Top positive review
Enchanting! Can be read as a standalone but I would recommend starting with the first one.
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2017
I'm a huge fan of Grace Lin and have read all the books in this series. Although, I'm not sure if it's technically a series or not? The books can be read as stand alone novels, however there are interweaving characters and story lines that make more sense if you read them in order. So start with the first one, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
So where do I begin? These books are brimming with eastern folklore and magic. I drunk everything up; I was thirsty for tales like this and I didn't even know it until I found it. A little background about me: I'm Asian and came to the United States when I was little. I've always felt like I was in limbo, not quite American but not quite Asian either. Asian stories, when translated, are always a little clunky in my opinion. And I've never been able to read my native language so original texts were out of my reach. This, an Asian story told in such beautiful, lyrical English, was so refreshing to me. I want more! More!
Of the three books, this one is probably for older kids just because the narration style and plot lines are more complex. There's a lot going on and the timeline isn't linear so it can be confusing. But the characters are lovable and the story is compelling. Plus, it wraps things up very nice and neat in the end.
Can't recommend this series and this particular book enough!