A fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e , in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm and sets her on a dangerous path—where choices come with deadly consequences, and she risks losing more than her heart.
Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the powerful 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, untrained, 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 Crown Prince, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the emperor’s son.
To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies. When treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, however, 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.
This book was everything I wanted it to be. Rich with cultural elements, gorgeous writing, characters you can really fall in love with, and a story that sweeps you away. I laughed, cried, and gasped so many times while reading. I had so many emotions that I had to stop reading at some points just to process my thoughts.
There are not enough words for me to express how much I loved this story. While there was romance, the main love story was the love Xingyin has for her mother and how she will do anything to set her free. Liwei is a royal who does not act the typical way a spoiled royal would. He is kind from the beginning, and I loved their relationship. Wenzhi is a hard but caring general who really takes Xingyin under his wing. I adored these characters, and after some twists and major turns, my heart ripped out and stomped upon, Sue Lynn left me wanting more and more.
I can’t wait for more. My heart needs it.
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About the Author:
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.