Starless

Starless

Book - 2019 | First edition., First trade paperback edition: May 2019.
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Destined 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 identity... but 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 soul's 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.
Publisher: New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2019.
Edition: First edition., First trade paperback edition: May 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780765386847
Branch Call Number: CAREY
Characteristics: 587 pages ; 24 cm

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Jul 11, 2018

Anything Carey writes will always be compared to her great classic Kushiel's Dart. Starless begins well - an accounting of a boy/girl child who will become the shadow protector to one of the king's daughters. In many ways, the parallel story of Phaedra from the Kushiel series who is taken from her home and apprenticed to a good but hard taskmaster. When she finally connects with her soul partner, their quest begins. In the Kushiel series the opponents are men, and the struggle is in it's own way, equal. A better comparison with this story would be the Lord of the Rings series where the hero's journey is against wizards of much greater strength, but whose earthly representatives are men. In Starless the heroes journey/quest is waged against a god, whose earthly antagonists are scores and scores of the walking dead and spiders. In the end it all seems very unsatisfying - a great beginning gone to waste.

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