This review should have gone up ages ago but my brain got sad so I’m really behind on reviews, again. Nevertheless, Wayward Stars was a book that I was very much excited about as I loved it’s prequel, & it didn’t let me down at all. Mary Fan is turning out to be one of my favourite authors, alongside Laura Lam & Zoe Marriott!
I was sent this book by the author in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains mild violence & slavery of the human race by a fictional race ⚠️
Starswept, the first book in this series, was my favourite fantasy/science-fiction read of 2017, without competition, & I was incredibly eager to get my hands on the sequel as soon as I finished the final page of book one. When Mary told me she wanted to send me a print copy to review I’m pretty sure I cried, & when it arrived it took a lot of willpower to stick to my habit of reading books in order of release date… lets just say, I was so happy when I finally got to the part of my list that said Wayward Stars.
Due to my very high expectations it wouldn’t have been surprising if I’d been let down a little by this book, but I can honestly say that was not the case in any way what-so-ever. I was immediately pulled back into the world that Mary has created & into Iris’s life; from the start of this book the pages exuded Iris’s emotions – grief, pain, sorrow, desperation, misery, heartbreak. I felt my mood drop as soon as I started reading, & that power is part of the reason I felt so sucked into the story. In my notes I wrote that it felt like the book had the telepathy that’s within it’s pages, because it felt impossible not to empathise with the characters I was reading about. I cannot control my emotions when it comes to this story.
Wayward Stars was also a book that I found very hard to put down – I went into work with migraines because I’d been up late reading, & when I finally finished the book I wanted to sleep for weeks, just to get over the rush of the story. So much happened in the second instalment of this series; some of it was predictable but most of it wasn’t, & that made the book incredibly engaging. Mary has written this plot so well & there was never a time where I was bored or annoyed by the story.
Mary’s character’s are written so deeply that I feel like I know all of the protags – the characters are actually some of the few that I’m able to remember, weeks after I’ve finished reading. You know how sometimes you go into a sequel, a little unsure about the events of the previous book? Well I don’t get that with Mary; her writing is so good that it feels impossible to forget a single detail.
As you can tell, I adored this story a lot; Starswept is up there with my favourite books, & although I wouldn’t say that Wayward Stars is totally on the same level as Starswept, it was so close & I was beyond happy to be back in this world. I haven’t included a brief synopsis in this review as I wanted to avoid any spoilers for the first book, but you can find the review for book one here.
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