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Bright Star

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Erin Swan's YA fantasy debut, Bright Star, is an action-packed adventure tale of rebellion, romance, and finding one's voice in the heart of a storm.

Paerolia has been at peace for two centuries, and all is well in the land—or so it seems. Beneath the surface, a tyrant is rising to power.

A traumatic experience in Andra's childhood has left her mute and subdued, a servant i
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Tor Teen
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May 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Y’all wanted a review? Alright.

1.5 stars. NO SPOILERS.

I didn’t like this book. I felt like I was reading six or seven already published YA novels all crammed into one. It was almost like the author had plucked parts they liked from already popular series’ and tried to meld them together to make a completely different concept and it just didn’t work for me.

There were a few times when I was unsure if I had missed something important because it seemed like the reader was already supposed to know th
Fae Crate
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything it promised to be! The character development and world building was beautiful and I was incredibly happy about the personalities that the dragons in this book were given. It is hard to find a new way to do dragon fantasies with so many out but Swan figures it out. Very happy with this book. Easily one of my top faves of 2019.
The Nerd Daily
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Isabella Stocka

In her debut novel and first instalment of the Sky Riders series, Erin Swan takes you into a world in which dragons exists and the bond between a dragon and its rider is sacred. For decades the Riders kept the peace in Paerolia and once a year, dragons and men are chosen to become partners. The mental match between the two is destined. Once bonded together, they are one.

Andra is not allowed to witness this ceremony and when she is
Aug 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Tor Teen. Thank you!

Andra, a young half-elven woman, is an indentured servant with years of bondage left. She works in the hall of the dragon riders, a plum position her mother won her by agreeing to more years of servitude for herself. When Andra accidentally disrupts a dragon bonding ceremony, she's sent back to her prior abusive assignment as punishment. There, she's impulsively kidnapped by rebels during a raid and sets out on a path to become a master ma
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows me knows I'm an absolute sucker for dragons, so this rating should come as no surprise. However, I am very picky about my dragons, and I like them to be done WELL. I like them to have agency and character, I like them to be unique and exciting, I love when they're intelligent and powerful, and Bright Star delivers on all fronts.

This book pulled me out of a terrible reading slump. I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that ever since last December (which is when I picked it up at my loca
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
* Thank you to Raincoast Books for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *

ACTUAL: 4.5 stars

After an assassination at the manor where Andra is serves, she is thrust into a growing rebellion plot to overthrow the corrupt government who run the land of Paerolia. As she begins to find herself, and her voice, among these rebels, she also learns of a great power within her, that could be the key to a ensuring peace in Paerolia once again.

I absolutely loved this story - the bold fantasy re
Megan Oneail
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the overall concept of this book, and the characters.

But I really really really wish the author had taken the time to write a unique backstory instead of just pulling from the history of Alagaesia as if this were an Eragon spinoff. I literally started a list because it was getting ridiculous.

I also feel like this could easily have been a duology, because it felt so rushed. There was definitely enough story to span two books - there was even a good cliffhanger moment we could have use
J. Dominique
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, the style of writing was really off-putting. A “traumatic” event happens to Andra, but I felt nothing over the story as neither Andra or any of the other characters had been fleshed out enough for me to care. The style of the story is childish, all tell, not show, and the concept is nothing new either.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the poetic story telling, the world building, the characters, and was so pleased to receive an ARC. This is an action-packed fantasy tale with a strong heroine lead. Add dragons and magic to that and it just keeps getting better!
Jackie Martuscelli
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book years ago on Inkitt and fell in love with the story. Its got my favorite things-dragons, magic, bit of romance, and strong characters. I was lucky enough to recieve an ARC last year and it is a prized possession, not gonna lie.
The reading itself is easy, everything flows really well together. The development of the characters isn't rushed but isn't too slow either. The details are great and its definetly a book that I think many will come to enjoy.
I cant wait to read mor
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Macmillan-Tor for the E-arc copy of this novel.
#BrightStar is a fast-paced, action packed novel from beginning to end. I enjoyed the main character, Andra, she is strong lead in this story. Her combined with all the world building details make this a must read for young adult fantasy lovers. It does have some romance, but it entwines into the story seamlessly. It doesn't feel force as an extra into the story.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dragons, fantasy
I feel bad. I wanted to like this so much. It has a lot of potential and for once I feel like an author gave us dragons like we want. Real personalities. Not pets. Real bonds. I just can't seem to enjoy it more and I cant tell you why. Its...fine. But I'm eager to move on and will probably forget it. And that makes me sad ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable read.
Randall Collins
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared to root for a young heroine like no other underdog!
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, fantasy, ya
I received an ARC from TorTeen on twitter. (Also sorry if it’s not the best review, I really only review ARCs I get and this is only my second so I’m a bit inexperienced)

This book did remind me a lot of Eragon. I saw other comments of people who believed the same. If you love stories like that, you will love this one!!!! This was, in my opinion, and average book. It was by no means terrible, but nothing spectacular either. This is also what I thought when I read Eragon, so again, if you LOVED t
Cami Murdock Jensen
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read! Andra's ascension from slave to hero kept me thoroughly engaged. Erin Swan created an easily envisioned world that took me out of the mundane and into a journey filled with magic, dragons, and romance. The magic system was believable and epic, and I loved Andra's struggle to discover her potential. Swan's cast of supporting characters were colorful; from handsome protector to creepy antagonists, well done, all of you! Bright Star is time well spent for any fan of magic and drago ...more
Reminded me of the 'Dragonriders of Pern' books. If you are a fan of them, then you'll probably like 'Bright Star'. ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really liked that it was a standalone, but at the same time, that meant that the characters and plot weren’t as flushed out as they could have been.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"But Andra knew that she wouldn't. She had spoken a single word, and that word became a death sentence. She wouldn't allow it to happen again."

