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Dominion of the Star (Descendants of the Fallen Book 1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The totality of a solar eclipse lasts only a few short minutes. That’s more than enough time for an apocalypse to erupt.

Almost eighteen years have passed since the Eclipse changed the Earth forever, and Sebastian Za’in rose from the chaos and seized control, imposing his order on the broken planet. In a world ruled by fear and superstition, where all gods have perished,
Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by Indie Angel Books (first published July 14th 2015)
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✨Bean's Books✨
Good and dark...
Eighteen years after the eclipse that brought about a new world order, Kayla is now pulled into a situation where she must make choices. Some of which will dictate the fate of the world. Will she be able to grasp her true destiny, fall in love and make the choices that will save humanity?
This book is slow starting out. However you really need to stick with this one because it does get better! It is well written and very well-constructed.
This is not your normal dystopian tale as y
Vaishali • [V.L. Book Reviews]
Rating: 3.5 stars!

“Stars are all fire and pressure, exploding ceaselessly in the abyss,” he whispered. “The world teaches us that violence is natural, but the sky pretends it’s beautiful too. Stars die like we do - victims of their own mechanisms of survival. We don’t notice when it happens; we only see what we can’t avoid.”

Brought up in a modest village, Kayla Steelryn is the moving force of this imaginative, downcast dystopian fantasy. Kayla’s past is most secretive, her only vessel of
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

A solar eclipse became more than a thing of awe and wonder, something for scientists to greedily study. It became a few moments of darkness that became an apocalyptic nightmare that humanity has yet to be able to awaken from. Almost two decades later, one man rose from the chaos to become the fist of power, harnessing the world in a stranglehold of subservience, follow or be destroyed.

The stage was set for DOMINION OF THE STAR by Angelica Clyman with well-developed scenes, a
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Review

This was a truly entertaining and unique post-apocalypse/fantasy read. The narrative was written beautifully, transitioning seamlessly between the fantasy element of the mythology behind the protagonist Kayla and the antagonist Sebastian, and the post-apocalyptic nature of the world the characters are inhabiting in this dark future.

One aspect that really stood out from other books in the fantasy or dystopian style genres of books was the integration of the romance aspect of the novel.
Valerie Roberson
The storyline of this book was fantastic! The characters were of all walks of the world and beyond and they worked very well together. I did find for me that the book was a little slow, but really picked up from the middle to the end. The suspense and mystery of it all is what kept me going. There were many surprises, especially towards the end. I found the ending awe inspiring and the recognition of our GOD and his Angles, light verses dark, good over evil. I’m looking forward to reading more a ...more
Sahani Perera, The Book Sherpa
What's great about books is their ability to divulge and leave an everlasting impression in our minds: it may be positive or negative, yet the stamp of indulgence is enticing. Considering that, Angelica Clyman makes her debut through Dominion of the Stars, which is the first installment of the Descendants Of The Fallen series.

As a dystopian, winter fall myth, Clyman brings out a handful of characters with different purposes and personalities. If you're an avid reader interested in urban fantasy
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eighteen years ago, the Earth was wrecked with destruction during an Eclipse. Out of the chaos rose Sebastian Za’in, the man who took power and imposed his own Angelic order on the survivors. After all, he’s rumored to be a Nephilim, the offspring of an Angel and mortal. The next Eclipse is set to happen in a few months and he has plans to change the world forever. To do so, he needs Kayla Steelryn, a young woman ignorant of her parentage and powers. But as she’s brought out of the quiet potter’ ...more
Julie E. (Bookshelf Adventures)
Interesting premise that just didn’t quite do it for me. I spent a lot of the book confused about the characters themselves and how they got into the various situations.

Full review at:
Kohl King
I am always impressed and inspired by any first-time author who has the tenacity and drive to complete a full-length novel, let alone one who created an imaginative tale filled with complicated characters and twisted plots for a longer intended series. Dominion of the Star is a thick Young Adult/ Fantasy read that requires care and commitment on behalf of the reader to absorb the details of information within the often poetic writing by the author, while also using their own imagination to take ...more
Pallavi Sareen
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Dominion of the Star is a dystopian set after an eclipse caused the apocalypse. Now another eclipse is expected and within a week and the world is doomed. While half the fight is for survival, Kayla must also fight her nemesis. The world-building that is done is quite believable for a dystopian and well-established in the reader's mind through imagery. The characters supporting the main character were also well-developed and I especially liked the anti-hero, Sebastian Za’in. Establishing one's o
Happy Booker
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dominion of the star is an urban fantasy story about Kayla. She isn’t perfect, and her decisions in leaving her nest in order to find better meaning to her life shape the adventure of this story. Kayla’s past’s identity assists her to live in a post-apocalyptic society and challenge her ability to survive. Her emotions are tested, and love is also at play.

The tale was written so well that it makes the reader ponder about the story even after it is done. The characters are likeable and very easy
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unknown force with a strange pull compels Kayla Steelryn to leave the shelter of her isolated village and venture into an unfamiliar territory where truth is difficult to separate from lies and betrayal can come wearing masque of love and friendship. Torn between two people she loves and trying to unleash her hidden powers; Kayla is facing an enemy who wants to use an approaching catastrophe for his own sinister agenda.

Clayman handles intimate emotions with confidence, and her characterizati
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dominion of the Star is beautifully written, with some passages reading like poetry. The author's descriptions make a world broken by cataclysm a breathtaking backdrop for her story.

