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Star Crossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce
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Oct 15, 10

bookshelves: peach-consideration
Read in September, 2010

first in a series. Copy of my SLJ review:
In this fantasy, slow to situate readers but gaining momentum and clarity, a girl hiding a bloodied packet of letters, after their theft turns deadly for her partner, tries to evade the Greenmen, soldiers wearing the color of the oppressive king’s favored god. Digger is aided in her flight from Gerse by a quartet of “nobs,” nobility-class young people who were boating by and invited her along for a lark. Lots of practice in lying and thieving prepares her well for her guise as Celyn, a girl escaping her brother’s ploy to send her to convent school. The girls draft Celyn as Merista’s lady in waiting when they eventually travel to Bryn Shaer, a mountain castle being reclaimed by Merista’s parents. The Nemair couple is returning from a diplomatic exile, following their involvement with Sarists, the losing opposition in a recent war who worship the outlawed goddess of magic. The family hunkers down in the winter-locked mountains to prepare for Meri’s coming-out celebration. Soon Digger is trapped in her role as Celyn and part of a battle she never thought would be hers. She is blackmailed into becoming the spy of a villain named Daul, an old friend of Meri’s noble father, who is actually seeking evidence of treachery and the illegal use of magic among the Nemair. A mysterious wounded man hidden beneath the stillroom, the dangerous glimmers of magic that Digger sees around Meri, and her own growing affection for the people that may be planning a rebellion complicate matters considerably. If readers will forgive the difficulties the plot has in really taking off, they will be rewarded with an adventure story they may seek to continue in its sequel.
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