Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan can be described in three words for me – magical, romantic and fierce. The story follows Xingyin in her path of self discovery and its just been so empowering seeing the trials she goes through and how in the end she is stronger and truer to herself. This post is for my tour stop for Turn the Pages Tours and I am so delighted to tell you all my favorite quote! I’ve been tabbing the book like you could not believe because Sue Lynn Tan’s writing is so beautiful and whimsical I just can’t get over it.
In this night filled with stars, I would chart my own path to blaze across the sky.
That quote is from chapter 14, page 171 and I immediately wanted to save it and create something for it. This book has become one of my favorite books EVER so far and it’s such a pleasure for me to be on this tour! Without giving away spoilers one of my favorite things about this book is how Xingyin refuses to follow a path that is not of her own choosing. She will not follow another or anything other than what she desires and the one thing she desires above all is seeing her mother free. The pacing of this book is also magnificent! Xingyin is one of the immortals and we get to see more than just a small fraction of her life span and because of this Daughter of the Moon Goddess feels different than any other YA novel.
My nails dug into my palm. I was more than this ill-fated love. I would not let this define me. I had a family to think of, my own dreams to fulfill…and a nine-headed serpent to slay on the morrow.
I could go on and on about Daughter of the moon Goddess and im on page 233, imagine once Im finished?! and besides it would be better if you read and it and went on this journal with Xingyin for yourself.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess is out now – released on January 11th – published by Harper Voyager and available at Barnes and noble, Amazon and other major book retailers. Make sure to add it to your TBR’s on goodreads and my new favorite Literal. Below I’ll include the synopsis and author info!
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.
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.