Ancient star readers are amazed by a conjunction of wandering and royal stars, and connect the mysterious event with a long-ago prophesy by an exalted member of their order. Their quest to uncover this mystery becomes a dangerous marathon into a slave empire. Deceit surrounds them and a frightening entity haunts them. The journey carries the star readers through storms, battles, crossroads and palaces before finally leading them to a one-room mud hut in an insignificant village. Darker questions then confront them. Meres, a young man of noble birth, and Jenu, a servant-healer, are swept up in this quest, and it changes their destiny. What they witness will change the world.
An innovative re-telling of the journey of the wise men to Bethlehem. Respectful of the ancient text and historically accurate, Star Readers offers a logical rationale behind one of the world's most mesmerizing stories.
|Publisher:||Lulu Publishing Services|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)|
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Upfront I should mention that I know the author personally, so you might judge for yourself whether or not you want to go with my recommendation. “Star Readers: from out of the east” is primarily an adventure and road story. It is the story of Meres, a young star reader from the ancient Parthian Empire, who despite his noble birth prefers the wisdom of the stars at night to the politics of the days. However, when he notices an unusual conjunction of royal stars announcing the birth of a new ruler, he not only finds himself in the middle of an attempted coup but also sent on a ludicrous journey defying storms, bandits and more unseizable forces in order to locate this newborn king. Overall, it is a very enjoyable read. The story is told very visually so that it is easy to imagine and get captivated by Meres adventure. It quickly becomes obvious that the author has spent a lot of time researching the period in which it is set, so that fans of historical fiction should truly enjoy it. In great detail he is describing the environment and local customs, giving authenticity to the story and at the same time grounding the story’s supernatural mystery moments into the local’s reality. While the book thrives in its history and adventure/road trip parts, building suspense and keeping the reader hooked, it unfortunately falls a little bit short when it comes to its characters. Mainly due to the books descriptive, visual style of storytelling coming back and biting it. In my opinion, we, as the readers, to seldom get real insight into the inner world of the characters. This is especially true for the book’s love story, which the author very carefully develops but never manages to give it the intimacy it deserves. Despite this shortcoming, Star Readers is a good read, as it is primarily an historic adventure and not a love story. If you read it for that, you will enjoy it.
You know that feeling of satisfaction that comes with being entertained AND educated by a book? Like, "Yes! This book sucked me in, piqued my imagination, and for the time spent reading, my knowledge of a different time and place has been truly expanded." STAR READERS is one of those books. The plot keeps moving, the characters are realistic (not glamorized), and the time/place/customs of ancient Parthia have been well-researched (I know because I did a few Google searches while reading). STAR READERS is an investment as much as a luxury.
This story had several of the elements that make a good book for me. It had mystery, history, the triumph of good over evil, and great story of love that was patient and enduring. I particularly enjoyed learning some of the history of that region and the battles that ensued in part of history. I found myself glued to the book until the end, waiting to learn the final outcome. As an avid reader, it is rare that I actually get one that gives me pause to really think through the implications and possible outcomes of the story. Given the largesse of movies today, I think this one would be great on the screen...hope someone does it.