Author - Allison Pang
Series or Standalone - Book #3 in the Abby Sinclair Series
Genre - Urban Fantasy
Publication - October 30th 2012
Rating 5 out of 5
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 daemon—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, then gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. On top of everything else, she’s 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.
I received A Trace of Moonlight in return for an honest review as part of the book tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. In the end of the second book Abby saves the day by making a deal with a daemon to be the tither for the fey in return the she would save her friends. Upon making the deal Abby takes a drink of the lethe water from the River Styx to seal the deal. After she drinks the water Abby loses all her memories, Talivar and Moira have her living in the Faery court till something can be decided. Talivar plans for Ion the incubus to be able to save Abby however it doesn't work. Abby learns the truth but because she has no memories she doesn't trust them and runs off into the garden where she meets Maurice our evil touchstone from the prior books. Maurice uses her weakness to his advantage slaying Abby and stealing the key, and disappearing before they can get him.
Phin our horny unicorn uses up all his magic to bring Abby back from the dead however the damage has been done because the people back in the mortal world learn of her death but they don't learn that she's alive again. In a attempt to save Abby from his mother Talivar hand-fasted (weds) her so that they can flee from the Faery court before his mother can stop them. After her death Abby has regained all her memories even if they are a little muddled, the pair and Phin flee hoping to find a way to lift the geas his mother put on Abby to keep her from leaving the Faery world.
Talivar leaves Abby with Phin in the mountains of troll country so that he can find the broken Bazzar or broken unseeley court where Kitsune currently is the leader. He makes it to her but doesn't make it back before he's attacked by his mother’s guards, thanks to Abby and her new troll friend the trio make it away safely to the Bazzar. Talivar decides it's time to step and be King of the unseeley to bring back what they once were since he's responsible for why it was destroyed. Ion learns that Abby is alive and attempts to pull her through the crossroad when they are attacked at the tree while pulling her through his powers are transferred to her making him mortal. Once in the mortal world Abby sets out to find her best friend Melanie who is the door keeper so that she can help them stop Maurice. When Abby died it took it's tole on all of her friends Melanie disappeared so with the help of her former daemon lover they need to find her before it's too late and save the crossroads.
My oh my how this series gets me, it just sucks me in so I can't stop reading till it ends then I'm stuck wanting more this book is no exception. So much still needs to be resolved so I hope even though I've heard that this is the end it's not really the end. I love the characters in the story Abby is great she is everything I love in a character except she's torn between to different amazing me. Ugh I hate anything with love triangles and people getting hurt. I can't express how much I love Phins character he brings the comic to the story and breaks up the action but in a good way. The concept for the world that the characters live in is unique and exciting I think that's why I love the series so much. Even with the love triangle I don't care for I can't find anything else I don't like about the series. I really like the unique twists and turns thought the stories; the bad guys are always unique and refreshing. Overall it's one of my favorite series I hope for another in the series at least to tie up all the loose ends and maybe a little more from a few of the other couples in the series could be fun.