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Ghost Star Night (Sea of Stars #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  207 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Desire. Destruction. Destiny.

Thomas Myrdin knows that intrigue is part of life at court, but that doesn’t make his king’s betrayal any easier to take. Yet heartbreak troubles him less than the apocalyptic visions that haunt him. Fiery premonitions that show the world burning in ruins—and the cause, the king’s daughter. Visions and vengeance awaken a strange new power withi
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Published August 4th 2009 by Samhain Publishing
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Jul 21, 2013 Mandapanda rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Fascinating fantasy world of corrupt Royal courts, creepy magic and stolen souls. I loved it. Drake is a bitter and lonely young magician, honourable despite his callous exterior, and still keenly feeling the loss of his father who gambled away his soul which now resides in the body of a small terrier. Adam is a naive and courageous young courtier, desperate to prove himself. Thomas Myrdin is the vulnerable young royal who is being used in an evil plot by the old Court magician. It is ...more
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Feb 27, 2013 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, glbt, rainbow-gay
Very good. Nicole Kimberling's writing is incredibly smooth and it gives a solid ground to a very enjoyable fantasy story set in a contemporary setting, but with a society based on a monarchy, with competing courts, servants and magicians.

Drake is a powerful magician working as a free-lancer. He doesn't want to sell his permanent services to one of the courts and he also doesn't like to enslave souls as all the other powerful magicians do. On the night of the birth of the heir to the kingdom, he
Oct 19, 2015 Deeze rated it really liked it
After a bit of a rocky start trying to keep names straight and figuring out what universe this was set it, this one turned out to be a hell of a read.

Story wise this was not only unusual, it was interesting and kept me guessing as to who was on which side.

The romance side while light was definitely there. I loved Drake, even when I knew he was doing wrong. The start had me wondering just who was going to end up with who and that was part of the enjoyment as I just didn't know.

The world buildin
Amy Durreson
Mar 01, 2014 Amy Durreson added it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
Mixed feelings about this one. In the end, it felt less than the sum of its parts. Of course, many of those parts were almost perfect. The world-building is particularly outstanding: modern secondary world urban fantasy (a favorite of mine and hard to find), soul snatching and trading, court machinations, magicians and demons and scheming nobles. All three of the lead characters were flawed but sympathetic, with a discernible character arc for each. The writing style is clear and lucid, with not ...more
Sep 15, 2009 Josh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entertaining
I'm enjoying -- and taking notes. Very skilful and non-intrusive world-building.
What a great little adventure. What a wonderful world. What a fantastic and imaginative author. Nicole Kimberling has done it again.

The first book I read by Nicole was Turnskin and I loved it. I was eager to read another book by her and this popped up on my radar. I’m so glad I made the purchase.

Nicole creates a world that I could easily imagine existing right outside my front door. Regardless of where you are in the world imagine your current gov’t is interlaced with royalty and wizards. You ta
Adrianamae, Marco's fan
2.5 rating, for likable characters and somewhat for the plot.

For a good review please read any of those 4-5 star reviews. They are written by people more intelligent than me because I was completely lost for most of this story. The type of lost that I felt that if I were drunk or stoned the story would make sense to me. So I might try re-reading this one the next time I have a pitcher of Margaritas.
Aug 24, 2009 Jenre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, fantasy
This intricate novel is more fantasy than romance with the relationship between the two heroes taking a back seat in favour of elaborate world building and a breathtaking tale of magic and manipulation.

