Tuesday 11 November 2014

Review ~ The Star Catcher by Stephanie Keyes.

Title: The Star Catcher (The Star Child #3).
Author: Stephanie Keyes.
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing.
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy.
Publication Date: November 10, 2013.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves.

Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper. Cali has been taken…

Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right?

Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?

After the fantastic, cliff-hanger ending to The Fallen Stars, the few month wait I had before reading the final book in the trilogy was torturous! But I knew I would not be disappointed by The Star Catcher and this was a breath-taking, brilliant end to the only fantasy series I have ever managed to read to the last book. Here, I was drawn in straight away, eager for Kellen and Cali to be reunited. What happens is made much more worthwhile if you read it yourself, so I can avoid spoilers, but what I can say is this is a stunning instalment to a series I’m a little sad to see end. Stephanie Keyes has definitely become my go-to writer for these kind of wonderful fantasy novels and I’m so excited to read anything she writes in the future.

Often towards the end of a series, I find characters can become a little flat and worn out and the story a little predictable. I’d be massively underselling the author to say that was the case here. Kellen, Cali and Gabe are developed even more here and their characters are still changing. I never have the sense of expecting what’s to come from them next and different characters kept winning me over. In The Star Catcher, we get a much more involved insight into Gabe than in the previous books and I loved his character, more so than I did Kellen’s in The Fallen Stars and The Star Child. Amongst the good versus evil type of vibe this book had, Gabe brought the humour and light and he so made me smile. Stephanie also introduces us to some new, fresh characters, such as Singer who Gabe is a little taken with. The way the author creates characters never fails to impress me. I can’t think of one character throughout the entire series that I felt needed to be built on more and they’re always memorable.

Though I will say I didn’t think the flow of The Star Catcher was quite as strong as in book two, it was just as enchanting as ever. Every single step along the way to the outstanding end was important and impressive, with lots of great action and at one particular time, a bit of a more romantic side which I was so glad to see. Stephanie’s inventive style of writing and the way she builds up the plot is so enjoyable to read and as this book moved forward it became more and more tense and gripping. I’m still surprised by the twists the author always manages to hit me off-guard with and they were great, as usual. The epilogue for me summed up the sublime writing ability of an author who deserves tons of success and what a series this was. The Star Catcher was a truly spectacular novel.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Stephanie Keyes grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent years traveling and working as a Corporate Trainer before she made the decision to pen her first novel. As a teen, her family always accused her of having an “overactive imagination.” Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers.

Still a resident of the ‘Burgh, Steph is now Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she's best friend to her incredible rockstar of a husband. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), a speaker and teacher, as well as a featured author for Love a Happy Ending Lifestyle e-magazine.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel.

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  1. Great Review Stephanie and I am spreading the word!

  2. You're so welcome Stephanie, it's been an incredible series and you definitely have a new fan in me :)

  3. Can see you like fantasy. Maybe you should recommend a starter book for me.

    1. Stephanie Keyes writes my favourite fantasy novels so I'd start with The Star Child which is book one in this trilogy :)

  4. Oh, I love this cover! And it sounds so interesting. I'm going to check it out now!

    1. The whole series has beautiful covers! Hope you enjoy it :)

  5. thanks for the information


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