Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?)Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1) by Heather Fawcett
Series: Even the Darkest Stars #1
Published by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray on September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.
A bit of a middle of the fence read for me, there things a really enjoyed and there were things that annoyed me.
Hit: Very cool concept, love the magic (ghost and demons included!) and the Himalayan/mountain kingdom! And I also like a fantasy adventure with a rag-tag team. And bonus points for a super gorgeous cover and title.
Miss: Unfortunately I didn’t really like with said rag-tag team too terrible much. Kamzin just felt like your basic “chosen one” heroine. There’s a love triangle that I didn’t care for much. And the story sometimes was predictable and slow.
That being said, I can see why people do like this book and it probably is worth checking out if you’re looking for an interesting and different fantasy read.
Here be some quotes I enjoyed!
“A yak trampled it on my last expedition. Snapped it in two. Did you hear what I said about choosing your yak carefully?”
“There is the matter of the fire demon.”
I froze. “The what?”
“You will meet a fire demon on your journey. I advise you not to befriend it.”
“Take her,” the ghost said, and suddenly I was surrounded. Ghosts stretched their pale arms toward me, gaped their hideous mouths. Cold hands closed around my arms and legs, and I was borne away, screaming all the while.
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.