Book Review: ‘When the Moon Hatched’ by Sarah A. Parker

A Realm Where Dragons Become Moons and Love Transcends Time

Book Title: When the Moon Hatched
Author: Sarah A. Parker
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Number of Pages: 576
ISBN: 978-0008710583
Date Published: May 7, 2024
Price: INR 389

When the Moon Hatched by Sarah A. Parker

Book Review

Sarah A. Parker’s “When the Moon Hatched” is a bestselling phenomenon that sweeps readers into a fast-paced fantasy romance, set in a vibrant world teeming with mysterious creatures, a unique magic system, and an enduring love story. This 700-page novel masterfully combines intricate world-building with a gripping narrative, complete with a glossary, map, and character list to guide readers through its immersive universe. The tale begins with the unexpected ascent of dragons to the skies, transforming into moons and later plummeting back to the earth, setting the stage for a thrilling adventure.

The protagonist, Raeve, is an assassin for the rebel group Fíur du Ath. Her life takes a dramatic turn when a rival bounty hunter disrupts her world, leading to bloodshed and heartbreak. Captured by the powerful Guild of Nobles, Raeve becomes a political pawn. Enter Kaan Vaegor, a grief-stricken ruler who embarks on a quest to mend his broken heart. His journey leads him to Raeve, imprisoned in a high-security prison, where their pasts intertwine and reveal hidden truths too toxic to ignore. Parker’s writing is phenomenal, with shocking twists that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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The narration in the book is primarily from Raeve’s perspective, allowing readers to experience her journey as an assassin navigating a world of political intrigue and magical wonders. Raeve’s character is compelling—brave, cunning, and self-aware, with a snarky edge that makes her both relatable and memorable. Her evolving relationship with Kaan Vaegor, a mysterious and protective figure, adds depth to the story. The inclusion of multiple points of view, including Kaan’s, enriches the narrative, offering insights into the characters’ motivations and histories.

When the Moon Hatched” excels in its detailed world-building, presenting a high-fantasy realm where magic and dragons play pivotal roles. The story’s inventive elements, such as a unique communication system using flying “paper larks” and dragons that transform into moons upon death, add originality to the genre. Despite a few plot holes and a slow-burning pace, the novel’s depth and complexity make it a captivating read. Parker’s ability to weave a richly textured tale with relatable characters and a spellbinding romance ensures that readers will eagerly await the sequel.

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