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Moonscript

(Kings of Aselvia #1)

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"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
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Expected publication: May 7th 2020 by Trillium Press
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H.S.J. Williams
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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
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Jane
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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.
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Bryn
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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"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
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Clara Thompson
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's written by Hannah Williams. It's naturally a five-star read!
Victory
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 ...more
Merenwen Inglorion
Oh, man, where to start...

First off, I cried several times before I reached the 12% point (and many more times before the end). The writing style is evocative, and at times treads a precarious line between omniscient and close third (similar to the writing style of The Tales of Goldstone Wood.) It essentially hits everything that tickles the fantasy fanatics fancy; great description, multiple races (the elves are pretty much the only standard fantasy race included, and theyre otherworldly and
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Skye
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was super excited to read this one because its 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. Hes been imprisoned and tortured for over ...more
Becca
"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
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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. Theres 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
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Lizzy
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, this needs more than five stars because it's so good. <3

Having read and loved Fairest Son, I was really looking forward to this one. I wasn't disappointed; if anything, I think I like this one even better than Fairest Son. :P I love Errance's arc (poor guy... *steals him from the evil author*), Tellie's spirit and steadfastness (agh, she's a smol <3), Kelm and Tryss and all of them. Yes, there are many side characters, but they're all unique and well-developed, and they add so much
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Jessica
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Moonscript is a finely crafted tale that illuminates the restorative power of love and faith. The tightly woven narrative follows four core characters in a sprawling adventure that spans ethereal and dark realms alike. Errance, the elven prince whom the story revolves, is a shadow of himself, stripped of his innocence and faith after enduring 70 years of physical and emotional torment. His harrowing journey and extrication from The Darkness propels the story and forms the nexus of the quickly ...more
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!
Serena
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Williams has written a truly amazing novel, it was one that I did not want to put down. It was one of those novels that you keep saying to yourself 'just one more chapter' and suddenly its 2am & even though you have work the next day, you are still tempted to keep reading!

It is a fantasy novel with magic & elves, secrets & darkness, it is exactly the type of book I love in this genre, it will go up with my favourites like Narnia, Lord of the Rings or A Court of Thorn &
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Sarah
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is so beautifully written and the different characters' stories intertwine with such skill, I cannot wait for the next volume in the series! The prologue grabbed me with both hands, and it was a struggle to put it down. (Sleep is for the weak, right?)

Errance, the lost elf prince, is a character so genuine yet so broken by the cruelty that surrounds him, I just want to hug him. . . even at his most stubborn and obtuse moments. Fortunately Tellie, though deprived of love herself, is so
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Sarah Coleman
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here is what I thought of Moonscript.... AMAZING! I love epic fantasy type books dealing with elves and adventure. This had Lord of the Rings vibes that I absolutely enjoyed. The characters were brilliantly written, the world building fantastic, and the ending left me wanting more.

I received an ARC copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
NiennaMarie
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5🌟 rounded up to 4.

Moonscript is a beautiful fantasy, christian (Ill get more into that later) novel. It follows Tellie, a 13 year old orphan who has been tasked with the job of finding the next elf king.

The plot is a little straight forward, a little generic but still enjoyable. Things move along at a good pace and is never boring.

Along the way Tellie finds herself being helped by a mismatched group of characters, of whom Im going to talk about in more detail.

Lets start with Tellie herself.
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Domi
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an epic fantasy book with all the stuff you would expect from it. Good vs Evil, Love vs Hate and throughout it all Faith and Hope. Mix that in with elves, chemas, humans, mythical creatures and the road to adulthood and that gives you a book that is well worth your time to read if it is done well.

Luckily that's the case with this book, it drew me in from the first chapter and didn't let go until the satisfying end..(sequel anybody?)

It is a story about Tellie, a human orphan girl with
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Jemma
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
-Review of ARC-

An excellent fun read reminiscent of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
The characters were interesting and likeable (sassy pirate couple are my heckin favourite)
and the story was quite good allegorical fiction, feeling fresh and different from the same story that I've seen told many, many times over. (Not that I'm saying that's a bad thing, but I did like that Moonscript was different).

Good clean read for all ages
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
MOONSCRIPT is the first book in the Kings of Aselvia series and we start off with a young Elven prince on his first trip as an Ambassador. Things go horribly wrong and the story restarts seventy years down the line with Tellie, a thirteen-year-old girl.

This is high fantasy and, as such, the pace is slow to middling. There are a number of colourful characters that keep the pages turning. Tellie is a bit TOO naive and thirteen-ish for me as the main character. I know always seeing the good in
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Addison S
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
The story of a soul lost in torment. A girl who searches for a family. This was a great book! If you like elves, fantasy and dangerous quests this book is for you.
I did find it a little fast paced in places. I get the feeling that some parts were way too rushed and others were planned to meticulously and drawn out. It was almost like when the author wrote it she was envisioning it as a movie.
However, I liked the concept of the book. It was interesting to read an elf/christian story.
Stone_Assassin
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a decent book. There were a lot of interesting characters, who brought a lot of things to the table. I did enjoy getting to see little snippets from other POVs instead of just the MC. Sometimes, the jumping back and forth got to be a little confusing and I would have to go back to remember whose view I was reading from. Overall I did enjoy the story and although it had a lot of the popular elements of YA, it had some original twists. I felt it was just ALOT of information crammed together ...more
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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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