Daughter of the Moon Goddess
By Sue Lynn Tan
Pub Date: 1/11/22
This book has the most beautiful cover and the colorful swirls and flowers are so magical.
The story is set in three parts where Xingyin the daughter of the Moon Goddess, she discovers her heritage and tries to redeem her mother once she discovers she had been outcast and imprisoned on the moon. In order to protect her, her mother had sent her away and she ended up in the Celestial Kingdom. Her journey taking her to the palace then to the army. Where her bravery and skill at the bow and arrow earned her the heart of two very handsome men. It’s not quite a love triangle though.
I loved how strong Xingyin is and how through her pain and betrayal that she learned, she decided she would make her own decisions on her missions and campaigns in the army.
I adore strong female characters and precision skills. And the monsters she fought were horrendous.
This book is so beautiful in it’s prose so lyrical and I loved how descriptive the world was.
I loved this book! Definite 5⭐ from me!!
Thank you Avon and net galley for my gifted copy for my honest and voluntary review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.
Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she 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 learn alongside the emperor’s son, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the prince.
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 in which 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—where love vies with honor, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sue Lynn Tan writes fantasy inspired by the myths and legends she fell in love with as a child. Born in Malaysia, she studied in London and France, before settling in Hong Kong with her family.
Her love for stories began with a gift from her father, her first compilation of fairytales from around the world. After devouring every fable she could find in the library, she discovered fantasy books – spending much of her childhood lost in magical worlds. When not writing or reading, she enjoys exploring the hills and reservoirs of Hong Kong, the temples, beaches and narrow winding streets here.
Her debut, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, will be published by Harper Voyager in early 2022, with a sequel to come. It is an enchanting fantasy of love and family, immortals and magic – inspired by the beloved Chinese legend of Chang’e flying to the moon upon taking the elixir of immortality.
Sue Lynn can be reached on Instagram @SuelynnTan, or on her website http://www.suelynntan.com.
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