DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS // Book Review // #BookinItWithAhtiya

Thank you so much to HarperVoyager for providing me with a finished copy of DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS by Sue Lynn Tan in conjunction with the B2Weird Instagram tour. All thoughts are my own opinions.

Sue Lynn Tan’s adult fantasy novel Daughter of the Moon Goddess follows Xingyin, daughter of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess. Living a life of seclusion ever since she was born due to the actions of her mother, Xingyin only wishes she could comfort her mother more. When Chang’e is forced to send Xingyin away for her own protection and keep her identity a secret, Xingyin vows that she will not only return to her mother, but find a way to set her free. Thus starts Xingyin’s journey into a ruthless imperial society with merciless monarchs, a charming and down-to-Earth crown prince, and numerous adventures. For a full synopsis, click here.

I absolutely adored Sue Lynn Tan’s writing. Right from the beginning of the book, I was pulled in to the story and the dreaminess in which Xingyin first sees the world. Tan’s writing is romantic and enveloping without being superfluous. Steeped in Chinese culture and mythology and render in such vivid, lush world-building, I found myself easily immersed in the world and invested in Xingyin’s journey. I don’t reread books often (or ever, if we’re being honest), but Daughter of the Moon Goddess is the type of book I would want to reach for just to feel enveloped in an epic fantasy that feels like a fairytale.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess, along with being beautifully written, is masterfully crafted. There are no wasted moments; every scene adds something to the journey, whether a deeper understanding of a character or a plot-point that has significant value. My favorite aspect of this novel was probably Xingyin’s growth and development as a character. Her childhood was full of happy memories unknowingly shrouded in seclusion, and when she must leave the moon to protect both herself and her mother, Xingyin is forced to reckon with the harsh realities of the world.  What struck me about Xingyin as a character is how goal-oriented she proves to be throughout Daughter of the Moon Goddess.  She imagines a possible future and weighs every decision against it; if a decision won’t aid in granting her this future she wants for herself, she moves past it with no regrets.  Xingyin is also fiercely loyal: to her mother, her friends, and herself.  She shies away from deceit and betrayal, never duping herself into thinking that less than admirable actions are acceptable when it comes to those she loves most.  She’s loyal to herself in the repeated way in which she shows herself self-respect.  Xingyin knows that her love, attention, and companionship is worth something, a characteristic instilled deep within her from her time with her mother.  She refuses to let anyone belittle her or to sacrifice her goals for men unworthy of her love.

Ahtiya, a brown-skinned Black woman, is holding a hardcover copy of Daughter of the Moon Goddess.

I’m curious to see how Tan is going to simultaneously continue and wrap-up Xingyin’s story in the sequel, which is also the conclusion of the duology. The ending truly felt like a standalone, with the exception of a certain character popping back up.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan is out now! Do you plan on reading it? Let me know in the comments section below!

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