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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  108 reviews
"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 h
Paperback, 498 pages
Published May 7th 2020 by Trillium Press
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Elizabeth Dragina
Have my emotions finished exploding? No. But I'm going to review this book anyway.


I'm sorry. That was weird. You can trust one thing. This will be an exuberant, fangirl, full-of-screaming-how-much-I-love-it type of review.

H. S. J. Williams is a master. A master of story weaving. This book hurts. But it also heals.

Everything is so unbelievably realistic and yet SO FANTASY. Gah. The plot, t
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The hardcover edition of Moonscript is now for sale! Please ignore the wonky retail image, that’s an Ingram Spark glitch, but the physical edition is printing just beautifully!
Merie Shen
You know that feeling you get after you've read one of the great books of classic literature and loved it?

It's how I feel every time I finish a reread of a Narnia or Anne of Green Gables book. It's a good feeling.

It's also how I felt when I finished this book.

Moonscript is wonderful. I have this habit of, while in the midst of reading, mentally comparing a book to others written in this same time. Usually that has to do with the writing style itself- and usually, I can find better prose elsewhe
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-edited
I absolutely adore this story. Hannah's writing style is gorgeous and so perfectly fantasy and it makes my bookish soul happy.

There's quite a few major characters in this book, but they're all so well written. Not only do they have unique personalities and motives, but they have heart and soul and hopes and dreams. I connected with this story on such a deep level because of the characters. I laughed with them, I cried for them--I was so emotionally engaged in this story and I loved every moment.
R.F. Gammon
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it

Yep, I said literature. This was something special. A high fantasy unlike many I've ever read. It was beautiful, the descriptions transcendent, the story itself gorgeous. I fell in love with this story.

The characters in particular helped make this novel beautiful. I initially thought this would be more like HSJ Williams' debut novella, Fairest Son, but NOT AT ALL, MY DUDES. That novella was excellent and powerful, but this one just...excelled it on so many
Grace Morris

Do any of you know the madness I was going through? Waiting for a paperback to come into the mailbox while getting to read everyone's amazing reviews about how great this book is? The wait was way worth it though. THE BOOK MET ALL OF MY EXPECTATIONS AND MORE!!! AND IT HAS PICTURES!!! Like gorgeous illustrations, if I do say so myself. H.S.J. Williams is talented artist and writer and I really recommend that you check out her work, whatever it being
Allison Tebo
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
*I received a complimentary Advance Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Wow! H.S.J. Williams has the ability to slam you right between the eyes with spiritual themes of such intense Truth, you are left reeling. And then, just when you’re clambering back up, semi-recovered, she pulls out another one and pricks the raw spot. .Moonscript is no exception! More than once, I had to set the book down and stare, open-mouthed, at the wall, as the emotions washed over me. That ab
Bryn Shutt
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
"A tale about the elves … I would dearly love to hear more about elves." JRR Tolkien in The Fellowship of the Ring

Ah, a tale about elves indeed. 

Into an age filled with books about the fair folk, books that seem to only ever regurgitate the same plot over and over, comes Moonscript. 

Something new, something different. 

In the way of the old classics, Moonscript is made of a vast and varied cast, from curious child to ancient sage. There is deep darkness, romping adventure, innocent hearts and bla
Tricia Mingerink
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are not enough stars on Goodreads to capture just how much I adored this book! I knew this book was going to be amazing, but even with my high expectations, it still managed to blow me away! It has been several days since I read this book, and I STILL can't stop thinking about it. The characters, the world, the themes all wrapped me up and touched my heart so deeply. I can't even express how much.

Errance, oh Errance. If you like tortured heroes, he is definitely one. Tortured for 70 years
Laura Grace
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

I preordered this book as an ebook, but man, I wish I would have gotten it as a paperback!

Though this book may not be “advertised” as a Christian fantasy, this is Christian fantasy at its finest.

