(Reviews posted at The Book Pushers)
A Trace of Moonlight is the third and final book of the Abby Sinclair series. I was unfamiliar with Allison Pang’s work prior to being assigned this ARC, so I downloaded the sample of the first book to get a sense of the series. The sample hooked me and I ended up purchasing both of the first two books (A Brush of Darkness and A Sliver of Shadow) and proceeded to gorge myself on them. If you haven’t yet read the first two books, I highly recommend doing so. This is a great action-based Urban Fantasy series with a strong thread of romance (and yes, sex) woven throughout. It is a progressive series so the books are not stand-alone reads. A Trace of Moonlight picks up right after the cliffhanger of A Sliver of Shadow where Abby makes the personal sacrifice and drinks the water of lethe in an attempt to save her friends.
What struck me upon beginning this series was the writing. Oh, what lovely writing! Here is an author who chooses her words with care and precision. I thoroughly enjoyed how Pang uses the first-person POV. In book 1, Abby doesn’t know much about the Otherworld. As a result, neither do we. Pang lets the story unfold in an organic way and as a result we, the reader, get to experience all the delicious confusion that Abby is experiencing. We learn as Abby learns. Pang does not attempt to cheat the first-person POV rules just to put the reader at ease or to break her consummate balance between Show v Tell. With Pang, we do not get loads of information-dump. She uses sensation and sense memory to create powerful and poignant scenes such as this one from A Brush of Darkness...
Read the full review as posted on October 18, 2012 at The Book Pushers: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/10/18/review-a-trace-of-moonlight-by-allison-pang/