Moonfall: Tales from the Levant

Moonfall Tales from the Levant When sixteen year old Rachav drinks the Moon Temple s forbidden wine she hardly expects it to result in the death of a priestess But when King Nur orders Rachav to serve the Queen of the Night the ki

  • Title: Moonfall: Tales from the Levant
  • Author: Vanessa Morton
  • ISBN: 9781909958166
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • When sixteen year old Rachav drinks the Moon Temple s forbidden wine, she hardly expects it to result in the death of a priestess But when King Nur orders Rachav to serve the Queen of the Night the kingdom s powerful goddess as restitution, Rachav s identical twin, Zaron, has her own reasons for joining the priesthood and offers to take her twin s place But choices haveWhen sixteen year old Rachav drinks the Moon Temple s forbidden wine, she hardly expects it to result in the death of a priestess But when King Nur orders Rachav to serve the Queen of the Night the kingdom s powerful goddess as restitution, Rachav s identical twin, Zaron, has her own reasons for joining the priesthood and offers to take her twin s place But choices have consequences.Now Rachav s family is in danger As she uncovers the shocking reason why, she finds an ally in Salma, a brooding nomad who wields an ancient force powerful enough to destroy the entire kingdom While the epic showdown rages above the city, Rachav plays a dangerous game of her own Can she rescue her sister and right the wrongs of that fateful choice Or will the king succeed and trap her in the doomed city

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    1. A uniquely intriguing tale which brings to vivid vibrancy life in the ancient Middle East, MOONFALL, the debut novel of.Vanessa Morton, is deeply researched and historically accurate. Yet it's not dry and dusty, it's realistic, vibrant, and compelling. I raced through it, feeling as if I were an on-site observer, not just a reader. Even readers not usually drawn to historical fiction ought to love MOONFALL. I anticipate more from this author.

    2. Review to come. Tour! (P.S. You should stop by my blog on Saturday for the giveaway associated with this tour! hint hint!)This book was NOTHING like I had imagined. The blurb is dead-on in description, but the historical world I was whipped away to was amazing.It takes a well-known story (not of the girls directly, but of the animosity between opposing factions) and delivers it in a well-woven way with a healthy dose of supernatural mysticism. Rachav sneaks a sip of ceremonial temple wine during [...]

    3. More of my reviews can be read on my blog Reviews For The Living And The Undead . Feel free to follow me. I love when people follow my blog. Netgalley gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!Moonfall by Vanessa Morton is about two identical twins who live in Yericho. One of the twins is sophisticated and supposed to marry a well off man while another one is much more concerned about the family. However when Rachav is chosen to work in the temple, she and her identical twin [...]

    4. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm actually involved in the Blog Tour for this book and originally planned to wait until tomorrow before doing any kind of reviewing. But I couldn't not say anything because I enjoyed this book. 'Moonfall' tells the story of Rachav, who drinks the Temple's forbidden wine and is ordered by the King to join the priesthood and serve the Temple Of The Night. In a desperate attempt to avoid her punishment, Rachav switche [...]

    5. Disclosure: I got this book as an ARC from Netgalley. Sixteen year old Rachav drinks the Moon Temple's forbidden wine, only to learn that decisions made in haste can have dire consequences when a priestess dies as a result. Her punishment for her transgression is an order by King Nur to serve the Queen of the Night, the Kingdom's powerful goddess by being a priestess herself. To Rachav this punishment is just short of a death sentence to her, however her identical twin Zaron is more than eager t [...]

    6. This book was very different than my normal books. It wasn't just fantasy, but had a mix of religion and archaic beliefs/theories. Normally, this along with names that were hard for me to remember and a world with very little intro, I would not like the book.But this one was strangely fascinating. I found myself flipping the pages, wondering what price Rachav would pay (or her family and twin) for drinking the wine.The prophecies, the shuffle, the royal extortion and all the lies and secrecy. It [...]

    7. Moonfall: Tales from the Levant by Vanessa Morton3 starsRachav drinks wine from the Moon Temple’s forbidden wine. She doesn’t think anything of it, but it slowly destroys her family and brings everything crashing down. The King orders Rachav to serve at the temple, but she refuses the life. Her twin, Zaron, longs to serve the temple and she decides that they should swap places. Rachav ends up in a different position then what she planned and finds solace with Salma. Everything comes crashing [...]

    8. Rachav is a sixteen year old girl who, during a celebration of the spring equinox with her twin sister, drinks the forbidden moon temple wine. An eclipse occurs that night that is blamed on her drinking the forbidden wine. A priestess dies, and Rachav is ordered to serve in the Moon Temple for the rest of her life. Her twin sister, Zaron, offers to switch places, but drags off their younger sister to serve as a blood sacrifice for the Queen of the Night. Rachav attempts to save her younger siste [...]

