Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence is a wonderful epic fantasy and the first book in the Book of the Ice series. The world building that Lawrence has created is so incredibly detailed, intriguing, creative, and unique. We are introduced to a vast ice world called Abeth. Populated by several different tribes; each with its own unique characteristics and talents. Abeth is an unforgiving landscape and climate with a complex societal hierarchy and belief system. We are introduced to Yaz a young girl from the Ice Tribe, the Ithaca. In order to pass from childhood to adulthood, each tribe member must be judged by the regulator (think corrupt priest). Those who are deemed too different, or broken are tossed into a deep cavern in the ice, never to be seen again.
After finding her world completely turned upside down, Yaz begins to find out there is more to the world than she was led to believe. Things are not as black and white as she thought and she may be more powerful than she ever imagined. The Girl and the Stars is a well written character driven story. We meet a diverse cast of characters as Yaz goes on her journey. Honestly, there was so much detail, It was almost overwhelming to keep track of all the characters and plots at times. This also made the story drag on at times. But, it all works together to form one cohesive ice chilling picture. This is a coming of age tale about accepting yourself, questioning authority, and the dangers of craving power.
If you are a fan of epic fantasies, adventure, creatures, magic, mysterious worlds, and complicated love stories then go read this book! This gem published by Harper Voyager is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give The Girl and The Stars 4 out of 5 gems. I really enjoyed this book and hope we got more stories set in this universe. Happy Reading!