge of a cliff, but they usually conclude some aspect of the story before they do. I know I don't normally list the characters when I review a series of short stories, but I do want to read more...if only to find out what does happen! The Characters Kaylin Neya is thirteen years old and has been surviving on her own. Recently, tattoos appeared on her body and seem to convey an ability to see and perform magic. It appears that she is also a survivor of the Nightshade ritual killings. The Hawks are… …one of three police forces that enforce the Emperor's Law. Lord Grammayre, an Aerian, a.k.a., the Hawklord, is the commander of the Hawks. Garadin is a Tha'alani who "questions" Kaylin. Sergeant Marcus Kassan is Leontine (Kayala is one of his five wives; Graylin and Reesa appear to be two other wives); Corporals Teela and Tain are Barrani. Clint, an Aerian, is of the Camaraan Flight (a flight can be translated as family); he is a guard and flies a patrol. Caitlin is the sergeant's aide. Red (don't even think of him as Reginald!) is their coroner. Morlan, an Aerian, is in charge of the infirmary. The Imperial Order of Mages works for… …the Eternal Emperor (he's a Dragon). Ceridath Morlanne has a problem he's hoping to solve and is very sensitive to magical residual effects; Meredith is his eight-year-old granddaughter. Magister Dreury is the head of the Order. Sanabalis is another mage, but is not usually involved with the Order. Farris is yet another mage with the Order. Wolves are… …another policing agency and one of their skills (directives?) appears to be a specialization in surveillance. Captain Neall. Tha'alani appear to be magical personnel who "torture" beings for the police. Leontines seem to be lion-like. Barrani are dragons, I think. They appear to be the dominant beings in this world and immortal. Nope, at one point, Sagara mentions Barrani and Dragons as two different species. Arcanists seem to be wizards/mages who practice off the grid. Aerians are birdlike and have wings; yes, they can fly, but they don't shift. Nightshade is a fief (a neighborhood?) in which a series of ritual killings occurred a year ago. Elantra is the city in which all this occurs. Cameron Haley's "Retribution"… …is a double-edged sword in this excursion into LA gang territory. This one combines magic with the usual internal gang concerns. This particular story feels like an introduction to an upcoming change to Dominica Riley's life. THE COVER and TITLE The cover is fantastical with its oranges creating the watery landscape and the sunset while a fey maid dressed in a pale green, diaphanous dress, wades in the water, bending to touch the reflection of the harvest moon. The title reflects the theme of a Harvest Moon.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Read only the Lackey, because I've enjoyed all the 500 Kingdoms books and am glad of this little 'coda.' Cute. Fits very well. Would help to know a bit more than I did about Norse and Greek mythology, but all the reader needs is included. Read only the Lackey, because I've enjoyed all the 500 Kingdoms books and am glad of this little 'coda.' Cute. Fits very well. Would help to know a bit more than I did about Norse and Greek mythology, but all the reader needs is included.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    There are 3 stories included in Harvest Moon, which I'll deal with (and rate) separately. "A Tangled Web" by Mercedes Lackey This is the first work by Mercedes Lackey I've ever read, and I can see why she gets such high reviews. Despite the fact that this short story is part of a larger narrative, it was so well written that I was able to follow with no trouble. I loved the perspective on the Persephone legend, and the characterisations of the different gods in the Greek/Roman pantheon. The prese There are 3 stories included in Harvest Moon, which I'll deal with (and rate) separately. "A Tangled Web" by Mercedes Lackey This is the first work by Mercedes Lackey I've ever read, and I can see why she gets such high reviews. Despite the fact that this short story is part of a larger narrative, it was so well written that I was able to follow with no trouble. I loved the perspective on the Persephone legend, and the characterisations of the different gods in the Greek/Roman pantheon. The presence of Leo and Brunnhilde seemed forced, though, and completely unnecessary. I get that Ms. Lackey was tying it in to a larger series, but it shouldn't seem so contrived. The plot also felt kind of flat. There was so much going on that it wasn't possible to dig in to any one part of it. Rating: 3 stars "Cast in Moonlight" by Michelle Sagara West This is book 0.5 in the Elantra Series by Ms. Sagara West, which is one of my all-time favourites. I loved this look at Kaylin's introduction to the life of a Hawk. I'm not sure how enjoyable it would have been if I hadn't read the other series already, but since I have, it was awesome. Rating: 4 stars "Retribution" by Cameron Haley Like Mercedes Lackey, I've never read anything by Cameron Haley, and was pleasantly surprised by this novella. I like the gangster sorcerer concept, though I still don't understand exactly what purpose the gangs serve in the world Haley has created. The story is well told, though, and I like the main character, Dominica. The gangster-speak I could do without. Rating: 3.5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Keziah

