The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence/ Blog Tour/ Fantasy @RandomThingsTours/Anne Cater


East of the Black Rock, out on the ice, lies a hole down which broken children are thrown .

On the vastness of the ice there is no room for individuals. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself b e g i n s t o f r e eze r e q u i r e s a s p e c i a l b r e e d . V a r i a ti o n is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is different.

Torn from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her life with, Yaz has to carve a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of danger.

Beneath the ice, Yaz will learn that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She will learn that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she will learn to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest can you see the s tars


This is a genre I am not familiar with and I thought I would give it a try. I may read more fantasy in the future.

Yaz is a broken child, at 16 she is headed for the gathering and is expecting to be thrown into the pit with the other broken children. But, when her brother, Zeen is thrown down and she is spared, she jumps after him……

But Zeen is nowhere to be found and Yaz finds herself in a world which is stranger and older than any she has encountered before. She finds herself with other survivors of the drop

This is a tale of ice and cold, magic and stars which shine in the darkness.

It has canibals and black ice which taints others, also corruption and power. But Yaz is a young girl who is determined that her ability to into the river is a strength and not a weakness. Can she save Zeen?

Yaz is a great character, whilst full of doubt is also full of bravery.

Mark has laid the foundations of a world that can only grow and mature. His prose is crisp and of a high quality.

I thank the author for the tale.


Mark Lawrence was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, but moved to the UK at the age of one. He went back to the US after taking a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College to work on a variety of research projects including the ‘Star Wars’ missile defence programme. Returning to the UK, he has worked mainly on image processing and decision/reasoning theory. His first trilogy, The Broken Empire, has been universally acclaimed as a ground-breaking work of fantasy, and both The Liar’s Key and The Wheel of Osheim have won the Gemmell Legend award for best fantasy novel. Mark is married, with four children, and lives in Bristol.

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