Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (The Celestial Kingdom #1)
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: a bottle of wine. It’s a Parker night =)
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.
Drunk Overview: Ok so basically our main lady grew up on the moon with her moon goddess mama who is in exile for whatever reason. When it’s discovered that she exists and that she has magic she had to flee and she literally crash landed her cloud in to the palace. She was made the prince’s companion and she grows up alongside him. When they grow up, it’s noticed that she has a skill for archery so she joins the military. Everything she does is to release her mom and to get back to her some day.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: i listened to this on audio and i loved it. I didn’t think i would but i did.
Characters: i feel bad because i read this ages ago and am only just getting to it, with that comes forgetfulness of character names. What I love a lot is the relationships that are formed. Like, she is an independent woman who never has to hide that she’s a woman and she fall in love with the prince. But that’s literally not allowed, they both know it, so she joins the military and there aren’t really any hard feelings (well… not really) and then she sorta falls for her commander. I like these characters a lot.
Plot: this book is almost in two parts, in the palace and not. Both are great, but could be either shortened or lengthened. Either. The twist was sorta bonkers and i loved that i was surprised by that too.
World Building: I cannot wait for book two because this is a Chinese myth that’s being told to us, so the world isn’t complete yet. And I love that.
What to pair it with: this feels like a rose
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,