Five Star, Jan 2004, 25.95, 356 pp.
In 1350 BC, Melanion thinks back to his death bed pledge to his dying mother that he would protect her homeland Thessaly from his father King Kryton of Macedonia without hurting his sire. However, the time to act on his vow has arrived as the King's High Commander Polymus plans to invade and plunder Thessaly, killing anyone in his way.
Artemis names Thessaly Princess Atalante as her war leader by placing her sign on the human's visage. The beautiful princess has never seen the scar as Artemis forbid her to see her own reflection. Thinking she must have an ugly face, Atalante compensates by turning to war activities normally the domain of men. She becomes the swiftest of runners and the greatest of archers.
When Melanion and Atalante meet, he knows she is his soulmate and she loves him very much, but she cannot accept that any man can desire her. Besides her doubts there remain their respective fathers to consider and the whimsy of Artemis so that the probability of anything permanent between these two so in love individuals seems nil.
THE MOON RUNNERS is a tremendous Greek mythological tale that readers will deeply appreciate due to a powerful story line and a fine lead duet. The principal duo is stars of a pending tragedy as even love offers no escape from forces pulling at their strings.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner