DescriptionNominated for the 2019 Endeavour Award. Daisy's starting a new job and stylish city life, but mage-hunters out for her dark magic threaten to destroy her vogue image.
In the flourishing metropolis of Soot City (a warped version of 1920s Chicago), progressive ideals reign and the old ways of magic and liquid mana are forbidden. Daisy Dell is a Modern Girl - stylish, educated and independent - keen to establish herself in the city but reluctant to give up the taboo magic inherited from her grandmother. Her new job takes her to unexpected places, and she gets more attention than she had hoped for. When bounty hunters start combing the city for magicians, Daisy must decide whether to stay with her new employer - even if it means revealing the grim source of her occult powers. File Under: Fantasy
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About the Author
Author hometown: Portland, Oregon
Book's setting: Soot City, fantasy world
"Gower's effortless depictions of queer characters is refreshing, the world is intriguing, and the climactic brawl is gloriously wild."
- Publishers Weekly
"Moonshine is a delight to fall into, a sensual and immersive dive into a protagonist's life and the familiar, yet alien world that she inhabits."
- B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"A highly addictive book full of lush descriptions, and wonderful and intriguing characters, all soaked in magic."
- A C Wise
"Moonshine is a quirky, often surprising take on the Prohibition Era of the USA, drenched in fresh fantasy elements and strong characterization. It deserves a place on every fantasy-lover's bookshelf."
- J S Fields
"This book pulled me in and refused to let me go. 5/5*"
- Candid Ceillie
"Moonshine is a fantasy that has a unique spark and an unusual premise. It is definitely a standout fantasy that will leave readers thirsting for more of its special blend. The characters and the story are unforgettable."
"Moonshine is the intersection of fantasy and 1920's culture you never knew you needed."
- The Bibliotaph
"A very enjoyable introduction to a very new world that I would really like to read more of. I'm eager to read more of Gower's works and encourage you to pick up a copy of Moonshine. 4 hoots!"
- Purple Owl Reviews
"Moonshine was a beautiful read."
- Huntress of Diverse Books
"A great debut."
- Blue Book Balloon
"Moonshine is set in a fantasy version of 1920s Chicago & it is full of magic, diversity & action - I absolutely loved it! If you love diverse, queer, action-packed fantasy books, that are full of strong women then this is definitely a book for you."
- Writing Wolves
"Moonshine is the kind of fantastic diverse narrative I've longed for in magical historical fiction, and I know readers with the same itch will not be disappointed."
"A fantasy by way of F Scott Fitzgerald... Moonshine soaks the reader in its heady atmosphere."
- Speculative Chic
"Moonshine manages to centre non-romantic bonds throughout the story while still representing queer lovers in a positive light - a difficult but much-appreciated balance. "
- Queer Books for Teens
"Fast-paced and enjoyable."
- The Fancy Hat Lady Reads