Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
:..Reviewed for Red's Midnight Readers..::
I was given an ARC copy via netgalley and have given it 4 stars.
First of all....I love the cover. A cover should catch your eye and make you want to pick the book up and this one certainly does that.
I went into this never having heard of the author and not knowing what to expect from the novel but found myself pleasantly surprised at it's content.
The plot itself is very intriguing and quite an interesting concept, having read nothing of it's kind before.
The story moves along quite quickly to begin with and then proceeds at a steady pace but lacks any real action until the second half.
However, I found there was too much detail in some places that made it difficult to follow the story and had to go back and re-read sections where I had found myself skimming the story.
Overall this is pleasant and reasonably well written fantasy that I would recommend to any fantasy fan.
Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.
Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.
In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.
"Both original and exciting - with a fierce heroine, a fast-paced plot, and a fascinating world. Fans of dark fantasy - pick this one up!" Mari Mancusi - Award winning author of the Scorched series and the Blood Coven Vampires
". . . vividly imagined and deftly plotted dark fantasy . . ." BookLife Prize in Fiction
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