Bantam, Jun 2002, 5.99, 400 pp.
In 1812, England worries about possible wars with Napoleon and the former colonies. In London, though their siblings have been married for a year and his sister is pregnant, Lord Royce Hawkforte and Princess Kassandra of Akora meet for the first time under happier circumstances.
Just after Joanna gives birth, Royce kisses Kassandra, leaving both stunned by their reaction. Kassandra informs Royce she sees multiple futures, but the individual has opportunities to change the most likely path that might occur. Because of further unrest, Kassandra's other brother Atreus orders her to come home. Alex puts his sister, his wife, and his daughter on an Akoran ship accompanied by Royce.
As Royce overcomes his bad memories of his imprisonment on Akora, he and Kassandra fall in love. However, the rebels continue to cause havoc insisting on a return to tradition while another group of protesters wants a more open government. This leaves little room for Royce and Kassandra to explore a future together as that seems like the least likely path for what is good for Akora and England.
Though Akora seems too perfect as a nineteenth century Utopian modernization of Ancient Athens, KINGDOM OF MOONLIGHT is an unusual yet stimulating Regency romantic suspense that will send new readers seeking DREAM ISLAND, the first book in the trilogy. The story line absorbs the full attention of the audience as the delightful lead couple struggles between love and duty. Fans who enjoy a different type of historical story will want to read Josie Litton's strong entry that daringly refreshes the sub-genre as few books do.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner