Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “StarCrossed (Thief Errant, #1)” as Want to Read:
StarCrossed (Thief Errant, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Thief Errant #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  6,680 ratings  ·  656 reviews
Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the city, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so.

Accepted as a lady's maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about StarCrossed, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Beth Rose I'd say teens. There's a lot of really dark themes throughout the book and I wouldn't suggest it for anyone under 14.…moreI'd say teens. There's a lot of really dark themes throughout the book and I wouldn't suggest it for anyone under 14.(less)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Cassandra I thought Tegen was dead? And that Weirolf was going to be the love interest... good point, at the end it did feel like she didn't have any romantic a…moreI thought Tegen was dead? And that Weirolf was going to be the love interest... good point, at the end it did feel like she didn't have any romantic attraction towards Weirolf. I have to say though, it was really nice to have a good YA book with a female protagonist with many male friends, none of whom were love interests. (less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.78  · 
Rating details
 ·  6,680 ratings  ·  656 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of StarCrossed (Thief Errant, #1)
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, fantasy
3.5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book.

On the one hand, I liked many things about it. Publishers promise StarCrossed to be the next Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief-like experience. The book delivers on this promise, somewhat. The main character, Digger, is a thief and an extremely unreliable narrator - she lies, she steals, she has secrets. It makes the story interesting and twisty.

The world of StarCrossed is wonderfully developed. It is rich and all-encompassing, starting with multiple
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was one of few people I know who was underwhelmed by Bunce's debut, A Curse Dark as Gold. Partly this was because it was oversold, rather like The Hunger Games was for me, and while both of those were good I never felt like they deserved the hype. Still, A Curse Dark as Gold was a very solid debut, and I would have picked up StarCrossed even if I hadn't heard raves from a lot of people I respected.

This book has me wondering if I should go back and detract a star from A Curse Dark as Gold to pr
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Kogiopsis
On the surface this book appears to contain all of my favorite things: intrigue and magic, thieves with dark Pasts, betrayal so tragic and conspiracy so…vast? Well, you get the picture. (view spoiler) But a funny thing happened every time I cracked this book open: it knocked me out faster than a bottle of Nyquil. (Anyone else notice that they’ve taken the alcohol out of Nyquil recently? How am I supposed to get over my cold if I ...more
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
This is the 1st book i give 5 stars, in like, ummmmm... a really long time!! Yes, a long time.

Originally chose this book really fast, I didn't care much. I had to download something, anything was good at this point. And thieves, i love thieves!! Who doesn't.

But this book was great!! At this point I already read the next book! And it was most certainly great. I love Durrel, and Koya!! Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

If you ever decide to read this awesome book, it's the best decision in your life!!!

Edit: 21-
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Did you know the publisher hasn't picked up the third book in this series? Please help out and petition the publisher to have the last book in the trilogy published!


I love thief books, especially if the main character is a female, and this book was no exception. There was a certain charm that waved a spell over me and despite its rather hefty size, I couldn’t stop reading it.

The plot twists are the best part of the story. Scheming, mind games, compa
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Digger is an accomplished thief, with no real ties to anyone or anything but her beloved Tegan. When Tegan is killed trying to save her magical ability from being discovered, Digger flees. She accepts a ride with a group of young nobles, fully expecting to steal a few coins and jewels and ditch them. But soon she discovers they are much more than a group of wastrel nobs and she gets pulled into a life of intrigue and further deception.

Wow! I loved this book! It was definitely not your typical YA
Starcrossed started out really, really slowly. It took half the book to set it up. The first 200 pages were 2 stars, and I almost quit a couple of times. The last 200 pages were 4 stars, so I'm going with 3 overall. It took a lot of patience to get through that first half, especially as I really struggled to like the main character, Digger, and it was just... boring. Nothing much happened, even when Digger was using her skills. A thief should not be boring!

But once Digger started to clue into w
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is not a book that I just could ride out. I had to do some work and some thinking in order to keep things straight. This is almost straight up YA fantasy.

It took me a while to finish and after I did I had a headache. I thought, That's not a good sign…but I really did like it. There could've been a number of other reasons for having a headache like sleep deprivation or the heat. I think the biggest struggle I had with the story was that it took so long. It felt like it dragged. I'd hoped th
Cheryl Klein
The usual caveat: I edited this, so I'm hugely biased. But it features all of the following fun things:

* a cat burglar
* a snowbound castle
* secret codes
* secret identities
* glorious dresses
* a snarky protagonist
* hidden magic
* warring princes
* religious civil war

And MAN, is it a good time.
Camly Nguyen
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well I've always had a thing for thieves so I liked it a lot. The only thing that bothers me is that Dagger just seems a bit too good??? Like I get that you're a thief but like I didn't expect a climbing-walls-thief sort you know? Characters were well developed, world building was clear. Phandre's outcome was a bit obvious though. ...more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, megan whalen turner fans.

oh, there is so much to say, so much to love. like, honestly.

meri and digger/celyn and lyll and. OH, I LOVE YOU ALL.

and maybe i want a crazy love story. (please give it to me in Liar's Moon!)

but the web of families, of war, of lands, of allegiances. the way digger doesn't want to get involved, not really, but then she does - partly because she's a curious girl, and partly because she can't stay out of it. her trade is knowledge, and she wants to know. lord a
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
When she loses her partner after a botched job, a thief named Digger hides herself as Celyn Contrare, a merchant-class runaway. She only intends to pass as Celyn until the heat dies down, but then Digger finds herself caught between the family that took her in and a ruthless man who threatens to expose her charade. Digger soon learns that her hosts are keeping secrets of their own, and that this new world of politics and magic isn't any safer than her old life on the streets.

I loved the style of
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Celyn Contrare is not the woman she seems to be. Everyone sees her merely as a maid to the Lady Merista, but in reality, she’s Digger, a skilled street thief. How did Digger end up in this position? She would like to know too. She adopts her Celyn persona to blend in, hoping to escape living with these nobs at the first chance possible, but before she knows it, she gets drawn into the sticky web of court politics. Blackmailed by the devious Lord Daul who knows her secret, Digger is forced to spy ...more
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
Digger is a professional thief-for-hire with three rules: Stay alive, Don't get caught, Don't get involved. But when a job goes horribly wrong a quick escape finds her swept into the "nob" (or upper class) world where she dons the alias “Celyn Contrere” and is accepted as a lady’s maid to a young shy noble named Merista “Meri” Nemair. Forced to follow the Nemair family to their terribly isolated and very snowy castle in the mountains, Digger finds herself snowed in with an assortment o
Jenn Estepp
Quite a slow start; for a good half to two-thirds, I found myself vaguely annoyed and impatient. I suspect it could be tightened a bit and can I just high-five all the people complaining about the design of the book? Usually you're okay Arthur Levine Books, but this could have been done eight hundred times better. And, there were quite a few things that felt just too familiar and/or that you could see coming for miles. But, ultimately I was won over and the last third of the book is pretty stell ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I cannot wait for the next in the series!!!!
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You often hear that books transport you to different times and places, that through them you travel to magical, far off lands. And while that’s true, different books succeed to different degrees. In StarCrossed, Bunce has created a world that truly captured me and came alive each time I visited. Amazing depth and detail, both consistently on each page and behind the scenes, that made my immersion feel complete. And most importantly, in my mind, that called me to return each time I set the book a ...more
Miss Clark
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
STARCROSSED lured me into dangerous webs of Digger's life as she ried to outrun the Greenmen (temple guards of the Goddess Celys but they report directly to the King) after a successful job of retrieving important letters from the King's secretary. As with any fantasy novel, STARCROSSED has plenty of important characters and places that are uniquely tied to the plotline which had me trying to wrap my head around each of the character’s motives and beliefs while trying to fit the puzzle pieces to ...more
Oct 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is my new favorite fantasy book. It was so so good. Even through the paranormal phase YA is going through right now I think fantasy will always be my favorite genre. I have loved the kings and castles and magic. Especially the stories where the heroine completely kicks butt, specifically boy/man butt. Star Crossed is one of these stories. Digger is such a curious, witty teenager. I loved how she viewed everything and everyone as something to steal or someone who has secrets. Her sense ...more
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Please sign the petition so the third book is picked up by the publisher (and spread the word!):

I have a thing for strong female characters who defy all the odds to fight for survival and success. In Starcrossed, we meet Digger, a thief, who has to flee her city due to less than propitious circumstances. She finds herself smack dab in the middle of an odd gathering of people – two guys and two girls who are more than what they seem. What follows is an incr
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
When I find a book that is entrancing and beautifully written, I want to linger with it. So this book took me an awfully long time to read as I savored each page.

