Thursday 20 January 2022

Daughter of the Moon Goddess (The Celestial Kingdom Duology #1) by Sue Lynn Tan - A review


“Some scars are carved into our bones - a part of who we are, shaping what we become.”
― Sue Lynn Tan, Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan is a fantasy book that is also a myth retelling. It s the first book in The Celestial Kingdom Duology and was published on January 11th (US) and today (UK)

Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

This was my first read on 2022 and it was also a 5 star read that I loved. It is a debut fantasy and it is inspired by Chinese mythology and more specifically by the legend of Chang'e, the Chinese Moon Goddess.
I loved the writing style of the author, it is so whimsical and beautiful and the world - building and magic system are just phenomenal. The book is action packed and fast - paced and in my opinion it can stand pretty well as a standalone. Of course I am really intrigued to see how it will continue in the next one. 
I loved the main character, Xingyin, because she is a fierce female warrior who fights for her family. She is smart and passionate. I also loved the relationship dynamics between her and the prince.

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis of 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.

Add Daughter of the Moon Goddess to your Goodreads TBR here .

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!

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