Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.
While spending time over at Goodreads one day, I stumbled upon a book which had a cover that I was hooked on to instantly.
I hurried over to the synopsis and I enjoyed that too. Nothing was going to stop me from reading this one.
A witch is always the bad guy in folklore and I like stories which are trying to turn that idea around. Having magic and performing magic is not necessarily a bad thing. That is what we find in this book.
Not only that, it also talks about how politicians make us believe their own tales to make their own ends meet. Nothing complex with words though because it is at the end of the day a book for children.
A fast paced story that brings a smiles and frowns as you read along. Luna, our dear protagonist does a fabulous job of keeping us on edge and all the other characters play an important part. That is again another thing that I liked about this book. No character was a filler. They all had an important part to play.
As I have read this book on my Kindle app, I won’t mind if any of you decided to gift me a hardcover of this book. :p
If it was not clear enough, I recommend it to all kids and adults who enjoy children’s books.
3 thoughts on “The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill”
Love the review and I’m adding this to Tbr and will be picking it up bery soon.
I’m so glad my review makes you want to pick up the book. I’m sure you will have a great time with this book, Salman. 🙂