Moon Chosen (Tales of a New World #1)
by P.C. Cast
Version: Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Expected publication: October 18th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
*ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review*
#1 New York Times bestselling author, P.C. Cast, brings us a new epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…
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.
Who hasn’t heard of P.C. Cast? Like the blurb above says she’s a New York Times bestseller!! High recommendation indeed. So when the opportunity to grab a copy courtesy of Netgalley & St. Martin’s Griffin I grabbed it with both hands.
The descriptions sells the novel as something familiar but with a little difference thrown in. I never noticed that it was 608 pages long until I reached 40% of the novel and (honestly) the over use of descriptive words (unnecessary in parts) made this an extremely difficult read so much so that I threw the towel in just after 44% of reading the book.
If an author has basically put their blood, sweat and all into a novel then I’m damn well going to read it to the end. That’s my opinion anyway. Not only was I disappointed that I really lost the will to read it to the end but it wasn’t engaging enough for me to push through the slump. There was no passion on my part to actual WANT to find out what happened to Mari and Nik.
This in part could be due to the fact that I really HATED both the main characters. YES – they are both young and life hasn’t been all sunshine and roses but neither has it been destructive and full of misfortunes!
Mari & Nik both have lost a parent (which is devastating) but both have had a loving parent that has done everything within their power for their child. If anything; KUDOS to P.C. Cast for invoking strong feelings in me for her characters. They may not have been the feelings that she was expecting for me to have but she definitely invoked feelings with her work.