Blood Moon Prophecy (Legend of the Nyx, #1)

Blood Moon Prophecy (Legend of the Nyx, #1)
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Cedar Street Press
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Release Date
October 11, 2022
Eleven years ago, Tilly Nyx did something she wasn’t supposed to. As a result, her mother was killed. Her village was destroyed. Her sister disappeared. And an ancient horror sent her into hiding.

Now sixteen years old, Tilly is determined to go home, even though she doesn’t know where home is or how to get there. All she has is the map that her mother made her swear to protect with her life.

Tilly soon finds herself plunged into the world where it all began—a world of oceans, sailing ships, and feuds between ancient magical families. She joins a fleet in search of the secret that her map holds, the secret that has been guarded by her family for thousands of years.

As Tilly learns how to cast sprites and make potions, she and her three friends must follow the trail of murky clues left by her ancestors before time runs out. But the closer they get to their destination, the more Tilly learns about her true identity–and everything is not as it seems.

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A fresh, diverse, and fun read
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Vividly descriptive writing and short chapters made it easy to fly through this book, and I found myself eager to read on. The characters are intriguing right from the start, with easy to like protagonists and bad guys you love to hate, and this book is bursting with diversity. In addition, there’s a found family trope, which is common in chosen one books such as this one, and the main character group has strong relationships that are a pleasure to read. In addition, the world building was something I haven’t seen before: the story takes place in a primarily water-based setting.

While Tilly didn’t have a lot of understanding about what was happening in the world, very little was clearly explained to her throughout the book, leaving not just Tilly in the dark, but also the readers. This made it confusing to follow what was happening at times, which was disappointing, because it was so intriguing. Tilly’s character development was frustrating, as she transitioned from needing everything done for her to beginning to understand her powers to behaving in a petulant manner and refusing to participate. While it’s easy to empathize with her in the beginning, it wasn’t as easy to later in the book, when she knew how important she was to the outcome.

The overall story was an incredibly interesting and unique one, with a lot of diversity and action. There’s a lot of action and plot twists, making this the kind of story that grabs the readers attention early on and doesn’t let go until the cliffhanger ending. It’s perfect for the age group, with action but very little real violence depicted on the pages, and I’d definitely recommend it to readers who like fantasy novels, especially those featuring the chosen one and found family tropes. While it is vaguely reminiscent of Harry Potter initially, it stands on its own merit and is a completely unique novel.
Good Points
-Unique world building
-Found family trope
-Chosen one trope
-Vividly descriptive writing
-Great diversity, especially Southeast Asian
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