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Star Father: A Novel (Star Mother) Paperback – March 8, 2022
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When the heavens go dark, hearts still glow for a mortal woman and a god in an exhilarating fantasy by Charlie N. Holmberg, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Star Mother.
In a heavenly war, the moon is prevailing…
It happens in an instant, filling Aija with dread: the Sun is suddenly cast from the sky, throwing the Earth into midday darkness. On the fourth day of endless night, Aija finds an unconscious man by the river. His skin is as hot as her lantern’s glass and just as golden. To Aija, a farmhand with the soul of an artist, this beautiful stranger is an inspiration―and a mystery. He calls himself Saiyon. He bleeds light. His friends are celestial. His enemies, godlings of the moon.
Between Aija and Saiyon, attraction grows warmer. For Aija, an unfathomable revelation: she’s falling in love with the earthbound Sun God. When Saiyon’s faltering powers are restored to full glory, what then? There’s a way Aija can become immortal, too. Saiyon can’t support such a risk.
Aija chooses to follow her heart to places darker and more dangerous than she realizes. Whatever sacrifices lie ahead, they’re the only way to make an impossible true love last forever.
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Charlie N. Holmberg is a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of fantasy and romance fiction. She is published in over twenty languages, has been a finalist for a RITA Award and multiple Whitney Awards, and won the 2020 Whitney Award for Novel of the Year: Adult Fiction. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at www.charlienholmberg.com.
- Publisher : 47North (March 8, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 319 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542034280
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542034289
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #386,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here’s the thing, I absolutely adored Star Mother, but Holmberg has outdone herself with Star Father. I always say I don’t have the right words to review her books, and it’s true. But with Star Father, I have all the words and no way to put them in a semblance of order for a cohesive review.
“I felt small beside him, and saw all the things I was not.”
This one is so much more and so vastly different from Star Mother. There are many godlings involved. Aija, who is sometimes incredibly reckless, is so persistent and unfailing in her faith in what she’s trying to do. She has an incredible team with her every step of the way. I love Zyzi, and I want, need, her to have her own book. She is too great a character who has a story that needs to be told. And Tyu? I love her so much! Seriously, all the characters are so incredible. Even the moon nearly broke me.
This is such a special book. I read another review that said Charlie had leveled up with this one, which is accurate because Star Father is an incredible read. The world, Aija’s art and devotion, the characters that helped her on her path, the research into making this such a stunning read all come together beautifully. Thank you, 47North, for sending this along.
While parts of the story really drew me in (I read Star Father all in one day and enjoyed it), there were times that I felt outside of the story. At those times, Aija’s infatuation just felt too much like instalove, her dependence on Zyzi and her casual commandeering of Zyzi’s time and life selfish, and her journey to join Saiyon sometimes more than a bit stalkerish to the point that I would actually fall out of the story for a bit.
Aija loving Saiyon didn’t seem immortality-worthy. She’s given the chance for immortality because she loves Saiyan, who she’s known for something like a week, and because she isn’t motivated by a desire for power. Saiyon loves her because of her dedication to her art and her talent. I can actually believe that love, while Aija’s love for him has me wondering.
If you look at this more like Star Mother in a religious fable kind of way, I think it works better. However, I felt Saiyon’s story actually could have been expanded more and I really would love to read that story. So many godlings are introduced, not to mention demons, but their stories are hardly even hinted at. They’re just tools to help Aija on her way to immortality. And yet we are told that they are close associates / friends / family to Saiyon. I guess I just want more of Saiyon’s story.
Overall, not quite as mesmerizing as I’m used to reading from Holmberg, but definitely worth the read.
Star Father continued with the deep and beautiful world building. I found myself sucked in once again to the detailed and interesting dynamics. This is a world I would LOVE to see built out even more!
The character depth is the only thing lacking in this book. Saiyon held so much depth and emotion in Star Mother that seemed to fall flat. Aija did not bring the strong female growth that Ceris did. Ai felt desperate, willing to give up everything she had, and was, for a man (God) that she spent a little time with. I truly found myself wondering if Ceris could see what was happening and her thoughts on this situation.
Even so, this scratched a deep itch and I raced through this story. I need MORE of this world, please!
I also love the inclusivity and diversity in her writing and how natural everything feels and how really and lived in her worldbuilding is. Especially both the sublime and horrific the celestial beings in her worlds can be.
Highly recommended and can’t wait to see what the author prints next.
In some ways, the protagonist, Aija, encompassed a love that could be compared a drug addict--craving and submitting to what she could not live without. Holmberg labeled it "stubbornness" in Aija, which worked on the surface. I only wished she could have had more dimension of self, where she could be independent of the "addiction" and instead of it driving her, allowing her to "choose" to embrace the depth of her love for her man.
I couldn't help but wonder why the demons were allowed to "get away" with their evil without punishment. Maybe they are punished enough for existing as the are without choice. Or do they have a choice?
In this story, I think Holmberg is tempering her inclination to describe her characters' physical pain in vivid detail, and I am happy about that. She allows the reader to experience the pain without it becoming too large for the rest of the story. Well done!
I am not a writer--just a reader and my comments cannot possibly appreciate the excruciating labor that goes into writing a story. I appreciate her skill. That being said, I would love the see Holmberg to try adding humor and laughter to balance the angst. I am looking forward to reading her next adventure!
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Imagine my delight when I saw that a sequel was due out this year! I pre-ordered immediately.
'Star Father' does not disappoint and in fact, in my opinion, surpasses the first book. Aija is a worthy heroine. Saiyon's character is 'fleshed out', the addition of the other Celestials helps us to understand the nature of the 'War in the Heavens' and The Moon is an inspired creation you can hate and feel sympathy for at the same time.
Her stories are pure escapism, in realms completely different to our own, which is why I read, to escape reality for a time and heal my mind and soul.
Star Mother and Star Father are both great novels and I am happy to recommend them to all.
I don't believe that I am her target audience as a 58 year old man, but I really like the way Charlie writes and where she takes me to :)
I have so much to do this weekend, and yet I have read and read and read until the end.
Thank you for this book.