The Girl and the Stars *Sparkled*

*I received this from Netgalley in exchange for review- but the hot take is all me 😉*

the girl and the starsAnd my hot take is that this is an EPIC start to a new series! Intriguing and with chilling breadcrumbs scattered along the way, I had so many thoughts on the opening alone! From the instant I picked up the book, I was immersed in the world of the Book of the Ancestor once more, I was gripped by the icy setting, I was struck by the promise of something a little different… and I wasn’t disappointed.

With its fantastical edge and carefully balanced storytelling style, the writing was nothing short of awe-inspiring. I felt like I plunged a thousand feet into another world.

Even more so, I was stunned by the world building. Though you don’t have to read Book of the Ancestor (as much as I recommend it!) to get to this bad boy, it is set in the same world. And this book doesn’t simply resurrect the world of Red Sister, it excavates deep into its bones and plants something new. Out of that story, we get an entirely new fantasy to capture our imaginations. There were fascinating developments in the lore; there were intriguing hints at all that is to come. This was a substantial expansion of the world- and it came from the most unexpected of directions. And it was a most welcome distraction in the current times.

The characters were interesting as well- particularly Thurin. Yaz herself stood out, not just because of her powers, but for her inspirational grit and determination. I will admit that I did have some trouble connecting to her as a main character- though I cannot say for certain where this disconnect came from and I have a sneaking suspicion this is because of my mood while reading, so please bear that in mind.

The person I actually liked the most, surprisingly, was one of the villains. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I found his tone delightful and even wise at times. It was a clever touch and left a deep impression on me.

Plotwise it’s a non-stop thrill ride, hurtling by so fast you won’t have time to stop and think about where it’s headed. By the time it came to the end, I was breathless I’d completely lost sight of this world. Then, just when you think it’s all over: BAM! The twists hit out of nowhere and they’re powerful. The strong opening was undoubtedly matched by a brilliant ending. Best of all, I can see that it’s all building to something spectacular. It makes for a bright start to a new series!

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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So, do you plan to read this? Or have you read the Book of the Ancestor? Let me know in the comments!

24 thoughts on “The Girl and the Stars *Sparkled*

  1. Well, this is the first “high praise” review for this from the people I follow. Everyone else seems to be rather “Eh, it was ok, maybe pretty good, but not as good as….”

    So here’s to hoping the series stays at such a high water mark for you 🙂

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    1. Ah I understand that- but I think there’s so much that’s promising about this series (and tbh, my brain’s been a bit switched off lately and it’s the only high fantasy book I’ve been able to get into in a long while)

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  2. Wow, you seem really enthusiastic about this book, so I am … intrigued? I don’t know if I have the mental capacity to start another high fantasy series, especially one that has only just started and not several books out yet, but I will keep an eye out for it. I do like it when I get to enjoy a good villain.

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    1. Glad to hear it! 😀 Ah I totally get that- I’m not reading much high fantasy or sci fi right now tbh (just this one). And that’s fair- I often like to wait for a whole series to come out before checking it out! Yeah me too! 🙂

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