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DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON
by Kathye Quick   

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Publisher:  Wings e-Press

Copyright:  Jul 1 2003

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Join Alliya and Artemis as they defy both man and the gods to find love and face a destiny that will shape the fate of the world.

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Inside the hidden cave the loud cheer rose from the faithful grew in intensity and echoed painfully in Alliya's ears. Tears rolled down her cheeks and her tiny body shook with uncontrolled sobs. In cold terror and paralyzed by shock, Alliya realized the horror below had been meant for her. She gasped for air, unable to catch her breath as her heart began to race. She wanted to look away, get out and run away, but her feet were still frozen to the spot. Against her will, she watched the final act of the ritual.
Patrolese brought the dogs to the edge of the altar as Magna poured Madina's blood into a bowl. Her mouth curved into a twisted smile as the animals eagerly lapped at the red liquid. After the bowl had been licked clean, she tossed the still warm heart in their midst and allowed the hounds to tear it to pieces. Then, with a nod to her consort, the High Priestess left the altar.
After securing the dogs by their chains, Patrolese located a small lever hidden in one corner of the altar stone. A slight tug on the arm made the center section split, sending Madina's lifeless body into its depths. Reaching out, he dropped one of the torches that were positioned around the stone into the pit and watched, his emotions unmoved, as the center of the site burst into a blanket of flame. Only when he was satisfied that there would be no evidence that little Madina didn’t really join the goddess to be reborn with her on earth, did he turn and also leave the area.
Shaking, Alliya finally freed herself from the crack in the cave. She raced for the doorway, stumbling on loose stones and falling face down onto the dirt floor. Sobbing, she clawed at the ground and crawled the rest of the way to the opening. She had to get away from the temple and never return. It was all a lie, her world, her religion, everything she knew was gone.
The bright light outside momentarily blinded her as she emerged from the cave, but she ignored it, her fear driving her. Part way down, her foot dislodged some rocks, sending her tumbling once more down the face of the cliff. Her tiny body rolled down the embankment until she was roughly deposited at the foot of the crag.
Upon landing, the soft area of her temple gave way to the sharp, unyielding edge of a large rock. Bright colors danced before her eyes and began to erase all memory of the vicious murder that she had just witnessed.
As blackness lowered its dark curtain over her, Alliya was returned to the security of ignorance.



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Alliya has been raised in the Religion of Hecate and has been raised to be a priestess. She meets Artemis and against her religion and her goddess, falls in love with him. As they make plans to be together, Artemis must leave for war. Alliya decides to wait for him. Along the way both the gods and man throw obstacles in their path. Are they truly meant to be together? Can their love survive?

I loved this book and you will, too. I couldn't put it down and read it all in one day. You won’t be disappointed. It is a keeper.
--Jennifer Bolwig, Romance Book Reviews, April 2003


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Reader Reviews for "DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON"

Reviewed by Road to Romance 5/28/2003
Alliiya has been a priestess in training at the temple of Hecate since she was a baby. A horrible incident that she witnessed as a mere child has been long forgotten after an accident, but as she matures, snippets of images cause her to feel uncertain about her destiny, though she can not quite identify her increasing alarm. Now, at eighteen, she is close to becoming a full-fledged priestess, a ‘daughter of the Moon’, when she meets and falls in love with a young man she meets in the market square.

Artemis is the noble son of the cruel dictator, Draco. He meets Alliya and is immediately drawn to her, attracted by both her beauty and her spirit. But he didn’t, and can’t tell her the truth about himself, that he is the son of the tyrant ruler, the Archon Draco.

Magna, the High Priestess of the Temple of Hecate, has a plan to unite herself with Artemis, while her consort, Patrolese, has his own plans for Alliya.

Torn between duty, loyalty and love, Artemis and Alliya strive to overcome the obstacles and danger keeping them apart. To do so, they must defy their beliefs, their rulers and their own laws. But can they succeed before betrayals and misunderstandings part them forever?

Daughters of the Moon is a riveting historical romance set during the Greek historical period, a very unique time period for a historical. Ancient Greece comes alive beneath the talented pen of author Kathye Quick. Her in-depth research shines through in this rich tale of love and betrayal and evil, as do her wonderful characters, down to and including the vile High Priestess Magna and the diabolical Draco. Flawless plotting, well-paced dialog and a glimpse into the world of the ancient Greeks make Daughters of the Moon a definite must-read.

Reviewed by Denise M. Clark forThe Road to Romance

May 12, 2003






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