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- Print Length: 512 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Main Market edition (14 Dec. 2017)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MZ80S1O
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- Customer reviews: 16 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a mix: immersive world-building, secret societies, a flawed and hugely likeable protagonist, and awesome magic (John Gwynne on Starborn)
A brave heroine, a perilous destiny, and an intriguing world full of myth and mystery make for an enthralling read (Gail Z. Martin on Starborn)
A wide-screen fantasy extravaganza with huge stakes (Independent on Starborn)
A tale that both comforts and surprises, and is pleasingly assured for a debut novel (SFF World on Starborn)
A feel similar to authors like Rothfuss, Hobb and Canavan, but a plot line that hearkens back to older classics like Eddings. The great thing is, this isn’t a rehash, this is all Hounsom (Book Frivolity on Starborn)
Strong and engaging . . . Hounsom’s use of characters is quite unique (SFBook.com on Starborn) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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I must say, i really liked how the Starborn is a being not prone to emotion, especially as said Starborn is female. Finally a young woman who isn't a silly girl in love...oh wait, that does slightly rears its head.
I loved how all the characters return for this final installment, but this isn't a perfect end to the story. The problem lies within the time travel story. Kyndra's travels in time to ensure that the previous Starborn DOES go mad, that Acre is split...thus ensuring her existence and everyone she knows. However you cannot get away from the time paradox. Basically, if this has already happened (previous events are explained leaving no doubt that Kyndra has indeed ALREADY been into the past) then why does she need to do it again? Unfortunately, the ending of the book comes off as something of a muddle as Hounsom tries to knit together both the Elder & Sartryan storylines. Overall a strong work but weakened by the necessity of tying up loose threads.
I love Kyndra, and Bregenne, and Nediah, and Ma, and Char - Hounsom has created some very real, believable people and it's been a pleasure spending time in their company.
I'm just sad it's all over now.
I usually groan when time travel rears its head but, in thus case it works well. I also loved the way the story developed over the three volumes.
Deserves to be a classic!
Much like I did with Heartland, I found this book very hard to put down. The plot is fast-paced, which is no surprise since the story is told from five different viewpoints. However it is not so fast that you lose yourself; it’s paced enough to keep you gripped and eager to know what happens next.
I felt a deep sadness for Kyndra in this book. To see what it means to be a Starborn, and the sacrifice that no longer seems like a sacrifice. I missed the old Kyndra so much, and yet I understood the decision she had to make and admire the strength of will it took her do what she did.
I liked Char much more in Firestorm. Like Kyndra, he has changed so much, but for the better. Maybe it’s because he finally has the answers he sought and knows who he is, but he seems much more relaxed. Still, I also felt sorry for him and how he has lost Kyndra to the fate of a Starborn.
I admired Hagdon a lot in this one. Branded a traitor and made leader of the Republic, he maintained the image of a strong leader throughout, whilst never denying or casting aside the deeds he committed in the past even when they were thrown into his face. His growing affection for Irilin (and vice versa) surprised me. This was also well-written, developing at a steady pace through the story.
As for Bregenne, I loved the way she has grown throughout the series. When Bregenne was first introduced in Starborn, and even still at the end of that book, I found Bregenne to be harsh and cold as ice. Knowing all her story now I understand why she was that way. I also really wished she would slap Kait at some point.
I didn’t feel we got to see much of Nediah in this one. Much of Nediah’s role centred around Bregenne, and battle for his attention from Kait. As such I felt I lost some of my connection to him, though I still cared for what became of him and whether Bregenne would ever finally admit her feelings for him.
I also felt very sad for Gareth. Like Kyndra, his fate was extremely harsh. His face-off with Kingswold was perfectly done, leaving you never entirely sure just who won that battle. The end of his storyline felt a little open to me, leaving me wondering (and hoping) that there may be more yet to write about Gareth and Kingswold.
Overall, I loved the storyline of all three books from beginning to end. The first book, Starborn, was probably the more steady-paced of the three since most of that was told from Kyndra’s view. As the series progressed and more storylines became woven into the tale, the pace naturally quickened, but like before, in a way that did not leave you scrabbling to keep up. The series conclusion was satisfying, if a little sad in places, and yet I understand the decisions and sacrifices that had to be made. It’s been a great journey to read through.