    Three awesome novellas from three fabulous writers. I bought Harvest Moon because of Michelle Sagara's contribution Cast in Moonlight, a prequel to the Chronicles of Elantra series and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Teenage Kaylin was an interesting contrast to the Kaylin that we all know and love from the Elantra novels. She was already picking up some bad habits from Teela before the end of the novella however. What really interested me however was Mercedes Lackey's story A Tangled Web. Set i Three awesome novellas from three fabulous writers. I bought Harvest Moon because of Michelle Sagara's contribution Cast in Moonlight, a prequel to the Chronicles of Elantra series and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Teenage Kaylin was an interesting contrast to the Kaylin that we all know and love from the Elantra novels. She was already picking up some bad habits from Teela before the end of the novella however. What really interested me however was Mercedes Lackey's story A Tangled Web. Set in her 500 Kingdoms world, which I admit I know nothing about but now have a yen to read, Lackey has created a fabulous world where the Olympian gods are pawns of the beliefs of the mortals around them. I am so happy to read a story where Hades is not the evil villain but rather he and Persephone are in love, tragically their elopement is interrupted through the stupidity of Thanatos and they must fight to stay together while remaining within the boundaries of Tradition. Add in a Valkyrie who is not happy at being mistakenly abducted and kept in the Underworld and her mortal husband who will do anything to rescue her and I am fast becoming a fan of Lackey's writing. Cameron Haley's novella Retribution had an interesting take on the world of magic and spirits and spells. When an execution on an Israeli gangster leads to a death curse mob lieutenant Dominica Riley must pull out all the stops to try and defeat the mysterious Sam and retain her position within the organization. Another series that I'll have to check out now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    I only read "Harvest Moon/A Tangled Web" by Mercedes Lackey. This story features the supporting characters Leo and Bru from the previous book along with Persephone and Hades. Always more than one romance happening in Lackey's books. I think I prefer her full length novels because she tends to go on these infodump rants and have her characters mull over every single possibility, even though none of it is in any way relevant. And she simply doesn't have time to do that and keep a story flowing in a I only read "Harvest Moon/A Tangled Web" by Mercedes Lackey. This story features the supporting characters Leo and Bru from the previous book along with Persephone and Hades. Always more than one romance happening in Lackey's books. I think I prefer her full length novels because she tends to go on these infodump rants and have her characters mull over every single possibility, even though none of it is in any way relevant. And she simply doesn't have time to do that and keep a story flowing in a short story. It was interesting to see how The Tradition worked on the Gods of Olympus, but the author failed to take advantage of her own (very interesting) mythos by wasting page time on how many god damn different fields there are in the Underworld (a lot, apparently) and not showing us why the gods behave the way they do. With the jumping around between 3 different relationships, none of them are very fleshed out. You're told that these people love each other and why, but you don't see it because they're literally together for like 4 pages each. Things just are in this story, there is no character development really. It's quite a ridiculous way to write, but it seems to be this author's way of doing things. It works in her full length novels because there is plenty of time for the over abundance of pointless information and things are just so crazy that you'll go with it anyway. Here in a shorter story, it just does not work. Not for me, anyway.

  8. 4 out of 5

    graveyardgremlin

    A very odd mix of stories that feature a harvest moon and only the first by Lackey fits the cover, of which makes me think of fairies and moonbeams. Overall: 3.5 stars A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey (Light Fantasy) A retelling of the Greek myth pertaining to Persephone and Hades, with some added Norse mythology. A cute story, if a little thin on actual plot. I'll probably forget it by next week. 2.5 stars/5 Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara (Fantasy/Urban Fantasy hybrid) Fascinating mythology and A very odd mix of stories that feature a harvest moon and only the first by Lackey fits the cover, of which makes me think of fairies and moonbeams. Overall: 3.5 stars A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey (Light Fantasy) A retelling of the Greek myth pertaining to Persephone and Hades, with some added Norse mythology. A cute story, if a little thin on actual plot. I'll probably forget it by next week. 2.5 stars/5 Cast in Moonlight by Michelle Sagara (Fantasy/Urban Fantasy hybrid) Fascinating mythology and world-building, intriguing characters and races. If I hadn't already been interested in reading the Chronicles of Elantra series, this would have done it. Pretty much a perfect story that stands alone quite well. 5 stars Retribution by Cameron Haley (Urban Fantasy) A solid short story dealing with a sorcerer and enforcer for a mob boss. Has some interesting ideas and is a promising beginning to a new series. While it does have cursing, it feels authentic and fits the scenes and characters. This is definitely not a story for the faint of heart. 3 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barb in Maryland

