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Across the Broken Stars

(Across the Broken Stars #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  23 reviews
"5/5. If you are looking for an epic fantasy that has a unique setting, this is it.” – Reedsy Discovery Featured Review.

Leon has a secret. He was once an angel – a winged warrior sworn to protect Paya, a realm where people live on discs that float in space.

He failed.

Now Leon’s a broken man, trying to forget the past. He thinks he’s the last angel. But then a young fugitiv
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Published February 3rd 2020 by Undergrove Press
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Graham Dauncey
There are some things done extremely well and some things which i really struggled with in this, the first full length novel by Jed Herne. Let's start with the good stuff: the world building is phenomenal in this book. The discs of Paya, each self contained and separate from one another, populated by angels who can fly across the voids of space between is a fantastic concept. The angel's having been overthrown by a people who grew up on a planet with higher gravity and are thus stronger is anoth ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was graciously provided by the author for an honest review.

Usually I start with a short description, but I just need to say that I loved this book from start to finish. At no point was it slow, dull or unimaginative. The end had me shouting and yelling at my husband because it was surprising and I wasn’t ready. I said “WHAT the F***?!” and many other things, but it was such a GOOD ending. So, don’t let my expletives fool you. With that being said…

Leon, a broken man, is believed t
Daniel Pabu
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Across the Broken Stars is a good book. Not the best book, one that almost touches great but sadly doesn’t get high enough. Nonetheless a good book that really shines bright in some areas and is eclipsed in others.

The Good: A very well written protagonist. Amazing world building. Great action and adventure. An amazing ending.
The Bad: One dimensional characters. Some pacing issues in the beginning and in the non-adventure sections.
The Long [version]:
The book exists in a well-crafted science fict
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My copy of this book was very kindly gifted to me by Jed Herne in return for an honest review.

It is hard to convey my feelings without giving away spoilers so if this review seems vague it's because I have other reader's interests at heart!

I finished Across the Broken Stars last night and I've been thinking about it all day which, is ultimately reflected in the rating.

This story gripped me from the start. I loved that Leon, the protagonist, was kind of a screw up. His actions and emotions are
Katelyn Dickinson
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
*3.5/5 stars*

**I received a digital ARC of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

I was excited to get a copy of this book to review because I read Herne's last book, Fires of the Dead, and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed this one as well! I think the Herne has a great writing style. It flows so well and his characters are always enjoyable.

This story is a story of redemption and hope. I liked our main character, Leon. He made me laugh out loud
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Angel novels have been rampant in the last ten years, especially with Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters. Mentioning stars, I was interested to see how angels would be incorporated into space and how the magic system worked.

I loved the message woven throughout the plot: no matter what wrong you have done in the past, there is still time to right your future. Leon is an angel in hiding, an ol
Maggie Fried
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to start off my saying that I really enjoyed this book from start to finish- I've never read a book featuring angels so initially I was really intrigued by that aspect. This book was so easy to get sucked into; I kept trying to read more, more, more! It was never dull and I was always wanting to learn more or see what happened next.

This book had some of my favourite things in terms of characterization. I love cantankerous, old cynics, something Leon portrayed quite nicely. He's flawed and
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Across the Broken Starts is incredible!! I have never been particularly enamoured by the fantasy genre but I absolutely loved this book, it is one of my all time favourites! The space-bound setting, combined with a plot that finely balanced frenetic action with poignant moments, kept me on the edge of my seat and made me excited to turn the page. I was kept interested from cover to cover by a plot that contained twists that were unforeseeable in both their nature and occurrence. Perhaps the book ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. The story is sound, and the writing is pretty smooth. Leon makes a great reluctant hero, because he is so beaten down it is heartening to see him get up and going.

The ending was good, a little expected but it is a reflection of all the lessons coming back to him. I did find the ending a little bit rushed.
SA Krishnan
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable and original work. The last Angel is trying to survive and he is stuck in job hauling cargo. That is when Elena comes in and the adventures which start from there are completely unique and unpredictable. Enjoyable read.
Myra Wray
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. You could not foretell what will happen next.
Melissa Mitchell
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
(4/5⭐️) “Dead heroes and dead cowards both rot in the same grave.” This SciFi Fantasy is an action packed adventure that will have you saying the same thing.

