Book Review : Two Moons

Book Review : Two MoonsTwo Moons (Star of Deltora, #2) by Emily Rodda
Published by Kane Miller EDC Publishing on November 1, 2015
Pages: 165
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Aboard the Star of Deltora with her three rivals for the Trader Rosalyn Apprenticeship, Britta knows that she has to keep her wits about her. She desperately wants to win the contest, but of course Jewel, Sky and Vashti feel the same, and of course one of them, she knows, is a ruthless enemy who will stop at nothing to succeed.
Britta is ready for trouble, but as the voyage fails to go as planned, and rumours of evil magic sweep her beloved ship, she starts to wonder if she has more to fear than simple human wickedness.
And nothing can prepare her for the terror that awaits her in the perilous, forbidden swamplands of Two Moons.

Two Moons is the follow up to Shadows of the Master. Though I found this second entry in The Star of Deltora series to be slower than the first, I still enjoyed Britta’s newest adventure and the mysteries that are continuing to unfold. It seems that Britta is following in her father’s footsteps in more ways than just participating in the Rosalyn contest to become a trader.


“Forget Dare Larsett, she told herself angrily. Forget you ever heard the name! What does it matter what Father wanted, or what his plan was? You have your own life to live! But if that was true, why did she seem to be following in her father’s footsteps?”


I really enjoyed reading about Britta’s new life aboard the ship, The Star of Deltora, which was originally built for her late father. I loved that this ship has an entire reading room and that she often snuck to it late at night after her rivals were asleep. Another thing that I liked about Two Moons was that the novel doesn’t make all of the girls competing for this prized position of trader fast and easy friends. Even Jewel, with whom Britta shares some inkling of trust (and a bedroom), doesn’t fully believe Britta and vice versa. Vashti, one of the other competitors, is even worse, trying to sow discord at every opportunity. These type of uneasy relationships seem much more realistic than other novels for the same age group, which also makes Two Moons a solid read for adults, like myself.


Two Moons also did a great job of building up the dark mystery of the wraiths surrounding Britta and of what exactly happened on her father’s journey. Author Emily Rodda reveals just enough along the way to keep interest peaked. Whether it’s a hidden book, secret organization, a past treasured possession of her father, or a hint that someone knows her true identity, I was always dying for more clues at what really happened and what was going to happen in the future.


“Britta frowned, but the small voice went on remorselessly: Two Moons is different, because Tier’s story is so closely linked with your father’s. Tier created the enchanted island your father now rules and the magic staff your father now wields. Your father came to Two Moons as his last voyage. The seeds of your family’s disgrace lie here.”


And I was once again pleased with Britta’s resourcefulness, fast thinking, and grit in Two Moons. This girl again finds herself in some pretty awful positions, despite her caution, but she is always clear-headed and mindful of her priorities and of what’s truly important in those situations. I honestly wish I had her same presence of mind and poise. Britta will surely make a great role model for young readers.


I’m honestly not sure how this creative series is going to end! I am hoping Britta will finally get some answers about her father, the recognition she deserves as a talented trader and daughter, and that she can make friends with at least Jewel and Sky. I’m immediately starting to read the third book in the series, The Towers of Illica, because I’m so excited to see what happens next.


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