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  • 11/2014
  • 9781483420103
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  • 11/2014
  • 9781483420097
  • 304 pages
  • $19.00
Star Readers: From Out of the East

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Ancient star readers are amazed by a conjunction of wandering and royal stars, and connect the mysterious event with a long-ago prophesy by an exalted member of their order. Their quest to uncover this mystery becomes a dangerous marathon into a slave empire. Deceit surrounds them and a frightening entity haunts them. The journey carries the star readers through storms, battles, crossroads and palaces before finally leading them to a one-room mud hut in an insignificant village. Darker questions then confront them. Meres, a young man of noble birth, and Jenu, a servant-healer, are swept up in this quest, and it changes their destiny. What they witness will change the world. An innovative re-telling of the journey of the wise men to Bethlehem. Respectful of the ancient text and historically accurate, Star Readers offers a logical rationale behind one of the world’s most mesmerizing stories.
BookLife Prize for Fiction

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10

Assessment:

In Nygaard's novel -- which is a retelling of the three wise men's journey to Bethlehem -- star readers journey to solve a mystery related to an ancient prophesy and the position of the stars. With tension that begins within the first few pages, lovely prose that matches the time period, and helpful footnotes, this novel features well developed characters, unique descriptions, and strong dialogue. Additionally, the book is well plotted and features an epic historical setting. Fans of historical fiction will find a lot to like here.

Date Submitted: September 27, 2016

Reviews
Diane Aden

This story had several of the elements that make a good book for me. It had mystery, history, the triumph of good over evil, and a great story of love that was patient and enduring. I particularly enjoyed learning some of the history of that region and the battles that ensued in that part of history. I found myself glued to the book until the end waiting to see the final outcome. As a person who reads 2-4 books a week, it is rare that I actually get one that give me a pause to really think through the implications and possible outcomes of the story. I highly recommend it.

Formats
Other Ebook Details
  • 11/2014
  • 9781483420103
  • pages
  • $8.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2014
  • 9781483420097
  • 304 pages
  • $19.00

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