Moon Child - Book Review
Moon Child by Simone Maroney is a larger sized adventure,
fantasy novel with 55 chapters. The story line involves
complex relationships between six main characters, which
are delicately balanced leaving room for intrigue.
Hanna, the chief character, was selected from birth by the
Goddess, given special training and endowed with 'gifts' the
elders call the 'Memories'. As Hanna goes through many
travelling adventures, she becomes respected and known
as the 'One' a 'Reader' and a 'Healer'.
Her father, a priest and a shaman in the village tries to
protect her while making Hanna learn to stand on her own.
Manon, a dear friend and fellow 'Healer', helps Hanna find a
position in the same village that tried to kill her. Raer, her
childhood friend, whose brain was inadvertently injured
during play, becomes a valuable aid to Hanna and her
adopted village. Janna, Hanna's archenemy, keeps people
at attention with her evil and treacherous behavior. A little
romance is thrown in with Jio, also known as 'Maih', who is
actually Janna's brother.
So much is going on in the book that readers may find
themselves stopping to retrace a few pages. I enjoyed
reading this novel and found that it reminded me a little of
Clan of the Cave Bear - because of the tribal differences,
traveling and 'gifts' the chief character endures. Sometimes
being selected by the Gods brings a tumultuous life!
Author: Simone Maroney
Publisher: Draumr Publishing
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