Review: The Girl and the Stars

The Girl and the Stars
Book of the Ice #1
by Mark Lawrence

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.


600 pages
Published by HaperVoyager
Published on April 21, 2020
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I loved the Book of the Ancestor trilogy – Red Sister, Grey Sister and Holy Sister. I adore Lawrences driving sense of pace, his sharp characterisation ad his brilliant world building. His books are often couched as Fantasy novels, but hen you get down to it they are really science fiction – maybe space fantasy – because is ‘magic’ is based around (I think) quantum science. And I love it!

So if you enjoyed the world of Nona from the Book of the Ancestor, and wanted to know more about it’s history and the ship hearts etc – then his (apart from being a novel by Mark Lawrence) is the book for you!

This book is a little more traditional fantasy in style/feel – but of course, Lawrence brings his own twist even to that. And it’s truly a joy to read.

Yaz is no Nona, or Jorge for that matter (and thank the gods she’s no Jalan) but she’s just as awesome! I can’t wait for book two.

What else can I say? It’s novel by Mark Lawrence – buy it now!

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