Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 18th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Magic & Sorcery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover, Paperback
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Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.
Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…
Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.
Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast is the first book in her new epic YA fantasy series where the world has completely changed with the end of technology and fall of civilization. A new world order is created with deadly creatures that come out at night and where everyone (separated as clans or tribes: Earth Walkers, Companions, and Skin Stealers) is trying to survive.
Mari, is part Earth Walker, part Companion, and daughter of her Clan’s healer, Leda, a Moon Woman. As a Moon Woman, Mari’s mother calms the Clan, keeping the Night Fever from consuming them. An outsider in her own clan, Mari wants to be at her mother’s side as her apprentice to be the next Moon Woman, but she also desires for more especially when she has spent most of her 18 years hiding a part of herself no one but her mother knows about.
However, the appearances of a lost pup and Nikolas, the son of an enemy clan, begins a chain of events that change her life irrevocably. A restlessness is building over the Earth, and Mari’s destiny is not yet set in stone as a bigger purpose is laid out before her.
Moon Chosen is filled with vivid detail as Ms. Cast spends a good portion of the beginning of the novel setting up her unique world, the distinct individual groups, and the dangers forthcoming. So it may seem a bit slow to start, but once the worlds of the main characters begin to collide, the story begins to pick up pace and the characters begin to grow and develop.
Besides, the main characters of Mari and Nik, I also loved the time Ms. Cast creating the relationships the characters had with their parents, their friends, and their canines. I also liked the time spent with the villains of the story (which was a little disturbing especially with the Skin Stealers and Dead Eye)- reading sections from their perspective where you see what is driving them. All of it combined made the story that much more rich, especially on some of those big moments within the novel that moved the story towards it’s ending.
Overall, Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast was an enthralling and well-written fantasy novel that will leave you in the end with questions that need answers, and very excited to know what happens next. I eagerly recommend!
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review)