Shadows on the Moon

Shadows on the Moon

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A magical twist on Cinderella from a talented fantasy writer

A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge set in a fairy-tale Japan; this is Cinderella meets Memoirs of a Geisha. The brightest illusions hid the darkest truths... 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 366g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1406318159
  • 9781406318159
  • 141,629

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This book is such a joy to read. It comes highly, highly recommended by me for lovers of Japanese culture, of fairy tale retellings, of strong female characters and of wonderful storytelling. * Fluttering Butterflies * As a fan of many aspects of Japanese culture, I was drawn to the description of this book, but it exceeded my expectations. The setting is well-realised and has obviously been researched in depth, but the reader is never subjected to a lecture on the subject.
A real gem in the crossover young-adult genre and a good book for discussion in a reading group. * * Zoe's writing was also wonderful. It was simple but layered and was easy to follow but described everything perfectly and vivdly. Every emotion was raw and you could feel it through the pages, especially when Suzume was cutting (which, by the way, I loved the involvement of a very contemporary issue in a fantasy novel.) It was really good, and I must check out her other books.

Shadows on the Moon is a beautiful, different retelling of Cinderella that you are not likely to forget for a while. At least I won't. * Cicely Loves Books * Marriott writes with limpid grace, cleverly transforming the Cinderella story to ancient Japan. * Books for Keeps * Marriott has created a lush, extraordinary world that grows better with every delicate layer she peels away. * A Backwards Story *
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About Zoe Marriott

Zoe lives in North East Lincolnshire with two cats, named Echo and Hero, and the Devil Hound, otherwise known as Finn. She says of Shadows on the Moon, "I never liked Cinderella as a little girl. She seemed like the worst kind of wimp to me, and I hated the fact that she needed someone else to come along and rescue her. Then one day I was thinking about a completely different idea for a book set in fairy-tale Japan - and suddenly the two story ideas collided in my head, and it occurred to me: what if Cinderella wasn't a wimp at all? What if she was strong and brave - and out for revenge all along? And so Shadows on the Moon was born."
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Rating details

4,203 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 31% (1,308)
4 37% (1,573)
3 22% (924)
2 6% (270)
1 3% (128)

Our customer reviews

I love the fantasy element in this story. It was described so vividly it just kept me turning the pages without a break. It made it so magical for me and I was always a sucker for romance so this book just drew me into its world. The back story is rich and delightfully written more
by leewaner
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