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Reader reviewed by Julie M. Prince

It was a pleasure to receive a copy of another book by Elizabeth C. Bunce. Given the unique premise and tight writing of her award-winning debut novel, A Curse Dark as Gold, my expectations were high, and Bunce did not disappoint.

StarCrossed is a very different animal from Curse, so I think that in addition to Bunce fans looking for more of her great characters and intriguing plot lines, a new and diverse audience will be pleasantly surprised to find themselves transported to a different world. One with seven moons. One in which magic exists, but is forbidden.

And smack in the middle of this celestial world is Digger--aka Celyn Contrare--a lovable gutter-rat thief living on the city streets of Gerse before being driven into the countryside under the guise of serving as a young noblewoman's maid.

Readers will be quick to appreciate this sharp, self-deprecating protagonist, and quicker to forgive her certain transgressions than she is to forgive herself.

Nimble of fingers and quick of wit, Digger downplays her own important role the uprising she stumbles upon--a movement to bring acceptance of all people into a kingdom of rigidity, disapproval, and cruelty.

All in all, it's obvious why Bunce's editors signed on for a sequel--Liar's Moon. Readers will be eager to follow the master storyteller for the long-haul, into war and beyond.

Off to turn another page....
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Celestial Treat

Reader reviewed by Julie M. Prince

It was a pleasure to receive a copy of another book by Elizabeth C. Bunce. Given the unique premise and tight writing of her award-winning debut novel, A Curse Dark as Gold, my expectations were high, and Bunce did not disappoint.

StarCrossed is a very different animal from Curse, so I think that in addition to Bunce fans looking for more of her great characters and intriguing plot lines, a new and diverse audience will be pleasantly surprised to find themselves transported to a different world. One with seven moons. One in which magic exists, but is forbidden.

And smack in the middle of this celestial world is Digger--aka Celyn Contrare--a lovable gutter-rat thief living on the city streets of Gerse before being driven into the countryside under the guise of serving as a young noblewoman's maid.

Readers will be quick to appreciate this sharp, self-deprecating protagonist, and quicker to forgive her certain transgressions than she is to forgive herself.

Nimble of fingers and quick of wit, Digger downplays her own important role the uprising she stumbles upon--a movement to bring acceptance of all people into a kingdom of rigidity, disapproval, and cruelty.

All in all, it's obvious why Bunce's editors signed on for a sequel--Liar's Moon. Readers will be eager to follow the master storyteller for the long-haul, into war and beyond.

Off to turn another page....

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