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The Stars Askew

(Caeli-Amur #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The stunning adventure begun in the critically acclaimed debut Unwrapped Sky continues

The Stars Askew is the highly anticipated sequel to the New Weird adventure begun by talented young author Rjurik Davidson. With the seditionists in power, Caeli-Amur has begun a new age. Or has it? The escaped House officials no longer send food, and the city is starving.

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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Tor Books
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Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In combining revolutionary theory with bursts of thaumaturgical power and political intrigue Davidson has, once again, written a story that both delights and challenges your thinking. Powerful, gripping, and utterly addictive. The Stars Askew is the type of story I'd happily take with me to a deserted island.

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Althea Ann
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I eagerly got this from the library as soon as it came out: I'd read Rjurik Davidson's two previous stories set in this world (Unwrapped Sky, and Nighttime in Caeli-Amur, and absolutely loved both of them. Unfortunately, I had a really hard time getting into this direct sequel to Unwrapped Sky.

'The Stars Askew' is a very astute exploration of what happens after a revolution - when glorious ideals start falling vi
Seregil of Rhiminee
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Rjurik Davidson's The Stars Askew is an enthralling fantasy novel that does not disappoint speculative fiction readers. I was deeply impressed by it, because it's an original, inventive and imaginative novel that explores life, death, revolution, society, governance and freedom in a rich and unique way.

I didn't think it would be possible for the author to surpass Unwrapped Sky in terms of skillful storytelling and good characterisation, but he has managed to
Henry Lazarus
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Rjurik Davidson borrows from the French Revolution in the Caeli-Amur. It’s been a millennium since a high-magical civilization destroyed itself in war. It’s a strange world with a few minotaurs and gorgons. The city is trying to run itself with committees, and is killing rebels with the new bolt machine. Kata, a former assassin, is a member of the moderate party and starts finding her friends murdered. Maximilian picked up the mind of one of the god-like mages and goes off the mountains to find ...more
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia, sf, fiction
I was mildly trepidatious about this book - I very much enjoyed the first in the Caeli Amur series, but it was hard to see how the momentum could be maintained. I shouldn't have worried, I frankly devoured the book, in that magical everything-else-falling-away land, which great genre fiction excels at. The second entry in the series is a more self assured, polished work than the first, building on the strengths of Davidson's approach, and smoothing over some of the rougher patches.
And the stren
Matt Hlinak
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been waiting with anticipation for the follow-up to Rjurik Davidson’s strikingly original debut, Unwrapped Sky (2014), and The Stars Askew does not disappoint. The “young master of the New Weird” fleshes out his wonderfully bizarre world, a world that blends familiar elements of history and mythology in unique ways.

Read my full review at Pop Mythology.

I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher.

Matt Hlinak
Author of DoG
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Such a great book, even better than the first one! full review here:
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird, favorites
I was invested in the first book in this series because of the sheer amount of arresting images, despite some issues I had with characterization. The second installment in this series made me toss my criticisms of its predecessor out the window because not only are the issues I had with Unwrapped Sky resolved, The Stars Askew takes the snippets of the strange, unique world of Caeli Amur that we had previously been shown and broadens them, weaving together a complex, intensely nuanced and compell ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Stars Askew picks up where Unwrapped Sky left off, and pretty much follows three story threads throughout the book - of Kata (who to me is the main protagonist), Armand, and Maximilian - as they all go through an ordeal of sorts before confirming what they really stand for.

This book is a lot more political than Unwrapped Sky, with less focus on the strange and fantastical settings and characters described in the first book. I felt the sense of wonder and strangeness of the first book is less
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had almost no memories of the previous book, other than that it was interesting, but also weird. (I suspect that my at-the-time ongoing divorce was as responsible for that as the originality and strangeness of the setting.) Happily, this was self-contained enough for me to enjoy, reminding me of what I'd forgotten as I needed it -- it's the story of a city in the grip of revolution, and the stories that go along with that. It's hard to say how much I could recommend it, but for what it's worth ...more
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Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I had been excitedly awaiting the release of this book since the moment I finished Unwrapped Sky. I had never before, in a lifetime of proud book-nerd-ery, become so completely enraptured by any author's creation -- I literally counted down the days until I would be able to return to Caeli-Amur -- to find out what would become of Max and Kata -- to root for the seditionists as they fought to find their way in a world that held so many threats and uncertainties, internal and external, that they h ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It suffers from middle book, when I couldn't fully remember the first, but it grew on me, so 3.75 stars because I look forward to the next.
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