Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ARC Review: StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce

STARCROSSED
(Thief Errant #1)
by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Courtesy of Star Book Tours

High in the snow-covered mountains of Llyvraneth, in a castle full of the country's elite, Celyn Contrare serves as a lady-in-waiting to shy young Merista Nemair. Her days are spent dressing in velvet and brocade, attending Lady Merista, navigating court gossip, and charming noblemen over lavish feasts.

And at night, she picks locks, steals jewels, forges documents, and collects secrets. Because Celyn isn't really a lady-in-waiting; she's not even really Celyn Contrare. She's Digger, a sneak-thief on the run from the king's Inquisition, desperate to escape its cruel instruments and hatred of magic. If she's discovered, it will mean her certain death . . .

. . . But life as a lady-in-waiting isn't safe either. The devious Lord Daul knows her secret, and he's blackmailing her to serve as his personal spy in the castle. What she discovers - about Daul, about the Nemair, even about her own Lady Merista - could signal civil war in Llyvraneth. And for a thief trained never to get involved, taking sides could be the most dangerous job yet.


My Review
Digger is a common thief - well, maybe not so common, as she's actually very good. But after losing her partner and nearly getting caught by the Greenmen at her latest job, she knows she has to get out of Gerse. Catching a ride with a boatful of spoiled nobles' kids seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it seems she may be stuck with them for some time, pretending to be someone she's not, all while serving as a lady's maid. Except someone does know who she is, and he is blackmailing her into doing his dirty work. The more she digs into the family's secrets, the more she realizes that the secrets she discovers may be best kept hidden.

I had a hard time getting into this book at first, but by the end of Part 1 I was completely sucked in by the story. Digger got so in over her head that I just had to keep reading to find out how she pulled herself out of the situation. Bunce does a great job of handling the fantasy aspect of this story so that it doesn't jump out at you if it's not quite your cup of tea, but it's still enough if it's something you enjoy. Digger is a likable character, and it was a fun ride to discover secrets along with her. Probably the only thing I didn't like about this book was that it has a sequel - I can't wait to find out what happens next!



Digger will be back in Elizabeth C. Bunce's next novel, Liar's Moon.

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