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A War of Swallowed Stars

(The Celestial Trilogy #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  70 reviews
“A rare gem of a sequel . . . Each page drips with action and moral complexities.” —Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire, on A House of Rage & Sorrow

A prince without his kingdom.

A kingdom without its princess.

The destruction of the stars themselves.

War is destroying the galaxy. Esmae has vanished without a trace. A terrifying, rave
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 29th 2021 by Sky Pony
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Nov 30, 2019 marked it as definitive-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
April 17, 2021: I HAVE AN E-ARC. AHH.

can't wait for everyone to appreciate this book for the way it's going to conclude a trilogy of chaos in the galaxy, political intrigue, complex family dynamics — a story of gods and stars, of gifts and curses, of love and power.

November 30, 2019: The title is AMAZING 😍 Also, one of my most anticipated finales will get a battle scene with a space dragon?!? I can't be any more excited than I already am ✨

And, luckily, my name is gonna be there in the story
Now this is how a finale that I’ve been waiting for almost two years should feel like. I just don’t have any words to describe what I’m feeling, but I hope I’ll be able to articulate my thoughts here.

The one thing that has remained constant throughout this trilogy is how fast paced it is. I literally swallowed this book whole(pun fully intended) in a single sitting. And I know it couldn’t have been any other way, because I wouldn’t have been able to sleep tonight if I hadn’t finished reading it
On my blog.

Actual rating 4.5

Rep: Indian-coded cast, sapphic mc & li

Galley provided by publisher

If there’s anyone who’s going to smash a final book in a trilogy out of the part, you know it’s going to be Sangu Mandanna. A War of Swallowed Stars is a book I’ve been anticipating for a long time, and it more than lived up to my expectations.

The story picks up straight after the end to book two which, for obvious reasons, I will not be summarising, but let me just say the first chapter is one tha
Anjali (bookstersisters)
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A War of swallowed stars is the third and final instalment of the celestial trilogy by Sangu Mandanna. I had very high expectations after the devastatingly spectacular book 2, House of Rage and Sorrows and I was not disappointed in the least.
This finale picks up right after the epic cliffhanger in book 2. Esmae is missing, the universe is being consumed one star at a time by a dragon and Titania is offered a deal that just might change the entire game.
The brilliant brilliant character developme
michelle (magical reads)
4.5 stars

read on my blog

rep: Indian-inspired world and characters, wlw side characters; British Indian author

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

This is a cycle without an end. It doesn’t matter what it costs us. Somehow, sooner or later, we end up back here, full of fury and sorrow.

I’ve been anxiously yet desperately awaiting this book since I finished the second book two years ago. I l
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5


A War of Swallowed Stars is the third and final installment in author Sangu Mandanna's Celestial Trilogy. This book picks up immediately where A House of Rage and Sorrow finished then jumps 36 days where Titania picks up the story from Esmae. This story focuses on several key characters. Esmae Rey, Titania, and Radha. The series is inspired by the Hindu epic The Mahabharata and places it in space. Mandanna's trilogy tak
This book swallowed my heart and spat it out. How rude.

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Feb 18, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I need this book SO MUCH! I'm going to frantically just wait until release day. ...more
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jun 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss

rachel ☾
#1) A Spark of White Fire ★★★★☆
#2) A House of Rage and Sorrow ★★★★☆

a dreadfully dull and disappointing end to an otherwise incredible series

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).
Review originally posted on My Bookish Escapades.

"The remaking of shattered things doesn’t happen overnight."

I knew this was going to be a quick read. But I kept putting it off knowing that I'm not ready to say goodbye to this world and its characters just yet. And eventhough it's sad and painful to see this trilogy come to an end, it's definitely one that I will not soon forget.

A War of Swallowed Stars brings everything to the table. Sangu Mandanna didn't pull any punches. This was brutal, ex
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
Time to be emotionally devastated!
EDIT: I finished and am bereft. Beautiful conclusion to a truly stunning trilogy, but Sangu Mandanna gotta pay for my therapy bills.

You can read my (kinda coherent) full review on Reader Voracious here .

