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The Moon and the Sun (original 1997; edition 1998)
The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre (1997)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671567667, Mass Market Paperback)In this rich and engrossing tale, Vonda N. McIntyre proves once again that her plotting and mastery of language are among the best in the business. The Moon and the Sun, which won the 1997 Nebula Award for best novel of the year, is the story of Marie-Josèphe, a young lady in the court of Louis XIV. When her brother Yves returns from a naturalist voyage with two sea monsters (one live, one dead), Marie-Josèphe is caught up in a battle of wills involving the fate of the living creature. The king intends to test whether the sea monster holds the secrets of immortality, but Marie-Josèphe knows the creature to be an intelligent, lonely being who yearns only to be set free. In a monumental test of the limits of patience and love, Marie-Josèphe defies the will of the king, her brother, and the pope in defense of what she knows is right, at any cost. McIntyre's atmospheric prose envelops the reader in a fully realized world--sights, smells, and sounds are described in great detail. The author completely represents the Sun King's court at Versailles--her research for the book must have been quite extensive. The blend of history, science, and fantasy makes for a book you will want to gulp down. --Therese Littleton
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An alternate history in which Marie-Josephe de la Croix, the sister of a Jesuit priest in the employ of France's King Louis XIV, befriends a sea monster the monarch believes holds the key to immortality, and draws the wrath of the king by attempting to set the captive creature free.
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