These are the books on my bookstore’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI) kids display this year:
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A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.
Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.
Alone, powerless, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to learn alongside the emperor’s son, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the prince.
To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies. But when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream—striking a dangerous bargain in which she is torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess begins an enchanting, romantic duology which weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals and magic—where love vies with honor, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.
First sentence: “There are many legends about my mother.”
If you came here wondering if this book is like watching a Chinese romantic xianxia drama, then you’re in the right place because The Daughter of the Moon Goddess has that vibe.
All Xingyin knows is her home on the moon with her mother, the beloved Moon goddess Chang’e, but when the Celestial army come knocking on their door, Xingyin is forced to flee and leave her mother behind. She makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom and by happenstance, she befriends the crown Prince Liwei and becomes his study companion. She learns everything from herbology to fighting with weapons and magic (eventually fighting legendary creatures) in order to figure out how to free her mother from the moon.
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