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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

You know how sometimes books surprise you?

A Creature of Moonlight - Rebecca Hahn

In a good way?


This was one of those books for me. I went into it not expecting much - I bought it because it is about dragons, and I am one of those people with a thing for dragons.


Summary, from Goodreads:


A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.

As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile-but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.

Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by A Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make.


I really loved Seraphina, but comparing A Creature of Moonlight to Seraphina does this book a disservice, I think. The similarities are all on the surface. A Creature of Moonlight is purer, less political, and Marni is a completely different kind of character. Marni has a lot to tell us about autonomy, about choices, and about the ability to be clear-eyed when we decide what we want. It is deeply feminist.


I loved the ending, and thought it was perfect.