Book Series Review: Daughters of the Moon

I recently picked up the two volume collected series of Daughters of the Moon at Sam’s Club.  It includes the first six books from the series, and was a delightful read.  With that said, it also illustrates the need for caution when parents buy teen fiction books for their children.

Ever since the Harry Potter series was published, the monster-fiction genre aimed at teens has exploded.  This has included series that I have thoroughly enjoyed, such as Harry Potter and Twilight, as well as numerous stories that are less interesting or downright boring.  With Daughters of the Moon, we have a series of books that do a wonderful job of capturing the pressure that teen girls experience in dating, relationships with girls, etc.  It also has a fun story of supernatural conflict between girls blessed with supernatural powers and the far more numerous forces of evil.

That is where the problem comes in.  The basis of the stories is four girls are daughters of various incarnations of the moon goddess.  Demeter, Selene, Hecate, Diana, all are used as incarnations of the Moon.  This is very, very close to being moon worship, as sometimes seen in wicca and neo-paganism.  In addition, one of the protagonists reads Tarot cards, and they are always right.  Again, various flavors of neo-paganism promote this practice.

The result is that you have a series of books that features strong female protagonists that teen girls will be able to identify with, but that also makes non-Christian beliefs seem very attractive.  When I was a teen, I started exploring the occult, including Tarot cards and numerology.  This came, in part, from reading about Tarot cards that “worked” in science fiction stories.  Reading about occult working can plant the seeds of curiosity in those who read the stories.

So, should  you let your child read these books?  Maybe.  You need to evaluate your teen’s faith, and would probably need to discuss the books with him/her while reading it.  Can it be a good series?  Yes.  I thoroughly enjoyed the books.  Can it lead someone astray?  Yes.  I’ve had a similar experience in my own life.  Planting the seeds of curiosity can be deadlier than explicit proselytizing.

Ultimately, what I hope you’ll realize, is that there are a lot of books out there that may be fun to read, but may not be good to read.  Be involved in your child’s reading habits as much as in their TV viewing habits, gaming habits, dating habits, etc.

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