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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: June 2008 ISBN: 9781455175598
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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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 Lass Pandora | 2/3/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie BingBag | 1/17/2014

    " it was awesome. it reminded me of bueaty and the beast, probably because it was based off that story, dah, but it was really unique and awesome. it rocked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/13/2014

    " A beautiful retelling of the Norse tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valen | 1/6/2014

    " A really great take on the classic fairytale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ticklish Owl | 12/16/2013

    " If you liked this book, you might also enjoy East, Norwegian Folktales, or The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrisitna | 12/1/2013

    " Nice work Jessica. So far, this is my favorite of your books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 11/28/2013

    " This was such an intersting story. I had figured out some of what was happening, but not the whys and hows. I also thought that the resolution was skillfully done as well. I am really becoming a fan of George's work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha | 11/13/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't get through it fast enough! I really enjoy Jessica Day George's writing style, the story line is great, and I love how the main character is looking at something that seems completely impossible and just heads right into it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelica Camacho | 11/10/2013

    " This is a really good book. I am looking forward to reading more books by Jessica Day George. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kandyce Barber | 6/11/2012

    " I loved this book. It is reminiscent of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Golden Compass. Two books that I also really enjoyed. Overall this book is less dark, and an easier read. The author does a great job of keeping the reader in suspense along with the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libro Joven | 2/3/2012

    " (real rating: 3.5 out of 5) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tfish | 10/7/2011

    " I liked this book. It had sort of a twisted Beauty and the Beast feel to it. I liked that it had a completely different setting then a lot of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary | 6/10/2011

    " Retains the storytelling rhythm of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," with elements of Cocteau's re-telling of "Beauty and the Beast." Could almost picture the type of line-drawing illustrations that should have accompanied the text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/8/2011

    " Exquisitely crafted alternate history - Vonda McIntyre has certainly not lost her touch. It certainly deserved the Nebula. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cimorene | 3/15/2011

    " One of my favorite historical fantasies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/25/2011

    " Saw this one on a friend's shelf and remembered I read it years ago. Liked the court intrigue, but the heroine was a Mary Sue and some aspects were cheesy. It did get me interested in Louis XIV's court, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/14/2010

    " I was expecting more from the writer of Dreamsnake. Characters were interesting but there were odd jump cuts in the last third of the novel that rushed through important plot and character developments. Disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliana | 1/9/2010

    " It's not every day you see SF set in the court of Louis XIV, and this was quite an enjoyable read. Events are somewhat predictable, in that certain things are inevitable in that society, but the characters and story are engaging and vibrant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/17/2009

    " I found this oldie but goody in my bookshelves. I was waiting for some library books to come in and read this in the interim. It is a fantastic alternate history of Louis XIV's court with sea monsters and the Pope!

    There's a reason this won a Nebula award. It's that good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretel | 9/17/2009

    " French based fantasy. Very conscious of class issues. Enjoyed the book, it was very well written, but it didn't really change my life in anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ami | 7/29/2009

    " I read this years ago, but had forgotten until I cam across it's description. Love the strong main character and her curiosity. Scenes from this book are still strongly with me though I don't recall the entire plot that well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalind M | 1/12/2009

    " This was one of those books I picked out of desperation because I'd run out of things to read. It ended up being a storyline I have continued to reflect upon now and then. May not be to everyone's taste, but worth a read if you can find a copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon | 1/6/2009

    " Really remarkable alternative history--rich history, a really juicy meditation on the nature of kingship and power, a truly lovely central heroine, and a passionate discussion of the ethics of a humans-first approach to the planet's mysteries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 12/23/2008

    " Ho-hum alternate history novel about Louis the XIV having a pet sea serpent.

    I can't remember anything else about this forgettable novel.


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