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A Dark and Hollow Star

(A Dark and Hollow Star #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,859 ratings  ·  744 reviews
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The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.

For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bou
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by Simon Pulse
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Aurora Hi, this is copied from the authors review of the book:

CW: anger, arson, blood/gore, body horror (minor), death of a child, depression, disownment, d…more
Hi, this is copied from the authors review of the book:

CW: anger, arson, blood/gore, body horror (minor), death of a child, depression, disownment, divorce, drug use/addiction, grief/grieving, human trafficking, poverty, psychopathy, stalking, suicide (past, off-page), suicide ideation, toxic relationship/manipulation, trauma/PTSD, racism, violence/gun violence(less)
☀︎El In Oz☀︎ There is nothing sexual in it, and it doesn’t have any graphic violence. That being said there is a fight for the climax so if that’s not your thing, …moreThere is nothing sexual in it, and it doesn’t have any graphic violence. That being said there is a fight for the climax so if that’s not your thing, than this book may not be your jam since it is about murders and some are described in detail. (less)

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Lia Carstairs
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for the queer rep in a Fae world

Arlo, Nos, Vehan, Aurelian . . . I'm so ducking in love with them it's not even funny🥺😭

Now the real question is: When's 2022? also plz kill a certain individual who starts with an 'R'

Because I really, really, really need the next book right now. This is 100% definitely better than both The Cruel Prince and City of Bones in my opinion.

I don't mean to hype this book too much because the hype can sometimes kill a book BUT SERIOUSLY I LOVE THIS SO MUCH
Hello hello, biggest disappointment of 2021. Nice to meet you.

A Dark and Hollow Star follows four characters—Nausicaä, Arlo, Vehan, and Aurelian. Nausicaä is a Fury, a lethal force of death who longs to exact revenge on her enemies. Arlo is a shy half-fae girl who must fight for her right to be called fae. Vehan is a prince of the fae, determined to keep his people safe. Aurelian is Vehan’s angsty guardian. Together, they must save their world.

I was so underwhelmed. The characters were walking
Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If I haven’t convinced you to go out and buy 10 copies of this book by the end of my review, I haven’t done it justice.

Plot: Ok, let’s be honest, there are TONS of book about the Faerie being written as of late, but I promise none can compare to this one. There is a perfect mix of Fae/modern world, tons of different mythology, and great LGBTQ+ representation.

Characters: Arlo was just about the most relatable person ever. She was unsure of herself, her powers, and her standing in the world. Naus
Ashley Shuttleworth
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
edit 06/20: I'm very excited for the world to meet Arlo, Nos, Vehan, and Aurelian, my chaotic children who've come to mean so much to me, just like this story, which is very long and very busy (thank you final Fantasy) and at times was very painful to write, but I’m fiercely proud of what it levelled up to become. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Also, I get asked fairly often what sort of queer rep is in this, so for your curiosity:

Arlo—questioning (later to be confirmed pansexual)
This book is the start of something special. I knew this from the very first page and the feeling never once faded across 500 pages of action, banter, magic and pining. Following four queer teens caught up in a series of brutal, ritualistic murders and forced to work together to solve them, A Dark and Hollow Star brings a startling humanity to the ancient faerie courts and breathes new life into the YA urban fantasy genre.

Why is it always so difficult to review a book you loved? I wish I could l
katie ☾
feb 23, 2021 - happy book birthday to this book!!! now, for my late review.

I don't particularly love fae. After the experiences I've had with reading about them in the past, I wasn't sure I wanted to pick up a book with fae again in the distant future. But then I heard about this one. Which sounded more dark, more angsty, and (way) more queer than two particular fae series.* AND IT WAS. it was also so much better, if i may add 😏

*you know what I'm referring to.

A Dark and Hollow Star follows four
No one is more shocked than me at how disappointed I am with my most anticipated read of 2021.

I’m heartbroken. But I am also allowing myself the space to be ambivalent about a book.

I mean, I can’t even begin to describe my euphoria when I first heard the premise of A Dark and Hollow Star. (Though if you want some idea, please scroll to the bottom of my review and take a gander at my yelling and spluttering!)

