Even The Darkest Stars by Heather FawcettEven The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett

Even The Darkest Stars

byHeather Fawcett

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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The first in a sweeping and action-packed debut fantasy duology loosely inspired by the early climbers of Mt. Everest—perfect for fans of Cindy Pon and Alison Goodman.

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.

Heather Fawcett has worked as an archaeologist, an aerospace technical writer, and a backstage assistant for a Shakespearean theater festival. In her spare time, she can be found reading, hiking, reading, eating ice cream, or reading. This is her first book. She can be found online at www.heatherfawcettbooks.com.
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Title:Even The Darkest StarsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062463381

ISBN - 13:9780062463388

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute? animal sidekicks, magic & mountaineering Loved this. From the first page, it's clearly something special. Flawless, effortless worldbuilding with unique-yet-relatable characters in high-stakes adventures with a serious twist. In Fantasy!Historic Tibet, the second daughter of a village chief in the mountain is flunking magic lessons and totally failing to hatch dragon eggs. Good thing her best friend is a genius and can cover for her. Big sister also perfect, so when the empire's most accomplished explorer (who just happens to ALSO be a hot teen) shows up in town, of course it's sis that gets invited on his next, most important-yet mission. Then sis runs off with the explorer's chronicler and things get interesting. Our magicless flunkout is about to prove her serious climbing and mountaineering skills as she saves big sis AND the empire (because evil witches are out to get them, btw) and steals the lead explorer title for herself. Until demons start hounding the camp and the party members' secrets start undermining the mission. Exciting story, fresh setting, relatable, compelling and endlessly cool characters with appealing but understated romance and serious twists. Good for mid teens and up; no language, minimal sex references, PG for the under 14s, but it's pretty clean, especially for YA these days. Some great lines and timely ideas and themes explored. Cinematic; could see this being a great film/TV series too. Can't wait for the sequel! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO MUCH YES! Yea sooooooo I’m not going to make it to September 2018. the sequel needs to be sooner. I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2018 FOR THE SEQUEL?! THATS NOT OKAY! I also really want a pet fox now. This book is basically like a girl going and trying to trek Mount Everest with witches and family drama and betrayal…AND ITS SO GOOD! ugh, Kamzin is such a good character and I don’t know if I hate or like River but I still want them together so bad! I feel like Kamzin going evil would be awesome but she’s too good a person. I’m not sure I like Kam’s sister which makes me so he’s tantrum to take the side of traditional “good.” But if River wasn’t lying then I want “evil” to win! Ugh! Inner turmoil! Kam was a total hotmess at the start and by the end she was the same person but showing off a totally different part of herself which I loved. I find books start rewriting the character when that happens but not in this book
Date published: 2017-11-09

Editorial Reviews

“It’s Into Thin Air drenched in fantasy with some bonus high-altitude make-outs.”