BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

Series: The Celestial Kingdom Duology #1

Release Date: January 11, 2021

Page Count: 512 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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.


I am a mythology nerd and as soon as I saw that it’s a Legend of Chang’e retelling, I was excited for this! Also that cover is absolutely stunning!!!

I really loved it so much, especially the Chinese mythology and culture. The writing is so beautiful and it just flows so well. Xingyin is badass archer and I find it incredible how she can shoot arrows at flying objects, blindfolded. I mean, do I need to say more????

It’s divided into 3 arcs and I found the third part to be the most interesting. I am really curious about Wenzhi, he’s a great character. Hopefully we’ll know more about him in the next book. Liwei, on the other hand, was more interesting in the beginning. As we neared the end, I just found him to be lackluster.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and I’m excited for the sequel!

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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