Even the Darkest Stars

Even the Darkest Stars By Heather Fawcett are Kindle Welcome to my aut

Even the Darkest Stars By Heather Fawcett are Kindle Welcome to my author page I wrote the YA fantasy series Even the Darkest Stars Book 1 coming Fall 2017 , as well as some weird short stories that can be found in various places Random trivia about me I strongly believe ice cream is a food group I read all sorts of things Favourite writers include Maya Angelou, Diana Wynne Jones, and Charles Dickens I love wordy, twisty Victorian novels with sentences so long you get lost in them When I was a kid I wanted to be a 1 ballet dancer 2 astronaut 3 bus driver and 4 writer One out of four isn t bad I love photography I grew up in Vancouver and am often annoyingly outdoorsy I ve spent extended periods of time in Italy and Ireland I like making lists A lot.. Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in hKamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected for his next expedition This is Kamzin s chance to prove herself even though River s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what s most important to her protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected or prepared for with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.. Bestseller Book Even the Darkest Stars “I never thought someone like you could exist.” He watched me with a half smile on his face. “A girl from a tiny village many explorers have never even heard of, with greater skill than most of them will ever possess.”Super special heroine... ✓Love triangle... ✓ Hot dude #1 is lifelong best friend... ✓Hot dude #2 is an obnoxious newcomer... ✓Virtually nothing happens for 75% of the book... ✓The only reason I am not giving this one star is because the setting is so excellent. The author's world-building is undeniably strong and I have never read about a fantasy version of the Himalayas with a culture based on that of Nepalese people. I want to rate it higher based on that premise alone. Unfortunately, though, nothing else impressed me. The characters were stock and forgettable, and I seem to often have a problem with journey books when the plot in its entirety consists of a bunch of people moving from one location to another. It is especially dull in cases like this when the narrator (and, therefore, the reader) is not told why they are going or what they are looking for. It leaves me asking the question: why should I care?The strong sense of place cannot hold this book up on its own. It's a painfully-boring slow trek through the Himalayan wilderness as Kamzin develops feelings for the mysterious River Shara, whilst also trying not to hurt her best friend and ex - Tem. All we know is that River has been sent on an expedition by the Emperor to find something and he needs Kamzin to lead him there. By "there", I mean through the perilous Mount Raksha. There's too much conversation and journeying and not enough action. If you are a huge fan of mountaineering and think a mountain expedition sounds like an exciting story, then you might have more luck with this. But without more exciting characters, or just some tension or drama in general, I found it very hard to persevere. There was once in the whole book when my interest stirred - I made a note of it! - and that was at 75%, and it unfortunately didn't mark a turning point. The brief excitement quickly died down again.I thought there was a lot of missed potential, to be honest. In the early chapters, we hear about witches and mountain spirits - I was really intrigued by the bird-human monsters - but for the vast majority of the book, these are just stories and very little is done with them. The witches, especially, are notably absent (view spoiler)[with the obvious exception (hide spoiler)], though theories about them pop up in many conversations.Ultimately, I just think neither the story nor the characters are particularly interesting. I applaud the author for heading into new territory, but this journey did nothing for me.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

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  1. Welcome to my author page I wrote the YA fantasy series Even the Darkest Stars Book 1 coming Fall 2017 , as well as some weird short stories that can be found in various places Random trivia about me I strongly believe ice cream is a food group I read all sorts of things Favourite writers include Maya Angelou, Diana Wynne Jones, and Charles Dickens I love wordy, twisty Victorian novels with sentences so long you get lost in them When I was a kid I wanted to be a 1 ballet dancer 2 astronaut 3 bus driver and 4 writer One out of four isn t bad I love photography I grew up in Vancouver and am often annoyingly outdoorsy I ve spent extended periods of time in Italy and Ireland I like making lists A lot.

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  1. I never thought someone like you could exist He watched me with a half smile on his face A girl from a tiny village many explorers have never even heard of, with greater skill than most of them will ever possess Super special heroine Love triangle Hot dude 1 is lifelong best friend Hot dude 2 is an obnoxious newcomer Virtually nothing happens for 75% of the book The only reason I am not giving this one star is because the setting is so excellent The author s world building is undeniably strong a [...]


  2. This was kind of like my experience with Three Dark Crowns where I loved the setting but wasn t sure how I felt about the actual story until the last 15% where I was screaming internally and NEED THE SEQUEL NOW So good Ok I m going to try to explain the awesomeness of this story without spoilers Kamzin is training to be the shaman in a Himalayan village in a fictional kingdom, but she isn t as good at magic as her friend Tem Kamzin would rather be an explorer like her mother, who died in an expe [...]


