Title: Moon Boy #2
Author: Lee YoungYou
Publisher: Ice Kunion
May Contain Spoilers
Myung-Ee, determined to rescue Yu-Da from the fox tribe, journeys with Ho-Rang to Junghyun mountain. There’s a secret rabbit base in the mountain, but human rabbits are forbidden there. Defying the rules, Ho-Rang presents Myung-Ee to Master Yang so he can teach her the art of fighting and make her a worthy warrior for the Soon-La army. What? She has to pull one of her teeth to create her Ho-Se sword? Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all!
I thought this book lost the momentum of the last. The first book was enjoyable because I found Lee YoungYou’s world to be really imaginative. This volume didn’t seem to have as much creativity, and had a lot of stereo-typical characters. There was the cross-dressing martial arts instructor, the smarmy trainee jealous of all the attention Myung-Ee was receiving, and the psycho classmate who revels in making her miserable. My enthusiasm for the title had waned – until the last 5 pages. Now I’m interested enough to know what happens next to pick up the 3rd volume.
I liked the concept of the Ho-Se swords. The rabbits use a tooth and the foxes use a nail to create their swords. While the necessity for having a tooth embedded in their hands didn’t make much sense to me, conjuring a sword from a tooth is pretty nifty. Myung-Ee’s sword is a pathetic stick at first, but she’s quickly assured that it will evolve as her powers over it grow. She soon learns that having a sword means using it against the foxes, and that it’s harder than she thought to hurt somebody else. Her inner conflict makes her feel ashamed and embarrassed, and I like that her character isn’t a total bad ass. The foxes are evil and only view the rabbits as food, but Myung-Ee is still torn over hurting them, even in self-defense.
While this volume didn’t grab me like the first, I did get caught up in the story again during the last half of the book. Let’s just say that there’s a little more to Yu-Da than is apparent at first glance….
Rated for Teen 13+