Digger is a thief on the run after her partner is captured by the Greenmen. Wounded and afraid, she finds escape from the city with a small group of aristocrats on a boat. This turns into more than just a way to escape the city, as Digger, who now calls herself Celyn, is slowly drawn into their world. She accompanies the family to a re
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I could easily give this one 4.5 stars. It had me spellbound from page 1. The minute I started reading it, I was dumped into the action as 16 year old Digger is on the run from a job gone wrong and her partner may be dead. She is a thief and sometimes spy and now on the run she attaches herself to a group of aristocratic youth out on a joyride down the river. She is befriended by the young Lady Meri who takes her in as a lady-in-waiting. Even snowed in with Meri's family in their winter estate s ...more
Gwen the Librarian
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenbooks, fantasy
StarCrossed is a terrific fantasy adventure set in completely new world. Digger is an excellent liar and a thief, so when she becomes separated from her companions, she is forced to find her own way using her best skills. While fleeing the capitol city, she falls in with a pleasure party of nobs, who help her escape. Soon their kindness and own personal trials make it difficult for Digger to extricate herself from their group and she grudgingly becomes a companion to the high-born, and magical, ...more

I was a big fan of Elizabeth C. Bunce's debut, A Curse Dark as Gold, which was an inventive retelling of Rumpelstiltskin set in the Industrial Revolution, so I was looking forward to more from her.  And then StarCrossed came out, and though I added it to my wishlist and intended to read it, for some reason I thought it was about space and I didn't have a burning need to read it soon.  Note: it's not about space, not that I think there would have been anything wrong with it if there were.  But st
Small Review
Wow, I was not expecting to love this book as much as I do. This is a Special Shelf book for sure. At first it was good, but I wasn’t in love with it. I was figuring this was going to be a solid four star book. Then about halfway through, pieces of the puzzle started coming together and I realized this book was completely blow-my-mind amazing!

Digger, while likable at first was someone I could take or leave. I didn’t dislike her, but she didn’t really make a mark or leave any lasting impressions.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a lighter fantasy.
This was such a fun, exciting read! I breezed through it really quickly, partially because it was a really easy read, and partially because it was also fairly gripping and I couldn't put it down.
I also liked the characters quite a lot, and the world was fascinating.

I would say though that for the most part I wasn't completely blown away by it. Maybe my expectations were too high. After all, I absolutely adored this author's other book, A Curse Dark as Gold. Or maybe it was just lacking something
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
StarCrossed starts with a bang. Digger, a young thief, has just escaped capture and turns up alone and breathless at the place she was supposed to meet her sweetheart and fellow thief, Tegen. But as she goes over the night’s events in her mind, she realizes Tegen didn’t get away and is probably dead. Afraid of getting caught herself, Digger takes her first opportunity to get out of the city. That opportunity comes in the form of four teenage aristocrats in a pleasure boat. She gives them a fake ...more
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
StarCrossed is a fun YA fantasy full of excellent world-building, political intrigue, and a fantastically quirky protagonist.

High fantasy isn’t too common in YA these days, so StarCrossed offers a breath of fresh air with its new world complete with its own languages, religions, and caste systems. Elizabeth C. Bunce does a great job building the world of StarCrossed, and though it was a bit of a learning experience, I found myself completely immersed in the culture.

StarCrossed kept me complete
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)
  • The Diamond Secret:  A Retelling of Anastasia
  • Pegasus (Pegasus, #1)
  • Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)
  • Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)
  • The False Princess
  • A Stranger to Command
  • Princess of the Silver Woods ( The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy, #3)
  • Belle: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
  • Strings Attached
  • The Bar Code Tattoo (Bar Code, #1)
  • The Other Life (The Other Life, #1)
  • A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)
  • Forbidden
  • Monstrous Beauty
  • The Twin's Daughter
  • Violet Eyes
  • Reincarnation
See similar books…
Elizabeth C. Bunce is the author of the new Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series, beginning with Premeditated Myrtle, an Amazon Top 20 Children's Book of the Year for 2020, an Indie Next Pick, and nominee for the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe "Edgar" Award.

The second Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery, How to Get Away with Myrtle, is a #1 Amazon New Release. Her first novel, A Curse Dark as Gold, won the inaugural Wil

Other books in the series

Thief Errant (3 books)
  • Liar's Moon (Thief Errant, #2)
  • Untitled (Thief Errant, #3)

News & Interviews

The idea for The Gilded Ones came to author Namina Forna in a dream. The recurring image was one of a young girl in armor walking up a...
61 likes · 3 comments
“For a moment I was distracted. Books always did that to me... I liked the creamy pages, the smell of ink, all the secrets locked inside.” 150 likes
More quotes…