” A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan; this is “Cinderella” meets “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form – a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince – and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love. The author’s debut novel, “The Swan Kingdom”, sold over 20,000 copies worldwide. It was chosen as a USBBY Outstanding International Book and was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Zoe also recently won a writing grant from the Royal Literary Fund. It is supported by a major marketing and press campaign, including book proof and Ebook for early adopters, author events and dedicated online activity. “Shadows on the Moon” has already won the prestigious Sasakawa prize, an award gifted by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for outstanding contributions to the promotion of understanding and cooperation between people of Japan and the UK.“
Beautifully written. The last page, I didn’t realize was the last page and I didn’t want it to end. This really is a wonderful mix of Cinderella and Memoirs of a Geisha. The shadow weaving was an interesting twist to throw into the story. It was fascinating to learn about all of the Shadow Weavers abilities and how they each used them in different ways. The characters I felt added something to the story in their own ways. Suzume was such a wonderfully complex character and I kept wanting to read more about her and her story. I only wish that she had stood up for herself a bit more.
Really, there is so much emotion in this book. I do wish Youta was more into the story than he was, I liked his character but he did full fill his purpose. On to the love interest, aka Otieno. I actually really liked these two together. The balanced each other out even though Suzume had such an emotional mess going on inside her. Akira is a fierce friend and I liked that about her character, even when Suzume thought she was going to cast her out Akira stood firm and reassured that that she wasn’t going anywhere.
The pacing of the book was great, I didn’t want to put it down most of the time. The cover is okay, not one of my favorites, but the story inside makes me overlook the cover.
This book really took me by surprise. I haven’t read a book with this high a rating (in my mind) in a while. I’m giving this book a 4 a very strong 4, I was half tempted to give it a 5 but there were still little things that kept me from giving it a 5 but definitely a book I will be recommending. I look forward to reading more books from this author.