At the start of this story, Andra is a servant in the Chief Judge's manor. She serves with her best friend, Talias, and the two are always managing to get into mischief. The pair sneaks into the introduction between potential dragon riders and the dragons. Curious, Andra eventually also sneaks into the pairing ritual, where she interrupts the rare violet
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Tanya Cruz
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, unhaul
I won an ARC of this book on Twitter and even thou I wasn't really interested in the story, I decided to give it a try. This is the first dragon's book I've ever read, so that plays a big role in my review, I have nothing to compare it to (regarding dragons).

The story starts with Andra and her friend and crush, Talias, sneaking into an event where they see a dragon meeting with children who may become dragon riders. Andra and Talias are servants, but Andra is basically a slave bound to pay 10 y
Rachel Feeck
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: stand-alone, dragons
A nostalgic blend of Eragon and early Robin McKinley.

Caught observing a dragon Rider ceremony, Andra is sent from her position at the Hall back to the Chief Judge’s estate. Where Andra was born, where her father was killed, and where further unspeakable horrors are thrust upon her just days after her return. Alone and unwilling to speak, Andra’s suffering routine is interrupted when she witnesses a group of rebels assassinate the Chief Judge’s son. The rebels make their escape, taking Andra wit
Nov 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library, dnf, 2020
DNF at 66%.

I will start with the good in this. The premise is interesting and captivating. The dragons have real personalities and I liked that they were integral to the story rather than used as bait for drawing readers. Uh... that might be it.

Starting off, I want to stress that this is MY opinion and I try not to let any other reviews influence it. I will say however, I do agree with the things the 1 to 2 star reviews are saying. Okay let's dive in.

If you're gong to have abuse in your story,
Kaileyanne Shay
Jul 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book was sensational! I loved so much about this book!

4.5/5 Stars

Things I loved-

-This book was full of magic! But they explained it very well and it made sense because the main character was learning all about magic at the same time (Due to her circumstances-it really made sense) and the author didn't try to explain everything at once.

-I love clean fantasy! This book had kissing and desire in it, but that's about it. It had a few traumatic abuse scenes, but overall it was not spicy! I app
Sequoia Cron
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Dragons, magic, more dragons, romance, elven, dwarves, handsome Rider. Need I say more?

With that promise in mind, the book was pretty solid. I love the dragon and magic concept. Sadly boys are the only ones who can be Dragon Riders and so when Andra, a slave with a contract she has to serve, spies on the choosing ceremony between a dragon and a possible Rider she interrupts the process by getting caught and disrupting someone else's bond to a dragon. The dragon ends up bonding with her and in th
Sep 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
At the bottom of my review, I’ve inserted tropes that I saw while reading. They contain slight spoilers, as tropes always do, so if you don’t want to know that much then don’t scroll to the bottom.

Please check TW’s before reading.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I read it in two days because I just couldn’t put it down. If I hadn’t had to go to work it would have been done the day I started it.

The only thing I didn’t like was most of the female names were pretty much all very similar in that they almost all
Sep 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this title from School Library Journal in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Relationships are at the core of Erin Swan’s new book, Bright Star. Elf, dragon, and human kingdoms have shared the land of Paerolia for centuries, but times are changing across the kingdoms. Females have been forbidden to participate in the Pairing Ceremony, where young dragons choose their Riders, for centuries and the human council of judges is in danger of being overthrown by a tyrant. When a
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a fun read! I read a ton of books and this one is definitely one of the better ones. Andra's story is full of pain, love, and adventure. I found myself wanting to read more and more throughout the entire story. I could visualize every scene and felt as if I had really been transported to Paerolia.
The characters were so fun to read about. Andra and her friends felt so real. It's easy to see that Erin Swan has spent the time to really build her character's personalities. Each on
Cece Hawks
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dragons
Ok, so I enjoyed the book, but I just wish the author was a bit more original in some parts. Almost every aspect of Swan’s Dragon Riders came straight from the Inheritance Cycle (aka the Eragon books); from the mark on the palm to the sword color matching the color of their dragon’s scales. Not to mention the fact that only elves and humans could be Riders, and all the dwarves do is live underground and make weapons, (seriously, if you’re gonna steal from Paolini, at least give me an Orik).

Teresa Bateman
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a book that had a lot of potential. A slave girl is kidnapped during a murder. There are dragon riders and magic. There is an insidious plot to overthrow the government. Rebels fight to retain their freedom. Elves and dwarves are part of the mix. At first I was enthralled. The author did a good job of world-building and created well-fleshed-out characters that were caught in compelling circumstances. It was a little derivative, but I was excited. Then, almost exactly halfway through the ...more
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