    The Lackey story and the one by Haley were okay. I borrowed this book for the story by Sagara and it did not disappoint. Cast in Moonlight is a pre-quel to her Cast in... series. This story goes back to when Kaylin and the Hawks first encountered each other--the day of Kaylin's very unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Hawklord. The Hawklord, while not exactly amused, decides to 'adopt' Kaylin and turns her over to Caitlin. So we get to see Kaylin's first encounters with all the familiar chara The Lackey story and the one by Haley were okay. I borrowed this book for the story by Sagara and it did not disappoint. Cast in Moonlight is a pre-quel to her Cast in... series. This story goes back to when Kaylin and the Hawks first encountered each other--the day of Kaylin's very unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Hawklord. The Hawklord, while not exactly amused, decides to 'adopt' Kaylin and turns her over to Caitlin. So we get to see Kaylin's first encounters with all the familiar characters of the later books. She no sooner shows up but she gets involved in a mystery surrounding the deaths of children who bear the same strange markings as she does. This will serve as a nice intro for someone unfamiliar with the series and should whet their appetite for more. For those of us who love the series, this is a nice little present.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Harvest Moon was a compendium of three novellas by Mercedes Lackey, Michelle Sagara, and Cameron Haley. The Lackey story was set after Sleeping Beauty and involved screwups around Persephone's abduction by Hades. It was an ok story, but I think I'm just burned out on Lackey for a while. The Sagara story was how Kaylin's failed assassination of the Hawklord gets her into the Emperor's Hawks, and her first two days there. I'm a big Kaylin fan, but even so, this story was a bit thin. All it did was Harvest Moon was a compendium of three novellas by Mercedes Lackey, Michelle Sagara, and Cameron Haley. The Lackey story was set after Sleeping Beauty and involved screwups around Persephone's abduction by Hades. It was an ok story, but I think I'm just burned out on Lackey for a while. The Sagara story was how Kaylin's failed assassination of the Hawklord gets her into the Emperor's Hawks, and her first two days there. I'm a big Kaylin fan, but even so, this story was a bit thin. All it did was provide some desired back story on Kaylin, Tain, and Teela. As for the third story, it was totally foreign to me. I don't know the Haley universe, so I had no backstory for the characters. That story was interesting enough, and had a neat twist on death curses and angels, but not riveting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    L.A.