Ghost Star Night begins with three men: Thomas Myrdin is a lord in the court of the king. He has been the king's favourite bed-mate for a while until recently when the king married. Thomas comes from a wizarding family but has not been able to practice magic since his parents were found guilty of
Jan 20, 2010 Seregil rated it liked it
The alternate universe of the book was very interesting. It is set in present times, but with a medieval structure of government (a king surounded by nobles belonging to 4 cardinal courts) that was probably held in place by the realities of having magic in the world.
The characters were very interesting, but I was dissapointed because they didn't interact nearly as much as I would have wanted them to. I was hoping for more romance because the fantasy plot was in a large part based on the motivati
Jan 06, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
3.75 STARSBizarre, trippy, funny and I don't quite know what else to think.
Jan 04, 2011 Mandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-mm
Amazing world building in this story. The romance isn't the main part of the book, but the adventure and fantasy element more than make up for it.

Awesome read. :)
Ulysses Dietz
Jul 28, 2013 Ulysses Dietz rated it it was amazing
What a world! Adam, Zachary, Thomas - three gay guys trying to figure out their places in the world, although at nearly thirty, all of them are feeling a little bit at loose ends. None of them quite feels that he's doing the best he could be doing with his life.

And then the magic happens. Literally.

You see, Nicole Kimberling has created a world that seems like our own - complete with cell phones, flatscreens, traffic jams and skyscrapers. Except for the fact that Zachary Drake is the second mo
Aug 27, 2009 Kassa rated it really liked it
Without a doubt this is a stunning piece of fantasy fiction. The fabulous and intricate world building explodes and overwhelms the story as the creativity and imagination of the author expand to offer a new unique, absorbing world. The story itself is just as complex with twists, turns, assassinations, betrayals, possessions, murders, and a thin romance. The short length of the story – a mere 116 pages – doesn’t do the entire plot justice as the romance is definitely the weakest aspect. However, ...more
May 13, 2014 Aislinn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt-themes
This was an intriguing fantasy, combining contemporary details like cars , cell phones and penthouses with the more traditional tropes of magicians, royalty and power struggles. The way magic was used was fascinating and at times disturbing, with the way souls were bartered so freely.

I enjoyed Drake, especially as we got to know him better. My initial impression of his personality shifted dramatically as we got to learn more of his thoughts and see his reactions to Adam. I felt we had some good
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5 Stars - KAPOW!

Finishing this book at 1am is may not have been ideal because I’m still buzzing with how amazing it was. I have no idea why the ratings aren’t higher for this book. I thought the world building was fascinating and unique. The characters were wonderful. The entire book built up in suspense and the last twenty pages were so vivid I found myself wanting to jump into the fight because my heroes had to be triumphant! Fantasy lovers should jump on this one. The romantic story may not b
H Lynnea
Jan 12, 2014 H Lynnea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of m/m romance and urban fantasy
Shelves: temp-read
Quick review: 3.5 stars out of 5. The story was interesting - I was expecting more high fantasy, and this was more urban fantasy. The romance subplot could have been better fleshed-out, as it seemed a little too convoluted for the little amount of attention it received. I also personally found the random switching between referring to characters by first name then last name to get confusing. In dialogue such switches make sense, but in descriptive passages, it is easier to follow if the characte ...more
Don Bradshaw
I had a difficult time getting into this story because Ms Kimberling threw me head first into a wonderful alternate universe. The action and the story were fast paced and never slowed down. Drake was one of the very few honorable magicians and a terrific character. I loved Adam and Drake as a couple and the way that Adam could make the powerful man blush was perfect. There were intriguing twists and turns when I least expected them. This was not a quick, easy read in my opinion but one worth sp ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Qi rated it really liked it

Not only is the setting absolutely amazing (modern day, but with feuding noble houses and a really interesting take on magic, familiars, and slavery), but the way it's written was perfect. Kimberling never stops to explain, "This is our world, complete with cars and cell phones and internet, except there's magic and a king and four courts." Instead, she shows little bits and pieces of her world as the story goes on. The setting is woven perfectly into the pl
Aug 25, 2013 Snowtulip rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy
I really enjoyed this book! It had such a great fantasy world, with dynamic charcters and a good touch of what I love about books! I also love when you have an MC that is the badass of the world, but is truly a teddy bear at heart :D

I enjoy Nicole Kimberling stories, and must say it's her characters that get me to love these stories, she has a knack for developing great characters.

