Wednesday 29 November 2023

Book Review: Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (Fantasy)

Title: Daughter of the Moon Goddess
Author: Sue Lynn Tan
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: 2022
Pages: 500
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from Library
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.

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.
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.


Daughter of the Moon Goddess was a enjoyable fantasy read. Xingyin was an engaging character who I got behind right from the start. The romance elements were pretty predictable, but the rest of the plot held my interest throughout and the pacing was generally good, always keeping me turning the pages without getting bored. Although a fairly long book at 500 pages, it never dragged, and the prose was easy reading, so I was able to whizz through it. I enjoyed the author's take on Chinese mythology and I am keen to read the second book to see how the story will end. I am giving it 4.5 stars.

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