Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

Shadows on the Moon is a twist on the classic Cinderella story. In the beginning, Suzume starts out with a best friend, Aimi, and a happy family. After her father is murdered, she moves in with her mother and melancholy step-father, Lord Terayama. She doesn't trust him. Once Suzume discovers Lord Terayama's role in her father's death, she becomes afraid and eventually runs away. Her skill of shadow-weaving proves to be a big help in her journey from upper class to the lowest of beggars. Set in a feudal Japan-like world, this is one original story.
I very much enjoyed Shadows on the Moon. Zoe Marriott does an excellent job in all aspects of storytelling, especially the details. I also found it interesting that Suzume changed her name, depending on her whereabouts and social status. I also felt that the shadow-weaving wasn't too heavily relied upon. Suzume only first discovered and used it when the same men that killed her father were after her. A well-written and superb book, Shadows on the Moon is definitely a worthwhile read.

Reviewer Age:19
Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, SC United States

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