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Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. But Xan is in fact a good witch who rescues the children. 

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's 13th birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge - with dangerous consequences....

©2016 Kelly Barnhill; 2016 Recorded Books Inc (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Exceptional, however old you are...

She is here... she is here...she is here.....

Kelly Barnhill's tale of magic, monsters, witches and dragons is so much more than I might have hoped. The prose is poetic and often achingly beautiful. The characters are clear, strong and engaging and the story is gentle, horrifying, tender and compelling. Christina Moore's narration is one of the best I've heard; frequently with audiobooks I find myself re-imagining how the characters might otherwise sound, Christina's fabulous voice and engagement with the story meant that no such 'editing' was needed or appropriate.

I can't recommend this enough as a 43 year-old man and my 11 year-old daughter agrees.

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Amazing Book

This was an amazing book. I loved and enjoyed it immensely, and listened to it every night.

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Loved it!

Such a wonderful, terrible, heartwarming and heartbreaking story for children of all ages.

Best narration I've ever heard!? Her different voices made the characters come to life. Truly theatrical!

It's about magic, and sorrow. Death, and childhood, and growing up. Hope, love, wonder, and the mother-daughter bond (if you like the Disney movie Brave you'll love this!!). And yet it's more fun and silly than sobby! The good-vs-evil divide is complex, and isn't quite defined until the end.

Definitely making my 7th grade classroom listen through this!

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A perfect fantasy tale!

Just fantastic! It kept me hooked, very engaging and wonderful characters! Just read it. You will love it!

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Enjoyable

Christina Moore performed this exceptionally well - I loved her different voices for different characters.

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  • Denise Van De Cruze
  • 04-03-19

Wonderful Story

We listened to this by fire light and it was the perfect atmosphere for such a layered tale. Every main character had an arc. The story itself was engaging.

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  • mollylondon
  • 08-10-18

amazing book definitely reccomend

this book is now one of my new favourites! I loved it so so much. I started it at 8 o'clock this morning and finished it at 7:35 pm (3 mins ago) . I would recommend this book to anyone really but if you want a book that you can read quite fast but still love I definitely recommend this one! Overall I loved it!

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  • Gilda Honda
  • 24-02-21

Great story!

It's the first audiobook I listened to, and I was amazed! The narrative is splendid and very immersive.

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  • Darina
  • 28-01-21

Magic is real

Kelly Barnhill caught my attention first as a short story writer aimed for adults (highly recommend her “Dreadful Young Ladies”!), but she turned out to be just as brilliant as a fairy tale creator.
On of her prose’s peculiarities I can’t but mention is the ability to showcase most outrageous, horrendous human actions, not glossing over them, but making them palatable, letting a reader bitterly chuckle instead of be angry or desperate.
There may seem to be too many characters or plot threads, but in the end every single path we step upon leads to the conclusion. And stories within the stories manage not only to convey the importance of storytelling as a basic human act, but also to enrich lore and connect all the characters. Oh! And of course, the language! Its such a pleasure to dive into.

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  • nicky
  • 07-11-20

really great book

best book i have fear i a long time. best for ages 8 to 14. i would hightly serges this boook