  3. This sounded so different from your standard YA fantasy novel with the mountainous Himalayan setting being the most standout aspect I was excited for the Royal Explorer to come in and pit sister against sister Unfortunately, other than the setting, everything else was entirely forgettable If I hadn t read this as quickly as I did, if only to get past the slow pace, I would ve forgotten details needed to go on Now after sitting on the story for a week before reviewing, I can remember the big thin [...]


  4. That ending really saved this from being a THREE STAR.I mean hello BIG TWIST.I MEAN hellloooooooooooooI am going to need book two right NOW ahh I can t wait


  5. DNF 74%.Hmm Hmmmmm I m feeling very conflicted about this book It had a really promising start, and the worldbuilding was consistently FANTASTIC The descriptions of the rugged terrain of the mountain range, the snow and ice and glaciers, the sense of mysticism and legend, the PET DRAGONS felt like the kind of story told around a campfire on a chilly night, full of so much adventure and potential that you can feel it crackling in the cool air Unfortunately.ne of the atmosphere and gorgeous settin [...]


  6. I ve never read anything quite like this.4.25 stars.YA fantasy is my most read genre, but Even the Darkest Stars surprised me It s not about saving the world or defeating an evil ruler or winning some magical competition It s about climbing a mountain no one has ever climbed and survived before, and it s set in a fantasy empire inspired by the Himalayas.The setting felt magical, and it had a rich, detailed mythology The people of Azmiri have familiars, magical talismans, and use small dragons to [...]


  7. 3.5 starsGosh, Even the Darkest Stars was absolutely beautiful The setting especially most of this book takes place in the mountains, because our characters are trying to find an ancient talisman at the top of Mount Raksha Incidentally, this book could really do with a map, but the world building itself was very nicely done We re talking about an age old feud between humankind and witches, pet dragons, familiars, pet dragons, shamanism, PET DRAGONS All of it pampered around this beautiful scener [...]


  8. A solid 5 star read I didn t really know what to expect when I picked this up but it definitely wasn t what was contained within Even the Darkest Stars is a fabulous, dark and snow filled read with some great characters Kamzin, River, Tem and Ragtooth, of course and leaves you wanting The atmosphere is tense and eerie and the descriptions of the mountains were superb I followed Kamzin every step of the way and I even figured out one of the characters from nearly halfway in I knew there was some [...]


  9. I m tempted to award a whole extra star for the sole fact that this isn t a trilogy and everything will be resolved in the next book Buuuut.Okay, real talk The setting in EVEN THE DARKEST STARS is so cool see what I did there, ps it s about climbing a giant freezing cold snowy ass mountain, incase you didn t know , I m pretty sure it s based off the Himalayas, and it s so vivid and breathtaking Which is the upside to a book set around a journey style adventure Bad news It s an entire book set ar [...]


  10. 3.5 starsI know I carry on about the flow in stories a lot, but really it can make all the difference and pull a mediocre tale up at least a star and Heather Fawcett has a style that s so easy to read that I found it hard to put this one down even during the slower parts Add to that the small mountainside setting and an adventurous trek surrounded by mysteries I loved those aspects The pacing was a bit off through the middle slow and end rushed , but aside from that, I m looking forward to some [...]


  11. They climb a mountain.The Story I was really looking forward to this book When I picked it up I said to myself, Mountains, Gandalf Mountains No joke, I like to quote LOTR aloud quite a bit But you know what That s all that there really was to this book Sure there was actual story going on in the background, but in the foreground Climbing, hiking, snowing, falling, climbing, mountain village, mountain peak, valleys, forest, snow shoes, rope, rocks, etc THEN at 90% the story changes, you get some [...]


  12. OMG s been awhile since I have enjoyed a book as much as I did this one Even though I found myself frustrated with the heroinee still tugged at my heartstrings And River I don t know whether to love him or hate him.Only the next book in the series will help with thisd now I have to wait a WHOLE YEAR UGH


  13. Wow, this took me by surprise and swept me off my feet I loved this story from start to finish and devoured it in almost one sitting I loved all of the different characters in this, and the mountainous setting was so unique That ending has left me dying for the second book


  14. 21 Oktober 2017 Ich h tte niemals zu Even the Darkest Stars gegriffen, w re es nicht in meiner FairyLoot von September enthalten gewesen Ich hatte dieses Buch nicht einmal auf meinem Radar , ehrlich gesagt aber als ich erstmalig von der Pr misse las, war ich gleich Feuer und Flamme f r Kamzins Abenteuer Zumindest ich habe noch nie etwas in der Art gelesen, fand die Idee einfach unglaublich cool.Obwohl es sich bei Even the Darkest Stars um ihr Deb t handelt, gelang es Heather Fawcett m helos, mic [...]


