Review of “The Moon Sister” (The Seven Sisters #5) by Lucinda Riley

Riley, Lucinda. The Moon Sister. 2018.  New York: Atria Books, 2019. 

Hardcover | $27.00 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1982110611 | 531 pages  | Historical Fiction

5 stars

I received an ARC through a Goodreads Giveaway. All opinions are my own.

The Moon Sister is yet another wonderful installment in the the Seven Sisters series, leaving me once again spellbound. And I was pleased that while the setup was very much in the vein of some of Riley’s other work, it also stands apart in some key ways.

For one, while family is integral to this series as a whole, I really enjoyed how the past story arc focused very much on the different members of a single family in a space of time and their complex relationships with one another, rather than being focused on one person as the central foremother, and deviating to other people in the family tree on occasion. And while it is often the case for Riley’s historical heroines to be almost martyrs with few flaws, I like that Lucia is different in being somewhat self-concerned when it comes to her career, while also having an understanding of the importance of family.

Tiggy is one of the most interesting of the sisters, as her spiritual connection has been hinted at previously, so it’s great to get some insight into her genealogy and where it came from through the connection to Lucia and her family.

Another thing I absolutely love that Riley does extremely well is establishing sense of place. Whether it be Spain or Scotland, which are the two main settings for the book, I loved getting a sense of the flavor of both places.

And as the series goes on, I’m more and more invested in the modern storyline too, especially as more and more about the sisters and Pa Salt gets revealed. One of the things that threw me off guard (in a good way) was the introduction of Zed Eszu, who I had almost forgotten about from his past with Maia, and given the fact that he’s definitely a shady character and still up to no good in Electra’s life by the end, I am anxious to know how it all turns out.

I would recommend this to fans of beautiful, atmospheric historical fiction.

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