The Girl Who Drank The Moon

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The novel is set in an enchanted land in the shadow of a rumbling volcano. Every year the people of The Protectorate (the neighbouring land) leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope their sacrifice will keep her from terrorising their town.

But the witch - Xan - is kind and gentle and she actually rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing them with starlight along the way.

The story tells us what happens when one year Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling her with extraordinary magic that leads Lan to decide she must raise the child herself. She calls her Luna.

Luna lives with Xan, a swamp monster and an extremely small dragon. As her thirteenth birthday approaches her magic begins to emerge - with potentially dangerous and thrilling consequences

My Thoughts

I picked this book because of its intriguing title. It has a beautiful cover too which always helps.

I was bit worried during the first few chapters - I often am when I don’t know where a story is going and I made the fleeting mistake of thinking this was going to be a rehash of a hundred other fairy stories. I could not have been more wrong.

From the moment Xan the witch arrives on the scene, The Girl Who Drank The Moon whoops you into a whirlwind of magic and intrigue and doesn’t put you down until the last fantastic sentence. It is absolutely spell binding. Yes it is a tale of magic and enchantments, witches and dragons but the skill of the author is in making the reading experience magical too and I emerged from it completely dazed and bewitched! It is also very funny which is nice.

Kelly Barnhill says she wrote the novel with a year 5 reader in mind but I would say this would be perfect for anybody 8+. I am nearly 100 and I adored it!

The Girl who Drank The Moon is a fantastic tale of magic and enchantments, witches and dragons that put me in mind of The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe. Great for reading aloud to younger children too.


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