Rating: ★★★★☆ | Read April 6 – 10
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.
What I Liked:
♡ I know it has nothing to do with the story itself but look at that cover! BEAUTIFUL.
♡ A great cast of characters
- Xan, a loving and caring witch
- Glerk, a poem reciting swamp monster
- Fyrian, an adorable simply enormous dragon, who’s actually simply miniature (also, my favorite character, 100% guarantee you’ll fall in love with him)
- and Luna, an adorable girl whose magic is out of her control
♡ It reads like a fairytale, enchanting and magical from front to back
♡ I could go on about how truly adorable the whole story was. Reading about Luna first using her magic as a toddler had me grinning.
♡ As you can probably tell by the cover, Luna, and I’m pretty sure a few of the side characters, are POC. It doesn’t really play any part in the plot but it’s always a plus in any novel.
♡ The little twist at the end when it comes to the witch’s history. I’m sure everyone else saw that coming but for some reason I didn’t. Oh well.
What I Didn’t Like:
♡ I really wanted more background information. Especially on the wizards and witches that Xan knew growing up. Companion novel, anyone? *wink, wink*
♡ Some sections read more like a middle grade than others. I felt the writing was changing and getting more complex as the story went on.
♡ The last hundred pages or so felt repetitive. One event was told over and over in each character’s POV, without much change.
Do I Recommend?
If you’re looking for an adorable middle grade, full of magic and characters you’ll never forget then YES! I highly recommend it!