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Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,707 Ratings  ·  415 Reviews
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in h
Kindle Edition, 437 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
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Erika (tigerlily.books) Yes, there is romance in it. It's from Kamzin POV and it's written in first person.
Jasmin The series is titled as a duology on the authors website :)

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Emily May
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
“I never thought someone like you could exist.” He watched me with a half smile on his face. “A girl from a tiny village many explorers have never even heard of, with greater skill than most of them will ever possess.”

Super special heroine... ✓
Love triangle... ✓
Hot dude #1 is lifelong best friend... ✓
Hot dude #2 is an obnoxious newcomer... ✓
Virtually nothing happens for 75% of the book... ✓

The only reason I am not giving this one star is because the setting is so excellent. The author's world
Cait • A Page with a View
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-arcs, ya-fantasy
This was kind of like my experience with Three Dark Crowns where I loved the setting but wasn't sure how I felt about the actual story until the last 15% where I was screaming internally and NEED THE SEQUEL NOW. So. good.

Ok... I'm going to try to explain the awesomeness of this story without spoilers. Kamzin is training to be the shaman in a Himalayan village in a fictional kingdom, but she isn't as good at magic as her friend Tem. Kamzin would rather be an explorer like her mother, who died in
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Different and good!!

Mel 🖤
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This sounded so different from your standard YA fantasy novel with the mountainous Himalayan setting being the most standout aspect. I was excited for the Royal Explorer to come in and pit sister against sister. Unfortunately, other than the setting, everything else was entirely forgettable. If I hadn't read this as quickly as I did, if only to get past the slow pace, I would've forgotten details needed to go on. Now after sitting on the story for a week before reviewing, I can remember the big ...more
Ben Alderson
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
That ending really saved this from being a THREE STAR.
I mean hello BIG TWIST.
I MEAN helllooooooooooooo

I am going to need book two.. right NOW ahh!
I can't wait
DNF @ 74%.

Hmm. Hmmmmm. I'm feeling very conflicted about this book. It had a really promising start, and the worldbuilding was consistently FANTASTIC. The descriptions of the rugged terrain of the mountain range, the snow and ice and glaciers, the sense of mysticism and legend, the PET DRAGONS……….it felt like the kind of story told around a campfire on a chilly night, full of so much adventure and potential that you can feel it crackling in the cool air. Unfortunately...........none of the atmos
elle ☼
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
i’m kinda torn about how to rate this. on one hand, it was more of a 3.5 star, but on the other, it was almost a 4.5, so i think i’m just going to stick with 4 stars.

i had absolutely no idea what this book was about when i picked it up, but i had heard that it had dragons in it so i was super excited. however, the dragons in this book are only used as floating lamps, basically. that was disappointing, but that was also mainly my fault for not reading the synopsis to figure out what the book was
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy-paperback
Unexpectedly epic.

Honestly the blurb for this book never interested me but hearing reviewer friends liked this made me curious and put the book on my TBR months ago... I'M SO HAPPY I GAVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE!!! The setting was AMAZING (I have a thing for harsh landscape/survival-ish stories), the romance was worth it, and honestly I've never really read anything like this -I so appreciate the author's research into mountaineering (I felt like I was right there with Kamzin) and the setting was so
I've never read anything quite like this.

4.25 stars.

YA fantasy is my most-read genre, but Even the Darkest Stars surprised me. It's not about saving the world or defeating an evil ruler or winning some magical competition. It's about climbing a mountain no one has ever climbed (and survived) before, and it's set in a fantasy empire inspired by the Himalayas.

The setting felt magical, and it had a rich, detailed mythology. The people of Azmiri have familiars, magical talismans, and use small drago
3.5 stars

Gosh, Even the Darkest Stars was absolutely beautiful. The setting especially - most of this book takes place in the mountains, because our characters are trying to find an ancient talisman at the top of Mount Raksha. Incidentally, this book could really do with a map, but the world-building itself was very nicely done. We're talking about an age-old feud between humankind and witches, pet dragons, familiars, pet dragons, shamanism, PET DRAGONS. All of it pampered around this beautiful
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A solid 5 star read!

