The Girl Who Drank the Moon Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside her in this epic coming-of-age fairy tale from the highly acclaimed author of The Witch's Boy.
Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
One year Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. When Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule - but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her - even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.
The acclaimed author of The Witch's Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 09 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #19,196 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#236 in Children's Books on Multigenerational Family Life
#241 in Growing Up & Facts of Life for Children
#286 in Action & Adventure for Children (Audible Books & Originals)
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Though the writing is lyrical and wonderful, I thought there were parts of the book with unnecessary plotting that did nothing to move the story forward or shape the characters in any meaningful way. The premises of the story is delightful and satisfying. I recommend this book to readers who believe in fantastical, magical worlds. 4.5 stars.
Minimum age recommendation. Chapter 2 clears everything up but still a child reading
the first chapter may have nightmares.
It's an interesting story, slow-paced, but overall a good one. The magic is purely magical, which I love. I reduce one star for the characters. Most of their arcs are fair enough, actually, and almost every named characters are well rounded. But I somehow feel that they could have been better. I can't relate to them. It is, I think, because of the way they are portrayed. Something is missing.
Anyway, I would recommend this book. It's a good read.
Months later and we read it together twice. Fantastic story beautifuly written.
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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on August 6, 2020
As fantasy books go, this was very original. The Star Children, Glerk, Xan, the Protectorate, even the dragons were completely and truly the first of their kind. This is actually quite an unusual feat for a childrens fantasy novel!
The plot was beautiful. It was moving, steady, intriguing, magical and easy to follow (without getting bored!) all in one. I was happy and sad and excited and (strangely) light hearted (This is strange because of the dark theme of the book) mingled together the whole way through. It was a beautiful, memorable read which I will definitely reccomend to my friends.
I found the different viewpoints a great way of keeping each chapter… fresh (is that the right word?). I particurlarly enjoyed the madwoman/Adarra chapters. I found her such an interesting and different character. I also liked Fyrian.
However, my 4 star review comes from this single downside- its quite sweet. Sort of like honey. I found myself cringing in places, it was so lovely and sweet. Love+sweetness+me do not mix. This was the only bad point during the whole story, so dont let it stop you!
It was a magical, entrancing read and I would totally reccomend it for 9-12 year olds.
The story is one of magic, love and devotion, it has witches, dragons & monsters and is beautifully written for all ages really!
If I had to critique at all, it would be to say though the scene is set so well, so well written, you’re drawn in, you’re hooked - then suddenly, it seems, it’s all over, too quickly for my mind anyway… but that’s if I was pressed to critique.
I’d thoroughly recommend!!