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Posted April 23, 2012
I have been reading Kathy's books since I discovered the Firebird series in high school. To have her conclude this truly epic saga with Daystar is satisfying to say the least.
In Daystar, Kathy's strengths as a writer truly shine, while also venturing into more speculative ground. In a universe where mankind has developed space travel before the coming of the Messiah, the alternate history developed by Kathy is both thought-provoking and well rounded.
With Daystar being a more ensemble cast (of old characters and new!), this was still a well developed character story with fast paced plotting and marvelous conclusions. Her depiction of an alternate Jesus-timeline were both satisfying and challenging.
Possibly the only sour note is that this is the last book in the series -- and after spending years with these characters, saying goodbye is bittersweet.
I would highly recommend the Firebird series to Kathy. She doesn't disappoint, even to the very end.
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Posted July 25, 2013
Daystar by Kathy Tyers definitely touches a spiritual cord, while taking the reader on a fast paced adventure to unknown galaxies. Even at a daunting 650 pages, the story maintained a great pace and was engaging throughout. There was enough pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo (which Sci-fi writers are famous for) to make the story seem plausible, yet not so much to overwhelm the reader. Her attention to detail was amazing (perhaps one reason for the length of the book) and her descriptions were very visual. Included in the book is a wide cast of characters that were very well developed and the story line was complex. There was romance, intrigue, sabotage - everything to make the book interesting. The book is a Biblical allegory, there is no doubt about that. Although this was fairly obvious early on in the reading, there were enough surprises and imaginative ways of presenting the analogies, that it remained fresh and unpredictable.
Posted June 15, 2013
Posted May 4, 2012
Kathy Tyers outdoes herself in this thrilling conclusion to the Firebird series. I just discovered this speculative scifi saga last year, and I've fallen head-over-heels in love with it! Kathy brings her characters to life, they are very real with strengths, fears, flaws, and faiths of their own. In Daystar, set around twenty years after Wind and Shadow, the Whorl is becoming increasingly unstable for the Sentinels and their kindred. They are feared and abhorred, despite their many years of service. In fact, many outsiders believe that the galaxy would be better off without them, period.
Many personal struggles come to light in the turmoil; young Collegiate follower Meris Cariole finds herself stranded on the Sentinel's world, an unwilling outsider despite their welcome. Spiritually isolating herself, she does everything she can to avoid the attention of these telepathic people. Meanwhile, Jorah Caldwell, following his father's disobedience to their superior officer, is imprisoned for insubordination. During the time spent alone, he is visited by a shimmery apparition, which hails him as the Boh-Dabar. Is it true? Yet another mysterious stranger has appeared at the Sanctuary, Tavkel, who claims to be the prophecied one. Who's telling the truth?
Daystar is a magnificent addition to the series, both satisfying and bittersweet. It's the end of a journey for both readers and characters alike; anyone who loves Kathy Tyer's writing will definitely love this exciting novel. I couldn't put it down, and finished it within twenty-four hours. This book is worth six out of five stars.
Posted May 17, 2012
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