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The Girl and the Stars

(Book of the Ice #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  37 reviews
In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is
Hardcover, 600 pages
Expected publication: April 30th 2020 by HarperVoyager
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    The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice, #1)
    Release date: Apr 21, 2020
    A stunning new epic fantasy series following a young outcast who must fight with everything she has to survive, set in the same world as Red Sister.


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    Mark Lawrence
    Aug 08, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    STOP PRESS: The UK cover is revealed on Fantasy-Faction

    Copies now available on UK netgalley.

    The US cover has been released!

    The ARCs have landed chez Lawrence!

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    James Lafayette Tivendale
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: freecopy, fantasy
    I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Girl and the Stars. I would like to thank Mark Lawrence and Harper Voyager for the opportunity.

    This tale is set in the same world as The Book of the Ancestor, yet in a completely different environment. We follow Yaz, a sixteen-year-old member of the ice tribe the Ithca. To progress from being a child and ascending to adulthood the younger members of all the tribes have to be judged by regulator Kazik. All the clans converse at the Pit of the Missing
    Chaima ✨ شيماء
    I see it.

    I like it.

    I want it.

    I internally scream because it hasn't been released yet.

    (Also, this is Mark Lawrence so you know you're in for a RIDE!)
    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    OMG this is obviously being added to my never-ending TBR!
    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    What the hell! I want a print arc of this damn book!!!

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    May 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Oh hell yes!

    The Girl and the Stars


    Many babies have killed, but it is very rare that the victim is not their mother.

    When the father handed his infant to the priestess to speak its fortune the child stopped screaming and in its place she began to howl, filling the silence left behind.

    Omens are difficult and open to interpretation but if the oracle that touches your new-born dies moments later, frothing at the mouth, it is hard even with a mother’s love to think it a good sign.

    In such cases
    Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Abeth, a frozen ice planet. Many years ago, a home to Nona and the sisters of the Sweet Mercy convent. Now home to nothing but wandering ice tribes, struggling to survive in the harshest conditions imaginable.

    To survive is to sacrifice. Outliers must be culled. Whether you are weak and lag behind, or if you’re too big or strong and eat more than the average share, then you can no longer exist within the tribe. You are thrown away, torn from your home and family forever. Yaz, our teenage
    May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    If Mark Lawrence was a new author The Girl and the Stars would be the SFF debut of the year.

    I blogged about the book here (no spoilers):

    May 08, 2019 is currently reading it
    Sign me up right now. Serious want.
    T.O. Munro
    Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I finished 2019 as I started it, with a Mark Lawrence ARC. This one starts another stunning trilogy, full of brilliant poetic prose.

    In The Girl and the Stars, Lawrence gives us another tale set on the ice-bound world of Abeth, a planet barely warmed by a dying star in the endgame of the universe’s inevitable submission to the rise of entropy. Like Nona before her, Yaz is an adolescent under duress, tested almost to destruction by a harsh environment and harsher company. Nona lived in the thin
    Niki Groves
    Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent! Unexpected storyline, had me exclaiming out loud, really liked the characters, just enough description to get the idea - I didn't want it to end.
    sofia (sam willows)
    if i dont read this soon i might actually, physically Die ...more
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was so excited to receive an ARC of this book. Mark Lawrence’s ‘The Broken Empire’ trilogy, really stuck with me for being dark and not afraid to pack a punch. I was expecting big things from this book, and it did not disappoint, not even one little bit.

    Never before has a book made me feel quite so claustrophobic, life under the ice had me shuddering, and I had to take a break after the first 50 pages, just to catch my breath. That is the beauty of Lawrence’s writing. I could picture every
    Nov 28, 2019 marked it as unreleased  ·  review of another edition
    [11/28] The cover looks STUNNING.
    Mara YA Mood Reader
    I didn’t even read the synopsis. I just saw Mark Lawrence and slapped the appropriate button
    Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Kerry A
    Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Hmm, there better be a sequel soon because I'm totally invested in this story. It's harsh, it's gripping, no-one can be trusted and nothing is as it seems at first glance. This brilliant new book has an awesome main female lead in Yaz. I'm giving this one full marks for the world he has created under the ice. I'm lucky to have had an advance copy. This is intense!
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Who needs sleep when there is this brilliant ARC waiting to be read and experienced!
    Thank you again, Agnes, for hosting that giveaway that made me so fortunate to receive this book!

    The book is as Lawrenesque as Nona‘s story ever was. I loved that trilogy, so it’s no surprise that I already love Yaz‘s as well!
    All those characters have found their way easily into my heart with each new trait revealed about them, each hardship they live through and mostly overcome, each inner and outer turmoil
    Megan ❀
    May 08, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fantasy
    *screams all the way until April 30th, 2020*
    Jun 07, 2019 marked it as to-be-released
    May 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
    holy shiiiit,,,,,will we also get to see nona and the others in this series????!!!
    Dec 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: current-tbr
    I didn't even realise this was a thing. I AM READY GIVE ME MORE!
    Dec 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: cover-love
    Both the US and UK covers are giving me life on this cold dreary day
    Jun 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Jane Kelsey
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Another epic novel from the characters, the world building the magic system... incredible..loved it..full review to follow
    Dec 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa, after finishing The Book of the Ancestor I felt like there's just so much we don't now about the world still and I wished for more books in this world. I am so excited!!!
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Fantastic and visceral world building with fascinating characters and so many plot twists and turns you won’t be able to put it down! Fans of the Red Sister series will love this book.
    Stephanie L (catteabooks)
    Oct 06, 2019 marked it as on-the-radar
    I have yet to read a Mark Lawrence book (shame on me), but here I am, adding yet another of his novels to my TBR because I just can't not.
    Sam From the Square Groot
    An enjoyable read.

    I had the wonderful opportunity to read this before release and have to point out that this was not the fully finished book. And thus can not quote the book because of this fact.

    As I said at the beginning, it was an enjoyable read. The characters are for the most part rounded out, there are some secondary characters that I enjoyed more than the main character, a bit more going on with them in terms of personality and arcs. But they have their set places and roles, which is
    Nov 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: cannot-wait
    Hold on one second. Abeth? The same world as The Book of The Ancestor Trilogy?
    Do we get more Nona?
    And Ara?
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