by Sue Lynn Tan
Publication Date January 11, 2022
Published by HarperCollins
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Genres: Fiction / Cultural Heritage, Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e , in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm and sets her on a dangerous path—where choices come with deadly consequences, and she risks losing more than her heart.
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 Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.
Alone, untrained, 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 Crown Prince, mastering archery and magic, even as passion 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. When treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, however, 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, of loss and sacrifice—where love vies with honor, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan immediately drew me into her beautiful fantasy world and I didn’t want to leave. This beautifully written book is just as gorgeous inside as the cover.
Xingyin’s mother is the Moon Goddess and she has been exiled to the moon for drinking an immortal elixir that was meant for her husband, Xingyin’s father. The Celestial Emperor and Empress do not know about Xingyin’s existence. When Xingyin accidentally uses her power, the Celestial Empress is immediately suspicious of the Moon Goddess. In a panic, the Moon Goddess sends Xingyin to safety, but Xingyin ends up in the Celestial Empire and ends up as a servant for the daughter of a powerful immortal Nobel. Eventually, she ends up serving the prince of the Celestial Empire, as a companion and they train together as warriors. Xingyin has a talent for archery, and after time, she enters the Celestial army.
I don’t read much fantasy, so I’m not sure how this book stacks up against other fantasy books. But, as an avid reader, I’ll have to say it grabbed me and entertained me and I was completely immersed into the fantasy world the author developed. I loved the main character Xingyin and loved seeing her grow and become a courageous warrior. She stayed true to her motivation to release her mother from exile, and her love for her mother never wavered.
The first part of the book was about character and world-building and dragged just a bit, but once the action started, it pulled me along until the end. This book is both lyrically written and action-packed, with a lot of twists and turns.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess is the first book in a duology. I thought this first book in the duology ended satisfactorily and I can’t imagine what the second book will be about. But, I’ll be first in line to get her second book because I absolutely loved being in this world with these characters.
I highly recommend Daughter of the Moon Goddess to anyone who loves fantasy. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
UK Version Cover:
I thought I’d share the UK version of the cover as it’s very pretty too!