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The Girl and the Stars (The Book of the Ice) (edició 2021)

de Mark Lawrence (Autor)

Sèrie: Book of the Ice (1)

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"A stunning new epic fantasy series following a girl who is cast out by her people and must fight with everything she has to survive, set in the same world as Red Sister. In some children, the old blood shows, giving them strength, speed, and mystical power. In the cities of Abeth's Corridor, such children are prized. But on the vast ice plains of Abeth, those traits lead children to burn bright and die young, and the discipline of the priests is harsh. Any child who shows signs of the old races is cast into the Pit of the Missing, never to be seen again. Yaz is only sixteen, but she feels a burgeoning gift and she knows the next gathering will be her last--the priests see everything, and her aberrance will not be tolerated. But then she is spared and her brother is identified as one of the broken and cast down into the pit. Stunned, awash with guilt and grief, she flings herself in after him. She expects to find death. Instead she finds a sprawling, secret civilization, where survival is even less assured than on the ice plains. And she soon realizes that this underground empire revolves around a great truth--and an even greater evil--that puts all of Abeth in danger"--… (més)
Membre:shirin01
Títol:The Girl and the Stars (The Book of the Ice)
Autors:Mark Lawrence (Autor)
Informació:Ace (2021), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:***
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The Girl and the Stars de Mark Lawrence

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I’m a Mark Lawrence virgin. There, I said it. But The Girl and the Stars caught my attention as it has a similar setting to Megan Lindholm’s (Robin Hobb’s) amazing Reindeer People duology, and I only have two regrets. The first, that I left it so darn long to pick up one of Lawrence’s books. The second, that I finished this one early on and now I have to wait impatiently for the next instalment!

The Girl and the Stars is a dark and thrilling story that had me biting my nails into the very last pages and beyond. It follows Yaz of the stoic Ictha, one of four clans fighting for survival in a frozen land. Yaz travels south with her clan to participate in a harrowing ceremony where any child of the four tribes judged weak or broken is cast into a hole dubbed the Pit of the Missing. When Yaz finds herself beneath the ice she sets out on a journey that takes her deeper than she thought possible, uncovering secrets as she battles for survival.

This book is an unpredictable and non-stop ride; just when I thought Lawrence had hit the climax of the story and fallen into a rhythm, new plot developments left both Yaz and I stunned. I think I’ve read entire trilogies that contain less imagination and worldbuilding than The Girl and the Stars. But that doesn’t mean this book is just a superficial fantasy adventure - Lawrence doesn’t shy away from the characters’ trauma or the inner conflict of cold decisions made in hard circumstances.

If you’re looking for a fantasy adventure on par with that of Brandon Sanderson or Brent Weeks, or if you’ve climbed the Tower of Babel with Senlin and now you’re not sure which direction to go, the dark, icy depths of The Girl and The Stars is the place for you. ( )
  jakeisreading | May 23, 2021 |
READ IT!!
...I hate the 5 star rating system. I prefer a 10* system, this book is a 9*

Mark Lawrence simply knocked it out of the park this time.

Not as much humor as the Red Queens War, not as much "dark" as the Broken Empire.

It's simply a well balanced and incredibly enjoyable book that builds on the world Mark has used so well for so many books. ( )
  WDBooks | Nov 13, 2020 |
I loved the world and characters from The Book of the Ancestor so was excited when I heard Mark Lawrence was writing a second series set in Abbeth. Even more intriguing was that it was going to be set in the north where the world is entirely covered in ice and focus on a new cast of characters. The Girl and the Stars is the first in that series, The Book of the Ice.

Life on the ice is harsh. Only those with the right qualities can survive. Variation is dangerous and being different can be fatal for the whole tribe. Once every four years all of the ice Tribes gather at the Pit of the Missing where each of the children of a certain age group are judged by the priests. Those who are strong become adults that day. Those found broken, lacking what it will take to survive, are pushed into the Pit. Yaz has felt drawn to the place in the days leading up to judgement. When her brother Zeen judged as being different different and pushed into the pit, Yaz jumps in after him, surprised at what she discovers there.

My favorite thing about the story is the setting. The world under the ice is inspired. It feels at times dark, claustrophobic and menacing while at others it is beautiful and full of it's own kind of light. It's both alien and familiar. You never quite lose the sense that the characters are miles below the surface with unknown tons of ice above them adding another element of tension to an already perilous journey.

Where the story didn't work as well for me was just how YA the book felt. It came as a complete surprise as the book is being marketed as "adult" fantasy, which usually has a different tone entirely. The author's previous works which feature young protagonists are not YA at all so it's not just the age of the characters. I think it is this mismatched expectation that dampened my enjoyment of the story. I kept looking for something deeper that just wasn't there. This read more like a story aimed at teens.

Yaz is a typical YA heroine. She's likeable enough with some admirable qualities including bravery, determination and loyalty to her family. She's also the special chosen one, is able to master her special talent with no training and little practice, and is highly reckless in her pursuit of her goal, constantly endangering herself and others. I'm not sure why three of the other characters fell in love with her immediately - two were insta-love, the third was slightly more reasonable from having grown up with her, and all were jealous of each other to varying degrees.

