Amethyst Moon

Amethyst Moon is a quick read in terms of substance and depth. Olivia Fifield is an archeologist who falls back in time to T'ar Tal, where she discovers her identity as a priestess for its people. She also meets her dream men, Tor and Dak, who are chosen to mate with her to continue the dwindling line of priestesses and priests. The m‚nage a trios is more by fate than by choice, as though the men are more concerned with the prophecy than with the woman herself. The basis for Olivia to stay with her chosen mates relies too heavily on the responsibility of saving a race of people. Too much of the storyline is robbed by the need to explain the past, such that there is not much excitement happening in the present. Also, there is not much exploration into the characters and their individualities to even attempt a convincing argument of a possible relationship between the three. It is simply an unsatisfying rush from beginning to end, and the readers are forced to endure Olivia's superficial (by highly sexual) relationships with both Tor and Dak.

The characters lack strength and gravity; they are not shallow by default of their construction, but rather they appear one-dimensional due to the compression of the storyline. Both Tor and Dak seem like decent men with firm principles and protective instincts, and Olivia herself is presented as an intelligent woman with sensitive capacities; but those qualities are only given a passing nod as Walters head straight for the sexual component of their bond. There is a good pretext for the conception of T'ar Tal, but not enough context for Olivia, Tor and Dak to generate anything meaningful. Many of Walters' better literary exploits sport longer lengths, giving her space to let her words run free. Amethyst Moon is a shadow of what Walters can do, but certainly not a full demonstration of her abilities to create enticing stories revolving around (more) tangible characters.

Book Blurb for Amethyst Moon

Archaeologist Olivia Fifield has spent her entire life trying to live down the legacy of her grandfather and his theories on a lost civilization. Her only link to this place is a set of amethyst bracelets that he left her when he died.

Now she is on the archeological dig of her life and has a chance not only to clear her grandfather's name, but to make her own reputation as well. But there are some who don't want her to succeed.

What she uncovers is not a lost civilization, but a totally different world. The amethyst bracelets are the keys that transport her there and into the arms of Tor and Dak, two warriors of T'ar Tal. But the future is anything but certain and only Olivia can decide the fate of them all.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2008 2.50