Mooncakes is a delightful romp through a magical town, following a young protagonist and her childhood friend-turned-lover as they fight to keep evil at bay. The story keeps the small wonders of magic alive, honing in on the fun parts of being a witch in the modern world. Conflict remains on the periphery of the story, but the real joy lies in the everyday lives of these extraordinary witches. To the grandmothers, nothing appears to be dire or overwhelming. They’re confident in their abilities and their combined skills, content to protect their small community day in and day out.
At the center of all of this magic lies a number of powerful relationships that fuel the narrative. We see the powerful connection between Nova and her grandmothers. She’s learned everything she knows from them, both in magic and in love. We see the rekindled relationship between Nova and Tam, providing the central love story. That love is guided delicately in the narrative, and we get to watch it bloom into something powerful by the end. Last but not least is the friendship between Nova and her best friend, providing comic relief at key moments. It’s a solid support system, giving Nova everything she needs to thrive and grow into her abilities.
The art style is stunning, creating a warm landscape that instantly captures the imagination. The forest artwork is done expertly, revealing a hidden magical world on the outskirts of this everyday town. Little details are drawn with care, giving us a relatable setting and personable characters you can’t help but fall in love with.
Overall, Mooncakes features a strong story about the fun of magic, the mysteries of love, and the power of a support group when the going gets tough. It’s a compelling journey set in a wondrous world that was a joy to experience.
Story by Suzanne Walker
Art by Wendy Xu
Published by Lion Forge
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.