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
Format Type:Kindle Edition
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.

  • Sarah Glenn Marsh
    Mar 13, 2017

    Official Comments: A lush adventure filled with magic, myth, and monsters. EVEN THE DARKEST STARS will sweep you off your feet, steal your heart somewhere between the mountains and sky, and leave you breathless.

    Unofficial Comments: This book has everything a human could possibly want! Dragons kept as pets and used for their luminescent qualities; sibling relationships; fast pacing; adventure; well-drawn, dynamic characters; ghosts; rich legends; thorough world building...what more could one ask

    Official Comments: A lush adventure filled with magic, myth, and monsters. EVEN THE DARKEST STARS will sweep you off your feet, steal your heart somewhere between the mountains and sky, and leave you breathless.

    Unofficial Comments: This book has everything a human could possibly want! Dragons kept as pets and used for their luminescent qualities; sibling relationships; fast pacing; adventure; well-drawn, dynamic characters; ghosts; rich legends; thorough world building...what more could one ask for?!

    I LOVE this book and can't wait to hold the hardcover in my hands- this is one of those cases where the words within outshine even such a beautiful cover!

    CHECK THIS BOOK OUT!!!

  • 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

  • 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.

    This i

    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.

  • 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.

  • Kara
    Jun 04, 2017

    For those that need the warning, there are several animal deaths in this book. They happen fast but are fairly descriptive. I'm still a bit traumatized.

    Some things you will find in

    : witches, creepy forests, animal familiars, shamanism, ghosts, avalanches, yaks, talismans, fire demons, and astronomy.

    I was going to give this book 5 stars until almost the very end. There was something that happened that I found emotionally manipulative and unnecessary to the plot. I don't th

    For those that need the warning, there are several animal deaths in this book. They happen fast but are fairly descriptive. I'm still a bit traumatized.

    Some things you will find in

    : witches, creepy forests, animal familiars, shamanism, ghosts, avalanches, yaks, talismans, fire demons, and astronomy.

    I was going to give this book 5 stars until almost the very end. There was something that happened that I found emotionally manipulative and unnecessary to the plot. I don't think it made the ending have more of an impact, and so it was not needed. What happened really bothered me, and it affected my overall enjoyment of the book.

    Aside from that though, wow, this book was fabulous. Well researched, amazing world-building, and you can clearly see that the author cares about the culture she wrote about. I didn't read the blurb before I started this book, and I guessed it was set in a fictional Himalayan village before I was told that was the case, so well done on the the author's part in really giving it that realistic flavor. Also, there are NOT a lot of books out there that use Himalayan settings, culture, and mythology as the base for a fantasy novel, and I have read exactly ZERO young adult books that are set in Himalayan countries. I definitely want more after reading this.

    The protagonist is a bad-ass, but she's also definitely flawed and is well attuned to her own weaknesses and strengths. There is definitely romance in this book, but I wouldn't say it's the focal point at all. I thought for a while there was going to be a love triangle and I was on board with it because both guys (Tem and River) were completely different, but that didn't end up happening the way I thought it would at all.

    Big ups for writing about mountain climbing in a really accessible way that almost anyone could understand. The author captured the excitement and danger at the same time, and I can tell she modeled Raksha (the big mountain they have to climb) after Everest. A few years ago I read a really long and detailed article about what climbing Everest is like, and I'm wondering if she read the same article because a lot of stuff in that article showed up in this book.

    Anyway, I really, really loved this book and it's developed cast of lovable and eccentric characters. I'm a bit pissed over the ending, but I'm fully invested and will DEFINITELY be reading the second book. For the record, I didn't hate the entire ending, just the one part. The way it closed out and left new and exciting threads for the next book was absolutely fantastic, especially since I thought I knew the protagonist well enough to not do what she did, but it entirely caught me by surprise.

    It's tough to talk about this without spoilers, so I guess you're just gonna have to read it!

  • Lexi
    Apr 24, 2017

    "My mother had once compared guilt to a dagger. You can let it defeat you, strike you down, or you can take it and use it as a weapon against the world."

    Okay but that ending. I didn't see it coming. Someone help my poor broken heart because just when I gave into river and his charm he betrayed me and Kazmin. How am I supposed to move on with that ending????

    I need book two like now.

    ‪"My mother had once compared guilt to a dagger. You can let it defeat you, strike you down, or you can take it and use it as a weapon against the world.‬"

    Okay but that ending. I didn't see it coming. Someone help my poor broken heart because just when I gave into river and his charm he betrayed me and Kazmin. How am I supposed to move on with that ending????

    I need book two like now.


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