    Harvest Moon is an anthology of stories, each with a very strong female lead, and all are in fantasy based worlds. Each of the stories' heroines has to overcome an obstacle to grow into her potential. In most cases those obstacles, if not handled correctly, could end in their death. They are three different and unique worlds, and what bind them together are the unique challenges they overcome. Each are set to occur under the phase of the moon called the Harvest Moon. Persephone, our heroine in "A Harvest Moon is an anthology of stories, each with a very strong female lead, and all are in fantasy based worlds. Each of the stories' heroines has to overcome an obstacle to grow into her potential. In most cases those obstacles, if not handled correctly, could end in their death. They are three different and unique worlds, and what bind them together are the unique challenges they overcome. Each are set to occur under the phase of the moon called the Harvest Moon. Persephone, our heroine in "A Tangled Web," is a young woman, daughter of Demeter, a Goddess of Olympus — and she is in love. The problem is that her mother is the Goddess of Nature who refuses to believe she has grown up. When Persephone falls in love, she is ready for the next step, but she knows her mother will not approve her choice. Not only that, she will make it downright impossible for them to be together. She and her true love, Hades, have come up with a foolproof plan that will force Demeter into accepting their marriage. What they forget to take into account is the tradition, the power that shapes everything in the Five Hundred Kingdoms. In an unexpected twist, Brunnhilde and her husband Leopold, visitors to Olympus, become a part of the plan. Brunnhilde is mistaken for Persephone and kidnapped by the God of death. Leopold must convince the Gods of Olympus to help him save her. I love the setting of Olympus and that the Gods and Goddesses are also affected by the tradition. It adds a satisfying twist to the myths we grew up with. Mercedes Lackey's characters are well thought out, and both Persephone and Brunnhilde are set as the heroines. I am not sure that Persephone is developed as strongly as most of her leads, she does seem a bit weak. She is pushed around by her mother, and she seems to lack the sharpness that is usually instilled in her other female characters. On the other hand, Persephone's mother is exactly what I would expect. She is spoiled and reckless, and in her anger and grief she forgets all that is important. Leopold is a brave and noble Prince and adds a warmth to the story. He is a human in a land of immortals. In "Cast in Moonlight" by Michelle Sagara, we meet an amazing thirteen year old girl, Kaylin Naya. She is captured trying to kill Lord Grammayre, the commander of the Hawks, one of three groups in the city of Elantra that enforce the Emperors law. The Hawk lord, as he is known, sees something in this girl that is worth saving. She is small for her age, dirty, bruised and covered with some type of runes or marks, covering her body. She is in rags and looks like she has not had a meal in some time. He makes a decision that will change the way investigations are done in the city. Kaylin's first day sets the course of her life with this group of enforcers, that will forever set her apart. She is present during an autopsy where three children her age have been killed. Prior to the actual autopsy, a mage is often called in to make sure magic has not been used. Ceridath Morlanne is that mage, and as he casts his spells to search for magic, Kaylin's runes start burning. She is able to see the magic sigil of the mage whose magic is used. The problem begins when Ceridath claims no magic was used. During the resulting investigation, we find that Ceridath's granddaughter has been kidnapped and he is blackmailed into giving false information. Kaylin is convinced that she must help save Ceridath's grandaughter but little realizes that her abilities put her at risk, as she herself is persued by a murderer. Michelle Sagara has put together a new and unique world in Elantra. She describes the city and the dangers with great verve, and it is easy to picture the view. Her characters are strong and each is well developed with distinct personalities. Kaylin is brave and strong, a child in a world she does not understand. She does not read and does not understand the different languages. She is bewildered by much of what she encounters, but because of her background she does not back down. She fights her fear and faces it down. She is also just learning that she has magic and is not yet sure what to do with it. Teela, the Barrani, is initially irritated that she has to “baby sit” Kaylin, but as she sees and learns more, she begins to have a respect for Kaylin's innate knowledge, as well as her developing abilities. Each of the supporting characters are unique and blend into a story that drags you along. It is a glimpse into a dark and unusual place where the innocent are often targeted. It is a wonderful, but dark story and I was sorry to see it end. I look forward to seeing more of her work in Cast in Shadow and Cast in Ruins. In Cameron Haley’s work, "Retribution", we meet a cynical and jaded Dominica Riley, known as Domino. She killed her first man at twelve years of age; it had became rather obvious that a young sorceress is not the best choice of a victim for a child predator. While killing him was easy, getting rid of his ghost was not. That was one of the first things she learned when she joined the gangsters and later became the lieutenant for Shanar Rashan. Her meeting with Benny BenReaven, an Israeli gangster was going as she expected, well, except the part where he tried to use a gun to kill her. She is too good of sorceress to let that go. She uses her magic to kill Benny but not before he unleashes a Curse on her. And apparently this was not just any curse; he was able to use the power of his death to give it extra force. She finds that Samuel, the angel of death, will be responsible to fulfill the curse. He made a visitation in the desert and assured her that she would have just three days before he carried out the curse, and that those three days would be her most miserable. As bodies begin to pile up and the gangsters begin to fight amongst themselves, she looks for a way to stop the curse. Will she find a way to stop the curse or will she perish? Cameron Haley has made Domino a tough and smart mouthed character.She tries to find the humor in every situation. She also has a bit of a foul mouth so be aware that there will be some cursing. She is a self made sorceress with a little training, but just enough to make her dangerous. She has worked her way up to second in command of the gangsters and that has put her at risk in the splintering of the crew. Her nemesis, Samuel is manifested as a tall good looking guy and while his entire part in this story is to kill Domino, he is alternately funny and coy. He is also terrifying and can manifest himself in other forms and her three days are fraught with more danger and death as he continues to keep her miserable till her time is due. I would recommend this book as a fun read after a hard day at work or even possibly curling up in front of a nice fire. Be aware that the second and third stories are a bit graphic, and that the third one also has a small amount of foul language. Thay are great stories and a satisfying read. This book was received as a free copy from Netgalley. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Audry

    Three novellas. First story has to do with the Godmother series Five Hundred Kingdoms in the Zeus area of the world. Leo and Brunhilda come to this side of the world so Leo can be made a hero and immortal like Brunhilda is. While trying to figure out how yo do that, Brunhilda is taken into the underworld by accident which technically makes her dead. Now she has to get herself out somehow. In the meantime, Persephone is waiting in another meadow to be taken into the underworld to be with her love Three novellas. First story has to do with the Godmother series Five Hundred Kingdoms in the Zeus area of the world. Leo and Brunhilda come to this side of the world so Leo can be made a hero and immortal like Brunhilda is. While trying to figure out how yo do that, Brunhilda is taken into the underworld by accident which technically makes her dead. Now she has to get herself out somehow. In the meantime, Persephone is waiting in another meadow to be taken into the underworld to be with her love, Hades. Kinda satisfactory ending. Second story was interesting with a human 13 year old girl who has magic powers she didn't know she had and a mystery that needs to be solved with two of the other races, the Hawks, the Barrani. She sees things only powerful mages see and uncovers a plot, whereupon there is am assassination attempt on her life. Violence. Satisfactory ending. Third story about magical gangsters. One in particular, Domino. She is the first lieutenant to a powerful gang leader. Someone is trying to take over their area, she takes him out magically, but not before he leaves a death curse on her. The spirit who comes to kill her may or may not be Samael, an angel. He tells her she has three days before he will kill her. She tries for three days to find a way to stop him. In the meantime she finds out the whole "someone is trying to take over" thing was a set up. Kinda satisfactory ending. Lots of "F" words. Violence. Not my favorite.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple - and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back... Cast In Moonlight by Michelle Sagara Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing's ever simple - and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back... Cast In Moonlight by Michelle Sagara Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks! Retribution by Cameron Haley In the underworld, there are tricks to killing. Like executing rivals at crossroads so ghosts won't follow you home. But sometimes retribution is hard to avoid - and now a supernatural hit man has a contract on Domino Riley's life. Luckily she knows a thing or two about death.... I liked by Mercedes Lackey - the story of Persephone and Hades. I liked that they loved each other. I also liked the story by Michelle Sagara. It is a story that starts the beginning of a series that I am planning to read. I didn't care for the story by Cameron Haley but it seemed to be a part of series and I think if I read the series it would make more sense. Overall the stories were good and enjoyable

