Book Review: Daughter of the Moon Goddess

I’m so excited to be joining Turn the Page Tours for their tour of Sue Lynn Tan’s debut, Daughter of the Moon Goddess! This is one of my favorite fantasy retellings I’ve read in ages, and I am so thrilled it is out in the world NOW.

TITLE: Daughter of the Moon Goddess

AUTHOR: Sue Lynn Tan

PUBLISHER: HarperVoyagerUS

RELEASE DATE: January 11th, 2022

GENRES: Fantasy, Mythology, YA Retelling

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Synopsis: 

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.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Book Review

This was one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in a long time. Sue Lynn Tan’s retelling of the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, has everything I love in fantasy: nuanced, interesting characters, fantastic world-building, and an action-packed plot. Daughter of the Moon Goddess follows Xingyin as she struggles to find her place in the Celestial Kingdom while fighting for a chance to win her mother’s freedom. I really can’t gush about this book enough. I was rooting for Xingyin from the opening pages. The tension and the dynamics of her relationship with both Liwei and Wenzhi and their rivalry were fantastic.

I absolutely inhaled this book, and truly loved everything about it – the beautiful setting and lush language, the magical world, and the magic systems. If I could rate it more than five stars, I would.

Highly recommend for fans of lush fantasy and slow-burn romance – such as SA Chakraborty, Katherine Arden, Tasha Suri, and Andrea Stewart.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Sue Lynn Tan writes fantasy inspired by the myths and legends she fell in love with as a child. Born in Malaysia, she studied in London and France, before settling in Hong Kong with her family.

Her love for stories began with a gift from her father, her first compilation of fairytales from around the world. After devouring every fable she could find in the library, she discovered fantasy books – spending much of her childhood lost in magical worlds. When not writing or reading, she enjoys exploring the hills and reservoirs of Hong Kong, the temples, beaches and narrow winding streets here.

Her debut, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, will be published by Harper Voyager in early 2022, with a sequel to come. It is an enchanting fantasy of love and family, immortals and magic – inspired by the beloved Chinese legend of Chang’e flying to the moon upon taking the elixir of immortality.

Sue Lynn can be reached on Instagram @SuelynnTan, or on her website www.suelynntan.com.

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