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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,263 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vonda N. McIntyre Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This breathtaking tale is part adventure story, part legend, and part Gothic novel.

By the fiftieth year of his reign, Louis XIV has made France the most powerful state in the Western world. Yet the Sun King’s appetite for glory knows no bounds. In a bold stroke, he sends his natural philosopher on an expedition to seek the source of immortality: a rare, perhaps mythical, sea monster.

When Father Yves de la Croix returns with the shrieking, gargoyle-faced creature, Marie-Josèphe looks forward to assisting her adored brother with his scientific study. Yet the creature’s gaze and exquisite singing foretell a different future. Soon Marie-Josèphe finds herself contemplating choices that will defy the institutions which power her world—king, country, church, and even family. She must find the courage to follow her heart and her convictions—even at the cost of changing her life forever.

A sensitive investigation of the integrity in all of us, The Moon and the Sun is destined to become a visionary classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McIntyre vividly creates a Versailles poised on the cusp between alchemy and modern science. Her imaginings enliven her history with wonder, but, as in the best fantasy, they serve less to dazzle by their inventiveness than to illuminate brilliantly real-world truths.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A dazzling and spirited evocation of the passions, intrigues, and preconceptions of the age, along with a dandy pair of misfit, star-crossed lovers: an enchanting slice of what-if historical speculation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “McIntyre has done her historical homework, as is evident in a superbly realized setting, and she executes the plot with superior skill…[A] splendid historical fantasy that shows SF star McIntyre admirably opening new territory.”


  • Winner of the 1997 Nebula Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mellissa | 2/14/2014

    " This is definitely right up there with Dragon Slippers. It was one of those books where I looked to see what page I was on, and the first time was 100, the next time it was 258 or something. I couldn't put it down. A great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristie | 2/11/2014

    " I was originally afraid to read this book, because it is based on the same folktale as East by Edith Pattou, which I liked so much, and I was afraid that Sun and Moon Ice and Snow just wouldn't be as good. I was wrong, I love both versions of this story! It was very entertaining and I could hardly put it down. Highly recommended for anyone who likes fairy tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristy | 2/6/2014

    " I liked this original fairy tale. It was a great story and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lass Pandora | 2/3/2014

    " Lemme download this :3 love her books so much :D "

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