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An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows intrigued me immediately since I’ve read Foz’s blog off and on for years. Also that cover is so pretty! I’m definitely intrigued by this book, though I’m not sure that it’s really going to be a perfect fit for me.
Note: I received an advanced copy of An Accident of Stars from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows (The Manifolds World #1)
Published by Angry Robot on Aug. 2nd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 496 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war.
There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex'Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest.
Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic.
Can one girl - an accidental worldwalker - really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?
How is the writing style?
The writing is pretty standard so far with two perspectives told in third person, limited, past tense. Saffron is a high school girl being sexually harassed by the school bully with no adults willing to intervene. Gwen is a woman capable of making holes in the fabric of reality and moving between universes. It looks like the story is going to alternate between their two views within each chapter.
General tone of the beginning
We get to another universe within the first chapter, so there is no waiting for the fun fantasy elements to show up ;-). We first, however, see the abuse that Saffron has to put up with at school and her strategies for dealing with it. This makes it obvious why she would be interested in escaping her life and sets her up for a classic portal fantasy adventure.
Setting, genre, etc?
Fantasy adult I’m fairly sure. While one of the main characters is a teen, I think this is one of those adult books that has characters of various ages but still has an adult tone. Also pretty clearly portal fantasy, though maybe some sci-fi with the amount of world-jumping it sounds like Gwen does.
- My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
- Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
- Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)
I’m giving An Accident of Stars 2.5 stars. I’m rarely grabbed by portal fantasies for some reason, so that is probably what will keep this book from calling me back. I have seen a lot of people love it though, so it’s hard to say I’ll never pick it up again.
Try it for yourself!
Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
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