    9. This is such a unique book I loved every minute of it.Rachav is a sixteen year old girl living in Yericho her family owns an inn and she haves a twin sister named Zaron everything is fine an well until Rachav drinks the forbidden moon temple wine which results in the death of a priestess and the king orders her to serve the queen of night. Rachav does not want to go so she switches identities with her twin sister Zaron. When Zaron goes to the temple she brings along young Pudu and is using her a [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book. I found it very interesting and really liked that it was a new and fresh idea, different than a lot of the other books that are out. I loved that it was about twins they're struggle to find their place in their society and I really enjoyed reading Rachev's journey. I loved that it was tied to the Exodus and that it had links to the Old Testament. I am a history teacher and I always find this particular period to be fascinating so it was neat to see its tie in with the [...]

    11. Moonfall is well-written, rich in historical detail, and spiced with a supernatural ingredient. I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy a story containing struggles between peoples with differing socio-economic circumstances or belief systems and appreciate a strong female as the main character. I had trouble with some of the foreign, ancient names of characters and keeping track whether they are male or female when I stopped reading for a while and then restarted (I always read a few boo [...]

    12. This book is fantastic. It's historical biblical fiction that reads like fantasy. The writing is wonderful and the story is rich. It diverges slightly from the Bible story on which it's based (I'm intentionally not telling you which one), by the fact that the in this story, the biblical character is twins.I wish the story had gone on a bit longer at the end. There was a romantic thread that I would have liked to seen tied in a bow, but we all know how the story ends. :)

    13. Doing something forbidden always comes with a price and Rachav was about to learn the consequences of her actions. There were interesting, good, quirky and domineering characters you like and some you even despised just a little. It was a very likeable story that held your attention from the beginning. Check it out. You might not be sure about it, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by it.

    14. Fascinating storyI couldn't put it down! I started reading it historically, but soon was caught up in the story. I can't wait for this author's next book! Beautifully written, very descriptive, thoroughly engaging!

    15. (I received a free copy of this book, through NetGalley, in exchange for a review).(This review may contain spoilers).I found this book to be a really good, interesting read. I hadn't realised on reading the blurb that it was a historical book set in Biblical times, so I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that it included the Israelites.Rachev was a character who was easy to like. I felt she was really well-developed and I liked the relationship she formed with Salma.I really liked Salma a [...]

    16. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this story but the second I started reading it this book wrapped itself around my mind and took me on a great historical, fantasy ride. It was obvious that Morton drew inspiration from historical/Biblical facts and events, but her beautiful world building and descriptive prose brought this story alive and took it far beyond. It was well paced, filled with plenty of adventure, characters who stole my heart and an exciting plot that kept me riveted to the e [...]

    17. After I finished the entire story I concluded that I liked it but it could use some cleaning up and it seemed unfinished the way it ended. The novel was Obviously un-edited there is a point in the story where they call Rachev by her own name when they still think she is Zaron I assume that that was a mistake and there are other errors as well. There are points in the story that lose momentum. I took several breaks between reading because I was getting bored. After Rachev regained her memory the [...]

    18. This is such a unique book I loved every minute of it.Rachav is a sixteen year old girl living in Yericho her family owns an inn and she haves a twin sister named Zaron everything is fine an well until Rachav drinks the forbidden moon temple wine which results in the death of a priestess and the king orders her to serve the queen of night. Rachav does not want to go so she switches identities with her twin sister Zaron. When Zaron goes to the temple she brings along young Pudu and is using her a [...]

    19. In her debut novel, Vanessa Morton takes her readers deep into the well-known story of the fall of Jericho. This fictional account of the events from the book of Joshua is infused with the rich details of this period in history. She brings to life the exotic culture of the ancient near east and illuminates the characters in a way that very much compliments the Bible’s rendition of this great happening.Lovers of history will devour the intricate “world-building” in this mash-up of adventure [...]

    20. Overall, this was a good book but not really my type. It’s a historical kind of novel and I’m not a huge fan of those. I won’t let that get in the way of the review though. What I will let get in the way is how confusing most of it was. Either things weren’t explained enough or I just didn’t get it. Things just didn’t seem to fit together or build up to anything. I was kind of bored and no one likes a being bored when they are reading. There were interesting parts not enough to keep [...]

    21. This was a fun book to read. You don't find a lot of historical romance with a good bases in Semitic history and culture. Of course this is fiction, but Ms. Morton creates a strong female lead without making the character a feminist caricature.

    22. This was *very* interesting because I'd heard of this all my life, and Moonfall put me back in that time of how it could have been. I hope the author writes more of these kind of stories. The characters came to life and the setting was so descriptive, I felt like I was right there in the story.

    23. I could not get into this book it lacked the "hook" to keep me interested. I deleted it from my tab 31

    24. I loved all the historical detail that Vanessa Morton placed in the setting of a recognizable Biblical story yet it was purely fiction as to the particular story line. Excellent debut novel!

    25. Unique story line. However, I believe the buildup was not as good as it could have been- I felt my eyes glazing over near the end

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