• Daughter of the Moon Goddess

  • The Celestial Kingdom Duology, Book 1
  • By: Sue Lynn Tan
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess.

A young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm, setting her on a dangerous path where those she loves are not the only ones at risk....

The instant top five Sunday Times best seller

There are many legends about my mother....

Raised far away on the moon, Xingyin was unaware she was being hidden from the Celestial Emperor–who exiled her mother for stealing the elixir of immortality. But when her magic flares and reveals her, Xingyin is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.

Alone, powerless and afraid, Xingyin makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. In disguise, she trains alongside the emperor’s son, mastering archery and magic, despite the passion that flames between them.

Vowing to rescue her mother, Xingyin embarks on a quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies. But when forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, Xingyin must challenge the ruthless emperor, leaving her torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos....

Inspired by the legend of Chang’e the Moon Goddess, this captivating debut weaves Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of love and family, immortals and magic.

©2022 Sue Lynn Tan (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

“Sue Lynn Tan has written a breathtaking debut novel that will sweep readers away to the moon and back. I can’t remember the last time a book surprised and delighted me as much as this one. Epic, romantic, and enthralling from start to finish. I love this book.” (Stephanie Garber, number one NYT best-selling author of the Caraval series)

“This vivid, unputdownable debut effortlessly whisks us into the celestial realms of Chinese high fantasy. Tan magnificently conjures the romantic yet dangerous dazzle of this immortal world, but never loses track of the shining human heart of her tale. A captivating treat for lovers of Chinese fantasy dramas and newcomers alike.” (Shelley Parker-Chan, best-selling author of She Who Became the Sun)

“A lush, dreamy gem of a novel.” (Shannon Chakraborty, best-selling author of The City of Brass)

“Strikingly evocative, tense, and heartfelt, Daughter of the Moon Goddess leaves you dreaming of dragons.” (Andrea Stewart, author of The Bone Shard Daughter)

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  • Pola
  • 01-24-22

This book is AMAZING

It's been some time since I liked the book so much. I know nothing about Chinese myths, so I had no reference for this retelling. Is it accurate? No idea. But I loved every minute of it!
Writing - so beautiful.
Characters - vivid, complicated, amazing.
Esthetic of this book brings to mind Crouched Tiger, Hidden Dragon (my favorite movie of all time), with beautiful Mandarin names, reserved but powerful manner.
I just wanted to stay there forever. Thank you, author, for this extraordinary experience.

Many thanks to the narrator. Her beautiful voice only enhanced all the emotions. She was perfect for this role, and I am going to seek out her other performances.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-17-22

Amazing story, poor characters.

Listening to this book was a sensory experience. The settings and the way the author writes is, for the most part, beautiful. The story, based on Chinese myth, was also interesting and dense. However, the protagonist isn’t as complex and I lost count at the number of times I rolled my eyes at her. She is motivated by her love for her mother and then later by her love for men. I say motivated but actually mean obsessed as it’s all she thinks about, all she talks about and all she does anything for. She has magical powers but there is no exploration of this in any detail and her use of them seems weak and vague. Her internal monologue is repetitive and actually becomes quite annoying. If there were a prize for most rhetorical questions in a novel, this one would win. She questions things the reader already knows and quite frankly she should know the answers as well. By the end of the book I was happy for it to be finished as if I had to listen to the verb ‘spill’ one more time I might have died from irritation. The lover turned antagonist of the plot held promise yet he quickly became a cliche. The love triangle was also a banality, as if choosing the ‘good’ guy was ever particularly enthralling. All in all, the book was okay, if the characters had been more complex, the concepts of magic fully developed and the narrative less repetitive it would have been a masterpiece.

