Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

Even the Darkest Stars

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 h...

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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:304 pages

Even the Darkest Stars Reviews

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    May 10, 2017

    Even the Darkest Stars sounds like the expedition book I never knew I needed. I am so intrigued by the mountain climbing and exploring aspects, and the mountainous setting is so unique! The fact that the main character’s sister is also a rival is an interesting turn of events. Everything about this book seems so original, and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until this fall to read it!

  • Lisa
    Jun 02, 2017

    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 more backstory of Kamzin's life and more details about the magic system.

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Feb 15, 2017

    Cover reveal got me like...

    The story definitely sounds different compared to anything I've read as of late, so hopefully this is good

  • Dani
    Apr 11, 2017

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for An honest review.

    Even The Darkest Star was nothing less and nothing more than an enjoyable read. It started out strong and ended strong, but somewhere in the middle, my interest vanished. The book was set in the fantastical Himalayan Kingdom, being one of the main reasons I felt so compelled to read it. And it didn't disappoint. Such a beautiful and magical world the author created here with vivid and hypnotizing descriptions. And both MC were

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for An honest review.

    Even The Darkest Star was nothing less and nothing more than an enjoyable read. It started out strong and ended strong, but somewhere in the middle, my interest vanished. The book was set in the fantastical Himalayan Kingdom, being one of the main reasons I felt so compelled to read it. And it didn't disappoint. Such a beautiful and magical world the author created here with vivid and hypnotizing descriptions. And both MC were incredible and delightfully complex.

    So, I know what you are asking -- why I only three stars? Despite strong world-building and interesting characters, Even the Darkest Stars was just - boring. The journey part was incredibly slow and kept dragging, while nothing meaningful actually happened. All of the sudden, towards the end, the author tries to cramp 400-pages worth of turns and twist in a mere 50-pages. It was too much; it felt forced. I wish she could have spaced it out. It would have made a difference.

  • Margaret Rogerson
    Feb 14, 2017

    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.

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    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 rare book that transports you so fully to a different world you feel as though you have lived there and explored it yourself, destined to be read over and over until its cover falls apart.

    I absolutely can’t wait for the sequel.

  • Ben
    Jan 13, 2017

    I'm definitely reading this.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Apr 26, 2017

    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 explor

    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 expedition that she and her sister Lusha survived.

    One day the emperor's Royal Explorer shows up in the village and Lusha (who can read the stars) vanishes with one of his men. Kamzin then sets off as a guide to the Royal Explorer, a super cute nineteen year old guy named River Shara. Her friend Tem comes along because he's obviously interested in Kamzin aaaaand a love triangle ensues.

    River explains to Kamzin that the emperor took the power of the witches and bound it, but the spell is weakening. He needs a powerful talisman that the witches left in their sky city on the top of Raksha, the world's tallest mountain. Nobody's ever climbed that mountain, but if the witches get their power back they could destroy everything. But Kamzin finds out there are two sides to every story... and that's all I shall say about that.

    I like this story a lot more looking back on it now that I know where it's going. I did lose some interest in the middle while the characters and story wandered around a bit. And I'm not against love triangles as a rule - I just like it when they're not the main focus of the story.

    BUT THE SETTING IS SO COMPLETELY GORGEOUS and magical and I just loved it.

    A lot of things seem sketchy or barely touched on because the actual plot isn't revealed until 85%. It's waaaay more interesting once the whole story gets going at the end! The plot twist is kind of obvious, but that didn't hurt anything. It was just fun to see the story suddenly pick up and get AWESOME. (And the other parts of the story were never

    ... I just wasn't sure how much I cared yet).

    - SNOWY MOUNTAIN SETTING. I need more Himalayan stories, please.

    - fire demons

    - shapeshifting witches

    - Kamzin's familiar is a wee mangy fox

    - fiangul bird people (travelers lost in blizzards who were possessed by winged spirits & lure others to the same fate)

    - dragons!!!!

    - solid writing

    - I freaking love explorers.

    - Kamzin makes a lot of tough calls and really directs the story through her choices instead of letting the story happen to her

    So in the end I absolutely loved this world and am really excited to see what the sequel does now!!

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    Jul 07, 2017

    3.5 stars

    I 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

    3.5 stars

    I 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 ass-kicking in the next book.


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