Publication Date: August 11, 2020
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Dates Read: October 23-24, 2020
If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry’s secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name.
Stars like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. Since that day, Sheetal has been forced to hide.
But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. So strong that Sheetal loses control, and a flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star’s blood can heal.
Sheetal has no choice but to answer the starsong and ascend to the sky. But her celestial family has summoned her for a reason: to act as their human champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of heavens.
Desperate to save her father, Sheetal agrees. But nothing could have prepared Sheetal to face the stars’ dark history—or the forces that are working to shut the gate between the realms for good.
This book has a very interesting and unique premise and it captivated me from the very beginning. I loved the backstory and history between Stars and Humans. I liked the characters at first, however I felt that the characters got lost in the middle of the book, and there wasn’t as much development there as I prefer, although the best friend and some of the other side characters stayed interesting to me throughout.
The world-building however was wonderful. It was such a unique world and it was very beautiful in its descriptions. There was also beautiful Hindi/Indian cultural elements to this story and world that were fantastic and I loved that.
The plot was good, but I felt as if this book should have had a few scenes cut and have the book marketed as Middle Grade Fantasy. The plot was very predictable and as I said earlier, the character growth could have been better.
Overall I enjoyed it, but I think it is better for younger fantasy readers. It is very unique, has great cultural representation and the world and world-building is so magical and very easy to read and understand.