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The Last Fallen Star

(Gifted Clans #1)

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Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Graci Kim's thrilling debut about an adopted Korean-American girl who discovers her heritage and her magic on a perilous journey to save her witch clan family.

Riley Oh can't wait to see her sister get initiated into the Gom clan, a powerful lineage of Korean healing witches their family has belonged to for generations. Her sister,
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Rick Riordan Presents
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Rick Riordan
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why didn’t somebody tell me about this stuff sooner?

That was my first thought when reading The Last Fallen Star. Graci Kim does such an amazing job blending Korean mythology into the modern world, I am now wondering how I ever lived without knowing all this cool information. Turns out, right under our noses in Los Angeles, there is an entire society of Korean witches with deep connections to the Godrealm. I am so glad LA finally has something to brag about besides being the entrance to Hades’ Un
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Graci Kim
Nov 08, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi wonderful readers! I'm Graci Kim, the author of The Last Fallen Star. I wanted to pop in here to say THANK YOU for adding my book to your TBR and for leaving your reviews.

The Last Fallen Star is a story very dear to my heart. It's inspired by the mythology/folklore my parents and halmeoni told me when I was a little girl, and also inspired by my childhood where I often felt trapped between two worlds. It's a book about Korean-American witches, forbidden spells, unbreakable sisters, and one a
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megs_bookrack
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
Riley Oh has always felt like a bit of an outcast.

It's true, she loves her adoptive family with her whole heart, but while they are all part of the Gom clan, a powerful line of Korean healing witches, Riley is a saram; a person without magic.



As her sister Hattie is about to become initiated into the clan, earning her Gi bracelet and the ability to perform spells without adult supervision, the girls come up with a plan for Hattie to share her magic abilities with Riley.



While that sounds like a g
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Kat Cho
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE LAST FALLEN STAR folds Korean culture as well as Korean diaspora feelings into a magical adventure. The way that Graci Kim takes Korean traditions and lore and incorporates it into an exciting contemporary fantasy setting makes my heart soar as a Korean reader. This fantastical story is filled with heart and humor! Readers who love magical adventures, complex family relationships, sisterhood (and food!) should pick up THE LAST FALLEN STAR immediately!
Angelica
May 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: release-2021
This book is about Korean witches and I NEED it.
Belles Middle Grade Library
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was SO GOOD! Some compared it to THE Dragon Pearl series, but the only similarities I see are they are both based on mythology(1 is Chinese, 1 Korean), & both MC are shunned by the ones they most want to be accepted by..oh, & they’re both utterly amazing lol

Anyway, this was a fast-paced adventure from the word Go. The pacing of the story, the world & character building, just EVERYTHING left me stunned at how great this book was done. The author wrote some of the best characters ever. I fel
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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
freaking LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED this
Nora Martinez
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
**3/5 stars**

[eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

What an adventure this was! The Rick Riordan Presents team has certainly mastered its brand... While I do enjoy diving into multicultural mythologies, and I am a firm believer in their importance to young, multicultural readers, I am beginning to lose confidence in the RRP formula. I think what has made previous RRP books successful is not how well they are able to mimic the charm, wit, and adventure of the PJO serie
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halfirishgrin
Korean witch sisters!! I need it!!
Wendy
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5* This is a wonderful book, as can be expected from Rick Riordan Presents. In this world, there are magical or gifted clans that exist with their own specialties and patron goddesses. Riley Oh is a 13 year old who grew up in a Gom family. Her family are healers. But, Riley herself is adopted and she is saram - non-gifted. Because of this, she felt like an outsider, even if her family are very loving. She is particularly close to her sister, who came up with a scheme to perform a forbidden mag ...more
The Bronze of Immortality
This was a great book! Honestly my only complaint is that it didn't last LONGER so I could enjoy more time with Riley and her friends 😊 also, the teen jargon was a bit off, and I'm saying this as a (thir)teen myself. Nobody really says OMG or "totes" or the variety of substitute swear words Emmett spits out (creative and hilarious though they are) in real life (IRL, even ;)). But to be perfectly clear, that's just me nitpicking because, well, this book was excellent! I can't wait to see where Ri ...more
Celia
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am absolutely over the moon ready to tell you all about this book. Like a good read, I've stalked this book's arrival into the world with bated breath from the book deal to the cover reveal to the book tour sign-up where I begged the gods to let me be a part of. I mean, I will promote this book to the edge of the world; that's how good it is.

Riley is a go-getter, ready to do whatever it takes to gain magic, if only for a short period of time. Her sister and she concocted a plan to swipe a spel
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Lizzy
May 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this more. Kim utilized and played with a lot of tropes that have been overused for a while now: person who initially has no powers becoming a chosen one, main girl being associated with fire, fire users being typed as the villains, etc. I liked how she used some, and didn't like others.

The first trope I listed, "person who initially has no powers becoming a chosen one" is the one that I hate the most. I was really into the fact that the main girl was adopted, and she didn't ha
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skye
first book of the year and we're off to such a fantastic start. full review to come! ...more
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
A copy of the book was provided for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore does not affect the opinion or content of the review.