If you are in the mood for a fantasy with a little personality, then give this a try.
Jul 07, 2013 Evamaria rated it it was amazing
Second read 6/30/13 - 5 stars

First read 8/19/10 - 4 stars

I must correct my rating - this book deserves 5 stars.

To enjoy the sequel more, I just reread this one and again I`m impressed with the skills of this writer. What a fascinating, original and unique world she has created! The three main characters are charming and especially Drake ist adorable. The romance part is small, but very lovely.

Oct 23, 2009 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
If you're looking for a wonderful epic fantasy with a (very) few romantic elements and even less sex, then this is the book for you.

I was slightly disappointed because I was looking for more romance than fantasy when I started reading this book. BUT, it was still great. The setting is so fantastic and unique it makes up for everything else.

Jun 01, 2013 KC rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sf
Fun, funny, serious magic going-ons, intriguing. Looking forward to the next one!
Thomas Myrdin doesn't have the life he knows he should have. While he's allowed to live at court, he's banned from using magic. And it's through no fault of his own. But when he starts dreaming visions of the destruction of the world, he feels he must act. Even though the harbinger in his dreams is the newborn princess. But he will do what he must.

Lord Adam Wexley just can't shake Thomas. There's something about him that draws Adam in, even if Thomas doesn't appear to feel the same. But Adam is
Mar 09, 2016 Tenny rated it really liked it
Okay, when I first started reading this book, I was convinced it would be a medieval fantasy... Imagine my suprise when they talked about electronics and used cellphones!
However, the setting was so well crafted that despite my different expectations, I still really enjoyed the book.
What I didn't enjoy was the character of Thomas, at least at first. He was the prototype of a moping artist and while I felt bad for him, I couldn't help but bang my head against the wall when he did the stupid things
Jul 25, 2014 Meg rated it liked it
Ghost Star Night
Souls Or Blow Jobs, Equal Currency

In some ways, the romance actually felt a bit tacked on. Not terribly so, but the book is much more interested in the plot and the world it takes place in. The romance isn't out of place, but it definitely takes backseat. I don't mind in the least, because it's a fun plot in an interesting world. There are plays on classic fairytales, but things are kept modern to keep it intriguing.

I enjoyed it, will be checking out the sequel.
Nov 04, 2012 Jaya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good, slashreaders
SlashReader: This book was not at all what I expected. If you're looking for a book with a lot of interesting elements to it and not a lot of sex, than try this book. Kimberling, mixes elements of modern society and fantasy in "Ghost Star Night". The combination creates a familiar and yet wholly unfamiliar world in which you are exactly sure what's going to happen. Likewise, there are also a lot of other things in this book that make me think of everything from "Planet of the Apes", to high fant ...more
Decent story.

I love the plot, characters and world. So much potential and unique premise. The editing and writing is a little off. It would be greatly aided by clearer division with the shifts in pov, which often confused me and pulled me out of the book. That aside, ill read the next.
William Freeman
Oct 28, 2015 William Freeman rated it liked it
An ok read though fantasy novels are not my favourite genre Making the main characters gay this time didn't do much to improve it. It was well written but as I said not really my cup of tea. Terry Pratchett being the exception
Nancy Carbajal
Jul 10, 2013 Nancy Carbajal rated it liked it
I had some trouble with this book in the beginning, but as I read along.....I did find myself wanting to find out just what happens to Grand Magician Drake and the man that makes him shy, Adam Wexley. It's the made up world of the Four Courts and the old mixing with the new that kind of threw me off. I suppose I either like my stories from the past or the future and mixing them leaves me feeling out of sorts. You have a court setting of old times and then night clubs with animals with peoples so ...more
3.5/5 Great worldbuilding, decent characters, nice little romantic subplot. Very much enjoyed reading it!
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