StarCrossed

StarCrossed

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by Elizabeth C. Bunce
     
 

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16-year-old Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she disguises herself in a group of young nobles and sneaks out of the city. Accepted as a lady-in-waiting at the stronghold of the powerful Nemair, she finds new peace and friendship… See more details below

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16-year-old Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she disguises herself in a group of young nobles and sneaks out of the city. Accepted as a lady-in-waiting at the stronghold of the powerful Nemair, she finds new peace and friendship (and some new targets). But when an old client from the city comes to the castle, she realizes her hosts may be planning the ultimate uprising against the king - and rather than true peace, she may be at the heart of the rebellion. Now with an extensive excerpt of the daring sequel, LIAR'S MOON!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Barbara Allen
Digger, a thief, is accidently thrust into a world of privilege and secrets when she accepts helps from noble strangers to escape the local authorities. Digger becomes Celyn, a misplaced noble that does not want to become a member of the church to which her brother sold her, and hides among the rich as a lady's maid to a young girl named Meri. Meri's parents are returning from a post in a distant land just in time for Meri's coming-of-age party. Many suitors and their families are present as the family prepares for the festivities, but is that all they are preparing for? Digger finds herself trapped in a snowy wasteland in the middle of what may become a rebellion. She is forced to spy on her new employers or be exposed as her true self, a thief. In the castle of Bryn Shaer, Digger discovers that everyone has a double motive for being at the festivities for young Meri. Wine merchants are really weapons dealers, and all the suitors are really members of the families for the former rebellion. She must choose which side she is one and if she wants to protect the people who have protected her. Everyone in the castle has secrets, but Digger's may be the biggest of them all. Star Crossed introduces the world of Llyvraneth, a world that outlaws magic and does away with all who do not conform to the king's religion and beliefs. This fast-paced story will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Once you think you have it all figured out, more secrets come out and you find that you were way off base. Reviewer: Barbara Allen
Kirkus Reviews

An adolescent thief threads a treacherous labyrinth of politics and sorcery in this fine series opener. Digger knows the rules—Stay Alive, Don't Get Caught, Don't Get Involved—but they're tricky to follow when a job gone sour lands her with a dead partner, brutal Greenmen on her trail and a cushy hideout as an aristocratic lady's maid. Blackmailed into spying on her kindly employers, she's soon juggling a dizzying tangle of plots, betrayals and lies, desperate to preserve the most dangerous secret of all...her own. The narrative plunges immediately into action with a daunting barrage of arcane names, places and concepts, but determined readers are rewarded with an enthralling yarn of magical intrigue, all in Digger's irresistible voice—clever, cynical, cocky, with an undercurrent of aching loneliness. Given that everyone in one faction is warm, generous and wise and their opponents uniformly vicious, spiteful and cruel, it's not hard to guess which way Digger will jump; it's downright impossible not to follow wherever her quick tongue, nimble fingers and itchy feet will carry her next. (Fantasy. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545429450
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
366,797
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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