This LoveReading Star Book is a captivating vibrant high fantasy influenced by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess.
Hand on heart this is truly beautiful, a delightful mix of ancient myth and modern storytelling creates a spellbinding tale. When Xingyin has to leave her mother and flee her home, she finds herself alone in the Celestial Kingdom attempting to master archery and magic. From the very first page I was held, captivated by the words and story. This is Sue Lynn Tan’s debut fantasy, the first in a duology, and she is most definitely an author I will be keeping an eye out for. She writes with a lyrical, otherworldly energy, yet I immediately felt comfortable and at home in this story. The characters feel touchable and relatable, they also hold a legendary magic through their very being which adds a fascinating vitality. The spirit, the magic, it feels grounded, but oh how it sparkles with intensity! The core of strength and power that runs through the pages, lies in the vulnerabilities that are as much a part of the characters as their life force. I was left feeling fully satisfied and rewarded by this debut, and yet excited and longing for the next. Daughter of the Moon Goddess glows with intoxicating energy and heartfelt emotion. It has been chosen as both a LoveReading Star Book, and Liz Pick of the Month, it’s just gorgeous!
A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess.
A young woman's quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm, setting her on a dangerous path where those she loves are not the only ones at risk...
Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the powerful Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when her magic flares and her existence is discovered, Xingyin is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.
Alone, powerless, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to train in the Crown Prince's service, learning to master archery and magic, despite the passion which flames between her and the emperor's son.
To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies, across the earth and skies.
But when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream -striking a dangerous bargain, where she is torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess begins an enchanting, romantic duology which weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals and magic, of loss and sacrifice - where love vies with honour, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.
|Publication date:||20th January 2022|
|Author:||Sue Lynn Tan|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
Sue Lynn Tan has written a breathtaking debut novel that will sweep readers away to the moon and back. I can't remember the last time a book surprised and delighted me as much as this one. Epic, romantic, and enthralling from start to finish. I love this book. - Stephanie Garber, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Caraval series
This vivid, unputdownable debut effortlessly whisks us into the celestial realms of Chinese high fantasy. Tan magnificently conjures the romantic yet dangerous dazzle of this immortal world, but never loses track of the shining human heart of her tale. A captivating treat for lovers of Chinese fantasy dramas and newcomers alike. - Shelley Parker-Chan, bestselling author of She Who Became the Sun
A lush, dreamy gem of a novel. - Shannon Chakraborty, bestselling author of The City of Brass
A stirring romantic fantasy set in a richly realised world inspired by Chinese mythology. I loved it! - Zen Cho, Bestselling author of Black Water Sister
Strikingly evocative, tense, and heartfelt, Daughter of the Moon Goddess ... floats you into the Celestial Kingdom, introduces you to monsters both literal and figurative, and leaves you dreaming of dragons. - Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter
An absolutely delightful and enchanting read! Daughter of the Moon Goddess takes a beloved Chinese legend and reimagines it into a gorgeously-spun romantic fantasy. I can't wait for the sequel! - Elizabeth Lim, New York Times bestselling author of Spin the Dawn
With all the beauty and heartbreak of a Chinese fantasy drama, Daughter of the Moon Goddess is an enchanting joy from start to finish. - Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne
Prepare to be swept off your feet by this absolutely magical tale. - Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch's Heart
I dare you not to be entranced by this magical book. - Ava Reid, author of The Wolf and the Woodsman