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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.
Title: Moon Chosen
Series: Tales of a New World (1)
Author: PC Cast
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
*WARNING: topic of rape mentioned for sensitive readers*
This fantasy read was actually really beautiful. Cast created a world that was both light and brutal. If it weren’t for the weird flow and uncomfortable concepts, I probably would’ve enjoyed this a lot more.
Now, I never would’ve known PC Cast had written this if her name wasn’t on the cover. Her writing is so different, and while it can be a good thing, I personally didn’t take to it. I loved Cast’s earlier works, and I admit that the latest I’ve read of her work is the series she did with her daughter, so I try not to judge too much. It still felt weird. It was lengthy in some moments (hell most moments) and very vague in others. The dialogue was lengthy, for example, and hard to distinguish between the monologue. It spent a good amount of time talking about the main characters doing their own thing, only to come together towards the end of the book, and if I were invested in this, the reading experience would’ve been better. It’s hard to read something you have to constantly make an excuse for, you know?
Then these’s the issue with the Earth Walker culture.
The men and women live together as families in peace, but they have to be washed by the moonlight every three days or the men become abusive rapists and the women die of depression and dehydration (cause they’ll cry themselves to death. ha. ha ha.) Now, I certainly can appreciate an unusual concept, and this was kind of cool, with the play on stereotypes for men and women, but what got me was the fact that these women- who hide in their own burrows from the men -would consent to living with them. These men are extremely volatile, and it’s dangerous to be near one should he not show up for his third-day cleansing. Why would they let themselves be a part of such a community? I mean I could see them wanting to help the men, their people, but this, with the way the characters acted, just didn’t make sense to me.
If the women are willing to be around these guys, why would they abandon them when they’re with fever? One of them gets raped. Mari is able to heal these men. So why didn’t she?
She left them to go do her own thing. I understand her choice, and I actually supported it. What I don’t support is her turning her back on them only to go back and save them, but destroy any male that comes their way. It just felt unfair. If she were going to go her own way, she should’ve stuck to it. I don’t like indecisive people, and her hesitation costed her men who were executed as animalistic rapists. It’s just sad.
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If these men are good enough to be with when they aren’t overridden with this intensity, why weren’t they good enough to be saved?
That’s pretty much the one thing I hated in this book. It deals with such a touchy subject that I found it uncomfortable when Mari did nothing to help any of the men. She didn’t even try, and I don’t care if they were dangerous to approach. I don’t think it was fair of her to say when they were or weren’t redeemable. Would she kill every man who ever harmed another because they couldn’t be cleansed?
One good thing comes out of this, in that this makes for a great topic discussion. Ruined the reading experience for me, but I do admit that it got better in the end. If only I were as interested in the beginning as I was with the climax.
This was an interesting book which is why it’s rated 3-Stars. It wasn’t for me, but it may interest some other readers. The fantasy feel was great, the characters were alright with their development, and the writing was pretty.