Moonburner Cycle Book Cover Moonburner Cycle
YA, Sword and Sorcery, Fantasy, Action and Adventure
Live Edge Publishing
(1 Nov. 2018)

Moonburner-Book One

Kai is a Moonburner—a female sorceress reviled by her people and normally killed at birth. Except Kai's parents saved her by disguising her as a boy—a ruse they've kept up for almost seventeen years. But when her village is attacked, Kai’s secret is revealed and she’s sentenced to death.

Thankfully, the gods aren’t done with Kai. Despite the odds stacked against her, she escapes her fate, undertaking a harrowing journey to a land where Moonburners are revered and trained as warriors.

But her new home has dangers of its own—the ancient war against the male Sunburners has led the Moonburners down a dark path that could destroy all magic. And Kai, armed only with a secret from her past and a handsome but dangerous ally, may be the only one who can prevent the destruction of her people...

Sunburner-Book Two

Kai, the newly-crowned queen of Miina, finds her reign threatened by a plague of natural disasters that leave death and destruction in their wake. Are the gods truly angry at the peace between the moon and sunburners, or is something more sinister to blame? Kai's throne and her very life may be forfeit unless she can appease the gods' anger and her peoples' superstitions.

Determined to find a solution, Kai and the Sunburner Prince Hiro embark on an extraordinary and dangerous journey to discover the true cause of the plagues. What they find is an ancient enemy determined to plunge their world into eternal darkness — and one desperate chance to save it.

Starburner-Book Three

All Princess Rika wants is to be a moonburner like her mother, but her powers are nowhere to be found. When a fleet of dark ships appears on the horizon, Rika is convinced this is the perfect opportunity to force her magic to manifest. But the ships bring more than Rika bargained for—an invasion of soul-eating monsters intent on consuming all she holds dear.

Overwhelmed and outmatched, Rika finds an unlikely ally in Vikal—a dangerous man enslaved to the monsters that killed his family and ravaged his homeland. Thrown together in a desperate attempt to evade the soul-eaters, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever thought possible. Alone, their lands and people are doomed to fall to the encroaching darkness. But together, they have a prayer of a chance to save their worlds. And to find something more in the process.

Burning Fate-Prequel Novella

Azura, heir to the throne of Miina, is resigned to her fate. She must marry her mortal enemy in the hopes of ending a centuries-long war. But when a handsome and enticing stranger appears on the horizon, she is swept up in an illicit but undeniable romance.

I do just wish that there was better proof-reading of so many of these books. I could almost forgive if it was self-published but this was Live Edge Publishing (1 Nov. 2018). The glaring one I picked up was gate for gait. Although there were others.

Also Editors, there was, in my opinion, a very large plot inconsistency.

To whit:

  1. The story says that Moonburners can only be born from a Sunburner father and a Moonburner mother. Only females are Moonburners.
  2. We can therefore assume the same for Sunburner boys.
  3. In the Sunburner territory it is stated that all Moonburners have been ‘discovered’ and killed – of all ages.
  4. Therefore there is no requirement for girls born to be tested, as none could possibly be Moonburners.
    1. And thus no Gleaming.
    2. Or being left to die in the desert
    3. And thus no Chiya (very important point later in the story cycle)
    4. And Chiya could never have been imprisoned for procreation
  5. If a Sunburner boy is born then his mother was a Moonburner and she should be killed.
  6. And then no Sunburners – which they did admit had become rarer – but they failed to make the logical leap!
  7. Alternatively, statement 1 (in the book) is false and the rest follows.

It annoys no end when there is such a major logical error in the story.

The storyline also drew a great deal on Japanese and Chinese culture and behaviour even down to what was said to be pretty –  a very Chinese ideal face.

However, I did find the books easy to read – but if I didn’t have them as a collection I would not have continued to read to the end.

The best parts of the stories were the seishen. ‘Animals’ with snark and humour. In other fantasy books these are Japanese ‘foxes’ with long tails. Supernatural. Going to give them a 4 as they quite innovative between all the books.

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