The Compulsive Reader: StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Monday, November 8, 2010

StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Digger, a thief, is running for her life when she unexpectedly falls in with a small group of young nobles and finds herself a job as a lady-in-waiting to the young Merista Nemair. Becoming a servant in the Nemair household and living at Bryn Shaer, a keep far from the city she's called home, is not what Digger wants, but she's smart…and stuck. So she becomes Celyn, and plans for the day when she can make her escape...until Lord Daul arrives at Bryn Shaer and somehow learns her secrets. He blackmails Digger into working for him, against the family she serves. At first, Digger works grudgingly and indifferently, until her poking and prodding reveals a conspiracy far larger than she could have imagined. As a thief, Digger has always had to remain neutral...but this time, she'll be forced to choose sides.

Elizabeth C. Bunce has concocted the perfect fantasy read in StarCrossed--it's exciting, suspenseful, a touch magical, full of endearing and complicated characters, and accompanied with a very real and tangible setting. Though the onslaught of details in the exposition is a little overwhelming at first, it doesn't take long to get settled into the book. The pace is just right, and the plots and subplots play out with perfect timing. Digger is an excellent narrator--she's smart and quick, and her dry sense of humor will keep you laughing. One of the major pitfalls in many fantasy reads today is how anonymous the secondary characters of the book are, but Bunce defies that issue with her excellent cast of supporting characters that are all very memorable and unique, and despite their large number, surprisingly easy to keep track of. Digger's personal journey, from thief to friend, and the mystery and its resulting drama she becomes embroiled in are both gripping and entertaining--StarCrossed is a spectacular and thrilling book that will leave you dreaming long after you've read it.

Cover Comments: I do like this cover--the greens and golds and browns are cool, and I like how you can see just a sliver of the girl's face--it seems fitting since she is a thief and a apy. The designs are also unique and fun! An excellent cover!

Review copy provided by publisher.


Anonymous said...

Sounds cool! I hadn't heard of this one before but it sounds enjoyable.

like the cover too!

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Great review! It's waiting in my TBR pile, I can't wait to read it!

Small Review said...

I got this one based on your recommendation and I just finished it last night. I loved it! I just want to go back and reread it already. I can't wait for the sequel. Thank you so much!

The Compulsive Reader said...

Yay!! I am SO GLAD! I loved it to and I cannot wait for next summer and Liar's Moon!

Small Review said...

NEXT summer? Aah, oh no, I don't want to wait that long! :P