Heart of the Sun Warrior

Harper Voyager. (Celestial Kingdom, Bk. 2). Nov. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9780063031364. $27.99. FANTASY
One year after Xingyin won the freedom of her mother, the Moon Goddess Chang’e, she tries to find her own peace in the life unfolding in front of her. But trouble once again looms. As the Celestial Emperor attempts to further consolidate his power, undercurrents of disruption and a heated confrontation lead Xingyin, Chang’e, and the rest of the Moon’s residents to flee. Xingyin and her companions travel through the Immortal Realm, hoping to find respite and allies, but the Celestial Kingdom is on their heels. More than one shocking discovery means that she must align with past foes, defeat a horrible magical evil that could destroy both the Immortal and Mortal Realms, and finally confront the truths of her own heart—no matter the cost. Tan’s melodic prose brings the gods and monsters to life in a book that ebbs and flows through action and dialogue in a way that will surprise readers when they turn the last page.
VERDICT Tan’s sequel to Daughter of the Moon Goddess is a beautiful story inspired by Chinese mythology, serving up both exquisite worldbuilding and emotional characters.
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