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Star Dancer (Star Dancer #1)

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When fifteen-year old Tegen is declared the Star Dancer - the one who will save her people from a terrible evil - she is stunned. Tegen has nothing in common with the mystical druids whose rituals protect her village. She's just a normal girl, not a hero.

Then Tegen learns to work real magic with an enchanted silk shawl, and has no choice but to accept her destiny. But ther
Paperback, 343 pages
Published by MacMillan UK (first published September 1st 2006)
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I'd have loved Star Dancer if I'd read it a few years ago. A strong main female character, an interesting portrayal of disability (Downs syndrome) in an Iron Age society, druids, magic, and a pragmatic view of stuff like childbirth and menstruation -- it happens, so let's not pretend it doesn't.

I still liked it a lot now, but it'd have come at the right time for me a few years ago. I'd say a teenager is likely to get the most out of it -- the plot is fairly straightforward and easily followed, a
Tegen was born the night the Watching Woman, (stars) was dancing. She should be the Star Dancer, but she is a girl, no girl has ever even been a druid. The druids search for a boy who was born the night the Watching Woman danced, but they couldn't find anyone. After thirteen years of searching, nothing. Tegen gets a green shawl, whenever she dances with it she makes magic. Nobody but Witton knows that she is the Star Dancer, but afraid to admit it. Tegen has to find out if she is or is not the S ...more
First thing that I have to say about this book is that I pretty much read it in one day, or rather, it would have been one day but ended up being two because I was reading another and passed out a couple of hours after midnight.

Regardless, this book was everything I expected that it would be. The writing was good and flowed nicely, I didn't predict where the story was going but it wasn't complicated and could easily be seen. The main character is a strong young girl whose like any other young gi
Star Dancer is an all-round brilliant story. It encompasses growing up, being yourself, finding the truth, the differences in love, and being the odd-one-out, while beautifully painting the picture of what it was like to live in Britain in the Iron Age and into the Roman invasion.
This is the first of four books, and each one takes you deeper into life and customs from the time, including the common man, the druid community, the roman nobility, the roman army, and how they interacted.
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I've decided to do a quick review of this, another book from the school library of my youth, because I'm currently reading a similar but more adult book, Jean M. Auel's 'The Clan of the Cave Bear', and it brought back memories.

I remember enjoying 'Star Dancer', despite having quite a lot of reservations with its content. Its heart lies in the protagonist, Tegen (I love that name), who is a free-sprirted and outspoken young girl for her time - in an age when villages were governed by druids who
Tegen was born the same night the Watching Woman (stars) danced. Because she was born on this night she was supposed to be the Star Dancer, but she is a girl, no girl has ever even been a druid. The druids searched for a boy that was born on that night, but they were unsuccessful. After 13 years of searching they found no one. At a carnival Tegen was given a green shawl, which she liked to dance with. She then found out that every time she danced with that shawl she made magic! No one but Witton ...more
A great and terrible evil threatens the druids' future. Their only hope is the Star Dancer: a child who will be born under an untimely comet and who is destined to protect them.

As the fated star-shower lights up the sky, the druids are watching. They believe the prophesied boy has arrived. But down in the village, the midwife has just delivered a perfect little girl. Her name is Tegen--and she is the Star Dancer.

Tegen is rejected by Witton, the Chief Druid--but when a visitor gives her a green
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Je pensais que ce ne serait pas très banal avec la présence des étoiles (l'idée doit me venir du Livre des Etoiles d'Erik l'Homme) puis avec le nom de Tir na nog, les druides et le fait que les druidesses étaient peu appréciées... Mais pour moi, si on avait accentué le côté féministe par exemple en traduisant le star dancer par danseuse des étoiles tout au long du texte quand on parle de Tegen, j'aurais vraiment p
I liked this book, I read it quite a long time ago and I can't quite remember everything about it. I think I enjoyed it but it isn't one of the best books I've ever read, I think I will have to re-read it and do a more detailed review.
Rachel (Sfogs)
I read this a few years back and enjoyed it :-)
Candy Wood
This is definitely more New Age than historical fiction although the setting seems to be first-century Britain, with talk of the invading Romans (who don't actually appear). The intended readership must be YA, as the narrative skips quickly from the birth of the protagonist to her early teen years. The plot is partly resolved but also left open for the sequel. Since the subtitle of this one is "The Book of Air" and the next one is "The Book of Fire," that suggests we're heading for four in all, ...more
Zanthie * ♫ The Music Freak ♪ *
This was an okay book. I wouldn't classify it as Young Adult, more like pre-teen.
It was one of those filler books, or a book to get kids into reading maturer books. The characters were realistic, the plot was original, it was exciting and very accurate historically.
The second one is even better, and jumps up the age-line slightly. All in all, a good book, great for kids but that I still enjoyed. :)
Christy Tsang
a good read. strangely moving and magical. i read throught it slowly tho xD
may look to find the next books in the series, if im not caught up in anything else
i did not enjoy this as much as the second but i know it is probably because i read the second book first so i knew what was going to happen
Joyce Lee
This was a goid book, a really reallt good book, but it has a specific target group in mind that is just not me. Definitely a tween book.
poorly written, very simplistic. could have been so much better, is very deceptive but written for a yuonger audience

Loved this book! It was amazing!
an interesting story.
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