Leon is an angel with a broken past. He’s a coward, a traitor to his own kind, scarred from the decisions he made during the war. All he wants is to forget—everything. He spends years believing that he is the last angel; he’s okay with that. But when a fugitive seeks him out, offering him a chance to find Waverrym, everything changes. Waverr
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The ending!
A.C. C Lorenzen
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Not what I expected; I thought it would be a series so didn't see the end coming. It was a good summer read and while not many fantasy-elements were explained about the discs for example it didn't hinder the story. You could still follow and understand it.

I found some of the riddles too easy, I had figured them out before the characters had. The story was fast-paced and skimmed a few things that could have been developed into much longer parts of the story, or issues were too easily fixe
Irene O'Brien
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep your faith no matter what is thrown at you.

Leon is an angel with a problem. He failed his friends in battle and felt like coward. He agreed to help a young angel find the safe haven where the angels reside. He goes through several places helping others and finding hidden ways.
He cannot believe his friend would betray him and lose the faith.
An excellent book that reminds one that faith is a great healer.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As finely crafted as any I have ever read. The ending is absolutely the best. If you like fantasy this is one of the best.
Ross Thompson
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book from BookSirens and provide this honest review.

This book has a very unusual setting with plenty left to the imagination. The story takes place in a world of "discs" (I presume man-made but not wholly clear), large surfaces with a metal base and a force field keeping oxygen in and gravity working, where single multi-purpose crops ("omnicrops") provide perfect sustenance, various fungi/mosses providing building materials, luminescence and underwater/outer sp
Allison Springer
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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I received this as an ARC and am giving it my honest review.

This is my second read by Jed Herne. This is both a good thing and a bad. Its good because I enjoyed the first one so much I decided to choose another by him. Its bad because its meant I have something to compare.

The concept was good: The last angel, a jaded older man scarred by both war and life, is approached by a young angel. (I don't count her as the last for reasons that would lead to spoilers.) She wants his assistance in finding
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Leon is ashamed of his past and wishes he could forget it. During the war most angels like him were wiped out by the Vahrians and he regrets the choices he made to survive. Now he’s one of the last angels remaining, living in secret to ensure his safety. When another angel appears and outs his real identity, he has no choice but to go on the run with her to save his own skin. She is determined to solve a riddle to a mythical place where angels are said to still live and thinks Leon can help her. ...more
Kelsey Carter
My rating is six out of 10. I enjoyed Leon’s character development. This was definitely headed in a different direction than I expected. I expected it to be a romance, but I’m glad it wasn’t. I like the parts that were adventurous. When the characters were solving puzzles. Without spoiling anything, I will say I didn’t see the plot twist at the end. Leon believes himself to be the last angel that is until the furious woman comes telling him that she can leave him to a place where they were more ...more
Glenda Dykstra
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angels might exist but not like you know them

Inquisitioner, angels, discs to live on. A coward and rebel, and the battle begins. One a traitor and the other a hero
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Rob Di Giovanni
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Convicts pulled the other two airships down and swarmed into them. Corpses littered the ground and the air reeked of spilled organs. Leon swallowed. He’d done this. With words of foolish bravery, he’d killed scores of convicts and soldiers, as swift as if he’d slashed a blade across their throats.

Jed is back at it again with another one. Across The Broken Stars is Jed's follow-up, full-length fantasy novel after the debut of his breathtaking novella Fires of the Dead late last year.

Across Th
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Jed Herne is a fantasy author from Perth, Western Australia. His books include Fires of the Dead , which readers say is "the perfect read for someone looking to be quickly immersed in a magic system unlike anything else," and Across the Broken Stars , described as "an epic fantasy that has a unique setting," and The Thunder Heist - an epic pirate fantasy tale, which forms the first book ...more

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