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre

    Three stories set in different worlds The first is set in Mercedes Lackey's Five Thousand Kingdoms and a quest by Prince Leopold and Brunnhilde searching for a solution to their prospective life lengths in a greek-style kingdom where they become involved in a Persepone and Hades story which is done well and interestingly. Persepone has more agency in this story than usually. Cast in Moonlight, my favourite, which tells the early story of how Kaylin and the Hawks first intersected and it made me w Three stories set in different worlds The first is set in Mercedes Lackey's Five Thousand Kingdoms and a quest by Prince Leopold and Brunnhilde searching for a solution to their prospective life lengths in a greek-style kingdom where they become involved in a Persepone and Hades story which is done well and interestingly. Persepone has more agency in this story than usually. Cast in Moonlight, my favourite, which tells the early story of how Kaylin and the Hawks first intersected and it made me want to re-read and read anew the series. It's a story that made me want to know more and read on, even if I have read several of the stories. Retribution by Cameron Haley is an urban fantasy featuring mobs run by magic where Domino Riley takes out an opponent who curses her and then she has to work out how to defeat this curse, while also discovering that the reasons for killing her victim aren't as obvious as first seen. Good read but the middle story makes it a keeper.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hope Smash

    Probably more like a 3.5. I liked it, but it wasn't amazing. My main issue was I found the second story to be very complicated. It felt like you really needed to have read the other books in the series in order for it to make sense., but it also felt like a prequel so that really shouldn't have been necessary. I still liked the premise, but it was a very vast world that I didn't fully comprehend. That made it harder to read the story, and it took me a while to get through it. The Mercedes Lackey Probably more like a 3.5. I liked it, but it wasn't amazing. My main issue was I found the second story to be very complicated. It felt like you really needed to have read the other books in the series in order for it to make sense., but it also felt like a prequel so that really shouldn't have been necessary. I still liked the premise, but it was a very vast world that I didn't fully comprehend. That made it harder to read the story, and it took me a while to get through it. The Mercedes Lackey contribution was fun and a nice spin on a Greek mythology. Having Leo return was nice, I enjoyed being able to learn more about him. The last story was really interesting as well. Dominica was a fascinating character. I am a sucker for urban fantasy so I might have to delve into more of that series (if it exists).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jane H

    Read 2 out of 3. Picked it up for the story by Michelle Sagara which I enjoyed. It was fun to see Kaylin as she met people I know and love from the other books. It’s a backstory they sometimes referenced in passing but now you get the details. I also read the story by Cameron Haley and while it was interesting I’m not quite sure it was my cup of tea. Perhaps if I’d ever read anything else by that author/ in that series, my reaction may have been different because I’d have know the world/ charact Read 2 out of 3. Picked it up for the story by Michelle Sagara which I enjoyed. It was fun to see Kaylin as she met people I know and love from the other books. It’s a backstory they sometimes referenced in passing but now you get the details. I also read the story by Cameron Haley and while it was interesting I’m not quite sure it was my cup of tea. Perhaps if I’d ever read anything else by that author/ in that series, my reaction may have been different because I’d have know the world/ characters? The story I didn’t read is the one by perhaps the best known of the three authors, lol, however I just didn’t feel like getting into a story about Persephone. I read the first sentence about five times then skipped to the story I really wanted to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather Rohrer

    I enjoyed reading this book of short stories. I loved Persephone’s perspective and the awareness that the gods had of following tradition that was dictated by the humans who worshipped them. In Cast of Moonlight, I loved Kaylin and the world of Elantra. I’ll definitely being checking out Cast in Shadows, the first book in The Chronicles of Elantra series. I did not really enjoy Retribution. I found the protagonist did not hold my interest. Overall, an entertaining collection.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Rojem

    I primarily chose this for the Mercedes Lackey story, but they were all a bit disappointing. Hers felt too quick and simple, no real plot or descriptions. The second one I had trouble following, there was no real world-building and the characters didn't stand out. The third had potential, but I won't continue the series. I primarily chose this for the Mercedes Lackey story, but they were all a bit disappointing. Hers felt too quick and simple, no real plot or descriptions. The second one I had trouble following, there was no real world-building and the characters didn't stand out. The third had potential, but I won't continue the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    I originally added this to my TBR for the 500 Hundred Kingdoms story, which I did really enjoy. It very much follows the Tradition and pattern of the other books in the series, while providing an intriguing take on the Hades & Persephone tale. The other two stories introduced new series to me, and I found both to be very interesting. I will be going to check out the full-length books in those.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth McNair Demolat

