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Blood of a Thousand Stars

(Empress of a Thousand Skies #2)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  915 ratings  ·  173 reviews

With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown.


Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever—home.


Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Razorbill
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Olivia The author of this series has confirmed it is a duology!
Hayley There is no romance between Rhee and Dahlen. However, they do form a great friendship!

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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: Blood of a Thousand Stars is a young adult fantasy written by Rhoda Belleza. It was recently published on 2/20/18 by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 358 pages. The genres are young adult, science fiction, and fantasy. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up.

My Experience: I started reading Blood of a Thousand Stars on 3/26/18 and finished it on 4/6/18. The final installment of Empress of a Thousand Skies is an excellent read! I love tha
I can't believe how much I loved the first book.

I refuse to believe this sequel will be the last.

But apparently it is. And while this final book does provide more than enough closure to its predecessor, it's still...another duology? Really? I'm not a big fan of this particular trend.

But for this pair of books from Rhoda Belleza, she's got a couple of great stories here, loaded with engaging characters, on-point social commentary, and knocks on our overdependence on media in particular. I refer b
Chelsies Reading Escape
I need this book in my life so bad. Who do I sell my soul to for a copy.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

“Something inside Rhiannon rose up; the thing that made her who she was, whether it was pride or stubbornness or her soul, she couldn’t say, but it was like a power, pulsing inside her, waking her up from this nightmare, telling her there was still a way.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
I read Blood of a Thousand Stars a couple of weeks ago and I fell in love with it. It was even better than the first book. It reminds me why I love stories about lost royalty
Adah Udechukwu
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blood of a Thousand Stars was an excellent sequel
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sara Saif
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The best thing I can come up with right now is that this book, this duology was adorable. The world, the characters, the story, they were all adorable. What I mean by that is I enjoyed these books and had a pretty decent time but great as they were, they weren’t memorable. I wish there were more books in this series because these two were solid.

I read the first book in February last year but to my surprise and pleasure I remembered quite a bit. Enough that I didn’t feel a pang for not rereading
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I’m so used to my YA books having an overall happy ending that this book just leaves me rather bitter and sad

*Review to come*
Nella ☾
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
Omg this was great, but also


I wasn't expecting to tear up. (view spoiler) (Cara and Aly's romance, Rhi and Dalan's friendship, the loyalty and devotion between them all--so touching. Warms my heart.)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
Mel Anie
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Too many mixed feelings.

This wasn't a bad book. It was problematic. Some ideas of this book appeared dropped in process and confusing. It was hard to follow explanation of something complex in just three short sentences, especially due to technological aspects of this sci-fi read.

More to come in a full review!
Am I the only one who thinks that this cover looks so much like a cover of one of the albums by Nicki Minaj? Up close it looks nicer.

Hoping to like this one!
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
Jan 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Thank you Penguin for the ARC!

Cant wait to see if this is better than book one 🙌🏽
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is pretty much the equivalent of the "Episode I - The Phantom Menace" and I mean it in the worst way possible. But it's still an improvement from the first book so there's that.

The characters are all unlikable, the pacing is a mess and the action in some places bored me to death. Also actual plot who? But for some reason I just don't feel the same hatred I did towards the first book. I guess I burned out already at the ripe age of 21.

I do regret the time and money I spent on this duology b
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great conclusion to the duology?
Would this story make a better standalone?
But still enjoyable?
Definitely :)
I really like Rhoda Belleza’s fast paced writing style and the unique quirks she provides in this story. I’m definitely interested in seeing what she has to offer next!
Laura (bbliophile)
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
I absolutely adored the first book in this series, Empress of a Thousand Skies. I loved the plot, the world, the characters, the writing, I loved everything. So of course I had to request an ARC of Blood of a Thousand Stars, and I was absolutely over the moon when I was accepted, so of course I dove straight into it.