“Queer ownvoices urban fantasy set in Toronto with serial killers” felt like someone had
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
This book has quickly moved onto my To Read list and now looks to be the highlight of 2021 *thank god cuz we all need something to look forward to*


But hear me out....
Not only does the book offer an intriguing plot full of fantastical creatures, fey, and murder which is the ultimate book combo

But it also *seems* to offer genuine representation and not tOkeNiZaTiOn which yall know vexes me to no end.

The cover looks gorgeous. The plot is intriguing. Featuring LGBTQ+ main characters who fully d
Lucie V.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (thank you Simon & Schuster Canada). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

✅ Fae/magic
✅ Band of misfits
✅🆗 Characters
✅🆗 Intrigue/Murders
🆗 Plot/Pace
🆗 Villain

3.5 stars

A sidhe prince, a lesidhe guard, an ironborn girl, and a former Fury – they seemed less like a serious investigative team and more like the lead-in to some terrible joke.

This story revolves around 4 main characters:

“You mistake my meaning,” Alecto drawled. “I freely ad
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I loved pretty much everything about it. I just wish there was a few things different but for the most part it was great! Now I need to buy the damn hardback! THIS, should have been in my book boxes and the book I skipped for Owlcrate April is now going to be in FairyLoot May and they don’t skip a box!!!!! THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS BOOK, but no, and I know why.

Anyhoo, I’m really looking forward to the next book! Oh, and this cover is everything!!!!!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Queer kids and fae, that’s all I need in life tbh

edited june 2020: and now we have a cover and it is EVERYTHING?!?!?! Oh my gods

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!
Paige ♠
A Dark and Hollow Star was overall a good story, but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.

🆗 I THINK YOU WILL LIKE THIS more than I did if you prefer character-driven stories and don't mind a plethora of worldbuilding. The author did an amazing job with each character's backstory and each character was very well developed, but in my opinion, it came at the expense of an exciting plot to keep me interested

I USUALLY PREFER SINGLE POV to multiple POVs - so having five different POVs was n
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: lesbian mc with depression, pan mc, gay mc, bi mc, genderfluid side character
tw: blood, gore, body horror, death, drugs, past suicide, suicide ideation, toxic relationship

there are like 3 thoughts in my head:

1) there is no plot, only nausicaä being super extremely gay for arlo

2) this is like fullmetal alchemist: brotherhood but make it extra gay and also with less war crimes

3) y'all have no clue how gay this title actually is
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
February 23rd update : Happy publishing day to this beautiful book!

“The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret."

Oh my god, this book was absolutely amazing!

First of all, Can I just say that we almost NEVER get (good) fantasy books that take place in Canada, let alone To
Alex (The Scribe Owl)
See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl!

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This was a buddy read with the ultimate buddy reading partners, Katie @ Whispering Pages and (kind of) Lia @ Chain of Novels!

4.5/5 stars!

This was amazing. I mean, I expected it to be good but wow. I've read glowing reviews by some of my friends, and let me tell you--it's all true! Honestly, the only reason I didn't rate this book five stars is that I just about n
☀︎El In Oz☀︎

Hahah I sadly am pretty disappointed by this book, but I sort of expected that. This is a book that’s an urban fantasy that centers around 4 queer teens and a murder mystery. Honestly I’m so sad that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as some of my other friends did.

I think I’ll start with the positives.
The world is very cool. I like the general idea of it. That being said, the info dumps in this book killed me. Literally every chapter, even the last one, had some info dump on some part of the
Hmm my actual rating is between 3.5 - 3.75 stars. rtc

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
nausicaä if you see this im free thursday night are you free thursday night so i can take you out on thursday night if you're free i'd like to hang out thursday night please message me back if you're free thursday night when i am free

Rep: lesbian mc with depression, pan mc, gay mc, bi mc, genderfluid side character
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, buddy-read
mish ♡
Nov 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arcs
uHM just got an arc of this don't talk to me eEEEK

i'm sorry i didn't even finish the synopsis i just took a look at the cover and read toronto like whaaatt 🤪🤪 fantasy set in my city ???
Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court)
DNF'ed at 54%

Regardless of my enjoyment of the book, I am incredibly grateful to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an Advance Review Copy of Ashley Shuttleworth's ``A Dark and Hollow Star``. All opinions are my own. They have made me lucky by giving me access to one of my 2021 most anticipated releases. Again, thanks a lot!

