Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Book Review: The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (Fantasy)

Title: The Girl and the Stars
Author: Mark Lawrence
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Publication Date: 30 April 2020
Pages:
372
Format:
eBook - EPUB
Genre:
Fantasy
Source:
ARC via NetGalley

 


East of the Black Rock, out on the ice, lies a hole down which broken children are thrown.

On the vastness of the ice there is no room for individuals. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is different.

Torn from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her life with, Yaz has to carve a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of danger.

Beneath the ice, Yaz will learn that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined.

She will learn that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she will learn to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it's darkest can you see the stars.


The Girl and the Stars was a captivating read from start to finish. Lawrence's world building is excellent, giving the reader just the right amount of information for them to get a sense of the setting and background, without info dumping. Yaz is a delightful character I really came to care about, while the supporting players are also memorable and well drawn. There is a nice balance of drama/emotion and action/adventure, and the epic cliff-hanger ending left me eager to get hold of book two to find out what will happen next. Recommended for fantasy fans. A solid 4 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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