The Girl and the Stars / Mark Lawrence

Title / The Girl and the Stars
Author / Mark Lawrence
Series / Book of Ice (book 1)
Published / 2020
Page no. / 384
Overall Rating / ★★


The Girl and the Stars is the first book in the Book of Ice series by American-British author, Mark Lawrence. It is set in the same world as the Book of Ancestor trilogy, but you don’t have to read that trilogy before starting this series. 
  • This book starts really strongly; introducing us to a fierce icy world where broken children are thrown into a pit, known as the Pit of the Missing. Lawrence excels at making this icy setting vivid for the reader and I loved learning about the history and culture of the ice tribes. 
  • The plot was mostly compelling, but I did feel that it started to lose it’s way a bit in the second half. I just found that I started to lose some interest in what was happening. 
  • The main issue I had was with the characters. They all just fell a little flat for me. All of the characters seemed underdeveloped to me and Yaz was a cut-out YA heroine who doesn’t realize she’s ‘special’. This probably also contributed to me losing interest because I just didn’t really care about the characters. 
  • This book has a distinct YA fantasy feel to it, which is a little different to what I was expecting, since Lawrence has written mostly adult fantasy in the past. 


Overall this was a good first instalment to this new series, but I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. Right now I’m unsure whether or not I’ll continue the series, although I think it’s more likely that I won’t. Have you guys read this book? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.





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