Rating: 3/5 stars
Category: YA, fantasy, romance, adventure, action, romance, mythology
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication date: 10 November 2022
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After her perilous quest to free her mother, Xingyin thrives once more in the tranquility of her home. But her fragile peace is threatened by the discovery of a strange magic on the moon and the unsettling changes in the Celestial Kingdom as the emperor tightens his grip on power. While Xingyin is determined to keep clear of the rising danger, the discovery of a shocking truth spurs her into a treacherous confrontation.
Forced to flee her home once more, Xingyin and her companions venture to unexplored lands of the Immortal Realm, encountering legendary creatures and shrewd monarchs, beloved friends and bitter adversaries. With alliances shifting quicker than the tides, Xingyin has to overcome past grudges and enmities to forge a new path forward, seeking aid where she never imagined she would. As an unspeakable terror sweeps across the realm, Xingyin must uncover the truth of her heart and claw her way through devastation–to rise against this evil before it destroys everything she holds dear, and the worlds she has grown to love… even if doing so demands the greatest price of all.
Xingyin has returned to the peace of her home on the moon but as the saying goes, there is a quiet before the storm. The moon is now open to visitors and those with unsavoury intentions now have access to Xingyin’s home and loved ones. Where there is smoke, there is fire. Liwei’s parents will never accept their son’s choice of a bride. Liwei defies his parents for the love of Xingyin and to get him out of trouble, she makes a promise that might part them indefinably. Meanwhile, Wenzi is back to prove that the mistake he made of betraying Xingyin would not be repeated again and that his love for her is genuine. Xingyin is stuck between her first love and the love she found during her heartbreak. All this while, the celestial kingdom is in danger.
I really enjoyed this book and I love how it was concluded. I was cringing at the celestial emperor who was supposed to be a magnanimous ruler but was everything selfish, prideful and scheming. Imagine being ruled by a scheming, self-serving god – shivers of horror. It makes me grateful that my God is gracious, forgiving and loving, amongst other things. The marriage between Xingyin and Liwei was a recipe for disaster, as she will not bow her head and her potential in-laws want her face to be on the floor before them, how will that work? It won’t, unless someone compromises and changes. It didn’t seem that either side was going to bend which left Liwei stuck in the middle. If he wants to be married to Xingyin he has to take her side but that won’t bring him peace whichever way he goes. I gave the story 3 out of 5 stars, it was very well written and I liked that it wasn’t clear which of the male leads held more sway with Xingyin but this was also the reason why I wasn’t satisfied – confusing right? Sometimes emotions aren’t so easily put in one box, this is one of the lessons that this story teaches.
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Psalm 56: 3-4 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?