    I picked up this book in order to read Harvest Moon. I like the fairytale retellings in the Five Hundred Kingdom series by Mercedes Lackey. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy the other two authors’ stories.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laurla2

    contains the stories "A Tangled Web" by mercedes lackey (Five Hundred Kingdoms, 5.5) "Cast in Moonlight" by michelle sagara (Chronicles of Elantra, 0.5) "Retribution" by cameron haley (Underworld Cycle, 0.5) contains the stories "A Tangled Web" by mercedes lackey (Five Hundred Kingdoms, 5.5) "Cast in Moonlight" by michelle sagara (Chronicles of Elantra, 0.5) "Retribution" by cameron haley (Underworld Cycle, 0.5)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynee

    I got it mostly for the "Cast in Moonlight" novella, which was excellent. I did not like "Retribution" at all, and "A Tangled Web" was just ok. I got it mostly for the "Cast in Moonlight" novella, which was excellent. I did not like "Retribution" at all, and "A Tangled Web" was just ok.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    3* for A Tangled Web. Didn't like the others. 3* for A Tangled Web. Didn't like the others.

  24. 4 out of 5

    aem

    Provides clarification on the later book in the Elantra series! Interesting!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Boutet

    Cast in Moonlight, 1/13/20 - Very informative prequel to the Chronicles of Elantra.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kiwieb

    2/3 short stories were supernatural crime related. Not really what I was looking for. Bookcover doesn't really go with that theme either. Interesting read. 2/3 short stories were supernatural crime related. Not really what I was looking for. Bookcover doesn't really go with that theme either. Interesting read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    Finished book on 7/10/15 .Full review to come! =0p I got this book so I can continue with Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Misty is my 2nd fav author. Harvest Moon surprised me because I discovered Michelle Sagara's writing specifically her Chronicles of Elantra series. I had never heard of Michelle Sagara before I read her short story in this anthology. I fell in love with her writing style and her series! Smiles. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Finished book on 7/10/15 .Full review to come! =0p I got this book so I can continue with Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Misty is my 2nd fav author. Harvest Moon surprised me because I discovered Michelle Sagara's writing specifically her Chronicles of Elantra series. I had never heard of Michelle Sagara before I read her short story in this anthology. I fell in love with her writing style and her series! Smiles. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Spoiler Note to self; Five Hundred Kingdoms "A Tangled Web" (Five Hundred Kingdoms, 5.5) by Mercedes Lackey I wholeheartedly appreciate Lackey bringing in her theme of The Tradition which she uses to create amazing twists in story. The Tradition's effects always take me back to fairytales and cause me to see them differently. Love that aspect of this series! Persephone()+() goddess Prince Leopold()+() ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Spoiler Note to self; Elantra "Cast in Moonlight" (Chronicles of Elantra, 0.5) by Michelle Sagara. This is the 1st time I am reading something by this author. Great intro to her writing style. Cast in Moonlight is a wonderful novella by Michelle Sagara, telling of events that occurred before Cast in Shadow, the first novel in her Elantra series. When I read this story I was speechless, in awe, and spellbound! There had to be more. Come on I wanted more so bad. I had so many questions. When I found out this was a beginning to a actually expanded series I was ecstatic. I think I jumped up and down a few times so excited. Laughs. I am pretty picky with my books. The majority I get from the library, a few I buy and then donate. I only buy and keep my fav author's 2 series Tortall and Circle series by Tamora Pierce and my 2nd fav author Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey. I have in my house all 8 Harry Potter books to re-read and Diane Duane's Wizards series to give as a gift or reread not sure yet. So yeah I am pretty choosy about what I buy and keep to reread. It's rare when I get the urge but this series did it for me.=0) In this story we meet Kaylin Neya.Kaylin is not your average 13-year-old.She is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. Kaylin was living in the slums of her world of Elantra.To survive, she had had to obey the lord of those slums, who's last order was to send her to kill the lord of the Hawks, the police force of the city.Not surprisingly, she is unable to do so and is captured. Resigned to her death, she is suspicious when the lord of the Hawk fails to have her executed.The Hawklord makes her join the ranks of the Hawks as punishment.(Eyebrow raised!) Kaylin accepts having nothing to lose. She tries to fit in at the same time wondering what the Hawklord's motives are.However, the mutilated bodies of young children keep being discovered and Kaylin who has always had a weakness for those younger than herself joins the investigation. Kaylin Neya(13yo,mortal,survivor of Nightshade ritual killings,tattoos appeared on her body, ability to see and perform magic), Lord Grammayre(Hawklord,Aerian,commander of the Hawks), Sergeant Marcus Kassan(Leontine,Hawk)+Kayala(Leontine,one of his five wives)+Graylin(Leontine, one of his five wives)+Reesa(Leontine,one of his five wives), Caitlin(mortal,sergeant's aide), Teela(Barrani,Corporal Hawk), Tain(Barrani, Corporal Hawk), Red(Reginald,mortal,Hawk's coroner), Clint(Aerian, of the Camaraan Flight, Hawk guard), Morlan(Aerian, Hawk,in charge of the infirmary), Sanabalis(member The Imperial Order of Mages), captain of the wolves Barrani Arcanist Lord Garadin(Tha'alani,telepath) Eternal Emperor(Dragon), Ceridath Morlanne(member The Imperial Order of Mages,grandfather), Meredith(8yo granddaughter), Magister Dreury(head of The Imperial Order of Mages), Farris(member of The Imperial Order of Mages), Captain Neall(Wolf), Nightshade is a fief (a neighborhood) in which a series of ritual killings occurred a year ago. Elantra is the city in which all this occurs. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Spoiler Note to self; "Retribution" (Underworld Cycle, 0.5) by Cameron Haley. This maybe my 1st read by this author. Domino Riley()+()

