“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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Series (if applicable): Kings of Aselvia
Author: H.S.J. Williams
Publisher (if applicable): Trillium Press
Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction, Christian, Christian Fiction, Young Adult
Recommended Age: Teenager, at least. The book discusses some torture, which is not appropriate for some ages. There is hardly any romance, so there will not be a problem in that instance.
That was a huge ride. Like, emotional ride. Like, “I read it in six hours” emotional ride.
So, I didn’t know what to expect from Moonscript. I haven’t exactly read many books with elves and other kinds of beings in it (and no, I have not read Lord of the Rings fully because I don’t understand its awesomeness, but I’ll try to soon.) It was fun having to go into something a little more clueless this round since I read other genres more often.
For starters, the Elven Prince is a deep character. He had been tortured for seventy years, guys, as it says in the synopsis. SEVENTY YEARS. The enemy keeps trying to bring him down throughout the entire book. Like, I really love how he couldn’t simply jump back from all of his suffering. The book shows us his journey of how he can survive in the darkness… and if it is even possible to do so. It reminds me of falling away from God and then trying to come back to Him.
Tellie’s nearly a fourteen year old girl who wants something more. I love how it started with something small and grew into a whole bigger story. I can relate to her, especially after she accidentally says the wrong things at times. I think I do that all of the time, so I understand being innocent and clueless. She has to learn to listen to the One and fully put his trust in him. Watching how far she went in the book was such an adventure!
Tryss was one of my most favorite characters in the whole book. I don’t know why. I don’t really want to spoil either, but I think I also relate to her in terms of taking care of her siblings. I’ve had to do that for ages and I can get how it made her weary. Also, I may or may not have decided to ship her with someone… once I have an idea in my mind, it stays there. I hope it’ll happen in the next book.
Kelm. I don’t think we got enough of him. He’s such an awesome character, especially because he got dragged into the whole situation. I feel like there was a lack of his presence at times, but he definitely got some “screen-time,” as I’ll put it. I love how he loves to carve and make different things out of wood. It really made him seem more real, oddly enough. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him in the future.
The Christian allegories were amazing. At first, it reminded me of Narnia. Okay, and Lord of the Rings (because I did see some of the movies and read some of the first book before I put it down). It might bother some people, but it absolutely works well in my opinion because it plays an important key throughout the entire story. After all, the Elven Prince is surrounded by darkness. How is he going to get back into the light?
This book does discuss some torture and such, which means there is some blood, violence, et cetera. There are also some romantic undertones (such as asking for advice on how to impress a girl), but it hardly goes into it and it’s not pushy at all. If this kind of content bothers you and makes a read unenjoyable, then perhaps this would not be the book for you. It personally doesn’t bother my because, for one, violence is not glorified here. However, I understand that everyone has different tastes and convictions.
Honestly, I’m in love with the series already. I need to get this book in paperback and keep an eye out for the second book. It’s just so good! You should check this out. You will not regret it. It is an amazing gem to read. Right now is especially a good time to check out this book because the Coronavirus quarantine is most likely still going on for most people! This book will keep you occupied for a long time!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From the beginning, H. S. J. Williams has loved stories and all the forms they take. Whether with word, art, or costume, she has always been fascinated with the magic of imagination. She lives in a real fantastical kingdom, the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with her very own array of animal friends and royally loving family. Williams taught Fantasy Illustration at MSOA. She may also be a part-time elf.
You can check out and follow William’s art page over here: https://hsjwilliams.wordpress.com/
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Blog Tour Schedule
H.S.J. Williams—Tour Launch
Light and Shadow—Book Spotlight
E. E. Rawls—Book Spotlight
Tracey Dyck—Book Spotlight
Elizabeth’s Universe—Book Review
Grace M. Morris—Book Spotlight
Allison’s Well—Book Spotlight
Amelia Nicole—Book Spotlight
Ester S. (Instagram)—Book Spotlight
Imperial Scribis—Book Review
Liv K. Fisher—Book Spotlight
The Labyrinth—Book Review
Dreams & Dragons—Book Spotlight
Bookish Musings—Book Review
Unicorn Quester—Author Interview
Embers Reviews—Book Review
Unicorn Quester—“3 Reasons Why” Video Review
Writing in Rivendell—Book Spotlight
Sarah, Plain & Average—Book Review
Jane Maree—Book Review
Jemma the Dragon Slayer (Tumblr)—Book Spotlight
The Bookish Raven—Book Review
Words of Hannah Kay—Book Review
Purely by Faith Reviews—Book Review (ME!)
Functionally Fictional—Book Spotlight
Jenelle Schmidt—Book Spotlight
Beka Gremikova—Book Spotlight
Seven Billion Smiles—Book Review
Today by Bryn—Tour Conclusion & Art Gallery
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