Barefoot on the Wind (The Moonlit Lands #2) by Zoë Marriott


A companion title to Zoë Marriott’s critically acclaimed Shadows on the Moon, BAREFOOT ON THE WIND is a darkly magical retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” set in fairytale Japan.

There is a monster in the forest…

Everyone in Hana’s remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana’s father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it – or be killed herself.

But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined. And the beast is not at all what she expects…

Previously reviewed:
Frail Human Heart (The Name of the Blade #3)
Darkness Hidden (The Name of the Blade #2)
The Night Itself (The Name of the Blade #1)
Shadows on the Moon
Daughter of the Flames (Ruan #1)
Frostfire (Ruan #2)
The Swan Kingdom

You can also enjoy the live-tweet experience of me reading Barefoot on the Wind, by clicking on the link HERE

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Fantasy / Fairytale Retellings

Review: It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Zoë Marriott can do no wrong. I’ll freely admit that I am a huge fan, because honestly what’s not to love about Zoë’s books? (Answer: nothing – they are all wonderful).

Barefoot on the Wind is the companion book to Shadows on the Moon. Which is my absolute favourite and despite knowing how perfect every reading experience of a Zoë Marriott has been I was still a little apprehensive before starting this tale, because what if this time it isn’t everything I wished? I shouldn’t have been, because I utterly and completely loved every moment of it Barefoot on the Wind.

A retelling predominantly inspired by Beauty and the Beast (and another tale, but I won’t spoil that for you) contains:

  • Hana – awesome narrator, hunter, inspiring character (whose name is brilliant if I may declare)
  • A riveting story with magic, stunning word-building and a love story I utterly bought into
  • Beautiful writing
  • A Monster in the Forest (but who is the monster? It’s an most excellent discussion point. When you’ve read Barefoot on the Wind do let me know your thoughts…)
  • Characters that you need to be real because it’s sad when you remember that Hana is not actually leading you through the Dark Woods
  • Of course, phenomenal character development.
  • and so much more…

Barefoot on the Wind is a book that rewards you with so many things. I’m almost sad that I won’t be able to have the first-time reading experience again. Then again, I can re-read this book tale over and over and just fall in love even more. ♥

Recommend it?

Sunshine Star


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