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Between Starfalls

(Children of the Nexus #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Never leave the path. 

It’s sacred law, punishable by exile.

When her son goes missing in the perilous mountains, Kaemada defies the law to search for him. She enlists the help of her hero brother, a priestess berserker, and a fire-wielding friend.

But the law exists for a reason.

When the search party is captured by the mythical Kamalti, they learn that Kaemada’s son was se
Kindle Edition, 442 pages
Published March 27th 2020 by Hakea Media
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
3,5 stars

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Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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I read this for SPFBO links and info at bottom.


This was my first read in my group of books and I enjoyed it a lot.

Between Starfalls started strong for me. It is one of those learn as you go worlds and it bends all those built-in expectations of what you’d find in a fantasy. For instance, Kae’s people had a first nations feel; they lived off the land and there was a huge sense of community and family, and Kae herself, was bonded to a wolf. But then there were also these weird Angels, a Pegasus
SFF ●llieSp●t Book Review
I have a number of impressions, and thoughts on this book.

To begin with, and one thing that really left an impression on me, was the chapter intro’s. Each one was a highlight for me. There was a time in my life when I really thought I would become a globe trotting, trail blazing anthropologist. The perspective I got reading this, really made me nostalgic for those days, as the intro to each chapter read like the journal entry of someone outside the story, and outside the lives of the Kamlti, and
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Between Starfalls appealed to me with the premise of the main character being a mother. I can’t recall many fantasy books at all in which this is the case and this certainly adds a unique and powerful dynamic to the story that you can certainly count amongst its strengths.

It also meant Between Starfalls was a unique reading experience for me because this and a few other elements provoked a range of emotions in me; something I can’t usually say even for many of my favourite books.

I use a
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreaking and intense tale of community, cultural rifts, and the lengths mothers will go for their children. Told from multiple perspectives, but my favourite is Kaemada’s as she navigates being an injured warrior stumbling over horrific truths and overcoming her naivety to come into her full power.

Can’t wait for book two!!
Kriti | Armed with A Book
One of my favorite books this year!

Reading experience: reading experience

“We must draw on all our skills to succeed, even those frowned upon,” says Takiyah in Between Starfalls and since I could not find the words to start this review in spite of all my notes and quotes, I called upon one of my favorite characters to start it for me. There is so much to write about and I will not be able to touch on everything. I will make a quick honorary mention here to the terrifying angels in the book and the fact that peopl
TNE Book Critic
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Between Starfalls, is the first book in the Children of the Nexus saga, is a beautifully written epic fantasy novel sprinkled with science fiction. Between Starfalls, is a whopping 372 pages; but you won't notice it due to the well-developed storyline and intriguing characters that are introduced throughout the book. Overcome with tiredness, Kaemada falls asleep only to discover that her son, Euin, is missing. Forbidden to leave the path, Kaemada defies authority and enlist her brother, a priest ...more
Ben Gartner
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kaemada prepares to fight invaders while living in a near-utopian tribe of the Rinaryn called a kaetal---until her young son Eian takes a fateful turn off of “the path” and disappears. Like most mothers probably would, she goes after him even though leaving the path is prohibited. To her shock, she discovers a dystopian world that has only been whispered about in legends. She becomes a slave and is forced to use her psionic powers to battle for her life and the life of her son.

Between Starfalls
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the world-building in Between Starfalls. The different cultures and their ways of living were fascinating. The mystery of the Angels, and hints about some of the characters made me want to read more of the series. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next! ...more
Amanda Thorne
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one, though it took me longer than usual to finish. It's smart, introducing names and customs slowly, but putting together a well rounded world. ...more
Jerusha Renee
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story by S. Kaeth! Set in the same world as Windward, Between Starfalls follows the story of four characters as they stray from their familiar path and discover a people living under the mountains. The book explores a clash of cultures, misunderstandings, and the desperation of the characters as they try to find Kaemada's son and return home. The author has an amazing imagination and the cultures within her book feel real and unique. I definitely grew attached to the characters ...more
Dorian Graves
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A group of adventuring friends try to rescue a child and find themselves separated and trapped in a land thought lost to legend. They'll face hardships and question everything they knew about themselves in order to survive.
The characters are at their strongest and most engaging when they are apart, trying to survive a society they don't understand where failure can lead to their deaths. The world-building between the different cultures is also intricate and made me want to learn more! The beginn
Paulette Kennedy
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, epic high fantasy with well-rounded characters in a believable world. Plenty of tension, emotional stakes, and cliffhangers to keep you hooked and reading. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
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