Series: The Moonlit Lands #1
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A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan; this is "Cinderella" meets "Memoirs of a Geisha". Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form - a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother's new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama's kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince - and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love.
This was a very dark, but ultimately fulfilling audiobook about a girl who can weave illusions around herself and also do other supernatural things. In the beginning, she experiences a trama when he family is killed. Most of the novel is her dealing with the pain, learning how to survive in a world without a family, dealing with revenge, and her powers. The book dealt with a lot of dark themes like revenge, pain, cutting, etc. Ultimately though it does have a somewhat happy ending and the Japanese setting certainly makes it unique among the books I have read. I don’t know if I would necessarily want to listen to this multiple times, but I did find it an intriguing and entertaining story and one worth listening to, even though it did make me uncomfortable at times. The narrator did a pretty good job…at first I thought she was a bit too stilted in her delivery, but then I realized the character herself was the same way.