Moon Chosen
by Cast, P. C.

When her clan is torn apart by a deadly attack, Mari, an Earth Walker with unique healing powers who has been chosen by a special animal ally, reveals her forbidden dual nature and forges a tumultuous alliance with a rival clan to save her people.

P.C. Cast is the author of the House of Night novels, including Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, and Untamed. She was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology. After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. With more than 20 million copies in print in over 40 countries, her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers' Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon surrounded by beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family.

Cast's series starter brings together numerous popular elements: young people learning to control their magical powers, a postapocalyptic United States with dangerously decaying cities, tribes whose perceived differences cause them to fight and enslave one another, and (wait for it) a star-crossed romance. It may be formulaic, but in Cast's hands, it's also addictive. Eighteen-year-old Mari, daughter of Moon Woman Leda, has been hiding her origin all her life. Her father was a Companion, part of the Tribe of the Trees, which enslaves Leda's people, the Earth Walkers. Companions have animal allies, like familiars, that remain with them all their lives. Meanwhile, a third tribe engages in bloody sacrifice and torture, menacing their own people as well as Earth Walkers and Companions. Mari, despite her mixed heritage, is chosen as an ally by a young pup, and must decide which path of her heritage to follow. Magical rituals and plentiful backstories of the tribes set up the series for future titles, with the pace building as stories and characters from the three different tribes intertwine. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-seller Cast is getting three tribes' worth of promo: a six-figure marketing campaign including a tour and 500,000-copy market distribution. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

The lives of three disparate young people collide in this post-apocalyptic fantasy.Eighteen-year-old Mari should succeed her mother as the healer of the matriarchal Earth Walkers but for her father's blood that also courses through her veins, a secret that the blonde, pale-skinned girl and her dark-skinned mother go to great lengths to conceal. Twenty-three-year-old blond, pale-skinned Nik, who hails from a rival people known for enslaving Mari's, should become Sun Priest of the Tribe when his father retires, but he has yet to be chosen as a Companion by a canine. Dead Eye, a 21-year-old mutant Skin Stealer, is a rebel, a self-proclaimed God with gruesome vision for the future of his people. In this series kickoff, Cast weaves together the stories of Mari, Nik, and Dead Eye, offering readers a new fantasy world steeped in magic that's grounded by a hodgepodge of tropes ranging from Greek mythology to New Age mysticism. The intersection of Mari's and Nik's stories dominates the hefty novel. Readers will enjoy watching these two characters, who share a palpable chemistry, come into their own. Dead Eye's story is far more disturbing, portending a darkness that will become more prevalent in future installments. While Cast is a bit heavy-handed spelling it out for readers, at its core this is a story about embracing and finding strength in difference. Though skin is vital to the story, modern racial categories do not seem to exist. Cast's fans should find much to be pleased with in this new venture. (Fantasy. 14 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2016 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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