Star Mother by Charlie N. Holmberg⁠⁠ ⁠⁠- Book Review



The Plot

When a star dies, a new one must be born. And this time, the Sun God has chosen the village of Endwever to provide a mortal mother. Ceris Wenden knows that giving birth to a star is always fatal for the mother but decides to sacrifice herself. This time, though, after her star child is born, Ceris survives and asks to be sent back to her village. She was not expecting to be sent there seven hundred years after her time. While seeking out her descendants, Ceris encounters a mysterious godling: Ristriel. He is incorporeal, a fugitive, a trickster, and the only being who can guide her safely to her destination.⁠

❤️ What I liked about Star Mother by Charlie N. Holmberg⁠⁠

🗺️ The world-building. I read a couple of books by Charlie N. Holmberg, and every single time she manages to create an incredible Fantasy world. Which feels so real, even if, in this case, it’s populated by gods and godlings.⁠⁠

✍️ The style. This book is written in such an elegant way it’s almost ethereal, like the story itself. The descriptions are so detailed, the vocabulary so refined… When she writes about the Sun and the Moon, the reader can almost see the light changing and darkness rising.⁠👩 Ruby. Strong and, at the same time, extremely vulnerable. She lives to help others and loves her mother and her best friend more than her own life. ⁠

🌒 Ristriel. He’s my favourite character: complex, dark, and loyal. He had been hiding something from the first time he met Ceris, and I couldn’t wait to discover what it was.⁠ ⁠

To the score

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

A unique concept, amazing writing, intriguing characters. It’s a story about the Sun, the Moon, the Earth and a mortal girl who gives birth to a Star. It’s not a fairy-tale, with a dark side that I found original. I saw that a lot of people, after reading the book, had to “let it digest for a few days”. That’s exactly what happened to me as well. Anyway, I loved it so much that I am reading another book by the same author.

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