- Intensely satisfying end to an epic space opera.
- Radha and the succulent!
- Titania's character development!
- Made me cry dozens of times.
- I love these characters so much, send help.
- Capricious gods meddling. Boons and tricks and love and sacrifice.
- Cycl
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
★ 4.5 stars ★

I received an advance review copy from Sky Pony (Skyhorse Publishing) through Netgalley; all opinions are my own and honest. This review (and more) can also be found on my blog, Nine Tale Vixen.

content warnings: (view spoiler)
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Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I have been so excited for this finale book for so long. The Celestial Trilogy is an amazing series that examines family, ethics, and war. A War of Swallowed Stars delivers on the foundations Mandanna has been building from the beginning. The cuts and bruises only family knows how to dispense. All the ways that our own thirst for vengeance and power play out in the stars. Intelligent
DB (DB's Guide to the Galaxy)
This book made me weep and hurt my heart and I am never getting over it. Full review soon.

Marta Cox
This completes the trilogy that fans of fantasy will be intrigued by. Yes its YA and yes it's set in space but with its meddling Gods, curses and so much anger and pain this definitely gave me fantasy vibes. I will be blunt and say it's my first book by this author so obviously having started this I felt the need to read the first book at least before finishing this and leaving this review.
A displaced Princess, exiled Princes , an embittered Queen not to mention a vengeful God made this compelli
Jul 19, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a ride! Loved the characters despite the world building being downright absurd. The ending felt a little rushed. Considering how many things could go wrong in this book, it kinda felt random and unnecessary to add that extra complication with (view spoiler) but still a good end to a really quick series! ...more
Jamie Coudeville
I wish the first 2 books weren't such a blur to me. There were twists that I didn't quite like and I'm not 100% sold on the ending either. But I did like it overall. ...more
aleighsha is going to the eras tour
i love this series so much! I adore Esmae.❤️
I'm so sad it's over, but it had such a great ending! I can't wait to read everything else this author puts out!
Sep 15, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
it's incredible how this was approved by so many people. unbelievable. ...more
Ellie J.
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars
Recommended for people who like:
multiple POVs, sci-fi, space operas, morally gray characters, mythology, LGBTQ+ characters, trilogies

Note: there will be spoilers for previous Celestial Trilogy books in this review.

TW: ableism

I was so nervous coming into this one because 1) we still hadn't seen all of the curses come to fruition yet, and 2) I was expecting at least one character to die in the book. While both of these were valid things to be nervous about, I'm actually pleased with how
Leigh Kramer
I have been on pins and needles waiting to see how this YA space opera trilogy would resolve. While I haven’t yet read The Mahabharata (I decided to hold off until the trilogy ended), I know that it does end not well for the characters involved and I’ve been worried about what that would mean for Esmae, Max, and their crew in this retelling.

Well. Let me tell you it was worth the wait. I don’t want to spoil one thing about how everything unfolded but I will say I’m impressed with how Mandanna le
the way i started hating this series and gave the first book 2 stars... to being way more interested in the second book with 4 stars (plus loving the short story prequel!!)

and now? this book is one of the best ones i've read this year.

the plot came full circle and i absolutely love when books do that bc it makes the reading experience much more satisfying. this picks up right after the last book ended and it took us down some interesting pathways. i also enjoyed reading from different characters
A War of Swallowed Stars will only come out next year?! But I miss Esmae so freaking much! 😭😭😭

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Mecca-Amirah Jackson
Screaming into the void! Need this book like yesterday! 9/2020

Update - 1/2/2022

Currently sobbing -what a beautiful ending! I love this trilogy, these flawed and beautiful characters, and the originality of the story. Truly amazing.
Mishma Nixon
Jan 10, 2021 marked it as to-read
This book is going to break my heart to pieces and drown my soul.

Check out my most anticipated releases from 2021!
As predicted, I am NOT OKAY after finishing this book
Jul 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a free eARC from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

[This review will be posted on my blog on 30 July 2021]

Content warnings: War, violence, scars, imprisonment, death, blood

*Some spoilers for A Spark of White Fire and A House of Rage and Sorrow, with an early spoiler from A War of Swallowed Stars*

A War of Swallowed Stars is the long awaited third, and final, instalment in the Celestial trilogy. If I could sum up this whole series with a quote, it woul
Simant Verma
Umm hello, I am not okay 😭 This finale was everything I expected and more. I don't know if i ever will be able to write a coherent review of this, but go read Sahi's review here and understand what we feel. And don't miss this series. It deserves all the appreciation in the world.

And please preorder A War of Swallowed Stars and order the previous books and support this series.

A War of Swallowed Stars (Book 3): Amazon | Bookshop
A House of Rage and Sorrow (Book 2): Amazon | Bookshop
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Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.

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