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White Star Paperback – 14 Jan 2010
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A classic fantasy from a wonderful storyteller.
About the Author
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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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
The title of this book is a reference to the White Star which is visible in the ring worn by the heroine of the story, High Priestess Evelyn, who serves the laughing Goddess and is a healer. Despite her gentle disposition, Evelyn was so horrified by the tyranny of the Regent and High Baroness Elanore that she organised and persuaded Red Gloves to lead, an uprising in the previous book.
Each of the books in this series has a section towards the end which sets up the following book. Towards the end of "Red Gloves," Evelyn was betrayed to High Baroness Elanore, captured, and fell into the hands of Elanore's Lord Marshall, Orrin Blackhart, known as the "Scourge of Palins."
Having fallen into the hands of one of the most notorious figures in the Regent's regime, Evelyn fully expected to be raped, tortured, and executed. The last thing she expected was to be treated with respect ...
Orrin Blackheart has risen through the ranks in the service of his High Baroness, to whom he had originally pledged loyalty in the belief that he was protecting the people of the Black Hills. By the time he realised that she has become a monster, his hands are red with innocent blood. Sick and tired of killing and atrocities, he continues to serve only to protect his own people and temper High Baroness Elanore's atrocities as best he can.
Soon the tables are reversed, and it is Orrin who is the prisoner awaiting execution. The last thing he expected was to be given a chance to redeem himself by undoing some of the harm he has helped to create ...
A charming, easy to read fantasy of magic, love, and honour. Quite funny in places - the banter between Blackhart and his men, who are surprisingly golden-hearted rascals, had me snorting with amusement more than once. At other stages the story can be tender and quite moving.
I can recommend this series.
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.
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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