moon chosen book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Mari feels like an outcast among her clan, called Earth Walkers. Like her mother, she has the unique ability to use the powers of the moon to heal. But her father, a man she never knew, was of another clan. Once Mari bonds with a canine Companion, she begins to learn more about the people whom her father belonged to. Mari had always expected to take up her mother’s mantle, but destiny has chosen another path for her. Mari, with the help of her Companion, and Nik, the son of her clan’s rival, may be the one needed to bring solidarity between the two tribes.

P.C. Cast has been a longtime favorite author of mine, with the exception of her co-authored House of Night series. Moon Chosen was an obvious read for me; I was curious to see how P.C. Cast would do solo-penning a YA series, but unfortunately for me, this effort failed on a few fronts. This is a very slow-paced read and took me an entire month to read. Her previous works that I’ve experienced have all been enjoyable and fast-paced. Much of the book is devoted to world building, and because of the rich detail, it took me some time to fully absorb the difference between the two clans and why they are prejudiced against one another.

Cast has an incredible imagination, and the characters were also well defined. I enjoyed the time spent focusing on Nik slightly more than Mari’s story line. As unique of a concept to me as this whole adventure was, however, I was not as fully invested in the characters or their plight to continue on with later books. I know there will be an audience for it, though; Cast writes engaging characters and interesting plot lines, and the themes in Moon Chosen were appealing to me. In terms of entertainment value, I could happily walk away from the book, not thinking about the characters or even wanting to jump back into this world.

It has also been a number of years since I have read a P.C. Cast book, so the other possibility is that my taste in fiction has altered slightly. This also goes to show just how diverse Cast is as an author. I wasn’t the right audience for the House of Night series, but I thoroughly loved her Goddess Summoning and Partholon series.

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Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.