Synopsis

The Creators did not expect their beloved dragons to sail skyward upon their end. To curl into balls just beyond gravity’s grip, littering the sky with tombstones. With moons.

They certainly did not expect them to fall.

As a valued Elding Blade of the rebellion group Fíur du Ath, Raeve’s job is to kill. To complete orders and never get caught. When a renowned bounty hunter is employed by The Crown to capture a member of the Ath, Raeve’s world is turned upside down. Blood spills, hearts break, and Raeve finds herself at the mercy of the Guild of Nobles—a group of dual-beaded elementals who intend to turn her into a political statement. Only death will set her free.

Crushed beneath a mourning weight, Kaan Vaegor took the head of a king and donned his melted crown. Now on a tireless quest to assuage the never-ebbing ache in his chest, his hunt for a moonshard lures him into the belly of Gore’s notorious prison where he stumbles upon something that rips apart his perception of reality. A shackled miracle with eyes full of rage and blood on her hands.

The echo of the past sings louder than the Creators themselves, and even Raeve can’t ignore the truths blaring at her from a warmer, happier time.
However.
There’s more to this song than meets the eye, and some truths …
They’re too poisonous to swallow.

When the Moon Hatched is a fast-paced fantasy romance for fans of witty banter and strong, sassy protagonists. Beneath the cover is an immersive, vibrant world with mysterious creatures, a unique magic system, and a love that blazes through the ages.

Review

“He’s fire and brimstone. I’m shattered ice. Our collision is steam and destruction, destined to dissipate, but I’ll gladly burn beneath him until the world comes crumbling down.”

4,5 stars

This is a very refreshing fantasy. Instead of a traditional romantasy, I got something that looked a lot like epic fantasy! Why epic fantasy?

Because:

the worldbuilding is carefully crafted and incredibly rich!

We find a full glossary at the beginning of the story, complex and extremely useful complete with a beautiful map.

the characters are multi layered, complex with a heavy backstory.

You have to wait till the last page to unravel the truth and some is not yet revealed. I am speaking of The Other, even if I think I know who that Other is;

revenge is Raeve ‘s main motivation, it is her own quest.

She is obsessed with it. She wants to make the bad guys pay!

the main character, Raeve, is very polarizing. You’ll either love or dislike her.

I confess that her thirst for vengeance was sometimes frustrating.  I wanted her to accept love to finally have some HEA. But she is stubborn and.. has been hurt so many times that she doesn’t dare lower her guard. She doesn’t think that she deserves love and happiness.

Add to these elements that we have:

DRAGONS! And not just one race of dragon but three separate races. Some with feathers, some with scales. Some meant for fiery climates while others thrive on ice and snow.

-sexy males. In particular one very yummy king: Kaan.

He is powerful, beautiful but also caring and considerate. His love doesn’t smother it elevates.

Raeve and Kaan’s relationship is fire meeting ice. The perfect opposite attracts except that both are protectors of the weak. The attraction is palpable and the trauma undeniable. They have a lot to sort out and I wsih good luck to Kaan seeing how stubborn Raeve is! But every warrior loves a good challenge right?

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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9 Comments

  1. So, epic romantasy? I love it! I saw the name of the rebellion group and knew this leaned epic – hard names are required in that sub genre. This was a stand alone? That’s not the norm with fantasy.

  2. I love this author’s Crystal Bloom series for the rich world-building and slow-burn romance so I’m looking forward to this one too, glad you enjoyed it!