Title: Star Crossed
Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Thief Errant (Book 1)
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 359 Pages
ISBN-10: 0545136059 (Scholastic)
ISBN-13: 978-0545136051 (Scholastic)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the city, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so.
Accepted as a lady’s maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger finds new peace and friendship at the Nemair stronghold–as well as plenty of jewels for the taking.
But after the devious Lord Daul catches her in the act of thievery, he blackmails her into becoming his personal spy in the castle, and Digger soon realizes that her noble hosts aren’t as apolitical as she thought… that indeed, she may be at the heart of a magical rebellion
Quick & Dirty: Fun fantasy with a great heroine and a great story filled with action and adventure.
Opening Sentence: I couldn’t think.
Digger is a thief and she is pretty skilled at it, but a job has just gone terribly wrong. She lives in the city of Gerse and now she is on the run. Her partner for the last few years didn’t make it out and she needs to find a way out of the city and fast. She happens to run into some nobles who decide to take pity on her and help her. She ends up as a Lady’s maid to the sweet young Merista Nemair. They end up traveling with Merista’s parents to a castle far up in the mountains where all it does is snow. They are preparing for Merista’s kernja-velde,which is a celebration of a girl becoming of age and entering into society. Digger is now going by the name of Celyn and she is noticing that she is becoming soft and use to the luxuries of the nobility.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t last too long. Visitors come to stay with the Nemair’s and one of them is the devious Lord Daul. He is like a brother to Lord Nemair or at least he pretends to be. He discovers some of Diggers secrets and starts blackmailing her for information. He has Digger looking for things to try and implement the Nemair’s in a traitorous plot against the king. As Digger starts to uncover the truth she finds that not everyone is who they seem to be and she starts to doubt where her true loyalties should lie. Digger also has lots of secrets that she doesn’t want discovered, but that is becoming harder and harder all the time.
I really loved Digger as a character. She is smart and funny with lots of wit. Yeah, she is a thief and a spy, but she has a sense of loyalty to those that have helped her. She had an interesting upbringing, but she has really tried to make a better life for herself away from her past. As she starts to open up to those around her, she ends up making great friends, and discovering that she is stronger than she knew. I instantly connected to her and I can’t wait to hear more of her story in the coming books.
This was a really fun read for me. I found the story really intriguing and it flowed really well. The beginning was a little slow for me and it took me some time to get into, but once I did I was totally hooked. The only thing I felt that it lacked was in the romance department. Not all books have to have romance, but I felt that this plot would have been a little better if some romance would have been added. There were hints of some romance so I am hoping that in the next book this is explored more. The plot defiantly kept me interested and it kept me pleasantly surprised the whole way through. This is the first book that I have read by Bunce, but it will defiantly not be my last. I would highly recommend this book to people that are fans of any kind of fantasy.
“I see you brother is a very powerful man.”
My hand jerked, and I felt Daul flinch. Damn.
“Not so powerful,” I said tartly – and loudly. “He couldn’t even get nuns to hold on to me!”
The audience laughed again, and I pulled my hand back, easy, easily…
He slapped me. Under the table, fingertips to the back of my wrist. The look on his face shifted to sharp awareness as he met my eyes, and then back again as smoothly as a moon disappearing behind fog. “Well, I think it’s as well that someone should look after you, Lady Celyn,” he said. “There is a darkness looming in your future, I’m afraid. As well as a new association.”
“Not one of the Cwalo boys, I hope!” I tried to laugh with the others, but my wrist stung like I’d been burned, and my heart was a frantic flame in my chest. I couldn’t believe it. I never got caught.
Thief Errant Series:
1. Star Crossed
2. Liar’s Moon
FTC Advisory: Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic provided me with a copy of Star Crossed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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