Sunday 10 March 2024

Book Review: The Moonlight Market by Joanne Harris (Fantasy)

Title: The Moonlight Market
Author: Joanne Harris
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2 July 2024
Pages: 288
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via Edelweiss

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne Harris comes a richly imagined and captivating novel of two colliding worlds.

Deep in the heart of London, a photographer walks the streets and captures whatever catches his an old man drinking coffee; a beautiful woman sipping champagne in St. Pancras station; a cloud of moths, disturbed, taking flight across the sky.

But with each photo, he captures something unseen by the eye, and as each negative develops—revealing a person he hadn’t met, a danger he hadn’t noticed, and a world he hadn’t seen—he is drawn further into a hidden war. One which he has been drawn into many times before . . . and every time, had his memories of the truth, and of the woman he loves, stolen from him.

As Tom pieces fragments of the truth together, he realizes he must weave through the war and fight his own both for the woman he loves, and for himself.


The Moonlight Market was a delightful fantasy read. I was captivated with the story and characters right from the first chapter and devoured the book in just two nights. Essentially a modern fairytale, the story moved at just the right pace and the world building was nicely handled throughout. Perhaps the ending felt a tad rushed, but that is my only minor gripe. Otherwise, I enjoyed this book immensely. It perhaps helped that I'd read a few less stellar books ahead of this one, but it felt great to be truly caught up in a story again. I am giving it 4.5 stars. Recommended to fans of fairytale-based fantasy standalone novels.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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