I didn't really know what to expect when I picked this up but it definitely wasn't what was contained within. Even the Darkest Stars is a fabulous, dark and snow-filled read with some great characters (Kamzin, River, Tem and Ragtooth, of course) and leaves you wanting more. The atmosphere is tense and eerie and the descriptions of the mountains were superb! I followed Kamzin every step of the way and I even figured out one of the characters from nearly halfway in (I knew the
Kamzin, second daughter of her village-Elder father, is apprenticed to the local shaman. But Kamzin stinks at magic. What she really wants is to follow in the footsteps of her mother, an explorer. When River Shara, the Emperor’s official explorer, arrives in her village on his way to Raksha, the tallest mountain in the Aryas range, where a talisman that will protect the nation from witches is said to be hidden, Kamzin seizes her chance. But working for River means working against her older siste
I'm tempted to award a whole extra star for the sole fact that this isn't a trilogy and everything will be resolved in the next book. Buuuut.

Okay, real talk. The setting in EVEN THE DARKEST STARS is so cool (see what I did there, ps it's about climbing a giant freezing cold snowy ass mountain, incase you didn't know..), I'm pretty sure it's based off the Himalayas, and it's so vivid and breathtaking. Which is the upside to a book set around a journey-style adventure. Bad news? It's an entire boo
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

3.5 stars

I know I carry on about the flow in stories a lot, but really it can make all the difference and pull a mediocre tale up at least a star and Heather Fawcett has a style that's so easy to read that I found it hard to put this one down (even during the slower parts). Add to that the small mountainside setting and an adventurous trek surrounded by mysteries. I loved those aspects. The pacing was a bit off through the middle (slow) and end (rushed), but aside from that, I'm looking forward
Aug 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, xeno, romance
They climb a mountain.

The Story- I was really looking forward to this book. When I picked it up I said to myself, “Mountains, Gandalf! Mountains!” No joke, I like to quote LOTR aloud quite a bit. But you know what? That’s all that there really was to this book. Sure there was actual story going on in the background, but in the foreground? Climbing, hiking, snowing, falling, climbing, mountain village, mountain peak, valleys, forest, snow shoes, rope, rocks, etc. THEN at 90% the story changes, yo
Anissa (FairyLoot)
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-release
Wow, this took me by surprise and swept me off my feet! I loved this story from start to finish and devoured it in almost one sitting. I loved all of the different characters in this, and the mountainous setting was so unique. That ending has left me dying for the second book!
Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
"Hearts of shadow, eyes of flame.
None escape who witches claim."

This is not a bad book, but I just... wasn't that into it, I guess?

On one hand, I think this book's strongest point is the atmosphere. I don't even like mountains and all things related to it but the author made me want to buy a ticket to go ski. And I hate skiing (horrible childhood memories, ugh). And the familiars and little dragons were definitely a plus, they're so cute and cuddly, I want one.

On the other hand, the book's weake
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen's been awhile since I have enjoyed a book as much as I did this one! Even though I found myself frustrated with the heroine...she still tugged at my heartstrings!

And River?? I don't know whether to love him or hate him.

Only the next book in the series will help with this...and now I have to wait a WHOLE YEAR???

Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
21. Oktober 2017:
Ich hätte niemals zu Even the Darkest Stars gegriffen, wäre es nicht in meiner FairyLoot von September enthalten gewesen. Ich hatte dieses Buch nicht einmal auf meinem "Radar", ehrlich gesagt – aber als ich erstmalig von der Prämisse las, war ich gleich Feuer und Flamme für Kamzins Abenteuer. Zumindest ich habe noch nie etwas in der Art gelesen, fand die Idee einfach unglaublich cool.
Obwohl es sich bei Even the Darkest Stars um ihr Debüt handelt, gelang es Heather Fawcett mühelo
Margaret Rogerson
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of ETDS, and it’s as incredible as it sounds - a breathless adventure in a truly unique setting. Though Fawcett doesn’t hold back describing the brutalities of mountain climbing, I couldn’t help but want to be there with the characters, taking in this landscape of sparkling, sharp-edged beauty layered with unforgettable monsters, high-altitude perils, and magic both gorgeous and terrifying. Above all, I’m sad to leave Kamzin and River behind.

