YA – Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Tan, Sue Lynn. Daughter of the Moon Goddess. Harper Voyager, 2022. 978-0-008-47929-9. 501 p. $27.99. Grades 9-12. 

Xingyin was raised on the moon by her mother, unaware that they were actually hiding from the Celestial Emperor. One day, Xingyin’s magic causes her to have to leave her mother behind, and she ends up training alongside the Celestial Emperor’s son. Xingyin tries not to let anything distract her, especially a romance with the ‘enemy’ and she begins working on trying to save her mother. Will Xingyin be able to have both a relationship with the ones she loves and save her mother, or will she have to choose?

THOUGHTS: This was an amazing debut novel full of Chinese mythology, romance, and fantasy. The size of this novel is intimidating; however, the pages fly as the reader delves into the world that Sue Lynn Tan has created. I highly recommend this book for any fantasy lover or just someone who loves a well-written book.

Fantasy          Mary McEndree, Lehigh Valley Regional Charter Academy 

MG – A Magic Steeped in Poison

Lin, Judy I. A Magic Steeped in Poison. Feiwel and Friends, 2022. 978-1-250-76708-0. 364 p. $18.99. Grades 5-8.

This debut fantasy novel revolves around a magical competition to find the kingdom’s best Master of the Art of brewing tea. Ning is desperate to compete and win this competition after her mother dies from a poisoned tea and her sister is slowly dying from the same tea. Ning is hopeful that winning the competition will give her access to the antidote to save her sister. However, she becomes caught up in the politics and magic of the kingdom. She is clever and determined to win this competition and save her sister at any cost.

THOUGHTS: This book is for students who are huge fantasy lovers as well as those who love mythology. The characters are well-written, and the action starts slowly but it builds fast. There is a glossary in the back for Chinese terms and pronunciation which was quite helpful while reading.

Fantasy          Victoria Dziewulski, Plum Borough SD