Shadows on the Moon

by | Read by Amy Rubinate

Published by Brilliance Audio

Sixteen-year-old Suzume is a shadow weaver, trained in the magical art of illusion. She can be anyone she wants to be—except herself. Is she the girl of noble birth, trapped by the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? A lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Land? Even Suzume is no longer sure of her true identity. But she is determined to steal the heart of the Moon Prince and exact revenge on her stepfather for the death of her family. And nothing will stop her. Not even her love for fellow shadow weaver Otieno, the one man who can see through her illusions.

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AudioFile Review

Shadows on the Moon

The blend of fantasy and aspects of feudal Japan makes this story rich and original. Marriott’s wonderful characters and use of folklore gain further authenticity through Amy Rubinate’s performance. She gives the diversity of homelands that are part of the novel’s setting full credibility with a variety of accents and inflections. The main character, Suzume, lives in a world of shadow weavers, people who can cast shadows and create illusions. Rubinate’s inspired portrayal of Suzume captures the many facets of her personality: conflicted but passionate, strong but fragile. As narrator, she gives power to Suzume’s story by portraying her as a flawed, lovely girl. C.C. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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