The plot itself is fast paced and has a lot of action. There are many twists, turns and surprises around every corner.

You don't need to have read The Book of the Ancestor to enjoy The Girl and the Stars. Other than having a little more background, everything you need to know about the world is provided as part of the story. There aren't any character crossovers so far and it's unknown if we're even in the same time frame as Nona and friends.

Yaz's adventure ends in an action packed climax that leaves some of the characters literally hanging. I think now that I know this is more YA my expectations will be more in line for the rest of the series. I'm interested seeing what happens next. ( )
  Narilka | Jul 4, 2020 |
First published at Booking in Heels.

The Girl and the Stars is set entirely within the ice that covers the majority of Abeth, the world featured in the Red Sister series by the same author. Whilst there is no overlap between characters, the book still features gerants, hunskas, marjals and quantals – those with special, psuedo-supernatural, abilities. These feature almost immediately, albeit in a slightly different way than in the original series. This book walks an almost perfect line between linking the setting to the last books, but without rehashing it completely. It’s unique, but familiar.

The plot, however, is completely different – as it should be. New series, new story. I have to admit, I wasn’t completely sold on the mechanism used to set the ball rolling – Yaz makes a decision that just didn’t make sense to me and it made me slightly skeptical for a good few chapters. Once I got on board with it, however, it’s an interesting story with some good twists and turns to keep you on your toes.

The series is called The Book of the Ice, so it’s not a huge surprise that the story takes place entirely within the ice lands. That said, The Girl and the Stars does a good job of changing the setting within that limited sphere, so that we never feel stilted or bogged down within yet more bloody ice. The creativity that must be involved in keeping ice interesting is impressive, but it works.

I kept picturing Yaz as Aloy, from the Horizon: Zero Dawn game. She clearly doesn’t fit the icy cold setting, but hey ho. The mind sees who the mind sees. Yaz herself is slightly naive, impulsive, selfish and reckless. I can’t quite work out if she is meant to be all those things, although I suspect not, given she doesn’t really seem to develop throughout. That said, I didn’t dislike her. She’s not annoying as a person, it’s more that her actions are remarkably ill-thought out.

There is a large and varied cast of characters, and I found most of them to be more nuanced and interesting than Yaz herself. I particularly liked Maya, a shy young teenager who can cloak herself in shadows, and Thurin, who has never known a life other than under the ice.

The ending is interesting. It ends on a cliffhanger, but not one that feels cheap or forced. I can’t quite get over the lack of… progress made, but it has made me excited (already) to pick up the next book.

In short, I enjoyed The Girl and the Stars, even if not quite as much as The Book of the Ancestor series. But that’s okay. Whilst you don’t need to have read Red Sister et al before picking up this book, I would recommend it. I’m not sure how easy it would have been to follow the explanations of the ‘stars’ and the different abilities without the background knowledge gleaned from the previous series. I’ll definitely be picking up the next book, however far away that may be, as well as anything else Mark Lawrence deigns to write. Ever. ( )
  generalkala | May 1, 2020 |
I enjoyed this addition to Lawrence's world of Abeth, although at this stage I'm in the waiting room wondering what the future holds.
The main character Yaz perpetuates the trope of the misfit, or rather as Katy Rose Poole described it in a Tor.com e-newsletter article (Sept. 9, 2019), the 'Chosen One' trope. Yaz is torn from the social group she desperately tries to meld with, into a new place where her differences will become strengths.
Yaz's people exist in a harsh landscape. Conformity is key to survival. Those who are different are given to the Pit of the Missing. Survival in this world of ice is measured and penultimate. Children are assessed and if seen as a danger to the group they are cast out. Yaz's differences are not easily identifiable. To her horror the Pit becomes her destiny. Here she discovers that rather than ending, her journey is just beginning.
In the place she enters she learns truths about herself and her people. That mathematical constructs of survival can tell a different story, when applying an interpretation from a different perspective, challenging the immutable norm.
So yes, this is a promising beginning to a new series by Lawrence that I will be keeping my eyes on.

A Berkley ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Apr 23, 2020 |
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"A stunning new epic fantasy series following a girl who is cast out by her people and must fight with everything she has to survive, set in the same world as Red Sister. In some children, the old blood shows, giving them strength, speed, and mystical power. In the cities of Abeth's Corridor, such children are prized. But on the vast ice plains of Abeth, those traits lead children to burn bright and die young, and the discipline of the priests is harsh. Any child who shows signs of the old races is cast into the Pit of the Missing, never to be seen again. Yaz is only sixteen, but she feels a burgeoning gift and she knows the next gathering will be her last--the priests see everything, and her aberrance will not be tolerated. But then she is spared and her brother is identified as one of the broken and cast down into the pit. Stunned, awash with guilt and grief, she flings herself in after him. She expects to find death. Instead she finds a sprawling, secret civilization, where survival is even less assured than on the ice plains. And she soon realizes that this underground empire revolves around a great truth--and an even greater evil--that puts all of Abeth in danger"--

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