Xingyin's journey to free her mother, the moon goddess Chang'e, from imprisonment is an utter delight! The story captured my attention from the very first page and I struggled to put it down. I had to because I had to go to work, but I managed to sneak read a little more here and there, and then once I started it again I didn't stop until I'd finished it, fighting past fatigue to keep going. I'm going to be a mess today, but you know what? It's worth it.
Sue Lynn Tann spins a magical story, and not just because the characters have magic and wield it, but because of how rich and lyrical her writing is. Xingyin undergoes so much growth from the beginning of the book to the end of it. Watching her evolution was such a joy and you can't help but root for her. She's driven, smart, and steadfast. The only issues I had with the story really are trying to figure out the timeline during which all this takes place. I'm unsure of how old Xingyin is when the story begins and then how much time has passed during the book.
The story takes a number of turns, and each time I who often prides herself for knowing what's going to come next, was caught completely off guard- and I loved it! Also I must say the book delivers on its promise of romance. I am extremely satisfied with how the book ended, that being said it is a duology which makes me happy because there will be more Xingyin, action, and romance, but also because I know of the potential trials and villains she faces, and those are some mighty big obstacles standing in the way of her happiness. I still can't wait to read it though!
I'm unfamiliar with Chinese mythology, but this book makes me want to know more. It sounds lovely but also brutal, which is fascinating. Really this is a book that must be read for the experience. I must say, Sue Lynn Tan is an author to watch out for. I can't wait to see what other stories she has to share!