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Among the Nameless Stars

(For Darkness Shows the Stars #0.5)

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Before Kai joined the Cloud Fleet, he wandered… AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS

Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.

Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least
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ebook, 60 pages
Published June 4th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Rebecca Just by the way, I always make a point to read the 1st book before the prequel because the first book kind of gives you an introduction for the settin…moreJust by the way, I always make a point to read the 1st book before the prequel because the first book kind of gives you an introduction for the setting and characters. Then, when I finally finish it, I read the prequel also because most of the time, prequels are actually made after the first book. So I would recommend reading the 1st book before anything else.(less)

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Aoi
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Among the Nameless Stars is the prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars, filling us in on Kai's escape from the North Estates and his meeting with Captain Innovation.

Reading this isn't very essential to enjoy the series; but for me, it was a valuable glimpse into the making of Captain Malakai Wentworth. His struggle and despair at making a new life, his conflicting feelings of longing for Elliot and betrayal for her choice, makes his character even more compelling.

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Norah Una Sumner
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: For Darkness Shows the Stars lovers
“How did anyone see the stars and not wish for more than the confinement they were born to?”

This is a really nice prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars.We learn about Kai's life after he ran away from the North estate and how he felt about Elliot not coming with him.I thought that we would see what Kai did after he went with the Admiral and his family and how he felt when he came to the North estate again,so I'm a little sad that those things weren't shown in this book.However,it was a rea
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Kaede
*Among the Nameless Stars is available for free with the link that can be found here.*

Now originally I had no intentions of reading Among the Nameless Stars. That may or may not be due to the fact that I had no knowledge of it's existence. But one way or another, I managed to find my way to this prequel, and boy am I glad I did.

For Darkness Shows the Stars is one of my most anticipated books of 2012, so I was really upset when I couldn't work it into my TBR pile until July at earliest. But the
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Sophia
Among the Nameless Stars is a prequel companion novella to For Darkness Shows the Stars. It falls chronologically before FDStS, but actually works best reading it as a follow up.

This novella fills in some of the gap of the four years that Kai is gone from the North estate. It is told from Kai's point of view and covers the time of his adventurous, danger-fraught journey from the North Island and to parts south and to Channel City. Kai is hurting that Elliot would not come with him, lonely, scare
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Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
For my first story read for the new year, I award it 4.5 stars--only because I wished it continued beyond the 60 pages there was lol.

I actually really liked this prequel novella a lot. Much different than I thought it would be. It begins with a very bitter and resentful Kai who escapes the estate without his beloved Elliot. The letters he writes to her, whether by hand or by mind, that he never sends to her are meaningful and display exactly how much she means to him. And I loved that aspect to
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Kailey (Luminous Libro)
I loved this prequel showing how Kai managed to run away from the North Estate, and his disappointment that Elliot didn't join him. All while I was reading For Darkness Shows the Stars, I kept wondering, How did Kai make his fortune? What was he doing all those years out on the ocean? How did he meet the Innovation family and become such a brilliant mechanic/inventor? And this little story answers most of those questions.

For a novella, there is a really good story-arc, with some depth and comple
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Julie
Actual rating: 3.5

This novella was enjoyable but I had a few problems with it which I shall go into once I write up my proper review for this. It was difficult not to compare it to For Darkness Shows The Stars which is unfair because it's only a prequel novella but I'll elaborate further later.
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Dragana
While For Darkness Shows the Stars talked about present and past relationship between Kai and Elliot, prequel novella Among the Nameless Stars is about the time period that very much intrigued me, but is not covered in main novel. It’s about the time Kai’s spent alone away from the estate as free Post.

Kai soon discovers that freedom has many forms and influences his life in more ways than he’s expected. Because Kai is now not only free from commands of Baron North but also from his protection. A
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Books
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2013
I haven’t yet read “For Darkness Shows the Stars” but I’ve seen it getting a lot of good reviews everywhere, so I was happy to download this from Amazon when it was free for Kindle. During the first half of this quick read, I felt a little as though I stepped into the middle of the story and missed out on a lot of Kai’s history with Elliot, but I soon realized this is only the prequel to “For Darkness Shows the Stars” and was relieved to know we’ll find out more about Elliot and Kai in the first ...more
Sara
This is a short story about Kai. He is a servant known as a Post, to the Luddites. Everyone is seperated into their class. He decides to leave the life he has in search for something better. He leaves for the enclaves. Here he is trapped into a worse life of servitude to Pen. Pen is extremely evil and manipulative. He didn't die in the end, but I guess he got his dues. It will be interesting to see if he is in the rest of the series.

