Moonlight: A fractured Celtic retelling of THE SWAN PRINCESS (Crowns of the Twelve Book 2) by Ann Hunter, I feel rather put off by this due to not quite knowing what the author’s writing style was like prior to picking it to read. Keep in mind, I’m a voracious reader. That is not to say Miss Hunter doesn’t do a lovely job in this Celtic rendition of The Swan Princess. It’s merely to remark her style is not one I prefer to read. There are no two incarnations of the same classic tale of The Swan Princess, which is why Miss Hunter’s presentation of it should not be overlooked.
Her books are definitely suited to a younger audience with less demands made of them. However, I noted the writing style was a touch improved in comparison to her first book in this Crowns of the Twelve series.
This book comes about as the prequel to The Subtle Beauty, where we first learned about Xander and Aowyn, a princess by birth, and a short lived character in Miss Hunter’s initial book. In Moonlight we are permitted to see the glorious tale before it became a muted historical tale in Miss Hunter’s sandbox. Here we are introduced to Aowyn, the only daughter in a family of nine because she is blessed with six brothers. Yet, typically, Aowyn as our main character is quickly and predictably robbed of her mother. It’s not an uncommon trope when building background for a story. However, as with the previous book I read, I’m still left feeling all the characters are incredibly static.
If there is something to be said of this young adult selection, it is that Miss Hunter has captured the knack of writing natural dialog between characters. I could literally see two people exchanging several occasions of idle chatter presented in this adaptation of The Swan Princess.
Again, it’s a simple read, but I won’t ruin the story for those who prefer this short/quick burst style of writing. Peruse it at your pleasure, there’s nothing of which I believe a parent could arguably find fault with. It’s all very simple and childish, perfect for a young adult audience.