Jacqueline Carey is back with an amazing adventure not seen since her New York Times bestselling Kushiels Legacy series. Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.Let your mind be like the eye of the hawkDestined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him.In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identitybut in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction.If Khai is to keep his souls twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine....
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Jacqueline Carey's epic fantasy novel Starless showcases her skill as a worldbuilder and writer, but especially her wonderful gift for storytelling. Although I did find the smaller scale earlier parts of the book a bit more compelling than later parts, I still absolutely loved Starless.
4 1/2 stars
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4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/07/05/...
I’m a huge fan of Jacqueline Carey and will read anything she writes no matter the genre or subject, but I do believe she is in her element whenever she tackles epic fantasy because the format lends itself well to her style. Hence, I was so excited when I found out about Starless. Carey is a master worldbuilder who has also written some of my favorite characters of all time, and I feel that opportunities like these are w ...more
4.5 I loved this. Incredibly beautiful and heartfelt story. It's like a piece of folklore.
The characters are wonderful. Khai is a treasure and the world building with the gods being fallen stars is fascinating. I think my only complaint would be that the third act could have been longer. So many characters were introduced that I would have loved to get to know them better. While it didn't feel rushed, I just would have liked the chance to bond with these new characters more, especially consider ...more
3.5 stars. I felt like it was very unbalanced. The beginning was very drawn out and detailed, yet the second half of the book - the real "meat" of the story - was so rushed I didn't really have a chance to care too deeply for some characters.
Sigh. Carey is such an amazing story-teller. I have read everything she has ever written, and some things several, several times.
This book is one of her best. The world that these characters live in is so fascinating and complete. I would happily read story after story set in any of the countries or the backstory of any of the secondary characters.
And that's always been the highligt of Carey's writing, that excellent world-building is paired with in-depth character development. Just beautiful.
Mmmm, a game of two halves or rather a tale of three thirds.. I enjoyed the extended training of the first 30%. I had a distinct understanding of the nature and character of the brothers. They had flaws and strengths and I enjoyed reading about them.
The move to Court was uneven. Some good, some irritating. The wives and children of the king blend together with few individuals standing out.
Final third, I feel the characters were more or less reduced to verbal tics, yah, my darling? The pacing wa ...more
So good! I can't speak to the trans representation, but the story and characters were mesmerizing. :)