Daughter of the Moon Goddess

, #1

Hardcover, 512 pages

English language

Published Jan. 9, 2022 by Harper Voyager.

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5 stars (2 reviews)

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 …

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reviewed Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (The Celestial Kingdom Duology, #1)

solid romance / fantasy / adventure

4 stars

This book felt more centered around the romance than the fantasy I usually read,. but I enjoyed the change of focus (I know, I will now do something extremely manly to compensate). The first third of the book feels like a very sweet cinderalla-esque YA romance. Things get more complicated (and more adventure / political) after that. The Chinese (inspired?) setting was nice; the food seemed tempting, and the idea of the immortals as just as petty and vindictive was not exactly new, but their ordinariness felt like an interesting way to connect a fantasy setting with our world.

Incredible adventure based in Chinese lore with a great heroine and a surprisingly sturdy love triangle.

5 stars

About When Chang'e was banished to the moon, no one knew that she brought her secret daughter with her. Xingyin has lived on the moon all her life, unaware that her very existence is an affront to the Celestial Emperor. When her magic flares and almost gives away her secret, she has no choice but to flee the moon and seek out a life hidden away in the Celestial Kingdom. But when an opportunity to study alongside the prince arises, she finds herself moving ever closer to being discovered. And ever closer to being in love.

Thoughts I should probably open with the fact that I typically hate love triangles. They are not my vibe for SO many reasons that I won't bother to get into. So when I say that this is a great love triangle, please understand that I am saying it grudgingly, because I can't believe I …