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Pull of the Sister Moon is the first novel from Lynda DuBois’ new fantasy series which follows protagonist Lyla into a world of magic. The journey where Lyla finds herself pulled into an extraordinary world very different from her own meanders through a plot structure similar to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Lyla is guided through her journey at a leisurely pace that allows for a detailed exploration of the story world and as there are so many characters introduced along, the way the more relaxed pace does make an easy task of keeping track of these characters. Just as the characters are vast and diverse, so too could be readers of this novel. Although Lyla is well into her teenage years, the book is child friendly both in content and in simplicity of language, making it perfect as a nightly bedtime story or a solo adventure for a middle grade reader. However, Pull of the Sister Moon isn’t by any means simple when it comes to DuBois’ writing. The lore surrounding both Lyla’s home world and the new world are exceedingly intricate and may appeal to older readers who are fans of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Few Series and Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses. Naturally, there are some points of the novel that could have used some improvement. The dialogue, for example, can occasionally be void of emotion and is riddled with exposition. It isn’t by any means extreme but as the story often relies on dialogue to drive the adventure it can quickly become a little tedious. The rules of the narrator are also a little ambiguous. The narrator starts off as a distant third person to introduce the characters and the town then focuses on Lyla, this itself is a wonderful piece of writing trickery by DuBois and allows for a gradual but strong reader-character connection. However, later in the novel the narrator jumps back into general third person and Lyla’s position not only as a character but as a protagonist is slightly lost. Overall, DuBois seems to have a knack for creating vivid imagery that brings not just one by two worlds off the page and into the room. There’s a real sense of serenity in the descriptive passages which brings out a human re-connection with nature, a theme popular in romantic literature. The characters explore life as they explore the new world, taking in new sense and experiences to discover the power and the beauty in the everyday. Journey the first book of the new Pull of the Sister Moon Series by Lynda DuBois is brilliantly crafted by an author with a passion for sharing worlds and characters. The second addition of the series, which continues with more of Lyla’s adventures, has yet to hit the shelves but it is definitely one to keep a look out for.
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