The Star Shepherd is an illustrated middle-grade fantasy novel written by Dan Haring, a visual effects and animation artist, and MarcyKate Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of Monstrous and Shadow Weaver.
When the world first formed, the night was black and filled with dark creatures. The Elders knew their people couldn’t survive under such a threat. So they made the ultimate sacrifice: they gave their hearts to the sky in the form of brightly shining stars to keep evil underground.
Now, eleven-year-old Kyro is a Star Shepherd like his father. He’s spent his life tucked away in the outskirts of the small town of Drenn. There they watch the night sky for falling stars—and rush to rescue them when they do.
Then one night, too many stars fall at once, and Kyro’s father journeys to the Star Shepherd Council to report the threat. When he doesn’t return, Kyro must figure out how to save them himself, before all the stars fall and the dark creatures make their return.
For author Dan Haring, the idea for The Star Shepherd started as an animated story. “I had just started working in animation and wanted to create my own animated story, so I made a short film about a guy who rescues star hearts. It was the spark that turned into The Star Shepherd book. For the trailer, we took the original short and condensed it, giving you an idea of what it’s like for Kyro to rescue a star.”
The Star Shepherd is on B&N bookshelves September 10.
(B&N’s exclusive cover reveal and an excerpt is here!)