Author: P.C. Cast
Series: Tales of a New World, #1
Publication Date: October 18th, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Synopsis: #1 New York Times bestselling author, P.C. Cast, brings us a new epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…
Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, 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 her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…
Now, darkness 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 forming a tumultuous 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 obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.
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I hadn’t read any other books by P.C. Cast when I picked this one up, and my gosh was this a big book! I haven’t read a long book like this in a while, so while at first I had a hard time getting into it because I kept having to take breaks to deal with everyday life stuff, by a quarter of the way through the book, I completely found myself hooked.
Moon Chosen doesn’t have anything to do with P.C. Cast’s other books, so that was a plus…I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything by simply not having the chance to have read her previous works. I know a lot of authors write one series, and then another series based in the same world, and you always feel like you’re missing things if you haven’t read the first series beforehand. I didn’t feel like that at all with Moon Chosen – in fact, if there were any references to other novels, I didn’t even notice, because I was so wrapped up in reading this one.
This had a unique premise that really sticks with you, and it was really fun to read. It was magical, and really hit the spot for a fantasy read. The world building surpassed anything I could have imagined, and I truly felt like I was part of this book. The way settings, buildings, and characters were described made it such an enjoyable read that I couldn’t put it down. Normally long descriptions like this bore me, but in this case, it seemed to really fit the novel and worked out well.
Character development was a big part of this book – P.C. Cast truly has a way with writing that makes you realize that, hey, her characters aren’t flat and one dimensional like a lot of others I’ve read in fantasy novels lately. They’re full of personality and so easy to feel close to.
If you like fantasy reads, this is one that I have to suggest! I’m definitely going to be diving into P.C. Cast’s other novels in the future!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
P.C. CAST is the #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author of the House of Night Series and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. With more than 20 million copies in print in over 40 countries, her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Ms. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and- forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology. After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon surrounded by beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family.