This i
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
***3.5 Stars***

UPDATE: Full Review can also be found on Lair Of Books


I typically read the Goodreads Synopsis before writing my Plot summary & I’m a bit confused this time around. The order of events & how they happened aren’t exactly correct in the synopsis & this is the first time I’ve seen this happen on GR. So, my Plot discussion will differ from what is listed in GR and for that reason I’ve decided to exclude their synopsis from my revi
rachel • typed truths
Even the Darkest Stars was a beautifully atmospheric read. The Himalayan-inspired fantasy world it was set in was, by far, my favourite aspect of the story. The world truly came to life under Fawcett’s writing style. She truly has a knack for world-building with the way she was able to seamlessly blend Nepalese culture with her unique magic system. I adored that so many different magical races were present, especially how they tied in with the characters’ own folklore. The mini dragons were just ...more
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
*Rating* 3.5-4

*MY Thoughts*

Even the Darkest Stars is the first installment in debut author Heather Fawcett's Even the Darkest Stars duology, with the sequel scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2018. 17-year old Kamzin is the protagonist. She lives on Mount Azmiri, and is the youngest daughter of the village elder. Her sister Lusha is all about astrology and studying the stars to see what the future holds. Kamzin is also apprentic
Even the Darkest Stars is a fantasy story set in a fictional version of the Himalayas where magic, witches and demons are real. As the youngest daughter of the village chief Kamzin has spent her life training to become the next Shaman but magic isn't something that comes easily to her and all she really wants to do is become an explorer like her late mother was. When one of the Emperor's elite royal explorers comes to the village to prepare for an expedition to Raksha everyone expects Kamzin's s ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc
Lots of adventure and tons of surprises. The pace was almost perfect - and I loved seeing all the challenges Kamzin, River and Tem face.

My only wish was for more backstory of Kamzin's life and more details about the magic system.
Teresa Sporrer
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Woah. :o
Sep 29, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-tbr
I got this in my Fairyloot box and it looks hella awesome 😍 I do believe dragons were mentioned 👀😱🐉
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of both fantasy and books about mountain climbing (like Krakauer's phenomenal INTO THIN AIR - an all-time favorite) - so when I heard that EVEN THE DARKEST STARS was a mountain climbing fantasy, well, I was immediately all in. It did not disappoint. And was perfect reading for the recent heat spell we had in Vermont - because author Fawcett conveyed the visceral sense of climbing an Everest like mountain so well (with supernatural creatures on the prowl), I could almost feel the da ...more
Arisawe Hampton
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprising and eloquent but rather challenging to the reader. Which happens to be a thing I like in a volume. It works it’s magic as you learn the way together. Reaching a farewell by the a time you are breathless and full of wonder.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the setting was great, characters were well developed, there was a good mix of action, humour, intrigue and plot development and I'm really looking forward to the next book.
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Welcome to my author page! I wrote EVEN THE DARKEST STARS and ALL THE WANDERING LIGHT, as well as various weird short stories.

Random trivia about me:

*I strongly believe ice cream is a food group.
*I read all sorts of things. Favourite writers include Maya Angelou, Diana Wynne Jones, and Charles Dickens.
*When I was a kid I wanted to be a 1) ballet dancer 2) astronaut 3) bus driver and 4) writer. One
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“And then I came to a place where the mountain stopped. Where there was nowhere else to go.
I had reached the summit of Raksha.”
“And as for my soul--
I saw black fire sweeping the village, heard the anguished screams. What use would I have for a soul, if everyone I loved was dead?”
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