StarCrossed – Elizabeth C. Bunce

CIP Summary:  In a kingdom dominated by religious intolerance, sixteen-year-old Digger, a street thief, has always avoided attention, but when she learns that her friends are plotting against the throne she must decide whether to join them or turn them in. 

 I sure could have used a map on the end papers to better follow the story.  The lexicon of characters in the back is helpful.  The author has created a rich and detailed world and it took a few chapters to get a handle on the different factions.  However, once I got into the story, I engulfed the book.  Celyn/Digger is a down to earth, street tough girl with a hazy past and is the perfect character to build this world around.  I also enjoyed Prince Wierolf’s character – ah, the brave and dashing prince.  I am quite eager to read the next book in the series, Liar’s Moon (11.1.11).  StarCrossed is reminiscent of Whalen’s The Thief, the first book in one of my favorite political fantasy series.  Best for avid political fantasy readers due to the many characters and factions.

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