by Richard Due
Publisher: Gibbering Gnome Press
Genre: Fantasy, YA
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Gibbering Gnome Press Presents a Tale of Epic Fantasy for All Ages
"Are you going to tell us a story, Uncle?" asked Jasper.
"No. Not tonight, I think." Jasper's small shoulders slumped. "But if you think you're up to keeping another secret, I might be willing to tell you a tale."
"There's a difference?" asked Lily.
"Oh, yes, yes, yes. You see, a story can be made up as easily as you please, or not. But a tale, now that's a moon of a different color. A tale is an account of things in their due order, often divulged secretly, or as gossip. Would you like to hear one?"
Once upon a time, Lily and Jasper Winter had an uncle named Ebb. He liked to tell tales of a place called the Moon Realm, where nine moons swirled around one another, each inhabited by strange and wondrous beings: magical lunamancers; undersea merfolk; wise birds; winged dragons; and Lily’s favorite, the heroic, leonine Rinn. Uncle Ebb had quite the imagination.
Now, nine years after the tales began, he’s missing. Soon, so is Lily, transported to the Moon Realm by a mysterious coin.
But this Moon Realm is different, no more than a dystopian shadow of the storied worlds in Ebb's bedtime tales. Here, a villain named Wrengfoul, along with his evil minions, is attacking the other moons, stripping away what little magic and happiness remain. Had her uncle just been spinning tales of how he wanted things to be? Where did Ebb’s fantasy end and the real Moon Realm begin?
Separated from her brother, dodging fresh dangers on every new moon, Lily desperately sifts through Uncle Ebb’s shattered bedtime tales for shards of truth. Will she piece together enough clues to find her way home, or will she remain trapped in a faery tale gone mad?
Featuring twenty-two stunning full-color illustrations by Carolyn Arcabascio. Volume One of the young adult fantasy adventure series The Moon Realm.
The Moon Coin
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A magical adventure, indeed! Lots of action and new worlds to discover.
One of the characters reminded me of my kitten who was recently added to the household. Similar coloring and looks based on the illustrations. Funny how coincidental things can pop up in books.
I liked how the bulk of this story had a focus on a female heroine - makes for an empowering story for girls to read.
* review copy courtesy of author