/ 2024 / Reviews

Blood of the Stars

Fourteen years ago, young Aeliana disappeared, and Prince Gaeren failed to save her. Now as an adult, Gaeren continues searching for his lost friend. Meanwhile, Aeliana’s guardians promise that if she finds a mysterious golden arrow, she can escape this world that hates the magic in her blood and finally return home. Karyne Norton’s Blood of the Stars crafts a rich fantasy realm exploding with life and complex heroes who grow throughout a quick-paced plot as they explore loyalty, religion, and consequences of their actions. A solid conclusion sets up a sequel for this first book of The Half-Light Chronicles series.

Best for: Fans of epic high fantasy with complex worldbuilding.

Discern: Child abuse, mild fantasy violence, self-harm as part of forbidden magic system.

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E. Stephen Burnett explores fantastical stories for God’s glory as publisher of Lorehaven.com and its weekly Fantastical Truth podcast. He coauthored The Pop Culture Parent and creates other resources for fans and families, serving with his wife, Lacy, in their central Texas church. Stephen's first novel, a science-fiction adventure, launches in 2025 from Enclave Publishing.

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