Set in a modern world intertwined with Korean mythology, Graci Kim's debut novel is full of magic and page-turning adventure that the middle school version of me would've absolutely loved as much as the adult version of me. From a gift library filled with birds to mouthwatering food at the H-Mart, The Last Fa
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belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
in the last fallen star, the korean folklore and mythologies are well developed and embedded into the whole plot. i absolutely loved exploring the world and with riley, conquer multiple obstacles to ultimately protect the people she loves. i liked that there are multiple clans with specific magic that plays specific roles in the community. however, there's this one clan that was banned from their community and outcasted. secrets surrounding that clan would be revealed as riley journeys into the ...more
Kamilla Benko
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Looking forward to this one!!
queenie
“Don’t let a curse define who you can and can’t be. Only you have the power to decide that.”

Rating: 5/5
★★★★★

This book was something I definitely did not see coming!!
Like, this book was totally worth reading, and if you haven't read it yet, GO READ IT. NOW.

So, Riley Oh is our protagonist who lives with her adopted family, who are from the Gom Clan; the healers clan. But Riley is a saram; a non-magical person, who, isn't able to fit in and feels like an outsider most of the time.
Now, y'all may
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Beth Cato
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, fantasy, middle
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

Rick Riordan has done wonders for the lit world, not simply through his own books, but his support of other authors. I've read several middle grade books in his new Presents line, and there hasn't been a bad one in the bunch. Graci Kim's fun yet meaningful romp The Last Fallen Star is an incredible new novel inspired by Korean mythology and set in Los Angeles.

Riley is a relatable, great heroine from the start. She was adop
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Lata
A story of deep love between sisters, magic, mystery, secrets, and gods. This was fun, full of humour, action, friendship and a couple of scary moments as Riley Oh must find a way, with her best friend Emmet, to restore Riley’s magically comatose sister Hattie, and find a long lost magical object for a fearsome goddess, all while eating yummy baked goods.
I liked how Riley grew over her adventures, at first wanting magic so she’d fit in with her magical Korean American family and community, and t
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Ruthie
Nov 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Fallen Star draws inspiration from Korean folklore/mythology with an adopted main character (Riley). She loves her adoptive family but also feels like the odd one out because she's a saram, a name for a person without magic in this world. Riley's quest to fit in ushers in an announcement and quest. I did guess this announcement ahead of time but the circumstances surrounding the announcement both before and after I did not guess and was surprised by. I also had some other guesses about ...more
Cassandra
Nov 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2022-read
Pity it wasn't set in NZ, seeing as the author lives here and the location was a bit arbitrary :( ...more
Kathie
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and publisher for an eARC of this book.

This fast-paced fantasy had me flipping the pages as quickly as possible! There was so much action happening in these 336 pages that I had to take notes to keep all the clans, mythical creatures, Korean words, and plot twists straight. I was so impressed by this story about an adopted Korean-American girl who desperately wants to wield magic like her family, but whose attempt to share it with her sister sets a chain of events in moti
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Palatine Library
Apr 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tween-reviews
12 year old Riley was adopted as a baby and it turns out she was adopted by healing witches called Gom. Her sister Hattie is turning 13 in two days and finally becoming a Gom witch! You might think that this book has witches that are just witches doing spells and using wands and cauldrons and other stuff like that, but this book is not like that. There are different clans of witches and a few of them are:

Gom - Healers
Horang - Scholars
Tokki - Infusers
Miru- Protectors

I liked the book too because t
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rain
Jul 24, 2021 added it
Shelves: audiobooks
middle-grade fantasy is filled with precious gems and the last fallen star is a great addition to the riches of the genre. im excited to see what this series has to offer in the next installment!
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Jordan
Rating: Absolutely Loved It

In the acknowledgements Graci Kim writes: “To all the adoptees, the diaspora kids, the misfits, To anyone who’s ever felt invisible, or felt like they don’t belong. Real magic lives inside all of us--in the choices we make every single day. This book is for you.” This filled my heart and made me cry; I just loved this book so much. So just bear that secondary dedication in mind as you read on =]

What is it about?
Riley is a Korean-American girl who was adopted into the O
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Stormi (StormReads)
Riley is a adopted Korean girl to a Korean family the only difference is is that her adopted family is gifted which means they have magic. Their magic is healing and with the help of their Gi bracelets they heal not only other gifted people but sarams. Sarams are non-gifted humans and that is what Riley is and sometimes she feels very left out. She loves her adopted parents but her sister and them get to do things she doesn't and it just seems a bit unfair to her.

Hattie her sister is about to ha
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Chelsea
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5

This is the first in a new middle-grade fantasy series that focuses on Korean magic and mythology.

I really loved the setup for this book. The magic system was so cool and I loved that this takes place in the modern-day so that we could see magic interacting with technology.
I also really loved seeing so many Korean monsters and myths come to life. I also love that there was such a focus on Korean food and culture, but in such an easy way that any middle-grade reader could unders
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Nicole aka FromReading2Dreaming
This was such a beautiful book, that i'd recommend to any person looking for a fantastic middle school book filled with magic and adventure. ...more
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Graci Kim is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Last Fallen Star, The Last Fallen Moon, and The Last Fallen Realm. Called a “sparkling yarn” by Entertainment Weekly and featured in TIME Magazine for Kids, the Korean mythology-inspired trilogy has been optioned by the Disney Channel for a live-action television series, and is being translated into multiple languages. It ...more

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