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This review is based on an ARC that I won from Goodreads.com Harvest Moon is an anthology of 3 novellas centered somewhat around the theme of the Harvest Moon. The world in each of these stories comes from a previous series by each of the authors. Tangled Webs is based on Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Cast In Moonlight is based on Michelle Sagara's Elantra series, and Retribution is a prequel novella to Cameron Haley's Underworld Cycle. A Tangled Web was a re-imagining of the st This review is based on an ARC that I won from Goodreads.com Harvest Moon is an anthology of 3 novellas centered somewhat around the theme of the Harvest Moon. The world in each of these stories comes from a previous series by each of the authors. Tangled Webs is based on Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Cast In Moonlight is based on Michelle Sagara's Elantra series, and Retribution is a prequel novella to Cameron Haley's Underworld Cycle. A Tangled Web was a re-imagining of the story of Persephone and Hades. I have enjoyed so many of Mercedes Lackey's books that its a surprise to me that this story was my least favorite of the three, it fell a bit flat for me especially in comparison to the other two. I've read her other books in The Five Hundred Kingdoms series and I enjoyed how, in this novella, "The Tradition" can even force Gods to bend to its will. The Greek Gods themselves act like spoiled children which is entertaining. I think a lot of the problem for me was that there were so many things going on in such a short story that the characters, for me, fell flat. Persephone herself reminds me of a whiny and defiant teenager while Demeter acts like one of those selfish, clingy talk show mothers that doesn't want their child to ever leave home, and Hades comes off as rather weak. When you add to the mix the strong personalities of Brunnhilde and Leopold from Norse mythology, a quest for Leopold to become immortal, and a mistaken identity kidnapping, there's a lot of plot to cover in such a short story. I would rate this one a 3 Cast in Moonlight was a compelling story set in the world of Elantra that I'm not at all familiar with having never read any of Sagara's previous work. Sagara writes this novella in a show don't tell style that had me rather lost in the first pages, not being familiar with the world, however, I was quickly caught up in 13 year old Kaylin's story. Through this novella, Kaylin Naya is captured trying to kill Lord Grammayre, finds herself reprieved from what she believed to be an automatic sentence of death, learns to face her many fears as well as embrace her magical ability and find her place among the Hawks in this unique world. I think this was a well written story and definitely got me interested in learning more about the world. There were a lot of characters introduced, but the main ones I felt were fully realized and the story itself was interesting and enjoyable I would rate this a 4 Retribution was a hard hitting rather violent novella that introduces us to Dominica Riley, a tough as nails heroine that fits right into the Underworld of gangsters and sorcery. Actually, combining magic and gangsters was an interesting concept to me and I'm certainly left wanting to read more about this world. This short story, while violent and dark, was also an action packed page turner for me beginning with the first line "I was twelve years old the first time I killed a man" That certainly caught my attention and the story itself was a good introduction to The Underworld Cycle. This was my favorite story of the three, possibly because I enjoy the darker elements in my Urban Fantasy. Retribution is certainly appropriately named and was the main focus of the story, the desire for retribution, what you're willing to do, and the consequences. I look forward to reading more from Cameron Haley. I would rate this one a 4 Overall, this was an entertaining read and an exciting glimpse into three amazing series by three great authors. I will definitely be continuing to read Lackeys 500 Kingdoms series as I have enjoyed all of the previous books I've read in that series. And now I have two more series of books on my to read list, I'm especially excited to read more from Haley. I'm giving Harvest Moon an overall rating of 4.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I was shopping the Borders liquidation sale (sadness) and found this book. I picked it up for my mother, but read it while I had it. I lucked into having just finished reading The Sleeping Beauty, and the Mercedes Lackey story is a direct follow up to it, using the secondary characters. So I was well pleased. As for the second story, I dove right in. I liked the framework, the world, all that, but I had a problem - the main girl was antagonistic for no apparent reason. And when I say no apparent I was shopping the Borders liquidation sale (sadness) and found this book. I picked it up for my mother, but read it while I had it. I lucked into having just finished reading The Sleeping Beauty, and the Mercedes Lackey story is a direct follow up to it, using the secondary characters. So I was well pleased. As for the second story, I dove right in. I liked the framework, the world, all that, but I had a problem - the main girl was antagonistic for no apparent reason. And when