Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Author: Sue Lynn Tan

Book Series: The Celestial Kingdom Duology Book 1

Rating: 4.5/5

Diversity: Chinese MC and characters

Recommended For…: fantasy, retelling, romance, adult literature, YA cross-over

Publication Date: January 11, 2021

Genre: Fantasy Retelling

Recommended Age: 18+ (grief, gore, violence, romance, sexual content, kidnapping, attempted sexual assault, bullying)

Explanation of CWs: The book explored themes of grief. There was gore and violence  and a lot of fighting scenes. There is romance and some slight sexual content. There is also one brief scene of an attempted sexual assault. There are two incidents of a kidnapping. There was also some bullying early on in the book.

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Pages: 512

Synopsis: 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.

Review: For the most part I really loved this book. The book did well with the romance and there was a lot going on. It was a love triangle/friends to lovers to enemies/forbidden romance. The book also showed off a lot of cool and interesting Chinese mythology and lore and I loved how much I learned from this book. The characters are well developed, the world building was beautiful, and the plot was intriguing from beginning to end. The book is also fast paced.

However, there were some issues I had with the book. I felt like it was confusing sometimes and that the flowery language of the book was a bit too much. The book was also fast paced, which I liked for the length of this novel, but the confusion was further compounded by how fast we sped through some of the plot points.

Verdict: I highly recommend it!