by Vonda N. McIntyre
$4.99 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-096-5
“The finest alternate history ever, lighthearted and wise… a luminous, radiant novel.” — Ursula K. Le Guin
In the court of Louis XIV, at the balance point between alchemy and the dawn of modern science, Marie-Josèphe de la Croix cares for the sea monster — the mermaid — captured for the Sun King by her brother Yves, Jesuit natural philosopher.
Now in production as a major motion picture, filmed at the chateau de Versailles, France, and Melbourne, Australia.
The movie of the Nebula-winning novel, produced by Bill Mechanic (executive producer of The New World) and Pandemonium Films (Coraline), directed by Sean McNamara, stars Kaya Scodelario, Pierce Brosnan, Fan Bing Bing, Crystal Clarke, William Hurt.
McIntyre visited the set during filming at Versailles and blogged about the experience.
“Inspired by tales of ancient sea-monsters, McIntyre spins a marvelous alternative-history fable about greed and goodness, power and pathos set at the 17th century court of Louis XIV, France’s glittering Sun King…. McIntyre vividly re-creates a Versailles poised on the cusp between alchemy and modern science. Her imaginings enliven her history with wonder, but, as in the best fantasy, they serve less to dazzle by their inventiveness than to illuminate brilliantly real-world truths — here, humanity’s responses, base and noble, when confronting the unknown.”
— Publishers Weekly
“The Moon and the Sun is, quite simply, a breathtaking novel. Vonda N. McIntyre, best known for her science-fiction/fantasy tales, here weaves a story of love, betrayal, and redemption that will enthrall readers across the genres. This belongs on a shelf labeled ‘The Best of the Best’.”
— The Romance Reader