by Simone Maroney
In Moon Child, Simone Maroney has crafted an interesting fantasy in a world where
the Mother Goddess appears often in human form and instructs those she chooses. Young Hanna,
a victim of her father's manipulations and a prophesy made at her birth by the Priestesses,
has been educated by the Priests and given forbidden knowledge by her father. As a young
woman, she is forced to flee her home, beginning a long journey of self-discovery and revelation
about her own destiny in the world.
Hanna first seeks out her father and finds that his ambition, though centered on her
own contribution, does not really involve her. She finds an aunt and cousin and once again
sees her own life part of someone else's broader schemes. Only when she stubbornly seeks
her own path does she find where her destiny is leading her. But, once again the journey
is not easy.
The characters in Moon Child are believable and draw the reader's sympathy. The
landscape in which they are portrayed is varied and complex. The differing cultural systems
that Maroney portrays in Moon Child have their own rules and modes of conduct. They
make interesting reading, especially for those of us with a fascination for anthropology
and what motivates groups.
The book's ending is logical, though not a decisive one. That may be because there will
be a sequel in the future, which is hinted at in the epilogue. Another book would be most
welcome, not just to revisit Hanna and her new found community, but to answer some of
the questions left open in this book. Simone Maroney, please continue the saga of Hanna's
plight. Let us know what will happen to her.
NOTE: Reviewer Janie
Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!, Relaxation
Techniques for Children, Relaxation Techniques for Adults; Co-author of The
Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book. Coming
Soon: The Ultimate Wedding Workbook, Get Rich on Love, and Sacred Breath
(a sound recording of relaxation meditations).