Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses Series #3)

Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses Series #3)

by Sharon Shinn

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Overview

The third Novel of the Twelve Houses from the national bestselling author.

In this story of hidden magic and forbidden love, the King's Rider Justin befriends Ellynor, a young novice at a convent-only to discover that she is a mystic being manipulated by the fanatical Daughters of the Pale Moon into hunting down and killing other mystics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441015375
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Series: Twelve Houses Series , #3
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 461,654
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.73(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third book is centered on a romance and although the major plot is gone back to from time to time I like how it isolates you with these two lovers who are themselves isolated.
Tiffmeister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this third book in the series. I do like the way Shinn portrays romance amid a fantasy world. The details of intrigue get really involved and stimulate my thought processes. I keep trying to figure out what will happen next. Really enjoyed this one, and I've started on the fourth and final book. Disappointed I'm nearing the end of the series.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book three in the Twelve Houses series turns its focus to Justin, the street urchin turned Kings Rider. He's stationed near the convent of the Pale Mother with orders to watch out for signs of rebellion under the power hungry Halchon and Coralinda Gisseltess. After saving a young novice from the convent, Ellynor, he begins to learn more about her while experiencing the true evil of Coralinda and her hatred of mystics firsthand.To be honest this book fell a little flat for me. Let's first say I love the political conflict and dynamics between the various houses. And I LOVED the progression of Senneth and Tayse's relationship. So wonderful!! But. The relationship between Justin and Ellynor just wasn't much to write home about. Perhaps I was expecting too much since I loved the first two - turmoil and very developed conflict that continually kept me on my toes. Here, the whole big, strong man who falls for the small, dainty female that needs to be protected just seemed a little too blah for me. And the whole thing with Kirra and Donnal! AHHH! When did that get resolved?! I feel like I need an additional book to further discuss their relationship and for me to just to get to know Donnal - I feel like I know him the least of the six. So, I'd probably give it a 3.5, but I'll just do a 3. But I'll for sure keep reading the series becuase the first two were just so good, I'm hoping this one was a fluke.
ADropOfInkReviews More than 1 year ago
This is obviously Justin’s story. It’s now time to get into Justin’s head and find out what makes him tick and make his character a bit deeper. While he’s a strong and brutal fighter, he also has a heart of gold he rarely shows anyone. With the introduction of Ellynor into his life, we get to see that side of him more. The influence of Senneth also shines through when he realizes he can help someone he considers weaker than him because it’s the right thing to do, whether he gets anything out of it or not. However, Ellynor is not a wilting flower. She’s a strong young woman who grew up in the Lirrens. While constantly protected by the males in her family, she is excited to be out in the world. She also has a deep understanding of Justin right away because she recognizes the same drive in him to protect and fight as her brothers have. He respects her and lets her make her own choices as well, which leads to all sorts of trouble. This particular book is my husband’s favorite. Perhaps it’s because a strong soldier risks everything for the woman he loves. Isn’t that the dream of any man? To be a woman’s knight in shining armor? But not only that, but to respect the woman you rescue as well? He has read this book several times and I have no doubt it will appeal to a wide range of men who like the idea of being a knight in shining armor themselves.
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Excellent. characters get better and better
BooksRMyFood More than 1 year ago
After book #2 in the series, I was a bit unsure about reading this one, but I really loved it. It was unexpected to realize that the focus was on Justin, one of those who had no magical ability, but the interactions of Justin and Elynor and their ultimate trust in each other and his friends paid off with a very fun read.
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