Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World (Book 1)
by P.C. Cast
“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 here 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 a 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 that 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.”
I knew that Moon Chosen was coming out, due to following P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast on Twitter and Facebook. I had been looking forward to it since I first heard about it, even though I had chosen not to look at any of the information about it. Therefore until I had the book in my hands and read the blurb, I knew nothing about it.
Mari is half Earth Walker, half Companion, and due to this she has to hide her heritage from her Clan. Leda (Mari’s mother) is the Clan’s Moon Woman and names her heir, but without having time to train her properly, the Companions come and take some of the women. The Companions have a problem with the Blight, therefore they keep Earth Walker women to tend the farm. They also have an issue with Skin Stealers from the cities. While the Earth Walkers have the issue of Night Fever and need to be washed even third night.
Oh my gosh! I loved that! I want more, like right now! How am I meant to wait for the next book? I think I just went on the biggest roller coaster of my life, although I admit to guessing a little bit of it earlier in the story. I love how looking back on it, it picks up on racial discrimination even if it is not meant to.
I think my favourite characters were Mari, Leda and Nik. Although Sora grew on me and I did not think she would. I loved most of the Earth Walkers and Companions. There are some you air not meant to like, along with the Skin Stealers, these were designed brilliantly and I had no hope of liking them.
I cannot pick out any one part as my favourite, or even a couple of parts. It was so good, so many emotions, I definitely cried and also laughed out loud at a couple of parts. There were also quite a lot of twists and turns, I was hooked from a couple of chapters in and I was gripped until the end.
I hate to be pernickety, especially when an author and their team have taken so much time to get a book ready for sale, but it frustrates me quite a lot when small spelling mistakes are found. Not to mention the wrong name in one part. Whilst it was not bad enough to not understand what was going on, it did break the emmersion.
Moon Chosen ends on a cliffhanger, this is because the series continues in the second book (as yet untitled and no publication date)
While reading Moon Chosen, I described it as a girl trying to fit in when she feels like she does not belong anywhere. I would recommend this book to anyone. 5 out of 5.