ARC/Book Review: Moon Chosen – P. C. Cast

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Title: Moon Chosen (2016)
Series: Tales of a New World – Book 1
Author: P. C. Cast
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 600 pages
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodreads Description

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force, more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all.

Review

Moon Chosen is actually the first I heard of P. C. Cast, who apparently is quite a big-name author back when vampires were making the rounds in fiction! Now, I missed that boat pretty much entirely, but I was glad for the chance to get acquainted with her writing through this book. Was I as impressed as I wanted to be? Well…

This story is about Mari, an Earth Walker who is the daughter of a priestess whose job is to ‘Wash’ the clan away of evilness every few days or so. Supposedly the heir to those powers, Mari has a secret: her father was a Companion, a rival clan who ‘hunted’ and basically enslaved Earth Walkers, and she too has been chosen by an animal ally called Rigel. After a tragedy, Mari must now learn the extent of her powers and discover what her destiny is.

“Rigel has changed everything and nothing. Everything and nothing.”

First off, this book is really quite wordy. There’s quite a lot of world-building to get through right from the onset, so the majority of the story is pretty slow-paced, with two major plot threads (and one minor one) to follow. Neither of them are hard to understand, exactly, but I did feel like there were a lot of things left unexplained, a lot of history that we didn’t get to see, and I can’t say that I was ever truly immersed in the story.

There are also so many characters, and unfortunately, I had a lot of trouble connecting with them. Most of them were pretty distinctive from one another, but I didn’t quite understand why they were needed and I’m not sure that they were utilised as best as they could. Save for Nik, Mari and perhaps Sora, the other characters didn’t really engage me.

“Sometimes it is our greatest kindness that are the most difficult to bear.”

The main reason why I kept reading (and finished!) was because the world was truly unique and inventive. it’s a high fantasy, but it’s a world that came into being after the demise of humankind due to technology, so in a way it’s also futuristic. Mari’s tribe, the Earth Walkers, needed to be ‘Washed’ by the powers of the moon every few days, or they’d turn evil. Nik’s clan lived on top of trees and had canines as companions. Another tribe, only mentioned here, seemed to have felines as companions. Sounds cool? Damn right it was.

In the end, Moon Chosen has all the elements for a great fantasy book — they just need to be unearthed from all the words, characters, and plotlines. I suspect with a good, heavy dose of structural editing, the book would be much, much better and make for an easier, more entertaining read.

* I received an ARC of MOON CHOSEN from the Pan Macmillan. Quotes included in this review might be subject to change in the final publication. 


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24 thoughts on “ARC/Book Review: Moon Chosen – P. C. Cast

  1. Awesome review! I recently won this book thru a Goodreads giveaway, but have yet to read it. When I saw it, I thought, “OMG – this is a HUGE book!” And I had no idea it was that big! That stinks that it’s not the best. Hopefully I’ll have a better time with it and can connect more with the characters. I’ve never read her vampire series (House of Night), but it’s also on my TBR. Thanks for the heads up with this one!

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  2. Great review Reg! I love the cover for this book but I read P.C. Cast’s vampire series way back when it was first released and was not impressed. It was good to start off with but then the main character started to become too special and it started getting a little boring reading all about how powerful, beautiful, clever, desirable, etc. she was all the time. :/ So I never really added this one to my to-read list.
    Still this one does sound interesting. I like the sound of the blurb and I love what you said about the world building as well. In fantasy books the world-building is honestly my favourite part so it’s great to find a book like this with amazing world-building.
    Maybe I’ll add this to my to-read list after all, if I keep my expectations low I may be pleasantly surprised! 🙂

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    • Oh nooo, I really dislike those types of characters and can understand why it became boring! Moon Chosen has better characters, I think – for me the problem was mostly just that it was very… wordy, and not super engaging until quite far into the book.

      I honestly wouldn’t make it a required read, but it’s worth checking out to see if it’s your kind of thing! The world-building was quite inventive in my opinion. 💕

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  3. It sucks that this fell a little flat for you. I can’t say I was really excited for it but I was intrigued because of the fact that I was once a huge fan of the author’s vampire series. I’m not much for slower paced books but I might still give this a chance one day only for the fact that it’s an interesting idea and I love fantasy books that have unique world building. Great review, Reg! 😊

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  4. i read this book and it is great i cant wait to read the next book the ending leaves you hanging! I love reading and this book was great i couldn’t put it down…just wish it was on my school test thing ive waited and it still wont pop up..

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