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06 April 2022

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

I got Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan in one of my Fairyloot boxes, and then I was lucky enough to get a copy of the audiobook from the publisher on NetGalley. I did a tandem read, switching between the book and the audio.

This book was perfect. It hit every button for me, I loved the drama and the action and the slow building of relationships. I can't wait for the next one.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan book cover


A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess.

A young woman's quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm, setting her on a dangerous path where those she loves are not the only ones at risk...

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 her magic flares and her existence is discovered, Xingyin 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 train in the Crown Prince's service, learning to master archery and magic, despite the passion which 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.

But when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream -striking a dangerous bargain, where 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 honour, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.


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Source: Purchase | NetGalley

5 Word Review: Family, magic, power, loyalty, love.


I didn't want to put this book down, so whenever I had to close the actual book I picked up the audiobook. 

Xingyin goes through so so much. At times I was exhausted for her, she really doesn't get much of a break. I loved her drive, and how she constantly pushed herself, even as her heart was tested. I loved her loyalty and love for her mother, and how that was her motivation to keep going and pushing harder. Seeing Xingyin grow into herself and realise her power was wonderful.

I loved how the story weaved through political intrigue and dangerous battles. This book is such an adventure, and a real ride to read. There are plots everywhere and from the people you least expect it. One of the twists had me completely thrown and my head is still spinning.

The writing is beautiful, and I could (and did) read it all day. I loved the imagery and how the world came to life, I loved the danger and how the unpleasant things were not shied away from. The writing style is my favourite kind of style and I can't wait to see what Sue Lynn Tan writes next.

As an audiobook, it was amazing. I thought that Natalie Naudus did an excellent job narrating the story and I loved the emotion she put into the characters.

My Fairyloot edition was gorgeous. From the cover changes to the sprayed edges, I was blown away by the beauty of it.

This was an excellent start to the duology, and I loved how it wrapped up enough for me to be fine about the wait for the next one. Although as much as I am satisfied by the story on its own, I definitely want the next part!

I'm going to need more of you to read it though, because there are Things I Need To Talk About.




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