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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 9 to 14.
In book one of the "Moon and Sun" series, the relationship between humans and the mysterious nightlings changes during Offering Night. Genna and her brother Dan risk their lives to save their mother, then stumble upon the truth about a nefarious plot of their father's best friend, Banris. He has bartered away the lives of the entire village for his own immortality by making a deal with Letrin, the corrupt nightling king. Genna and Dan befriend a rebellious nightling slave who helps them make their own deal with Letrin. They must now travel through the nightling world, as well as forgotten parts of their own human world, for a reason. As their journey progresses, Genna and Dan discover secrets, magic, and the treacherous Moonroads, as well as the fact they are not only fighting to save their loved ones, but all of humankind. Author Holly Lisle has previously written adult fantasy novels, and this book reads with adult complexity. It is immediately mesmerizing and creates a deep, unique world where the future depends on a 14-year-old girl. This is a good book to generate discussion about responsibility, leadership, and trust. Reviewer: Renee Farrah