So many deep and rich layers of storytelling. The characters are compelling and the story itself is driving. For the last hour I read, I found myself crying on and off. What a beautiful way to portray the power and grace of God’s love!

I found Erra
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Go buy this book. You want regret it.
A tormented elf prince who only wears black (and sometimes really really dark grey), an optimistic chatter box of an orphan who just wants a family of her own, a world traveling apprentice who may or may not have a massive crush on the aformentioned chatter box, and a fierce yet gentle tribal woman who won't let anyone stop her from doing what's right...what are you waiting for? Go read it!
If you enjoy brooding heroes, themes of redemption, perseverance, fr
Clara Thompson
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's written by Hannah Williams. It's naturally a five-star read! ...more
Victory (DKB)
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whew! Finally an awesome read. Now where do I start? Have you ever journeyed into a book, and you feel like never leaving? You feel like it has every piece of fantasy element you can ever imagine. Themes of unconditional love, survival, war, death and salvation were observed as I delved deeper into the story. Moonscript by H. S. J. Williams is an amazing book with mind-blowing adventures. The background stories of each of the characters are so well-written and inextricably interwoven into one co ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
It is so hard to describe the feelings that this lovely novel evoked. Due to that, a review is surprisingly hard to write. How something can be so dark yet so hopeful and light, I do not know, but H.S.J. Williams has balanced the two perfectly and given us a Story.
Characters are make it or break it for me. I can put up with a mediocre plot for characters I love, but if I do not love the characters, a wonderful plot will not save it. Thankfully, this novel has both beautifully crafted characters
Lauren Fulter
Hands down one of the best books I've ever read.
No joke.
I had my expectations going into it, and well ... those expectations were shattered far and wide because this book is a masterpiece.
Errance? A broken, tortured elf prince battling with his own mind, and the heart of this tale. I loved his character so much. His arc had such a surprising turn, and his character felt so new, raw, and real.
Tellie-Adorable. Joyful. Sweet. Deserves all happiness.
Kelm-Man, I wished he had done more, because I LO

I first heard of Moonscript when its author did a guest post on Anne Elisabeth Stengl's blog several years ago, and I fell in love with the concept immediately. Fast forward to 2020 and I was among those who pre-ordered it in the early part of the year and am so glad to finally have had the opportunity to read it.

I did put it off for longer than I first intended because *gestures to 2020 as a whole* and I wasn't sure I was ready for an emotional story when I was already dealing with the emo
Elizabeth Rawls
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun adventure full of endearing characters. Errance is definitely my favorite, the poor tortured soul! The theme of light versus dark throughout the story was crafted perfectly into the plot and even into the characters' backstories, which I appreciated. A wonderful read for those who love elves and tales that have a Lord of the Rings feel to them! ...more
Merenwen Inglorion
Second read:
Okay, yeah, I cried over a dozen times throughout. My eyes hurt. My nose is stuffy.
There are many new highlights in my ARC copy, and I used all of the colors (yellow for description, blue for emotion, red for character, and that weird burnt orange for tidbits that prompted deeper thought).
When my physical copy comes in, I’m going to set aside a day, and go someplace private to read so I can laugh/cry/etc. as loud as I want. Which I guess I could do on a normal day, but I’d rather not
Stargazer R. L.
This book is everything I dreamed it would be, and a hundred more. <3

My heart was pierced by beauty, hope, light, love, joy, laughter and tears. This story was everything I wanted it to be. The characters were wonderful, and I saw myself in each one of them, some of the more positive things, and the things no one wants to see in themselves but are there none the less and must be exposed that we may be free of them by His grace.

I laughed and cried and hoped and ached with Tellie.
I loved and smile
Ariel Masters
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christian/Inspirational fantasy is truly my favorite genre, and I am so thrilled to be an early supporter for this gem of a book.

