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A must read by H. S. J. Williams aka a review of Moonscript


Yeah so this is currently my state of mind!! I spent the entire day basically doing nothing but reading this GEM of a book. My mind is currently very mushy and I just have too many feels so sorry if this review is all over the place.

(also. the cover. is so. gorgeous. I. cannot.)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Moonscript

Author: H.S.J Williams

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Trillium Press

Date published: May 7th 2020

Rep: well, it’s a fantasy setting so elves, but also tons of diverse skin colors

Length: 498 pages

Content warning: abuse, violence, death

Find this book on Goodreads and the author’s website


“It is said that Darkness is empty and whatever vanishes into its depths is lost forever. I know this better than anyone. For I have suffered here in the shadows, and there are none who might find me.”

Seventy years. Seventy years the elven prince has been lost to the darkness, assumed dead by his people and endlessly broken for a book that connects to the hidden realm of his ancestors, a land untouched by evil.

And now a light in the shadows. A chance for freedom. But those willing to help him come from the unlikeliest of worlds.

The orphan girl, yearning for a loving family, and the boy who won’t leave her side. A healer maiden given an unexpected chance for a life beyond narrowed expectations. A grieving creature flown far from home.

They all search for something and now their fates are tied to his. If their quest for life can pull him from the dark mire in which his soul drowns, then perhaps he can be saved.

Or else he will drag them all down to a fate worse than death.

The beginning of an epic saga, MOONSCRIPT is a journey of innocence, despair, and redemption.

*Thank you to Book Sirens for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Okay! I honestly don’t know where to start this because I’m so. in awe. of this beautiful book. I first read the prologue on Book Sirens and was absolutely and immediately blown away. From the very first second, this book draws you in and does not let go!

I’m trying to put my feelings into words here but it’s just not working very well for me 😭

First, the characters. I loved Errance from the BEGINNING. He is the most amazing boi and he owns me and I accept it. That man has lived through hell and still is an amazing person. He is so strong, so beautiful. I particularly liked how the effects of years of torture weren’t downplayed. He seriously is one of the best characters I’ve read in a whiiiiile. In short,

Picture of burning elmo saying I love you

It was so interesting to see really young characters like Tellie and Kelm. I was a bit startled at first (they’re about 14-15 years old) because most times YA is about characters who are 17 and act 25. This time around, they actually acted their age, which was wonderful, but were also strong and well-written characters. I loved Tellie’s stubbornness and PLATONIC LOVE FOR ERRANCE (god I cannot stress enough how scared I was at the thought of them being a couple, and my immense relief but also joy at seeing their bromance. Honestly, best relationship of the book? I say yes).

Kelm was the comedy breath of fresh air and I loved every single one of his crazy ideas and his personality in general. Kelm and Tellie’s friendship (cough) is also a hell of a good one. Rip. Everything in this book was good. Tryss was also such a great character. She is so badass!!! The Daisha was also surprisingly (or not) one of my favorites out of all of this? She made me laugh really hard and I loved she was an entire character instead of just being “the pet”. Coren and Zizian were a very nice addition to the story!! Anyway I feel like I’m just repeating myself at this point just assume I loved every character 😂

The Daisha. Make sure the “The” is attached, I won’t respond otherwise.”

I’m kind of falling asleep now because it’s super late so I’ll be short. The world was very interesting and I can’t wait to see more in the future books. I want to go live with the elves so bad T-T !!! The plot honestly was great. I have to admit I was super mad at the point-where-everything-goes-badly but hey that’s the point so it’s cool! I’ll tell you the end wasn’t a cliffhanger (thank GOD) but it still left me wanting more. I need the second book asap.

The writing was a pleasure! Everything flowed really nicely and the prose was beautifully-done. The one and only thing I will complain a little bit about was the protagonist; Tellie was amazing but my boy Errance deserved to have some more spotlight. I did enjoy the little Errance moment at the beginning of each chapter though!

So I carefully allow the tension across my shoulders to ease. I sink back onto the warm wood and listen to the song of morning.

In the end, I’m so, so glad I read this. They were 500 pages of awesomeness.

You might like this book if you…

  • Like angsty but hella loveable characters. Say hello Errance!
  • Like a book with minimal romance (even though there is a little) because they obviously just have other stuff going on right now damn it
  • Like badass and unapologetic women
  • Like strong friendships

His laughter rang like silver stars, full of amusement and unashamed joy. It was beautiful and uplifting, and it paralyzed them.

– i cried

Have you read Moonscript? If yes, what did you think? It not, will you? Let me know down in the comments. Btw, unless I haven’t made it very, extremely clear, I really recommend this book and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!!!

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