Mini Review: Moonlands by Steven Savile

Moonlands
Steven Savile
Genre: YA Fantasy
Fifteen-year-old Ashley has a complicated life. There’s no doubt her overachieving parents love her, but they are wrapped up in their own worlds for so much of the time it leaves her feeling like she’s alone.

Like a lot of teenagers, Ashley dreams of other worlds, but unlike a lot of teenagers her world is about to collapse as rifts to an ancient Fae Kingdom begin to open all around her. With the arrival of of a supernatural hit-squad intent on killing her, and an unexpected inheritance, Ashley’s London is about to become a magical and mysterious warzone where the prize is Ashley herself.

Ashley has to find out the secrets of her own life before she is killed. Balancing ancient prophecies, schoolwork and the love of her life is difficult to say the least! Take part of the wonderful world of Moonlands.
Review copy provided by NetGalley

Moonlands was a well-written fantasy. Winding, at times, but generous with its description of the settings and places the characters found themselves in. Lyrical in the sense that the flow of thoughts and prose was infused with emotions and hidden meanings. It felt that way. 

I also liked the main character. Here was a girl that, despite being given a kingdom and being crowned queen, felt that she was not ready to take her place on the throne. She didn’t want to be queen, she wanted just to be a normal, ordinary girl but she had that innate sense of responsibility, of doing what is right. She was not ready – yet, but she will be. 

She has to be if that ending has any say on the matter. I have a feeling that she will be back in the Moonlands sooner that she thinks.


Ayanami Faerudo

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