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Diamond Star

(Saga of the Skolian Empire #13)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  612 ratings  ·  69 reviews
'Diamond Star' is a space adventure with a rock beat by Catherine Asaro, author of 'The Quantum Rose' and 'Sunrise Alley'.
Hardcover, 495 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Baen Books (first published 2009)
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May 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sandi by: Catherine Asaro
Shelves: sci-fi, 2009
If I had read this twenty five years ago, I probably would have given Diamond Star a higher rating and just been crazy about it. In fact, if I hadn't read it immediate after reading one of the best works of capital-L Literature I've read. (I may have to change my top 10 to a top 20.) I liked Diamond Star, but it didn't blow me away.

I think Diamond Star really has greater appeal to younger readers. I can't really recommend it for teens because of sexual content, but I think readers in their twent
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I started reading this way back when it was first released (yes, we're talking 2009 here) and then stopped halfway - not entirely sure why now, but I think it was to do with the fact I wasn't sure if I wanted to go where I thought the book was going (and hopefully that makes sense to you - I'm not sure it makes sense to me!). Anyway, as the next book in the series, Carnelians, had been released, and I've an aversion to reading books out of order, I bit the bullet and picked up DIAMOND STAR again ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this by audio-book out of respect for those who read paper books and feel that listening to books is somehow inferior I am saying this in the interest of full disclosure. I also needed to tell you this because by far the worst part of this book for me was that the reader felt the need to sing and was truly awful at it. I read (ok heard) all 12 of the previous Skolian books and this had very little to do with that universe. It is about a prince who turns his back on his political role to b ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've been following the saga of the Skolian Empire up to The Ruby Dice (the last novel issued before this one). My favourite characters are, hands down, Sauscony the former Imperator and secret consort to Jaibriol II, and Kelric the current Imperator, with their aunt Pharoah Dyhianna a close second. I REALLY LIKED the series up to this point and recommended it to several friends, to my present embarrassment. I find it incredible - in the sense of "not credible", not "awesome" - that this idiot D ...more
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10, 2009, sf
Wow, I’m actually trying to write a book review. I haven’t done that in months and months, but we’ll see how it goes.

Catherine Asaro is my favourite author and her Skolian series, of which Diamond Star is the latest chapter, is my favourite series. However, I often get incredibly anxious about reading her books, sometimes putting it off for months, and I’m never been completely sure about why. I am coming to the conclusion that it is a combination of the fact that I really connect with these boo
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series!
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
Once upon a time, at least 10 years ago, I subscribed to a science fiction literature listserv where Catherine Asaro was a frequent poster. Following a link I discovered she was a writer, lived in the DC area, and was a physicist. Hmm, reminded me of my friend Roy Young, another physicist/writer.

I’d listened to Ursula K. Le Guin and Anne McCaffrey during my commutes into DC and liked them, but they were fantasy writers and I wanted to listen to more sf. I had found this articulate and intellige
Elena Dorothy
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: elenasbooks
Author: Catherine Asaro
Baen Publishing Co.– May, 2009

DIAMOND STAR, the newest novel in Catherine Asaro's Award-Winning Skolian Empire Series is the story of a Prince of the Ruby Empire who longed to be somewhere and someone other than who he really was, and to that end kept his true identity a secret. At the time his family returned to their own planet, he was not with them, causing his family to believe he was being held captive by Earth's Hierarc
Oh, Catherina Asaro, what have ye done.

I love the Skolian Saga because Asaro writes interesting space opera with actual science(!) in it and does a great job describing some of the physics going on with interesting space tricks. I like most of the characters in the universe, and I also like that she has a romance angle through the stories.

This book, judging by its cover (I know , I know) and the blurb about it, looked like it might not be so great. It's about one of the Ruby Dynasty scions, Del-
Nov 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like the cover
I judged this book by it's ridiculously fabulous cover.

The interior was not quite as ridiculously fabulous, not consistently, but it was pretty entertainingly goofy and I eventually did get interested in the plot. The middle was boring, though.

And the singing scenes were sometimes really embarrassing to read, hitting my make-a-fool-of-yourself-in-public squick (though within the context of the story, it was not a public embarrassment). Obviously I've got some pretty different musical tastes from
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book served as my introduction to the Skolian Empire. By the end of it, not only was I highly entertained, but completely involved. I will be making room in my reading list for more adventures from Catherine Asaro.

The story itself had a high emotional payoff - reminiscent of the other Catherine Asaro series I have read - The Lost Continent books from Luna. Ms Asaro does seem fascinated with gem stones...

I also received and listened to the audio CD and it makes a fine accompaniment to the bo
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Terrific addition to the Skolian series. Del, a member of the Skolian aristocracy, is gifted in singing.
His family has always thought music was beneath him, and gives him a hard time about it. As a result Del tends to devalue his skill and his worth. Stuck on Earth, incognito, (see the rest of the series for more details on why) Del gets discovered for his singing ability. Though he does make mistakes, he comes to terms with himself. It's an interesting and enlightening journey. Time spent with
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a re-read for me and I have the same impression as the first time I read this book. I really like the Skolian book series despite those nasty Aristos. However, I found myself getting really irritated with the main character. I think the author was trying to get across his struggles with overcoming past failures and family disapproval, but he just seems broody, immature and self-centered. It is still a story worth reading, just not her best work.
Rebecca Baldwin
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This book jolted me out of my suspension of disbelief a lot more than the earlier (by internal chronology) books. I think it's partly that dialogue and characters that seem fine coming from a significantly different culture stumble when they're near-future Americans; partly that trying to tie it to the real-world album and band makes it clunky; and partly that the lyrics are mostly awful (and I enjoy rock and pop lyrics by and large).
Lynda Postal
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is now the third time ...