I really enjoyed the writing style. Kai would write or pretend
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Anissa
This is a short prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars (which I'm moving right onto) & it was quite good as an introductory opener. We follow Kai who has left North Estate (& Elliot North) to make his way in the world as a free agent in Channel City. He has quite a rough go of it, to be honest but by the end, it looks like his fortune is about to change. Peterfreund's writing pulled me in & she gives a crisp landscape for her characters to move around. Persuasion is my favorite Austen, so I've ...more
Bethany
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seeing this was a prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars, I decided to read it as a sample to help me make my mind up if I wanted to read the book. And boy do I want to.

Peterfreund writes an interesting short story that is part dystopian with flecks of fairy tale bits. Makes me wonder what her other novels are like and I guess I'm going to have to find out.
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Elaney
It's FREE on kindle!

Eh. It was ok.
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Mirnatius
Rep:
Disabled MC

TW/CW:
Poverty, starvation, slavery.
Natália Lopes
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This novella takes place after Kai ran away from the North state, leaving Elliot and the life he always knew behind. It tells a little of what happened with him in the 4 years he's been away and how he came to meet the Innovations and become a part of the Cloud Fleet. It was nice to follow Kai's POV for a while, I was always wondering what he was thinking during For Darkness Shows the Stars and what he was feeling, and I got at least a brief glimpse here. I still think he
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TheMadHatter
Third Read: 24 October 2019
Second Read: 17 April 2017 - (4 Stars) This is a short story set before the first book and is a futuristic/steampunkish version of Persuasion (Book 2 is a retelling of Scarlet Pimpernell). This book details what happens to Kai (aka Cpt Wentworth) when he originally leaves Elliot (aka Anne). This is the book series I re-read when I need a persuasion hit....with a twist. Looking forward to re-reading book 1 and finally reading book 2.
First Read: 23 June 2016

Original Revi
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Nikki
This short prequel to For Darkness Shows The Stars introduces you to the character of Kai when he is 14 years old. I read this after having read the novel and I recommend that due to the short story not having the flow or entertainment value of the actual novel so it may turn some off to the book. Elliot, who we follow in the novel, is discussed but not involved in the short story and that was a detriment. Elliot drives the story and without her I felt unsatisfied. Kai is a good character but no ...more
Miss Bookiverse
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A lovely prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars. Diana Peterfreund managed to stay true to the writing style and create the same atmosphere she used for the actual novel. The story is about 60 pages long and rushes past way too fast. I wanted to know so much more about Kai's adventures. You get a better sense of why he starts feeling so much hate towards Elliot but I really wanted to hear about him meeting Andromeda and Donovan and making certain choices. ...more
Melissa Chung
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
As novellas go this was well developed. There was a logical flow. I got to understand Kai and his dilemma. I got a good look at Kai's overwhelming situation and felt bad for him. The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger. I'm not sure if I was supposed to read this novella before or after reading the first book in this duology, but I'm happy to have read it before. I feel like I kind of know the world before starting the series.

The only thing that I really disliked was Elliot's name. I'm fine with
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Aradhna
Oh, what wonderful world building. I am already fascinated by Kai. At fourteen, he’s so determined and intelligent, but also learning and growing as a person. His relationship with Elliot, as seen through his eyes, has all the shades of a first and naive love that has been lost.

I was originally trying to finish up The Forgotten Sister by Jennifer Paynter, but I could not get through it. I dropped it for this series, and I finished the first novella in just barely an hour or so.
Jocelin
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I found this prequel very interesting. It primarily focused on the love interest Kai. I think this a good beginning to the series; most times you don't get inside the heads of male love interests in YA novels. It was a really good beginning to this series. I was a little cautious about reading this book at first, but now I am curious as to how the rest of the story will play out. ...more
Rashika (is tired)
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Oh man i really wish there was more
we deserve so much more from Kai's pov.
i wanted to know his reaction after he saw Elliot for the first time in 4 years.
what he thought. Everything.
I was hoping the book would end on that note.
oh well.
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Sai
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Awesome-- got what I was looking for, mostly. It shows the beginning of his transition from Elliot's Kai to Captain Malakai Wentforth, though of course I would've loved to read more... and also what he values most in the world. :) ...more
Gabriela
SOO GOOD!
It didn't surprised me that I enjoyed this novella since "For Darkness Shows the Stars" is on the top of my favorite's list. This author writes so beautifuly and in a manner that just captivates you. Was a good, enjoyable way to make the wait for the sequel less desperate haha
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Jodi Meadows
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Krys

Fantastic short book in the series from Kai's POV. He's likeable and proud. I wish she would write another about him.
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Kelli Belli
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love Kai! This was way to short! I wanted it to keep going so I could see what happened to him once he joined the Innovations and the Fleet!
Elizabeth Norris
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great prequel to Darkness Shows the Stars from Kai's POV. I love how it ties into what I already know from the novel. Kai and Elliot are some of my favorites. ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
For Darkness Shows the Stars was one of my top 2012 reads, and this novella tells how Kai came into contact with the Innovations. I liked it ;)
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