The characters were fun but rather than the lead heroine being my favorite, it was the side characters that brought this story to life for me, Zizian and The Daisha, in particular. Great pacing with lots of action too, which I love. Gimme ALL the action! *grin*

Looking forward to book 2!
Mary ♥
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.8/5 stars

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.

Something to listen to while reading this ♥

I was provided with this ARC for an honest review, and I was delighted to say that I really enjoyed this story! A mixture of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings, dotted with unique mythology and world building and a journey to bring the light back
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. At first, this book was quite slow and the switching perspectives combined with the flood of information made my head spin. For the first several chapters, I had to force myself through it. However, it suddenly changed. Once I got past my initial issues with this book, I found myself completely entranced by it. It has a similar feeling to the Lord of the Rings series in some ways. The characters were such a rag ...more
Claire Banschbach
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Really, really enjoyed this book! Stayed up super late to finish it because I could not stop turning pages! Loved all the characters, and really appreciated how Tellie sounds and acts like a young kid! Errance is a fabulous character and I loved seeing his arc and growth, and the climactic chapters were just amazing!

Also, I want a Daisha. Please and thanks. Adored her sass. The side characters were all amazing and added so much depth. The worldbuilding was amazing, and I enjoyed the allegorical
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-sirens
I received a digital advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I was so excited to read it so thank you Book Sirens.

AHHHHHH! I absolutely adored this book! I try not to fangirl too much on my blog, but here we are. I can’t contain how much I loved this book! This book was like reading a breath of fresh air. The writing, the plot, the characters, the world, were all absolutely beautifully written, and I found this near impossible to put down.

The book focuses on an orphan gi
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh I loved this! What a great, complex, I'm-not-sure-what's-going-to-happen-next, serious but humerous, enjoyable book.

One of those books that after you finish the last page you wish you didn't have to return to the real world and nothing else quite satisfies.

Can't wait to find out more about each of the characters! Please hurry up with the sequels Hannah! But don't rush your great writing either.
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I . . . have no words. Literally speechless.

-The writing? I CAN'T EVEN.
-The Characters? ......absolutely brilliant.
-The world building? Aselvia is just...*dreamy eyes*

*shrieks* AHHH. Moonscript was awesome!! That ending had me smiling for like ten minutes straight. FIVE. STARS.
Victoria BookLover
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my, that was magical!

Moonscript is the story of elves and magic and darkness, and how to overcome. There’s the essence of family and friendship, of unity. I found this to overall be a very heart-warming story and I definitely enjoyed it.

I could totally see this as a movie, Disney or otherwise (despite the torture moments)

My heart is definitely warmed after having finished Moonscript. I think what I loved most about it was the dynamic between the characters. What I expected was a typical roman
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was super excited to read this one because it’s a fantasy and well ‘Elves’ basically. It has quite a big and varied cast of characters. Tellie is the main one, a young rather naïve girl who gets caught up in an adventure only somewhat willingly. Kelm, her friend gets dragged along with her. Their friendship is really sweet and gave me ‘Black Cauldron’ vibes at the beginning. Their paths cross with Errance the lost and thought to be dead, elven prince. He’s been imprisoned and tortured for over ...more
Sigh. So satisfying. Sometimes you finish a fantasy novel that you just can't put down, and you close the cover and think, "I can't wait for the next one." This was an unexpected treasure from a fairly new author and it left me wanting more. I fell in love with her characters and this original tale that could have taken place in the world of Tolkein. While some of the themes are not unique--darkness vs. light, the fallen spirits trying to take down heaven, unconditional love from the loving crea ...more
"There are no coincidences in the craft of this world."
I've known that my whole life. All these infuriating life complexities are scattered shards of the bigger picture, and if I weren't such a puny human I could see the continuity. Moonscript starts out with real, messy life: a fatal journey, an abused orphan, a dying king, his grieving nation. At the beginning nothing makes sense. Slowly I gather details and begin piecing them together. Several "coincidences" and many chapters later, I think e
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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 ...more

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