REVIEW: Moon Daughter by Leena Maria

Five Stars



Having accidentally fallen 3300 years back in time to ancient Egypt Merit tries to find a way to return to the future and stumbles on one of human kind’s oldest mysteries – but deadly enemies are willing to do anything to find it first.

Dana and her Time Walker team are after the same secret – to find the abode of the Watchers, the forefathers of the winged Nephilim. They barely escaped the shadow attack on the Time Walker Centre and are now in ancient Egypt, but their connection to the future is lost. With no knowledge what has happened to their loved ones they decide to continue their search. What they do not know is that they have been followed from the future by their worst enemy. No longer faithful to his old Masters he is determined to catch Dana for his own purposes.

Merit’s daughter Shuet stays in the shadows and grows into her hidden powers in the safety of the royal court of the pharaoh Amenhotep III and his Great Royal Wife Tiye. Shuet’s own life is threatened by an old enemy from her childhood, who patiently weaves his web around her.

As the timelines weave into each other, will Merit find a way back to the future? Can Shuet be saved from her old enemy? Will Dana escape the mightiest hunter of the dark Nephilim ? Will she ever see Daniel again?

Moon Daughter is the second book in Leena Maria’s fantasy series that weaves time travel and ancient human mythology together. If you love ancient Egypt, the legends of the Nephilim, vampires and dark shadows around us, you’ll love the latest book in the Nephilim Quest-series.

Buy the Moon Daughter to continue your discovery of the hidden secrets of ancient Egypt and the descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.


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Wow! I’m absolutely blown away with this story.

Moon Daughter is the second installment of the Nephilim Quest series by Leena Maria, and it is a fantastic piece of literature. The storyline is fantastic, offering a more in depth knowledge of the exciting and diverse characters. I was particularly enthralled by Ambrogio, an ancient vampire with a mysterious past and unknown motives.

Whilst the story and characters are exciting and original, it’s the historic detail that stands out as particularly astounding. Set in ancient Egypt, Leena has written such accurate descriptions, from buildings to scenery to clothing and even smells! As I was reading, it felt like I was really there, experiencing ancient Egypt.

Moon Daughter was such a pleasure to read. A treat for all the senses! I could tell from every page that Leena put a lot of work into writing this. The best stories are the ones that the author truly loves to write, who cares about every word. Moon Daughter is definitely one of the best.

About the Author


Leena Maria began to write stories as soon as she learned to write. Fairy stories, horse stories, fantasy stories… As a girl, after the family had gone to bed, she sat in the silence of the night and wrote. When she wasn’t writing, she illustrated her writings. She learned to paint of her own, and has had her work exhibited in several art exhibitions at home and abroad.

Then life happened – and though the writing continued, other things took over. After having fulfilled her childhood dream of studying Egyptology, there finally was time to reach for the other childhood dream of being an author. The first books published was parts one and two of the Nephilim Quest fantasy series – based on ancient human mythology and the history of ancient Egypt. These were written under the pen name Leena Maria.

For this is what Leena Maria’s novel have in common: ancient Egypt. She holds both the Certificate in Egyptology and the Diploma in Egyptology from the University of Manchester. Though her studies have been academic, her books celebrate the power of imagination. History is definitely not dry in Leena’s novels!

Leena is also writing illustrated children’s books about ancient Egypt under her name Leena Pekkalainen. The first one came out in the fall of 2016 (How I Became a Mummy – Mr Mummific’s tongue-in-cheek explanation about mummification for children of all ages) and the sequel (Mummies, Monsters and the Ship of Millions) comes out in the fall on 2017. Leena Maria has just published book nr 2 in the Nephilim Quest -series, Moon Daughter and is writing book nr 3. She has also published the first book of the humorous Space Witches -series (The Book of Witches).

Leena divides her time between researching ancient Egypt, writing novels and painting. Occasional lectures about ancient Egypt keep her busy too.

In addition to history, she has always been interested in human mythology, which weaves into her stories. Also animals and nature are close to her heart – thanks to the long childhood summers spent at the beautiful Finnish archipelago, observing birds, insects, sea and forest animals for hours on end. Ancient forests and the sea have an especially important place in her heart.

Leena Maria lives in the southwest corner of Finland, in Finland’s oldest city Turku which was established 800 years ago.

Her author website is at


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