The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo
(The Waning Moon Duology)

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Despite being a story of a desperate fleeing from a collapsing monarchy, the story takes its time. It's mostly quiet and calm; things simmer beneath the surface and sudden change is bookended by thoughtful contemplation and trying to figure things out.
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Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fueled by evil magic.

The Crescent Empire teeters on the edge of a revolution, and the Five Daughters of the Moon are the ones to determine its future.

Alina, six, fears Gagargi Prataslav and his Great Thinking Machine. The gagargi claims that the machine can predict the future, but at a cost that no one seems to want to know.

Merile, eleven, cares only for her dogs, but she smells that something is afoul with the gagargi. By chance, she learns that the machine devours human souls for fuel, and yet no one believes her claim.

Sibilia, fifteen, has fallen in love for the first time in her life. She couldn't care less about the unrests spreading through the countryside. Or the rumors about the gagargi and his machine.

Elise, sixteen, follows the captain of her heart to orphanages and workhouses. But soon she realizes that the unhappiness amongst her people runs much deeper that anyone could have ever predicted.

And Celestia, twenty-two, who will be the empress one day. Lately, she's been drawn to the gagargi. But which one of them was the first to mention the idea of a coup?

Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fuelled by evil magic.

 

About Leena Likitalo

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LEENA LIKITALO hails from Finland, the land of endless summer days and long, dark winter nights. She breaks computer games for a living and lives with her husband on an island at the outskirts of Helsinki, the capital. But regardless of her remote location, stories find their way to her and demand to be told. You can visit her online at www.leenalikitalo.com.
 
Published July 25, 2017 by Tor.com. 226 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Samantha Holloway on Jul 24 2017

Despite being a story of a desperate fleeing from a collapsing monarchy, the story takes its time. It's mostly quiet and calm; things simmer beneath the surface and sudden change is bookended by thoughtful contemplation and trying to figure things out.

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