Often, characters in science fiction and fantasy are two dimensional archetypes, but Angelica Clyman's characters feel like real people, at times frustrating and others inspiring. This makes even the most fantastical elements of her book feel just as real. She seamlessly integrates spirituality and philosophy with th
Alex Norton
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for my honest review of it. The story follows Kayla who has been sheltered for as long as she can remember. Before she knows it, she is thrown into a world she knows nothing about and is trying to learn who she really is. This book has romance, action, suspense, and many other things all added up to deliver a story that is totally unique to anything else I have read. For the full review, follow the link: ...more
Crystal’s Pets
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow in the beginning. But a good book. You just have to keep with it.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Rosie Wylor-Owen
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dominion of the Star is really well written. The imagery and descriptions are detailed and incredibly poetic. The inclusion of spiritual instruments used to weaponise humans was a really neat touch and similar instruments that Kayla can use as a Nephilim are also super cool.

I loved Jeremy, Kayla’s love interest, fluctuating from bad guy to good guy as he fights Za’in’s evil influence, sometimes succumbing and other times overcoming. It made me wonder if there was going to be a happy ending or no
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book! I've read it so many times, and this is definitely a hard book to put down. I love the characters in the book, especially Kayla. There's a lot of action here, and you definitely won't be disappointed. I definitely can't wait for book 2 to come out. I wish i could give this book more than 5 stars, because really, this is a definite 10 in my book. ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read!
Very detailed, hard not to get totally engrossed and felt like I was right there with the characters. Can’t wait for book 2.
David Paulk
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put this book.
Michelle Lynn
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dominion of the Star, the first in the series Descendants of the Fallen, is set many years after an eclipse that plunged this world into an apocalypse, and just weeks before a second eclipse that could doom this Earthly plane entirely.

Our primary heroine, Kayla, escapes off into the ravished world to seek out answers as to the mystery of her past and why her family had seemingly abandoned her to live out her life in a pottery village. In that search, she discovers she has an important part to pl
Danielle Urban
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dominion of the Star by Angelica Clyman is a fascinating world of fiction. Here, both evil and good reside. The past is no more...and the present is awful. Then, there's the unknown of what the future will hold. Bold, engaging, and the most intriguing fantasy ever...Dominion of the Star will steal readers from their seats. I found myself curious and hooked. The plot holds a promising story full of action. Danger, war, and destruction all on a tipping scale sinking closer to a reality. Imagine a ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars - From Underground Book Reviews

Dominion of the Star by Angelica Clyman is a well-crafted adventure, which revolves around 17-year old Kayla. Against a one part post-apocalyptic and one part fantasy backdrop, Kayla struggles to understand herself, her own supernatural powers and the darkness of the world she was hidden away from for so long. A page-turner in which no character is without fault, this is an engaging journey through an intricate world. Readers who like symbolism or mytholo
Underground Book Reviews
Dominion of the Star is an engaging journey through an intricate world. Readers who like symbolism or mythology in their novels will enjoy this work. Additionally, those in search of complex motivations and unlikely characters will find this a fascinating read.

Read the rest of this review and many others at
Teri Franks
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A WHOLE NEW WORLD!!!!!ö¿ö a book with characters that you find yourself submerged in and you can grow as they grow. Can't wait for the next installment. ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Dominion of the Star suffers from a truly terrible thing: a blight in its pacing. It starts out jarringly as if it knows nothing of what is to come; the author, Angelica Clyman, as unaware of its own purpose as any reader.

We begin in a potter's village, with a youth who knows nothing of her past, save that which an obscure relic can tell her. Then, before the book is even one tenth over, she randoml
Shubham Lakhina
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dominion of the Star (Descendants of the Fallen Book 1)
By – Angelica Clyman
Format – Kindle Edition
Print Length – 483 Pages
Genre – Fiction
My Ratings – 4.7/5

💫Dominion of the Star by Angelica Clyman is the Book 1 of the series Descendants of the Fallen. It is an urban fantasy novel about Kayla. She's not fine, and her choices to abandon her nest and find a greater purpose for her life form the adventure of this novel. Kayla's previous identity allows her to live in a post-apocalyptic world and thr
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

When I was sent the synopsis for this book one work stuck out to me ‘Nephilim’. The concept of Nephilim has always interested me and not it’s not due to the Shadow Hunters books. Now let me start by saying that I usually do not pick up dystopian books, but because this book had Nephilim in it I decided it was worth a shot. I feel that putting that out there first is important because this was not a bad boo
Becky Baldridge
In today's world of instant gratification, entertainment at our fingertips, and books that can read in a couple of hours or less, Dominion of the Star takes some commitment. Coming in at just under 500 pages, a book darn well better hold a reader's interest. This post-apocalyptic fantasy does its job on that. It is an intriguing story, but there's a lot to take in for the beginning of a series. That said, the book is well-written, and the author certainly has a good imagination. Since this is a ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great read! It's very fluid, and it keeps you engaged the whole time. The writer is not heavy handed with her descriptions, and allows you to learn things about the characters from their interactions and perceptions of one another. The villain isn't over the top and obvious. His sadistic charm leaves you with chills, and he really believes his cause. The writer takes you on a journey. The heroine really comes into her own, and the love triangle is believable, sad, and exciting all ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dominion Of The Star is the debut novel of the author Angelica Clyman. It is the first book in the Descendants of the Fallen series. Kayla was pulled by an unexplainable force, she has to leave the shelter of her isolated village and go to a new place where betrayal and confusion is waiting for her.

Kayla Steelryn's father was a freedom fighter. Her surname Steelryn and the other surname Serafin earlier was a symbol of hope for a better future. There are so many suspense in the story to hook the
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