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Dagger Star (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Vaughan
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425220613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425220610
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new book from Elizabeth Vaughan 28 Mar 2008
By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
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Elizabeth Vaughan's writes romance novels that pack a real punch. Her books have emotional depth and a real plot, they have wonderful, vivid characters who are part of compelling relationships and inhabit beautifully rendered worlds.

Dagger-Star takes place in the same world as the Warprize series, but in a different country - the tribes of the plains are alluded to occasionally which make a nice connection with the previous trilogy.

The book is set in Palins a kingdom once ruled by a monarch and a high council of Lords, but the sudden death of the king, his wife and the heir in mysterious circumstances has plunged the kingdom into chaos and civil war. It becomes clear that the rule of the Regent is cruel and that atrocities are being committed and permitted.

The book follows Red Gloves, a mercenary, who has come to Palins hoping to find employment in these troubled times. She finds herself at the centre of the rebellion when her dagger-star birth mark is revealed - for the people of Palins it marks her out a one of the Chosen, who a prophecy says will cast out the usurper and return the Kingdom to wise rule. The story follows Red Gloves and the rebels as they build alliances to take back the kingdom.

The story is built up beautifully, gradually revealing more of the history of Palins and of Red Gloves and slowly bringing out the details of the characters and their motivations.

The characters in the book are wonderful.

Red Gloves is a fascinating mix of characteristics - she is a powerful warrior and beautiful sensual woman, she can be crude and brutally practical, but also demonstrates considerable political savvy and tactical skills. She also lives with the scars of a terrible past.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY IF YOU HAVE RED GLOVES!! 21 April 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book itself is brilliant but it is the exact same book as red gloves!! so do not buy twice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Book in New Fantasy Series 2 April 2008
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Dagger-Star tells the story of Red Gloves - a female mercenary who has come to the land of Palins in search of work. Josiah - a goatherder - knows very little about her, but he knows her dagger-star birthmark indicates she's a Chosen. Part of a prophecy that may set the land of Palins free.

Red Gloves is a name, that for me, took some getting used to and I think it distanced me a little from the story to begin with, though by page 7 I was interested and by page 40 completely hooked. It's more like a label than a name as such - she's a mercenary who wears red gloves. This is in a world where people change their names as their circumstances change.

Red is the alpha in this story, and is not exactly the most sensitive person. She's a much more prickly character than Lara(from the War Plains books) not so ready to be the martyr. She's practical to the point of insensitivity, stroppy, knows her own mind. But she's also loyal, brave and determined. This is a woman we believe capable of leading an army.

There is a slight role reversal. Red is very take charge, whilst Josiah is more beta. That doesn't mean he's a wimp - think Daniel Jackson from Stargate. There's strength in being able to bend rather than break. I also think it can be harder to write a believable beta hero, than a believable alpha.

This book has a large 'cast' and is told from multiple points of view, but each character has their own beliefs, quirks, desires and ambitions. Red - the mercenary, Bethral her sword-sister, Ezren - the storyteller, Evelyn - the priestess. I suspect for some people this style won't work, but I do like seeing the same situation through different eyes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! 13 Jun 2008
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I had to write a review, as I received this book yesterday and finished it today. It is that GOOD. The characterisation is superb. Red Gloves is a great warrior with layers, that you want to unpeel and find out how she ticks. I sincerely hope there are more stories written about these lands.

I have read Elizabeth Vaughan's previous trilogy which made me buy this book and I was not disappointed.
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