Book Review: MOONSCRIPT, H.S.J. Williams

by | 16 May 2020 | Books | 9 comments

It’s another book launch!! The books are coming in thick and fast and they’re all so great! 😍

Today I’m joining in the blog tour for MOONSCRIPT, a gorgeous fantasy novel that released on the 7th. I had the absolute honour of working through edits on this book with the author. The story is heart-wrenching, beautiful, and so magical. Lovers of Tolkien come hither and read!

Let me dive right into the blurb for you.

 

“It is said that Darkness is empty and whatever vanishes into its depths is lost forever. I know this better than anyone. For I have suffered here in the shadows, and there are none who might find me.”

Seventy years. Seventy years the elven prince has been lost to the darkness, assumed dead by his people and endlessly broken for a book that connects to the hidden realm of his ancestors, a land untouched by evil.

And now a light in the shadows. A chance for freedom. But those willing to help him come from the unlikeliest of worlds.

The orphan girl, yearning for a loving family, and the boy who won’t leave her side. A healer maiden given an unexpected chance for a life beyond narrowed expectations. A grieving creature flown far from home.

They all search for something and now their fates are tied to his. If their quest for life can pull him from the dark mire in which his soul drowns, then perhaps he can be saved.

Or else he will drag them all down to a fate worse than death.

The beginning of an epic saga, MOONSCRIPT is a journey of innocence, despair, and redemption.

Seven illustrations by the author exclusively included in the paperback edition!

 

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I absolutely adore this story. Hannah’s writing style is gorgeous and so perfectly fantasy and it makes my bookish soul happy.

 

There’s quite a few major characters in this book, but they’re all so well written. Not only do they have unique personalities and motives, but they have heart and soul and hopes and dreams. I connected with this story on such a deep level because of the characters. I laughed with them, I cried for them—I was so emotionally engaged in this story and I loved every moment.

Tellie and Kelm are so sweet and funny. Tryss is gorgeous. The Daisha makes me laugh. And Errance! Errance broke my heart over and over again. I love him so much. His journey throughout this book is so powerful and heart-wrenching.

 

The whole story is so beautifully written, but I absolutely loved the way it shows both the light and the darkness. The darkness is so deep and evil and deceptive, and the light gave me shivers of awe because of how pure and true and rightly it’s portrayed here.

 

Another beautiful point is that this book doesn’t shy from hard topics, but it treats them so gently and it’s so lovely to see that done so well. It doesn’t just include or mention things, but it shows the aftermath and the recovery, which is truly the hardest thing to do properly. It is so rich in love and Hannah’s beautiful heart came through the storytelling wonderfully well.

 

There’s a perfect balance of action and quiet tension throughout this whole story. Even in the ‘slower’ passages of travel, it still kept me reading, drawing me on because I desperately needed to know how the story ended.

 

While this is the first book in a series, it ties up really nicely at the end! There’s still so much to explore—and that will come in future books—but this story is perfectly wrapped up. And the ending scene is the sweetest thing in the world. Me = 😍🥰😏

 

This is definitely a book I’m thrilled to have on my shelf! I read through it three times while editing it, and I fully intend to read it again in its completed, physical version. I highly recommend this for all lovers of Tolkien and fantasy in general!

If you want to catch up on any of the other epicness of this blog tour, here’s a list of the places to go!

May 7th

H.S.J. Williams—Tour Launch

May 8th

Light and Shadow—Book Spotlight

E. Rawls—Book Spotlight

May 9th

Tracey Dyck

Elizabeth’s Universe—Book Review

Grace M. Morris—Book Spotlight

May 10th

Allison’s Well—Book Spotlight

Amelia Nicole—Book Spotlight

May 11th

Ester S. (Instagram)—Book Spotlight

Imperial Scribis—Book Review

May 12th

Liv K. Fisher—Book Spotlight

The Labyrinth—Book Review

May 13th

Dreams & Dragons—Book Spotlight

Bookish Musings—Book Review

May 14th 

Unicorn Quester—Author Interview

Embers Reviews—Book Review

May 15th

Unicorn Quester— “3 Reasons Why” Video Review

Writing in Rivendell—Book Spotlight

Sarah, Plain & Average—Book Review

May 16th

Jane Maree—Book Review

May 17th

Jemma the Dragon Slayer (Tumblr)—Book Spotlight

The Bookish Raven—Book Review

May 18th

Words of Hannah Kay—Book Review

Purely by Faith Reviews—Book Review

May 19th

Functionally Fictional—Book Spotlight

Jenelle Schmidt—Book Spotlight

May 20th 

Beka Gremikova—Book Spotlight

Seven Billion Smiles—Book Review

May 21st

Today by Bryn—Tour Conclusion & Art Gallery

 

Do you enjoy fantasy books? What new/upcoming releases are you excited about?? Let’s chat about all the bookish things!

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Adventurer—exploring the endless wonders of God’s beautiful creation. She started writing by accident, but since the very beginning has loved the enchantment of words on paper. If you say anything about pizza, superheroes, books, or any of her many, many fandoms, she’ll come at the double. Aside from crafting worlds using only twenty-six letters, she is a passionate Jesus-lover, freelance editor, self-trained martial artist, songwriter, and musician. In her spare time, she's often off on random adventures in the name of story research. She seeks to inspire her readers to step out and become the heroes of hope this world needs.

9 Comments

  1. Emma Starr

    I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCHHHHHH

    *silent screaming*

    And the preorder goodies are so fabulous!!

    Also, can Errance be my smol cinnamon roll forevermore?

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      Yess to all of this!!!

      Errance is so precious. We will all adopt him to be our dangerous little cinnamon roll. 😍😂

      Reply
  2. Amelie

    EEEEEEE, I am SO excited to read Moonscript! It looks simply fantastic, perfect for a Tolkien-loving girl like me. 😀 I loved reading your thoughts on it! Made me so much more excited to get my hands on this beautiful-looking book. <3

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      It’s so perfect for Tolkien lovers!! The style is similar, though a little more modern. But the story feels so wonderfully ‘fantasy’ and Tolkien-esque. And the characters will steal. your. heart. 😍

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!

      Reply
  3. Evelyn Kelly

    Oooh I am so intrigued.

    (Also *claps* that photo where the book is levitating. 😉 )

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      It’s so good!!

      Thank you! Haha, photoshopping for the win. 😂

      Reply
  4. Mem

    THIS. BOOK. LOOKS. SO. COOL. -flails- It’s definitely on my TBR list!!!(Also, your photos in this post were AMAZING okay.)

    Reply
    • Jane Maree

      I think you’d LOVE it, Mem!!! Definitely let me know all your thoughts when you read it!! 😍

      Thank you so much! 😊

      Reply

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