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The Girl and the Stars

Book of the Ice, Book 1
Narrated by: Helen Duff
Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
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From the critically acclaimed author of Prince of Thorns and Red Sister comes a chilling new epic fantasy series.

Only when it's darkest can you see the stars.

East of the Black Rock, out on the ice, lies a hole down which broken children are thrown.

On the vastness of the ice there is no room for individuals. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is different.

Torn from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her life with, Yaz has to carve a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of danger.

Beneath the ice, Yaz will learn that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. 

She will learn that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she will learn to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it's darkest can you see the stars.

©2020 Mark Lawrence (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"An excellent writer." (Number one New York Times best-selling author George R.R. Martin)

"Dark, passionate, tense, with a female hero anyone could relate to - I was utterly fascinated! This is no pretty, flowery tale, but one of vastly different people struggling to survive when a hostile government comes to power." (Number one New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce)

"If you like dark you will love Mark Lawrence. And when the light breaks through and it all makes sense, the contrast is gorgeous." (Number one New York Times best-selling author Robin Hobb)

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loved it

Mark's amazing literary skill to gift us, though fiction, such deep human truths astounds me. The depth of character and the vulnerable truth of human nature delivered in this science fiction world is exquiste.
I can't wait for the next book

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  • Michael Loryman
  • 23-05-2020

New Heroes & Adventures

Outstanding story with characters to love & loathe as we follow the latest hero and allies imagined by Mark Lawrence in their adventures under the ice of Abath. Enough threads drawn from Nona’s world to maintain a degree of comfort and new twists to keep us hooked. Narrated brilliantly with a bewildering array of accents by Helen Duff. Highly recommended

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  • Cfc Caumartin
  • 19-05-2020

less than satisfying

I have an eerie sense of déjà vu.....I was not keen on Red Sister the first of the book of the ancestors trilogy by the same author. I find the universe created compelling and the story is ok , but goodness me the main character is incredibly silly and annoying. As in Red sister, the main character is gifted with super powers, but she is a very angry teen who constantly acts rashly and without much thought. repeatedly I keep thinking « what a stupid girl ». Quite frankly the lack of emotional depth and complexity in the characters pushes this novel into young adult literature territory. However, the universe is as compelling as ever and in Book of ancestors, the main character did some serious growing up and the annoying traits of the first volume gradually disappeared. Hopefully, this will follow a similar pattern because at this rate I cannot see myself following this though the end.

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  • purple paladin
  • 10-05-2020

Disappointing

Having really loved the Red Sister series I was looking forward to this. However although some of the same elements and really great imagery, it drags in places, is somewhat repetitive and is incredibly bleak. The relationships between the characters were a bit hollow and although I could understand the intent they just seemed a bit weak. Despite the cliffhanger ending, I won't be reading the next one.