Daughter of the Moon Goddess(The Celestial Kingdom Duology #1) by Sue Lynn Tan
Described by the author herself as an adult fantasy/YA cross-over, this debut novel was a true flight of fantasy – to use the cliché. I haven’t read much fantasy lately, and this book made me decide to read more of this genre.
This story is inspired by the legend of Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e. With the main character, Xingyin – and a true heroine in every sense of the word – we go on an epic journey filled with magical beings, mythological creatures, brave quests and fierce battles. With a strong female lead, fighting to protect and save her family, this is a non-stop ride of adventures and discoveries. The writing is atmospheric, immersive, detailed and engaging and even though I found it going at quite a fast pace, it did transport me to a fantasy world, filled with enchantment and beauty.
Seeing that I listened to the audiobook, a few words about that as well. The narrator, Natalie Naudus, is a great fit for this book. She does a great job at telling the story, and bringing the characters, beloved or not, to life. I really enjoyed her narration.
The book was a wonderful ‘change of scenery’ for me. A strong 4/5 for me. What a fantastic debut! I’m already counting down to the second installment “Heart of the Sun Warrior”, coming later this year.
Thank you to #NetGalley and HarperCollins Audio for the opportunity to listen to this audio book, in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date – January 2022 – HarperCollins
(Also, Jonathan Ball Publishers in South Africa)
*Header Credit: Sue Lynn Tan (via Twitter)