But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. So strong that Sheetal loses control, and a flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star’s blood can heal.
Sheetal has no choice but to answer the starsong and ascend to the sky. But her celestial family has summoned her for a reason: to act as their human champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of heavens.
Desperate to save her father, Sheetal agrees. But nothing could have prepared Sheetal to face the stars’ dark history—or the forces that are working to shut the gate between the realms for good.
Mini bullet point review !
1) First let’s admire that fabulous cover by Charlie Bowater! And I had the special edition of Fairyloot meaning there is a fantastic art on the reverse jacket!
2) I had high expectations for that book, being sold as a competition in the star realm. Alas, the competition felt flat to me, barely there. There was talk of it but the preparation, rehearsals were not detailed. I expected a “battle” between champions with several rounds, kind of Hunger Games but with talents. In reality, there was not much of it.
3)The story was up for a great start!
I loved learning about the life and secrets Sheetal had to maintain, I loved when she began transforming and I loved the magic market. The “trip” to the stars with Minal jumping from cloud to cloud.
But then… the rest dragged on really.
4) The pacing was uneven with some fast parts and others stalling…
5) I loved the idea, the universe, the mythology and the tales.
This is not a bad YA but I didn’t find it exceptional either. Maybe I had too high expectations? Just..read other reviews and don’t let mine stop you as reading is a personal experience and you might end up loving this story!
Have you read that story?
Thanks for reading!
I’m sorry this was a mixed bag for you! I haven’t read it yet but I’ll try to lower my expectation when I finally get around to it. Great review, though! 🙂
That cover really does seem to hint at a good one. So sorry that it didn’t work out for you, Sophie! Great honest thoughts for this one. 😀
That cover is absolutely gorgeous
The concept for this one has had me intrigued. I don’t think that I could handle that slow pace either. 🙂
Nice review, Sophie! I got through the first 5-ish chapters — it’s back on my TBR for now — and had many of the same thoughts. My biggest ehhhh came from the descriptions of Indian culture … there wasn’t anything subtle about it, and it felt more like a cultural manual vs. story. (My comparison is City of Brass, which has such a superb atmosphere!)
Well yes you are right about the culture!!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one, Sophie. I’m sorry to hear it wasn’t a great read for you. I agree about the gorgeous cover though.
Thank You Suzanne!
Great review, Sophie! I’m sorry it didn’t wow you! But the edition you have is truly stunning