Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Genre: Teen Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9780545136051
Source: I received a copy for review from the publisher for my book award committee. This is my honest review!
Starcrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Greenmen were after her. They had already killed her partner, and now they were looking for her. Digger, a petty thief needed to get out of the city, and when a party of young rich nobs come along and offer her a way out, who could blame her for seeking safety among them. But as she grows closer to the young Merista Nemair, she finds that the safety of that household may be tenuous at best. When she is caught stealing and blackmailed into spying on her host’s family, Digger wants nothing more than a way out. Unfortunately, it may be too late.
Bunce’s fantasy world is one of intrigue, war, and religious revolution. The king has banned magic and worshipers of the goddess Sar. Years ago, a war raged between the King and the Sarists, but when the King defeated the Sarist, it became dangerous for any of her worshipers.
I usually enjoy fantasy, but politics and religion reign in this novel. It was hard stepping into this world and finding it so unfamiliar. I didn’t understand either the politics or the religion, but I knew that it would result in a complicated explanations.
As a character, I found Digger interesting. She has a past that she is hiding and you really want to know what her secret is. Unfortunately, I found her behavior somewhat irritating—why would you steal from the people who just saved you from death or worse?
This book is the first of a series, which will hopefully continue Digger’s adventures, but I am not sure that I will pick it up. Although the book was full of lavish detail, and wonderful settings, its plot was overly complex and the beginning was very hard to follow. I had a very hard time starting this book despite its opening action sequence.
Overall, this is a good fantasy that will appeal to those willing to plod through the politics. Perhaps the second book will offer more.
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