... I'm reading this. This amazing universe Catherine Asaro created grabs my attention better than any series written, with the exception of Dune by Frank Herbert.
The rich characterizations are almost unparalleled in the science fiction genre.
The books of the 'Saga of the Skolian Empire' and those of 'Dune' both keep me up in the wee hours. A fictional universe made so real I can almost touch it.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suspect I would have less affection for this book if I didn't live in Baltimore. Also, I don't find Ricky the Media Mogul all that compelling a character; sort of hastily drawn and not all that likable. Del isn't all that likable either.

On examination, I'm a rabid fan of this series more for the universe than for all of the characters. Except Soz, who is awesome and not in this book.

Whatever. I read it twice and liked it, so it meets my personal 5 star standard.
Joe Karpierz
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The problem with long-running series, and make no mistake, Catherine Asaro's Saga of the Skolian empire is indeed a long running series - is that the quality of the stories tends to be uneven across time, and in fact every once in a while a clunker or near-clunker makes its way into the wild. DIAMOND STAR is one of those near-clunkers, for more a couple of reasons, and only redeems itself more than halfway through the book.

Since DIAMOND STAR is something like the 12th book in the series - chrono
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-f
I have loved Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire, but this one is my least favorite and took me about three years to finish reaching as i woudl put it down for long periods of time in between making progress. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next part of the saga.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
The worst in the series. I would elaborate but if the writer doesn't put any effort in, why should I?
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Del just isn't an interesting character to me. I skipped his story & just read the bits where the rest of his family showed up. The writing is great as always.
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Del is a Skolian prince, but he has no interest in taking a formal position among his people. He's not in line for the throne, he's not a military genius, and he doesn't feel he can contribute in any real way. He's a classically trained singer, and his family would like to see him take up the title of Skolian bard, but that's not what Del wants to do. He loves rock music, something none of his people can understand. He doesn't want to be a prince, he just wants to... to SING!

While on Earth, Del
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the best book in the series by far. I fell in love with Del’s character and his struggle to remain an artist without being a political figure. It had just the right amount of everything: romance, action, and rock’n roll. I highly recommend this book as a stand-alone. Now I’ll have to go find some more books featuring rock stars as the main characters.
Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritos
Algunas veces suele ocurrir que un título me deja tan fascinada y seducida que soy incapaz de hablar de él. Todas las palabras se quedan cortas para transmitir la sensación de euforia y placer cuando me divierto tanto con una novela.
Diamond Star es uno de esos libros de los que hablo. Catalogado como ciencia ficción, me encontré con un título de space opera (un subgénero que me gusta bastante) con tinte romántico. Los personajes creados por Asaro fueron coherentes en sus acciones y evolucionaban
Gabriel Vidrine
Feb 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Diamond Star is a stand-alone book, but it also is part of a collection of books, novellas, and short stories that Catherine Asaro has written about the Skolian empire/universe. I also have to disclose that this is the first of Asaro's books that I have read.

The book is strong enough to encourage me to read more of her books, especially from the Skolian empire series. The book is weak enough that I almost didn't get far enough to come to that conclusion. Let me explain:

The first third of the b
John Loyd
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Diamond Star (2009) 664 pages by Catherine Asaro.

During the Radiance War many members of the Ruby dynasty were taken to Earth and placed in protective custody. When the war ended, the Allieds didn't want to release the Ruby heirs. A Skolian commando team was able to recover most of them, but Del was in a different location and was left behind. The story picks up with the Allieds having a [last] interrogation session with Del. Mac Tyler is an ex-air force guy now in the music business that Genera
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Diamond Star presents a departure for Asaro's usual hero/herione. Usually unwaveringly strong both emotionally and physically, Asaro's characters are known for "kicking ass and taking names". Although her main character in Diamond Star, Del Arden, does break out a few martial arts moves, he is more a sensitive artist than hard-core military expert. I usually read Asaro's books to lose myself in the fantasy she creates of larger-than-life personalities. However, this book did not focus on that as ...more
E. Ardell
I've read other reviews where people claim this book isn't as good as the others and that Del is annoying, but you know what? This is the first book I ever read about the Ruby Dynasty. I'm no hardcore sci-fi fan and strangely enough I was drawn to this title because of the crazy cover. I love reading about musicians and bands and music, and this book took all of that and added psychic powers, war and deep family dynamics. The heavier sci-fi elements were fed to me in a way I could understand. I ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a disadvantage when reading books that include musicians: I am a singer, musician, instrumentalist, and sometimes composer. So I find myself NOT wanting to delve too far into the minds of musician characters. I'd rather enjoy them as my own literary impression of them, rather than take them from the page into actual recordings. I will likely NEVER want to hear the recordings the author and her friend made, based on this book. Not that other people might not love and enjoy the music, or th ...more
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The author of more than twenty-five books, Catherine Asaro is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula® Award, as did her novella “The Spacetime Pool.” Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine

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