To begin with, A Dark and Hollow Star's promise of an Urban Fantasy based on modern-day Toronto full of faeries with LGBTQA+ characters gravitated my
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love canada and this wholesome queer found family. full RTC.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not this being set in the 6ix 🥴 also arlo made me so irrationally annoyed for no reason. the weakest link in the group methinks

actually i have one more thing to say—this book made me angry bc of the lack of racial diversity. ur telling me we got 4 main characters and they’re all cornstarch-white? idc that they’re all unapologetically gay. that doesn’t make it inclusive enough. where’s the flavour??? has the author ever even set foot into Toronto? bc the amount of whiteness that saturates the en
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashley Shuttleworth’s A Dark and Hollow Star was one of my most anticipated reads for the year. Early reviewers and seeing the author’s tweets had me so excited for it. I have seen so many positive reviews where people say this book is a new all time favorite for them. I could not wait to get my hands on a copy, so I am beyond glad that my local library purchased a copy!!

A Dark and Hollow Star follows four queer main character perspectives: a Fury who has been exiled but is set on getting reven
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ownvoices-read
i don’t read a lot of really urban fantasy but i still really enjoyed it!

content warnings: (also included at the beginning of the book) anger, mention of arson, slight body horror, death (of children), mention of depression, drug use, grief, psychopathy, suicide (past, off page), trauma, violence

this was one of my most anticipated books this year and i really enjoyed this book!

the characters omg they were so amazing! i love all of them so much. they were all so unique but worked so well togethe
Elle Rose
My Illumicrate edition arrived this morning and it is STUNNING 💕 I’ll definitely be reading this again soon!

Thank you NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for providing for me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A Dark and Hollow Star is a thrilling and addictive blend of urban fantasy and mystery.

The story revolves around a diverse quartet of characters; Arlo, Aurelian, Nausicaä and Vehan, drawn together to investigate a series of murders.

“A sidhe prince, a lesidhe guard, an ironborn girl, and
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
I really spent years thinking I didn't like fae books only to realize the existing ones were just painfully cishet.

That said, if I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be "confusing". I started reading it and felt confused. It was halfway through; still confused. And having finished it, that hasn't changed.

The one way I can see this being a good thing is if this book was a very long introduction to a series with multiple chunky installments. But even then, I feel like the author could
Dorian Haviliard♕
Fae *is mentioned*

Me: *sighs and adds Shuttleworth to the list that already has Sarah J Maas and Holly Black*
Feb 01, 2021 marked it as dnf
DNF at 5%

No one is more disappointed than me because the premise of this sounds amazing, but I just cannot deal with the writing. It's overwritten with clunky prose, info-dumps, excessive description, and giving me nothing to really care about the characters or anything that is happening. I hope others will get on with this better than I did because the concept is very cool! Fae creatures in Toronto, a queer cast of characters...sounds awesome. Unfortunately I just can't with the writing style a
Jee Hewson
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t even know where to begin in praising this masterpiece because it’s absolutely fantastic. Crime solving faes and the biggest UST f/f chemistry you’ll ever get to read, this is a tale that everyone should add to their list because the story will pull you right in and won’t let you go until the very end (and even then...). I’ve read several versions of it and it keeps getting better despite the fact that I’ve thought it was perfect from the start - how does she do it? Well. Ashley is a Godd ...more
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Ashley Shuttleworth was born in Chilliwack, British Colombia and currently lives in Ontario. They have a BA (Hons) in English Literature, and spent some time after uni living and teaching in Seoul, South Korea. When they aren't reading or writing, their favourite pastimes are: playing video games (particularly Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Zelda), watching anime & k-dramas, and piecing togeth ...more

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