Thursday, August 23, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Moonspun Magic by Catherine Coulter

Author: Catherine Coulter
First Published in 1988 by Onyx

Beautiful Victoria Abermarle feared and fled the imperious desires of handsome Damien Carstairs, Baron Drago. But there was no escaping her own desires when she was rescued on the lawless highways of Regency England by Damien's identical twin, Rafael Carstairs. 

I think I liked Moonspun Magic the best out of the Magic trilogy.   I had liked Rafael's character in the previous book, Calypso Magic.  It was nice to see that he wasn't really a pirate, but a spy for the government. While a bit naive, Victoria give Rafael a run for his money. I thought they were well matched.   Since this is a trilogy, the characters from the first two books show up in this one.  It is always nice to "catch up" with familiar characters.  Ms. Coulter has also added in a very evil character here.  Damien Carstairs is a really despicable man. I felt badly for Victoria that she has to put up with a cousin-in-law like him.  

The only issue I had with the book is that it does have some uncomfortable content.  Damien (the evil twin) and other men in the community are a part of a secret society that kidnap and gang-rape young servant virgins in the surrounding villages.  The scenes are handled  fairly delicately given the subject matter.  But, the general attitude of the men towards the servant girls was appalling and might be hard for some readers to stomach.

In all, this was a good close to the trilogy.  I do recommend it if you are looking for a good historical romance. The audio was done fairly well and worth a listen!

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