I say no apparent reason I mean that there were nebulous hints, but why was she aiming to kill? What was going on, really? I understand it was a short story, and it was a prequel (how lucky is that?) to her main series, and I enjoyed it, but it seemed lacking in fleshing out, concentrating too much on making an unnecessarily convoluted story line. It was ostensibly a murder mystery, except that the murderer isn't really found or revealed, per se, but please, do not take my opinion. Perhaps for those of you "in the know", (aka, already into the series), it wasn't necessary to discuss it, but I wanted more motives, for both the main character, the leader of the Hawks, the Barrani, the Wolves, the Empire, all of it. Perhaps it is explained better in the actual series, and she assumes you would have already read it, but it was still a good story - good enough that I have Michelle Sagara West now noted down to keep an eye out for. I finished that story thinking that no matter which way the third went, 2 out of 3 ain't bad (insert singing here) OK, Cameron Haley, I've read one I expected to love, a second I was surprised into being intrigued by, but I was thinking, can you perform for me? And the answer is, YES. The third story was even more captivating than the other two. When it starts out with an Israeli/Jewish death curse and works its way into a supernatural Mob and beyond, I can't help but feel respect for an author who takes on twists and makes them actually interesting and believable. It's a bit of a tangled "I need to get this curse off me and I can't" and some "I can't let The Boss know I messed up" with a little bit of conscience thrown in for good measure, and a good sense of humor above all. I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 stories, with one better than the other and culminating in the end as far as I am concerned. All 3 were wildly different, using a rather tenuous link of "Harvest Moon" to be packaged together, but I do not mind that at all. Bravo for all 3, and Mercedes Lackey, you have added 2 other authors to my repertoire, and for that, I thank you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This anthology of three novellas serves its purpose extremely well. I picked up the book specifically to read Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms's short story, but all three contributions grabbed me enough to add the other authors' series novels to my TBR list. Mercedes Lackey's "A Tangled Web" (Five Hundred Kingdoms #5.5) - Featuring Brunnhilde and Leopold from TheFive Hundred Kingdoms, I thoroughly enjoyed Lackey's mash-up of Norse and Greek deity myths inserted into this series' Godmother/Traditio This anthology of three novellas serves its purpose extremely well. I picked up the book specifically to read Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms's short story, but all three contributions grabbed me enough to add the other authors' series novels to my TBR list. Mercedes Lackey's "A Tangled Web" (Five Hundred Kingdoms #5.5) - Featuring Brunnhilde and Leopold from TheFive Hundred Kingdoms, I thoroughly enjoyed Lackey's mash-up of Norse and Greek deity myths inserted into this series' Godmother/Tradition framework. Especially making Persephone a stronger character who willingly participates in her abduction by Hades rather than acting solely as the victim of a tragic tale. Instead she and Hades are the calm, rational romantic partnership, while Bru and Leo service the hero/heroine functions to satisfy The Tradition. The unexpected twists and winks that characterize this series add humor and enliven these classic myths, while seamlessly intertwining them. Michelle Sagara West's "Cast in Moonlight" (Prequel to the Chronicles of Elantra series) - I was intrigued with Kaylin and the other main characters almost immediately, and I think Sagara West did a terrific job with the plot and pacing. I was quickly swept into the action and felt very satisfied when I finished. However, a few things irritated me--although not enough to not recommend reading this novella. My frustration was with the minimal world building and limited characterizations. Particularly in regard to the geography, politics, and role of magic within the Empire (especially the city of Elantra) versus that of the fiefdoms (especially Nightshade where Kaylin is from). I am also still not sure what the Tha'alani, Barrani, and Ferals look like--are they anthropomorphic like the Leontines (feline-humanoids) and Aerians (avian-humanoids) or humanoid mortals/immortals similar to our Fae? Because this prequel appears after many of the novels in this series were released, I'm hoping that the first and subsequent novels in this series have addressed these omissions and space restrictions for this short story necessitated trimming them out. Cameron Haley's "Retribution" (Prequel to the Underworld Cycle) - I immediately connected with enforcer Domino and was sucked into her travails despite my dislike of mob/mafia stories. I think the fact that the mob in question is Israeli rather than the typical Italian, Chicagoan, Russian, Asian, or Latin gangs found in most popular media was an interesting choice--especially given the setting of Los Angeles County. The fact that this novella is a well written revenge scenario with a paranormal twist also helped.

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