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  • ryan butterly
  • 07-13-22

A triumph for Sue Lynn Tan

It was an absolute pleasure to explore this world it’s values the creatures both friend and foe, the romances, the beautiful scenery, the food. Sue Lynn Tan is a master of senses, the way she crafted this world is so beautiful. I am enthralled and eagerly awaiting November’s sequel with bated breath.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-22

Sublime book and narration

Even if you don't know a thing about Chinese myths, if fantasy is your thing, this book delivers. World building is great, the characters all rich in detail. Natalie Naudus once again as narrator does it with aplomb.
I'm totally hooked. The 2nd book is due out in November and I'm looking forward to it immensely.

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  • WY
  • 04-07-22

fresh and sweet

the story and narrator made is it easy to follow, the narrator voice is relaxing also attentive and not cheesy (so glad and the relief when that happens haha). The story was fresh I dont get to listen or read alot of asian mythology cause they dont get translated as much (except on TV obviously), just my opinion experience.

the lead was strong I really like her, she not annoying and shes decisive, the love triangle omg how rooted for the other guy all can dream right. if there's a second i will be looking forward to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-22

An Outstanding Read! Just so beautiful!

5 🌟 no hundreds and thousands of 🌟

Sue Lynn Tan has written something absolutely incredible. Retelling a Chinese tale that is so well known.

As a child I remember hearing the story of Chang'e the Moon Goddess. It has always been a beautiful one.

I really loved this story being more about Xingyins journey and her finding herself in a world of Celestial beings, Demons and Mortals. I truly believe that this book has something for everyone to take away.

To realise and understand that be you mortal or an immortal being or a demon one the choices we make in life always have an impact be they good or bad.

But also that to follow one's heart and never to give up on love is also important.

Seeing Chinese names and the names of the rivers connected with me on a deep level. Especially the yellow River.

I highly recommend this book and am so looking forward to where it will go with Heart of the Sun Warrior!

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  • 03-21-22

A tale for those who love a good story

Great story and performed brilliantly. loved it. I hope there will be another one soon

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-22

Didn’t want it too end !!!

This was one of those books that I dreaded seeing the last chapter. Defiantly going to have to wait a while before starting another book, just reminiscing in it for a while ☁️♥️

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  • Venetia H-P
  • 03-16-22

Loved it!

Full of vivid characters and a fantastical story, I really enjoyed this!
I love the fantasy genre but find a lot of those stories merge and feel similar- this book felt really fresh and an incredible window into a beautiful imagination.
I don’t think it’s the kind of classic I’ll listen to again and again but I’m so glad I chose it and would definitely recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-22

Great story

This book could have been spilt in two or three books, great characters and good flow of story but too long

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  • Millsy
  • 02-21-22

Pretty Good

though i found this story a bit slow to get into, it does improve a lot and becomes quite an interesting tale, likeable characters and a great narrator. it really only suffers one pet peeve, as is all too common in these types of books, i found the female character often to be portrayed as naive, posing stupid questions that should have been obvious. i suppose a true reflection of what i think of this story is that though its quite short and generally i prefer 30+ hour books, I'm not craving to listen to the next book in the current non existing series though it could also be because the story felt conclusive, at least that part of her life. I honestly don't know whether to recommend this story that cost me $15 or not so seek others opinions too but i can wholeheartedly recommend the narrator, she did a great job creating very individual characters.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-18-22

C-drama in book form (that's good)

K-drama is big in western fandom right now, but C-drama is coming, I'm sure of it. What fantasy C-drama lacks in originality it makes up for in a rich tradition of intrigue, factions, battles, magic and crazy heavenly characters you can enjoy over and over in different tales. Also lots and lots of over the top romance, which still feels deliciously indulgent every time. This is absolutely c-drama in book form. Thankfully the female MC pulled a little from Western tradition and was a bit more kick-ass than some of her screen sisters. The only thing I don't love about c-drama is the often miserable production values and guess what? Audiobooks are much better in that regard. So whether or not you've ever dipped into Chinese fantasy you should strap on your melodrama suit, grab get a box of tissues and enjoy the ride.

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