BOOK REVIEW: Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott


Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott
Published by Walker Books
Genres || romance, cultural, fantasy, romance, young adult, historical fiction, fairytale, magic
Pages || 454
Format || Paperback
Source || Borrowed from school library
Buy the book || Buy the book || four-stars
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.

Can I just say how much I adore Marriott's novels? Everytime I finish one of her books, I always end up crying saying "that was beautiful!" And now that I have read Shadows on the Moon, I think it is safe to say that this book has done that to me. Marriott has created a new and fascinating world that delves into the darker side of the modern tale of Cinderella. Shadows on the Moon is told from the perspective of a young girl called Suzume and the story follows her as she grows up from the very first page.

Shadows on the Moon show the consequences of what grief can do to you, as many books now days are mostly about the same thing...I have always loved Marriott's writing, especially because it is all to do with Japanese culture- which I am a fan of, but I also love to learn about it through some really talented writing. Marriott's story line must be one of my favourites, because the author has created a very intricate setting- which really helped set the mood for the story. So many things went on in the plot and as I was nearing two-hundred pages towards the end, I couldn't endure the pain of putting it down and going to sleep...And therefore, I have lost some sleep!

I adored the aspect of watching Suzume grow, at the start of the book we meet her as a fourteen year old girl who lives a normal life, but her life changes and it so wonderful to see how she reacts to it! The format of how Marriott has written her novel is really clever- as each time Suzume changes her identity, so does the feel of the book. Suzume's attitude really makes this book special, because her emotions aren't like any normal teenager. Shadows on the Moon shows a genius character development in Suzume and I also fell in love with most of the other characters! (There's one that has the same name as my cat!)

I recommend that you read Shadows on the Moon because it is a very beautiful and elegant novel that is poignant- I really enjoyed it and I wonder what my next book will be by Marriott...(Probably Frail Human Heart, which is the final instalment to the trilogy that has perminately killed me, The Name of the Blade) If you ever do get the chance to read Marriott's novel, Shadows on the Moon, I can promise you it will not be a waste of your time!

Link to the review of the first book in the, The Name of the Blade trilogy:
The Night Itself (The Name of the Blade #1):

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