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Dark Moon Defender: The Twelve Houses, Book 3 | [Sharon Shinn]

Dark Moon Defender: The Twelve Houses, Book 3

The Rider Justin is sent to the small town of Neft, so he can spy on the nearby Lumanen Convent where the Daughters of the Pale Mother reside. He quickly learns that Coralinda Gisseltess, the leader of the Daughters, is indeed persecuting mystics and the people who shelter them. Even more quickly, he falls in love with Ellynor, one of the convent novices. But the courtship is perilous in the extreme.
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The Rider Justin is sent to the small town of Neft, so he can spy on the nearby Lumanen Convent, where the Daughters of the Pale Mother reside. He quickly learns that Coralinda Gisseltess, the leader of the Daughters, is indeed persecuting mystics and the people who shelter them.

Even more quickly, he falls in love with Ellynor, one of the convent novices. But the courtship is perilous in the extreme. Not only does Coralinda hate the king and the king's Riders, but Ellynor is from the Lirrenlands, where women are not allowed to take lovers outside of the close-knit clans. If her brothers find out about Justin, they will insist upon a duel to the death...and if Coralinda finds out that Ellynor is a mystic, Ellynor's own life will be instantly at risk.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Sharon Shinn.

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    shirley 03-05-09
    shirley 03-05-09
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    "Disappointing change in narrator."

    Cammon now has a cockney accent and Donnal has 'a bit o' the Irish brogue in him'.

    It's unfortunate when narrators are changed mid-series. I understand why the change is made in this series so far. The first 2 books are primarily from the point of view of a woman (the 2nd especially). This book, although it doesn't always come from Justin's viewpoint, it is apparent that he's the main character.

    I'm new to the audiobook world. I find that I can read a book about 3 times as fast as I can listen to it. Many times that is because I skip tedious parts, like expositions on how the fire burned through one's veins and there was an explosion that changed the world in that one kiss. The first time a couple kisses, ok - but every time? I also find detailed descriptions of sword fighting tedious, but so far there's none of that in this series.

    I'm 'reading' volume 3 now and will buy the next two volumes because I am interested in the characters and where the series will ultimately go. I have found that the books don't really reach a huge crescendo and a resolution. Instead, there are minor ones. You might learn some valuable bit of information and the culmination is a report to the King. Each book so far has been a bit formulaic in that there's always two people who are madly in love and for whatever reason, can't be together. After hours of listening to them torture themselves, they will finally resolve the issue - though not always as the reader would like (which is refreshing).

    All in all, it's a good series. Well defined characters, strong plot line, danger, intrigue, magic, sword fighting - all the usual things that make a good fantasy series. I wish that in series like these, the author would clearly define to the narrator(s) how the characters sound. If I had heard Cammon with a cockney accent from the beginning, I wouldn't be having difficulty with him now.

    In the end, I recommend this series because of it's strong points!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Williamsport, PA, USA 07-04-09
    Rachel Williamsport, PA, USA 07-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "great series"

    I've listened to all 5 books in this series and really enjoyed all of them (okay, I was a little put off in book 2 by the lack of morals by the main character, but since she did what she could to rectify the situation I forgave her).
    I do wish that they would have the readers listen to previous books so they'd have an idea of the accents used.
    I also hate that it made Kirra sound like a simpering idiot.
    But I do like all the story lines and have listened to all 5 books at least 3 times. Nice light romances (which I didn't think I'd like but have now started looking for similar books).
    If you can ignore the change in accents, all the books in this series are well worth listening to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mkc CT 12-07-08
    mkc CT 12-07-08 Member Since 2006

    mkckechac

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    "Wonderful Book; Not So Great Narrator"

    If you love the voice of the Geico gecko, you should not be disappointed with this reading. Every time Cammon has a line you think of the sweet little green guy. However, I don't find any redeeming value in the female voices. The book is my second favorite of the series, but this narrator just does not do it justice. Expect more of the same in Reader and Raelynx, but I bought it too just because I love all of Sharon Shinn's books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 11-13-11
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 11-13-11 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "I can't stop thinking about this wonderful series"

    This series is out-standing. I just can't get enough of this continuing story. Like others i found it hard to get used to a new narrator but after the first 3 chapters i settled into the book and forgot the narrator had changed. A true 5 star book once again..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis M Nix Hillsboro, OR United States 09-10-10
    Alexis M Nix Hillsboro, OR United States 09-10-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very entertaining!"

    I loved this book as it explains one of the more complex characters in the group that comprises the plot for the series. My only disapointment was that they didn't keep the same narrator from the first two books of the series. Mr Barker does a wonderful narration job, its just that when you become as engaged to the characters as I did a different voice telling the story is somewhat disruptive at first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John FPO, AP, United States 10-06-09
    John FPO, AP, United States 10-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book...not so good narrator"

    I agree with the other reviewers regarding the narration of this book. I am currently listening to the series again. I think the series is a lot of fun, but it would be so much better if all five books had been narrated by the same person. After listening to the first two books you really come to know the characters by their "voices". I found it hard to follow the story in this book at first because I had to re-learn all of the voices again. I agree that the voices for both Kira and Cammon are terrible.

    I highly recommend the whole series of five books because of how much fun they are, just be aware there is quite a change after the first two.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Nashville, TN USA 03-01-14
    Amazon Customer Nashville, TN USA 03-01-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great book with meh narration."

    I loved this book, almost as much as the first two. However, the narration left something to be desired. I adored the first two books, and I understand the reason for the switch to a male narrator for this one, but I would rather have listened to Justin's POV narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck. Barrett's female voices were just terrible, and there were changes in the characters' accents from the first two books. I did get used to Donnal sounding Irish, but when Cammon's accent started fluctuating, I got annoyed and took advantage of my WhisperSync instead. If I hadn't already bought Reader and Raelynx on audio (prior to listening to this one), I probably wouldn't have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis 06-17-12
    Alexis 06-17-12 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "Sweet and Easy"

    For all that there are scary bad things happening in the kingdom, there are some violent scenes, and the main characters are adventurers for their king, this series has a light and easy feel. This third installment is Justin's story, and is the most straightfowardly romantic of the group to date. Trust the gruff guy to fall the hardest for a damsel in distress! This is feel-good fantasy. All the main characters from the previous books make appearances, but Justin and Ellynor, a new character, are definitely the main characters this time around.

    The switch in narrators threw me at first, but I quickly adjusted. This narrator's style is quite different from the previous reader's and yet they both suit the storylines in their own ways. Listening to this felt a lot like being read a bedtime story -- in a good way -- and somehow that really fit. I was bemused!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monika 04-26-12
    Monika 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice shift in readers"

    Book three in this series focuses on Justin and his personal adventures. I found that while I enjoyed the reader of the prior books, having a male voice for Justin's story was perfect. It was wonderful to watch him fall in love and show a soft side to what I envisioned to be a gruff, burly guy who could easily kill a man as cry over a wounded animal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 12-06-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "I really enjoyed this book -- and the whole series"

    I'm a series junkie and there's nothing I like more than 3 or 4 great books, one right after the other, featuring a great story with great characters. This was a wonderful tale and Justin really won my heart in this one. Great narrator in Joe Barrett, though if he continues to read these books, he really needs to work on his Kira interpretation. He makes her sound like an old queen -- not a young princess. otherwise, great job! Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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