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When an agricultural country tries to survive a modern war, a powerful woman finds herself in a hopeless situation. People do not count on Queen Geneva to protect them from Emperor Pompey, the wicked gamer who's always one step ahead.

Things begin to change after the completion of the Starlight Fortress, a giant space structure that may be turned into their best weapon, if
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Paperback, 1, 268 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Fiona Rawsontile
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Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Courage, love, and loyalty are counterpoised with intrigue, hatred, and betrayal—in settings ranging from intimate dinners to royal banquets, seaside walks to interplanetary voyages and galactic space battles in this highly entertaining and fast moving debut novel by Fiona Rawonstile: The Starlight Fortress.

After reluctantly turning the last page of this mesmerizing and unpredictable tale of love, life, and war," I looked out my window to see the solid shape of a bright quarter moon and the twin
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Rebecca Gransden
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
The Starlight Fortress starts as a romp through interstellar space and continues in this vein to it's conclusion. We encounter Geneva, our infuriating Queen, and are taken with her on an inter- relational, planetary and political trip through a minefield, mostly of her own making. Her interplay with those in her life gets as much focus as the war raging in the depths of space. The Starlight Fortress is almost a character in itself; foreboding and mysterious, menacing and compelling. I would like ...more
Fiona Rawsontile
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
*Review source: San Francisco Book Reviews*

Taking place far in the future, long after the earth has been destroyed, The Starlight Fortress focuses on an ongoing war between planets. Our protagonists are the queen of Sunphere, Geneva, and her newly appointed military assistant, Sterling Presley. Both are considered too young for their jobs, and both are about to prove that age has nothing to do with talent.

As the war with the greedy, rapacious Pompey intensifies, so does the relationship between
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John Bell
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Despite a somewhat slow build up, I thoroughly enjoyed THE STARLIGHT FORTRESS. I am a big fan of Sci-fi, and really the detailed world-building. There wasn't a lot of that here. Instead the reader is plunged right into the story and the characters and essentially asked to keep up. And because the characters and the overall plot was so engaging, I was COMPLETELY ok with that! Ms. Rawsontile is an incredibly skilled writer, and her ability to breathe life into the story she has created is exceptio ...more
Alan Hardy
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel creates a totally believable setting of inter-planetary warfare while at the same time painting a riveting picture of individual rivalries, relationships and romances. After recent battle successes, Sterling Presley is appointed military assistant to the teenage Queen, Geneva, both soon to be embroiled in a titanic struggle with their Thypholian enemies, led by Emperor Pompey. This alternative universe is described in great, authentic detail, from consideration of battle-fleets and we ...more
Pat
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
The Starlight Fortress has a promising premise, that of coming of age as a ruler during an interplanetary war. The plot itself had plenty of action, intrigue, and surprises. The characters themselves never quite came alive for me. Many of the military characters were of the same type and I found it hard to distinguish among them. The central character, Queen Geneva, was too shallow for my liking, and in the end I found her annoying. At least Ms. Rawsontile's writing style makes for easy reading, ...more
Steven Atwood
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think YA would like it a lot.

the story line was pretty good, but I just couldn't get into the story. This may have more to do with my age, than the writing itself. The military language, attitudes, and personalities were wonderfully portrayed. I would recommend to YA readers.
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Fiona Rawsontile graduated from Syracuse University with a Ph.D. in bioengineering. She currently lives in Wisconsin as an assistant scientist. The Starlight Fortress is her debut novel, prior to which she had only published scientific essays.