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White Star [Paperback]

Beth Vaughan
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21 May 2009

The Lady High Priestess Evelyn, known as Evie to her friends, is a healer, dedicated to using her magic in the service of the goddess to aid others and give strength where it is needed. Orrin Blackheart couldn't be more different. With his black armour, a black name and a blacker reputation, he's been feared and hated in equal parts.

So on his defeat and capture in battle, the Goddesses insistence that Evie saves him from a death sentence astonishes them both - as does the growing attraction between them.

But in saving Orrin Evie condemns herself to a prohibition on her magic and a penance posting on the edges of the land, while to retain his salvation Orrin must battle a spreading plague across the land. Fate clearly has plans for them both - but to fulfill them, both must survive the perils ahead.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575084243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575084247
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 15.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic fantasy from a wonderful storyteller.

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Beth Vaughan is a bankruptcy and financial lawyer in real life, and a keen fantasy role-player. She lives in Ohio.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 1 July 2009
This is a great book, if possible, even better than the first book "Red Gloves". This book centres around Lady High Priestess Evelyn and Orrin Blackhart, and many of the characters from the first book we meet again. The romance between the two main characters was perfect and couldn't have been written better. This book grips you from page one right to the end, I can't wait for the next book to come out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to "Red Gloves" 17 Aug 2010
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
"White Star" is the second book in a new fantasy series set in the same Universe as the author's "War Prize" trilogy, but with most of the action taking place hundreds of miles away in a Kingdom torn by civil war and known as the Land of Palins.

These stories should if at all possible be read in the right order: all three published to date have surprise endings, and if you read a later book first it will give away the endings of the earlier ones.

The first three books in this series are

1) Red Gloves (also published as Dagger Star (Berkley Sensation))
2) This book, "White Star"
3) Destiny's Star

I strongly suspect from the ending of book three that there will be at least one more.

You do not have to have read the "War Prize" trilogy to understand or enjoy this series. That story has no direct overlap with "Red Gloves" or "White Star" although in one of the last scenes of this book, one of the minor characters turns out to be a Warrior-Priest from the Plains. In the third book two of the characters in this story do visit the Plains, which is how we know that the events of this series are taking part on the same world and at about the same time. If you are interested in reading the War Prize trilogy it consists of

1) Warprize
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sequel to Red Gloves 20 Aug 2012
White star is the second book in the Palins series, following on from Red gloves.

After reading about the Chosen's adventures in the first book, I was eager to get my hands on this book, and Vaughan did not let me down. This episode in the series was even better than the first installment, and I grew to love all the characters involved, especially Orrin's band of helpers ( the source of all the amusing moments in the book)

Evelyn is a lot weaker in many ways as a protagonist than Red gloves was, but she made up for it by having a strong storyline with Orrin. This book is described as romantic fantasy and I agree to some intents, but this book can also be read by any lovers of magic fantasy.

The story revolves around Evelyn' and her Goddess choosing to save Orrin Blackheart (a villian from the first book) from a death sentance and the resulting quest to pardon his people from their crimes. I thought the plot of this book was alot stronger than the previous and I found myself flying through the book, desperate to find out what was to happen.

I am very intrigued as to how the magic in this series affects the series of the plains, as we now know the worlds lie side by side. I expect this will be looked at further in the third installment - Destiny's Star.

I highly recommend this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars well written fantasy 23 Jan 2011
As a middle aged male I am not sure I would have picked this up had I not read and enjoyed the previous book Red Gloves. Yep there is a slight romantic element but this is also a well written fantasy. It does follow on from Red Gloves and I recommend you read that first to put this more fully into context.

In this we have Lady High Priestess Evelyn getting a message from above to save captured Orrin Blackheart from execution. It seems that Blackheart can earn a pardon by riding the kingdom of the undead army that roams free. Of course Evelyn also gets mixed up in the battle and finds herself drawing closer and closer to Blackheart. Looking back at what I have just written gives this a soft and slushy edge, but actually Beth Vaughan writes very well, with wit and good characterisation and she knows how to tweak a plot.

It's a shame this is painted as romantic fantasy because I am not sure it is, and I think the author would excel at mainstream fantasy.
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