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Beneath the Thirteen Moons by Kathryne Kennedy

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Cover art: Beneath the Thirteen Moons Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Beneath the Thirteen Moons
Author: Kathryne Kennedy
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-3651-8
Release Date: December 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal (Fantasy) Romance
Year/Setting: Sea Forest
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Kathryne's Website: www.kathrynekennedy.com


Well, everyone…Kathryne Kennedy’s done it again. She’s created another brand new world and filled it with intrigue, suspense and romance—lots of romance.

The Sea Forest is a magical water world where the rulers have all the magical power. Mahri Zin is in need. She needs a healer—fast—to stop the ravaging disease sweeping through her community. Even though she’s a smuggler of the root that gives magical power, she needs a healer. She kidnaps one to bring back to her village. She wants to have him heal the village and then she plans to kill him. She can’t let her village location become known. Little does she know that the lowly healer she kidnapped was really Korl. That would be Prince Korl, crown prince of the Sea Forest.

Kidnapping Korl makes everything more difficult. He’s chased after by his guards, wanted dead by his half-sister, and is Mahri’s only hope for her village. In an abuse of the powerful root, she almost kills both of them. During the long and treacherous journey, she finds out that the journey isn’t the most treacherous portion of her plan. Her heart begins to soften towards the royals and Korl in particular. She knows nothing can ever happen between a swamp rat smuggler and a crown prince…but her body wishes for more.

Will she ever be able to convince Korl to save her village? And what will become of the vivid dreams she has when she overdoses on the root? Will the prophecy she dreams of come true or is the hallucinations of a near dearth experience?

Korl is the perfect hero for Mahri. He’s got the strength and ego of a royal while he has a high enough intelligence to spar with Mahri. They practice their battle of wits on each other and their repartee moves between a battle of wills to becoming downright funny at times. I really enjoyed watching each of their viewpoints change as they learn that stereotypes don’t always fit. As they learn more of each other, they have to start reshaping their view of their world.

I am always amazed by the depth and breadth of writing that Kathryne Kennedy offers to readers. Her ability to create new worlds that are realistic and believable with characters of immense depth astounds me. Here is a master storyteller who continues to improve with each book. I loved this book and the sub-themes that echo around humanity no matter where you live. I don’t see that this is a part of a series, but I’m hopeful that we will return to the Sea Forest and see more of Mahri and Korl in the future.

Robyn

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