“Moonfall: Tales from the Levant” (May 1, 2014, WEbook Publishing). The book paints a dramatic picture of twin sisters facing the unexpected consequences of their choices.
“Moonfall” creates a captivating and thrilling young adult story that weaves in the legendary – almost mystical – reputation that the city of Jericho has acquired over the millennia. To save her sister from torture at the insidious Moon Temple, 16-year-old Rachav allies with a mysterious nomad who wields an ancient force so powerful that it may destroy not only her sister’s captors, but the entire kingdom.
As entertaining as it is enlightening, “Moonfall” is rooted in history but touches on modern issues.
“Youth living in the Bronze Age struggled with similar issues – teen angst, political corruption, sibling rivalry, passion and the longing for a spiritual connection with our creator,” Morton says.
“‘Moonfall’ bridges the gap of time and culture and connects us with each other.”
For three years, Morton immersed herself into the Late Bronze Age, researching original sources and university publications, interviewing scholars, and taking a private academic tour of ancient Jericho.
The period and people become three-dimensional in her imagination.
“Vanessa Morton has infused Biblical history with fiction to produce a novel that brings to life the history surrounding Israel's entrance into the land of promise,” author Fay Lamb says.
Morton was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Genesis writing contest in 2012 and 2013. When she’s not writing stories or exploring ancient ruins, Morton can be found with her husband and two daughters at their vineyard in east Texas.
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this story but the second I started reading it this book wrapped itself around my mind and took me on a great historical, fantasy ride.
It was obvious that Morton drew inspiration from historical/Biblical facts and events, but her beautiful world building and descriptive prose brought this story alive and took it far beyond. It was well paced, filled with plenty of adventure, characters who stole my heart and an exciting plot that kept me riveted to the end.
There are a lot of lessons that can be learned from this story. For me, it was, to have faith, to not dismiss the idea that those you thought were your enemy, could truly be your salvation, and of course, that too much greed and power will most certainly end in one's downfall.
I really loved the strength each character possessed, willing to fight to the end, although a few more reluctant than others. Rachav was the true hero of this story. She'd been through so much, battled many demons and her selflessness was as beautiful thing to experience.
This book was superbly written and I enjoyed every second of it. A stunning debut!
Author Vanessa Morton is an archaeology junkie and virtual time traveler.