Series: Suruh Stormsong #1
on March 15, 2013
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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Once upon a time, a common boy fell in love with a princess. It was a hopeless, forbidden love, grown in a world where sorcery and magic rule over all. Now, dark times are brewing, and destiny will bring them together, while fate works to keep them apart. Extraordinary battles will be fought, and extraordinary choices made. Join the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga for the beginning of a tale of star-crossed lovers and magic, of hope and love and loss, of desperate wishes made on stars.
Shooting Stars is probably one of the better fantasy titles out there, but I’m in the minority when I say it failed to wow me. It is a solid fantasy story with a princess on a mission to save her kingdom from a big baddy, but maybe all the hype about H.D. Gordon affected my feelings on it. This is my first offering from H.D. Gordon and from her massively successful Alexa Montgomery featuring a cult following, I knew I had to pick up Shooting Stars when it was offered for review.
Suruh Stormsong is a princess who is bored with being a princess and all the formality that comes with it. When a murder happens in a local inn of a high born lady and an old man, she hears reports that the rumoured missing Black Stone might be at the inn. When investigating the murders, she bumps into Charlie Redmine, a commoner boy from her past. As Suruh and Charlie begin to investigate the murders, and Suruh must also save her father the King from dying of poison, the two reconnect and develop over the course of the book.
The characters were interesting enough, the main character Suruh is a sai wielding princess who has magical powers due to her possessing a White Stone which can be used for white magic. She is accompanied by a tiger companion who protects and speaks to her in her mind. The love interest, Charlie, is a commoner who is quiet, laid back and lives a simple life. I found him to be quite lack lustre, especially when compared to the princess.
I think Charlie could have been braver and more male dominant, but in that relationship Suruh would be the one who wears the pants. Halfway through the book, he is placed in a difficult situation where he has to face off with his brother (who happens to be the evil Black Heart in possession of the Black Stone, allowing him to wield black magic) and with Suruh, and he waits until Suruh gets beaten upon before he really does anything.
The hero of the story is quite unexpected, Suruh’s companion and protector called Samson. He’s the one that has all the attributes of an alpha male, and while he is deeply in love with Suruh (huh?) he’s actually a tiger! I’ve never read of a tiger having thoughts and feelings and being able to communicate and interact on a human level, which is unusual, but you have to give the author credit for going there.
Black Heart, the enemy was kind of a cookie cutter baddy. The relationship between him and his brother Charlie could have caused a depth of emotions, but it didn’t really de
liver in that sense. Over time, the relationship does develop between Suruh and Charlie, but it seemed to lack the pizzazz and emotional depth of stories I’ve read as of late.
Overall, I did like the imaginative world that H.D. Gordon has created here, but would like to see perhaps…more in terms of action, character development and emotional depth. There’s no doubt that she is a talented writer, but perhaps the Alexa Montgomery series will be more up my alley because it sounds like that’s where the action is.
I received the book in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much for the opportunity! I look forward to reading your other works.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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