Moonburner is a wonderful fantasy adventure taking place in the mythical lands of the sunburners and moonburners, two peoples who are always at war. The main character, Kai, was born a moonburner in the land of the sunburners but due to the law of the land, had to disguise herself as a boy to avoid being sacrificed. At the age of seventeen, her ruse is discovered and she narrowly escapes death only to find herself thrust into the dirty politics of the moonburners. Torn between loyalty to her people and a desire to broker a peace, she walks a fine line. Add to it the handsome sunburner, Hiro, and the lines blur even further. When it comes down to the knitty gritty, where will she belong? And what part will the fickle gods play in her destiny?
I would first like to state that I received this free through NetGalley for an honest review. I was first struck by the brilliant weaving of Japanese folklore into the very fabric of this story. The characters are strong, independent, and intensely likeable. The storyline was engaging and action-packed; it whisks the reader away to another time and place, one full of magic and danger. I found myself unwilling to put this down. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series. Take my advice, don’t miss out on this beautiful tale of survival, courage, and love.