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The Girl and the Moon by Mark Lawrence
Narrator: Helen Duff
Series: Book of the Ice #3
Published by Ace, Penguin Audio on April 26, 2021
Length: 20 hours, 46 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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On the planet Abeth, a narrow Corridor of green land is surrounded on all sides by ice plains where only the strong survive. Ice triber Yaz has completed a perilous journey and arrived at the Corridor, and it exceeds and overwhelms all of her expectations. Everything seems different but some constants remain: her old enemies are still two steps ahead, bent on her destruction. She makes her way to the Convent of Sweet Mercy, where nuns train young girls who show the old gifts, but like the Corridor itself the convent is packed with peril and opportunity. Yaz has much to learn from the nuns—if they don’t decide to execute her.
The fate of everyone squeezed between the Corridor’s vast walls, and ultimately the fate of those laboring to survive out on ice itself, hangs from the moon, and the battle to save the moon centers on the Ark of the Missing, buried beneath the emperor’s palace. Everyone wants Yaz to be the key that will open the Ark – the one the wise have sought for generations. But sometimes wanting isn’t enough.
Like Mark Lawrence does at the beginning, which I always appreciate as it is a year between books, I will reiterate a few things from previous books. My first experience with Mark Lawrence’s work was with Red Sister, from the Book of the Ancestor trilogy. The Book of the Ice series is set in the same world, earlier in time. I would read the series itself in order. I don’t think it is necessary to have read the Book of the Ancestor trilogy, but it does make it much easier to adjust to the world and know about the different groups of people and their skills. It was a much faster and more engaging read for me knowing more, and I had much less of the slow down I get with first book syndrome trying to understand the world.
I did not like Yaz in the Book of the Ancestor trilogy. In this trilogy, I appreciate her strength and commitment. Her life is far from easy. The ice is a harsh place. She is loyal, even at great personal peril. Everyone wants her as an ally or friend as she develops her talent with the stars. I liked Yaz but struggle to connect her with the “other” Yaz.
*** OK somehow a few years back when I started the Girl on the Ice series I thought it was the back story for a character in Book of the Ancestor trilogy. I didn’t have trouble with that in the first 2 books but it led me to a lot of confusion in this final of this trilogy. It turns out I have unknowingly changed Yisht into Yaz. No wonder I couldn’t connect things. I’ll need to update these reviews after a reread ***
The Girl and the Moon continues where we left off and it is a constant battle for our group. They are always fighting and working to bring certain things together, to get into the ARC and Yaz is working with the stars and ship hearts. Her friends and enemies both fight to keep her safe and give her a chance to use her talents with the stars and ship hearts. There are many, many battles.
Yaz uses the stars and hearts to access the path, to also travel in time. We see her and others doing time traveling and bending. I got a bit lost with some of the times travels and characters and battles. I thought, especially with the time travel, we would see more of the characters I knew from the Book of the Ancestor trilogy. It didn’t connect up as well as I had hoped. I am certain I would have benefited from reading all three books of this trilogy together, although it seems a lot more based on the Missing and their technology, than the other trilogy did.
I read the ebook for the first in this trilogy, but Helen Duff narrated the entire Book of the Ancestor trilogy so I am comfortable with her. In both trilogies, the main characters are relatively young girls and young people. Her tone is a bit higher which feels right for it. Her male voices are also appropriate. I listened a little bit faster at 1.5- 1.75x speed.
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