Sadly, I had a lot of trouble getting into the book. The world in this book is quite complicated, especially when it comes to the political aspects of it, and because it had been a f
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I guess I liked this slightly better than the first book but it's still not my favrouite and I feel the book overall has a few flaws.
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
actual rating: 3.5 stars

honestly, i wasn't vibe-ing with blood of a thousand stars. with how the characters are separated into different places, i understood the need for multiple pov. but, i did think that it totally took away the character development rhee needed to become an empress. maybe it's intentional since the author also focused on kara's insecurities and fear of who she was in the past and what her title meant. she's finding the tech that could hide her from the rest of the world for
Elle (ellexamines)
Sep 07, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
Shelves: z-coverporn
Yeah, no, the writing has not improved. It's that weird sort of “she knew this” and “he thought that” third person. Not a fan and I feel a lot better about disliking book one.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: made-me-cry
Where do I even begin with this? I don't know. I feel like I should type up a formal review but I'm out of practice and my feels just cannot be contained. So apologies, this is just going to be some random (and probably really long) splooge. I'll try to avoid spoilers, but it might be difficult.

To be perfectly honest, I came into Blood of a Thousand Stars with pretty low expectations. I'm used to YA authors dropping the ball when it comes to sequels and I was certain one book just wouldn't be en
Cecily Kyle
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Better than the first one in my opinion but the subject matter is still not really my thing. I really love the cover art of is series and I love the advanced technology ideas that were discussed in the book, such as "the cube."
Not my favorite but a good read nonetheless!
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent narration. This didn’t hold my attention in the same way as book one.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

This was OMG amazing. If I thought I was in love with the first and its technology and Aly/Kara plotline, this is even better. I loved the ethical conflicts, Kara, Aly, Rhee and all these new side charaacters. It kept me up at night even after I finished the book thinking WOW. This was entirely stunning.
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Blood of a Thousand Skies is conclusion to the Empress of a Thousand Skies duology. Story picks up right where the first installment left off. The story features four distinctive characters: Kara, Aly, Rhiannon, and Nero. As the story opens, Princess Josselyn Ta'an, who was thought to be dead, is actually alive and living under the name Kara. Since the sister she doesn't remember announced that Josselyn was in fact alive, she's be
jess  (bibliophilicjester)
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think...4.25 stars. I want to go 4.5, but I still have some questions, and there were a few things I didn't like enough to drop the rating a bit. If that makes sense. Anyway.

I don't know how to mark spoilers on my phone, so for now, just be warned that spoilers will happen!! I'll update this once I can edit it on my iPad.

I shall start with dislikes:

• Miscommunication plotlines. Far too much of it omg! I'm okay with it sometimes, but this was just irritating. It DID make sense because all our
The first thing you have to know is that Belleza can write, but I didn't care for some of the things in the story (personal opinion), so while my enjoyment was less than 2 stars, the writing is definitely better than that.

The second thing you should know is that while I regularly suspend my disbelief while reading science fiction (it is fiction, after all), some things go beyond my ability to suspend enough. I will give you one example that you can't see unless you click on (view spoiler)
Mónica Bustamante Wagner
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this sequel. There are murder plots, sacrifices, revenge, unpredictable twists (I I specially liked the last twist—but I won’t spoil it!), and very interesting and original technology (this is one of the reasons why I really liked the world-building). Also the character development is well done—how the characters evolve. It was interesting to see how the different POVs showed what was happening simultaneously around the solar system—and it was cool to see how it all comes together i ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-current, ya
So boring. No one's motivations made any sense and yet we were reminded of what they were c.o.n.s.t.a.n.t.l.y so we could think about how dumb they were. Rhee blames herself for things that she literally couldn't have known and so do other people, which is so irritating. Kara just has really dumb plans. Dhalen is insufferable and a terrible love interest. The plot is convoluted and busy and boring all at the same time.
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
What I Liked:
Accessible science-fiction novel – I always hesitate to pick up science-fiction novels. It’s just not my thing and my mind spaces out when things get to science-y. This duology is one of the few science-fiction novels I’d even recommend even to those who aren’t necessarily fans of the genre.

Rhee’s arc – In the first novel, Rhee is consumed by her quest for revenge. She’s reckless and her tunnel-vision makes her lose sight of what is important. In this sequel, Rhee is forced to pull
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good sequel to another great book. It follows my favorite rule of writing: kill your character which is one of the main love interests. Overall: wonderful book, I would definitely recommend it.
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Rhoda Belleza was raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up writing XFiles fanfiction and stuffing her face with avocados. When she's not writing, Rhoda obsesses over nail art tutorials, watches kung fu movies, and sews together crooked things that pass for clothes. She's a children's editor at a publishing house and writes from a sunny Brooklyn apartment stuffed far too many bikes and far too many ...more

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