Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Creature of Moonlight

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn

Disclaimer: I read the Advanced Readers Copy of this book; this book will be published/released on May 6, 2014. ....I'm so sorry you have to wait that long.

...I admit, I fell for the trap of seeing a review by Kristin Cashore on the front. I had a moment of great suspicion as I've fallen for this trap before because the authors I adore seem to get chosen to review a lot of books and I'm always tempted to read them because they usually write good things.

...but it's usually a trap.


Luckily, this one was not a trap.

It was freakishly superb in fact. So without further ado, an amazon summary, "As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile—but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.

Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by a Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE


So. Ignoring that.

Marni is a young girl who is almost old enough to be betrothed and married; she lives with her grandpa on the outskirts of the village where they grow flowers for a living.

It seems to be a simple life, but Marni has grown up next to the woods that never dare to breach their squat stone fence that surrounds the gardens.

That was not a typo, the woods have been known to encroach ten feet over night, only to retreat the next night. The woods almost seem to function like a very slow ocean; the woods come in one night much like the ride rises, and retreat the next night much like the tide returns.

There are also creatures that live in these woods; wild things that will whisk the weak willed away into a world unknown.

Young girls have been known to escape into the woods; usually they escape from arranged marriages or a life they do not want to lead. Some escape for the sheer adventure of it.

Marni's mother was claimed by the woods....so to speak.

One summer the woods continue to grow in without retreating.

As the flower sellers, Marni's grandpa and herself meet a wide variety of people, but there are a lot of nobles that visit their house.... Possibly because Marni's grandpa was once the king of the land, but most likely because Marni is the granddaughter of the king and heir to the throne as the king's son did not produce any heirs.

They're also curious about the woods and how the current king seems to believe Marni to be the key to the woods retreating once more.

That's all I'll say without delving into spoiler land.

What you should know about this book besides that it is AMAZING.

Marni is a great character to be a narrator, the world building is astounding, and I'm just SOOO delighted with this book that I cannot WAIT to get the hardcover come May.

That is all.

Happy reading!

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