DARK MOON DEFENDER
Shinn brings an array of fascinating characters to life and imbues them with purpose in the third book in the Twelve Houses series. While the plot is slightly predictable, it manages to shed new light on established characters and advance the overall story arc.
Forbidden to speak to Justin, Ellynor disobeys. She has worshipped the Dark Mother her entire life and ascribes her mystical powers to her goddess. Ellynor and Justin will risk heir families, their secrets and their lives for each other. (Ace, Oct., 448 pp., $23.95)