  15. I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of ETDS, and it s as incredible as it sounds a breathless adventure in a truly unique setting Though Fawcett doesn t hold back describing the brutalities of mountain climbing, I couldn t help but want to be there with the characters, taking in this landscape of sparkling, sharp edged beauty layered with unforgettable monsters, high altitude perils, and magic both gorgeous and terrifying Above all, I m sad to leave Kamzin and River behind This is the [...]


  16. Source Edelweiss Genre Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Epic Rating 3.5 4 MY Thoughts Even the Darkest Stars is the first installment in debut author Heather Fawcett s Even the Darkest Stars duology, with the sequel scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2018 17 year old Kamzin is the protagonist She lives on Mount Azmiri, and is the youngest daughter of the village elder Her sister Lusha is all about astrology and studying the stars to see what the future holds Kamzin is also apprentice to the vill [...]


  17. 3.5 Stars UPDATE Full Review can also be found on Lair Of Bookslairofbooksblog.wordpressPLOTI typically read the Synopsis before writing my Plot summary I m a bit confused this time around The order of events how they happened aren t exactly correct in the synopsis this is the first time I ve seen this happen on GR So, my Plot discussion will differ from what is listed in GR and for that reason I ve decided to exclude their synopsis from my review.We meet our MC Kamzin in the midst of the excite [...]


  18. Lots of adventure and tons of surprises The pace was almost perfect and I loved seeing all the challenges Kamzin, River and Tem face My only wish was for backstory of Kamzin s life and details about the magic system.



  19. Even the Darkest Stars is a fantasy story set in a fictional version of the Himalayas where magic, witches and demons are real As the youngest daughter of the village chief Kamzin has spent her life training to become the next Shaman but magic isn t something that comes easily to her and all she really wants to do is become an explorer like her late mother was When one of the Emperor s elite royal explorers comes to the village to prepare for an expedition to Raksha everyone expects Kamzin s sis [...]


  20. Cover reveal got me like The story definitely sounds different compared to anything I ve read as of late, so hopefully this is good



  21. Even the Darkest Stars was a beautifully atmospheric read The Himalayan inspired fantasy world it was set in was, by far, my favourite aspect of the story The world truly came to life under Fawcett s writing style She truly has a knack for world building with the way she was able to seamlessly blend Nepalese culture with her unique magic system I adored that so many different magical races were present, especially how they tied in with the characters own folklore The mini dragons were just so ad [...]


  22. I really enjoyed this book I thought the setting was great, characters were well developed, there was a good mix of action, humour, intrigue and plot development and I m really looking forward to the next book.


  23. Maybe of a 3.5 stars I really enjoyed this one I think the middle was slow, but the beginning and the ending Well, aside from THAT one thing that I refuse to even think about were awesome


  24. I went into this book with very low expectations I had a vague idea of what it was about and the cover was beautiful so I had planned to read it maybe someday Then I discovered that it has a Himalayan esque setting and Asian inspired fantasy was my thing in 2017, so I decided to pick it up I think it was one of my best decisions of 2017.I loved the main character, Kamzin, from the get go She is a Gryffindor through and through, who climbs mountains like a nimble goat I m still amazed by her abil [...]


  25. Checkout my full review on my blog omgbooksandbooksI m a bit conflicted about this one There were many elements I really liked and there were some that I didn t Because I was left so conflicted, I m not sure if I want to continue the series but I ll highlight some of the things I liked from this book in this review The world building is one of the most unique I have ever read I could imagine that I was in the mountains along with the characters on their trek to Raksha The elements within the wor [...]


  26. Thaaaaat ending Wow There were some slower bits in the middle but the ending was so so good I must have book 2 immediately I feel a tad obsessed with this book and characters The setting was awesome The characters amazing Gah loved it.


  27. You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 2.5 Ah, my poor, conflicted thoughts on this book This was a much anticipated one for me, so I am a bit bummed that I didn t love it It wasn t terrible, but it wasn t quite what I had hoped for either Some things worked really well, while a few others didn t so much So, as always, let s begin with the good The Stuff I Liked The atmosphere was on point, just as I had hoped Since this boo [...]


  28. 4.5 starsYou re reading along, on the virtual edge of your seat You re at the so called resolution of the book and BAM You hit the ABOUT THE AUTHOR page sad trombone It was just getting really, really good It s okay I m okay Honestly, Even the Darkest Stars was such a surprisingly awesome story, I can totally forgive the cliffhanger ending Me, the person who really hates cliffhangers Shall I elaborate I ll try to keep this succinct but I ve already tried three times to keep it short and all atte [...]


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