REVIEW: Heart of the Sun Warrior

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Heart of the Sun WarriorTitle: Heart of the Sun Warrior

Author: Sue Lynn Tan

Series: Celestial Kingdom #2

Genre: Fantasy/Mythology

Pages: 480

Edition Read: Kindle eBook

Dates Read: January 1 – 7, 2023

Blurb: After her perilous quest to free her mother, Xingyin thrives once more in the tranquility of her home. But her fragile peace is threatened by the discovery of a strange magic on the moon and the unsettling changes in the Celestial Kingdom as the emperor tightens his grip on power. While Xingyin is determined to keep clear of the rising danger, the discovery of a shocking truth spurs her into a treacherous confrontation.

Forced to flee her home once more, Xingyin and her companions venture to unexplored lands of the Immortal Realm, encountering legendary creatures and shrewd monarchs, beloved friends and bitter adversaries. With alliances shifting quicker than the tides, Xingyin has to overcome past grudges and enmities to forge a new path forward, seeking aid where she never imagined she would. As an unspeakable terror sweeps across the realm, Xingyin must uncover the truth of her heart and claw her way through devastation–to rise against this evil before it destroys everything she holds dear, and the worlds she has grown to love… even if doing so demands the greatest price of all.

The stunning sequel to Daughter of the Moon Goddess delves deeper into beloved Chinese mythology, concluding the epic story of Xingyin–the daughter of Chang’e and the mortal archer, Houyi–as she battles a grave new threat to the realm, in this powerful tale of love, sacrifice, and hope.


In a way, I am sad that this series is just a duology because I am really sad to be leaving this world behind. It was so beautiful to read. On the other hand, I am glad that there are just these two books because they fit together so perfectly and really stand together so well. We don’t need any more.

This book continues the story of Xingyin, the daughter of the moon goddess, as she adapts to her new life of freedom now that the curse has been lifted from her mother. She still has very complicated feelings for the Celestial Crown Prince, Liwei, as well as a very complicated relationship with her former captain now heir to the Demon Realm, Wenzhi. The discovery of a very unique magic on the moon puts all of them in danger and brings to light a new adversary, someone from the previous book that I already didn’t like all that much: Minister Wu, also known as Wugang.

Wugang is terrible. I do not like him at all. So yeah, an excellent villain.

Xingyin is still such a great heroine. She is not perfect, not by a long shot, but she does always try her best to take care of the people she loves. She suffers a lot of loss in this story, but she also gains new family, friends and alliances along the way. She is one of those characters that I just wish the best for.

Reading these books is like reading poetry. I mentioned that the first book had a dreamlike quality that felt like a fairy tale and this one is just as good if not even better. I loved the feel of it. It wasn’t just a story, it was an experience. These two books are the debut novels for Sue Lynn Tan and I cannot wait to read more from her. She is brilliant.

GoodReads rating: 5 stars

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