Starless by Jacqueline Carey


Jacqueline Carey is back with an amazing adventure not seen since her New York Times bestselling Kushiel’s Legacy series. Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.Let your mind be like the eye of the hawk…Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth ...

Details Starless

Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Adult

Reviews Starless

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum’m a huge fan of Jacqueline Carey and will read anything she writes no matter the genre or subject, but I do believe she is in her element whenever she tackles epic fantasy because the format lends itself well to her style. Hence, I was so excited when I found out about Starless. Carey is a master worldbuilder who has also written some of my favorite characters of all ...
  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    So, it wasn't a horrible book, and there were a few key components I really liked, but compared to her other works and YA Fantasy in general, I found it a major struggle to get through. Dang. RTC
  • Patrick St-Denis
    As you know, I feel like a complete idiot for having waited for so long to finally give Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel novels a shot. Now that I've read and fell in love with the first two trilogies, I was getting ready to start the third series. But when I learned that she had a stand-alone book titled Starless getting published this spring, I elected to read that one instead.Understandably, I had high hopes for this one. And although Starless begin...
  • Scott Hitchcock
    2.5*'sIf you like YA I think you'll like this more than I did. The book started out well and had a couple of nice twists. However the plot was simple and one of the main characters drove me crazy always calling her counterpart My Heart, My Darling, My This and My That. In the end the second half was a slog for me.
  • Gary
    7/17 This epic fantasy has steady pacing and evocative prose, but is disappointingly conventional.Full RTC
  • Kelly
    Do not fear Carey fans! You will love. All the Carey you love, remixed to excellent effect. Link to full review here:
  • Lisa
    First off, this was an interesting reading experience because I was simultaneously rereading another of Carey’s books, Kushiel’s Dart, as part of a read along project for the reddit r/fantasy community (details here). Because of that, I definitely picked up on some common threads between that book and Starless, even though they’re both very different books. Still, this review is about Starless, so that’s what I’ll focus on.Carey’s pro...
  • Liviu
    decent but lacking the spark of the Kushiel series as the narrator and the universe are not that interesting, but the writing is still beautiful and kept me engaged until the end
  • Amanda Kratz
    I really enjoyed this book. I really really loved the first 1/3 with Kahi training in the desert. The world building and mythology of the land is superb! Seriously some of the best world building I’ve seen in a stand alone novel. I loved the characters introduced here, I loved he training methods, I loved the desert culture. Everything. I could have just read about the brotherhood the entire book and been blissfully happy. However prophecies be...
  • USOM
    I adored Starless. It was everything I was craving from Carey and more. You know how you have those nostalgia reads that you know you can't re-visit because they wouldn't hold up to the light of day? Jacqueline Carey is not one of those. She is still the epic fantasy giant I remember and her books enthrall me even more so.
  • Lauren
    So good! I can't speak to the trans representation, but the story and characters were mesmerizing. :)
  • Meekachii
    3.5 out of 5. Although this was definitely a long book, that wasn’t the part that drove my rating. I do think it could have been shorter, but it was definitely written very beautifully. I think my main hang ups were that nothing overly stood out. There weren’t any plot twists that blew my mind (although there were some). I honestly didn’t overly enjoy any of the characters and one of the characters downright annoyed me most of the time. The...
  • Kristen
    Jacqueline Carey's epic fantasy novel Starless showcases her skill as a worldbuilder and writer, but especially her wonderful gift for storytelling. Although I did find the smaller scale earlier parts of the book a bit more compelling than later parts, I still absolutely loved Starless.4 1/2 starsReview on My Website (Plus an Excerpt and Giveaway)
  • Deirdre
    Mmmm, a game of two halves or rather a tale of three thirds.. I enjoyed the extended training of the first 30%. I had a distinct understanding of the nature and character of the brothers. They had flaws and strengths and I enjoyed reading about them.The move to Court was uneven. Some good, some irritating. The wives and children of the king blend together with few individuals standing out. Final third, I feel the characters were more or less redu...
  • Fifi LaFleur
    4.5 I loved this. Incredibly beautiful and heartfelt story. It's like a piece of folklore. The characters are wonderful. Khai is a treasure and the world building with the gods being fallen stars is fascinating. I think my only complaint would be that the third act could have been longer. So many characters were introduced that I would have loved to get to know them better. While it didn't feel rushed, I just would have liked the chance to bond w...
  • Beyonder
    Maybe not the finest thing Jaqueline Carey has ever written, but still solidly in 5-star territory for me. Nobody does characters like she does, and the protagonist is as strongly and lovingly developed as any in her previous books.Furthermore this tackles some interesting and important stuff around gender, both as identity and as a societal construct. I'm always thrilled to see this stuff tackled at all in mainstream-ish fantasy writing and it d...
  • Rebecca
    “Let your mind be like the eye of the hawk.”I finished this book a few days ago, and it’s still running wild in my head. Starless is a book that pulls you straight into its world, and you can’t get enough of it. At least in my case. I’m secretly hoping that we’ll get see more of this world because it deserves more than one book. But let’s talk about the book first before I start speculating about possible sequels. The following revi...
  • Luciole
    I had high hopes about this novel, and my feeling is quite mixed in the end...I did liked the way she describes the characters, especially the main ones. Plus, it seems that Khai’s nature and the way he deals with it are somehow more important than the plot itself. And this is not a bad thing, since it makes the reader wonder, think, and sympathize with the young fighter’s inner struggles. In the end, while her stories are neither political n...
  • Katie Whitt
    4.5 stars. Once for a college class I had to read Ursula Le Guin['s Left Hand of Darkness, which was supposed to be a fantasy examination of gender, but was so unbelievably boring I can't remember what it was really about and that always felt like a missed opportunity to me, but Carey has clearly stepped up to that plate to write a story that works on multiple levels. It's almost fashionable these days to have a story with characters who are ques...
  • Jonathan Scotese
    Only did one read through so far. Probably better ways to see/describe it, but to me it seemed Jaqueline Carey's take on "Pirates of Dark Water" with her beautiful prose and lush worldbuilding. I really hope it does well, her fantasy is amazing, but after Banewreaker/Godslayer didn't do well she wrote several urban fantasy type books which were fine, and people probably loved them, but seemed to me to be a waste of her talents. She evokes a sense...
  • Caitlin
    Less sex than usual for Carey, but the same driving message as always. Love is love is love. A world where gods walk, many parts of a prophecy exist--and just as many ways of living exist as there are gods. Khai belongs to a harsh desert god, and the brotherhood that raised him has withheld a lot of secrets until he is older. But his god-appointed task is to protect a princess who lives in a palace full of intrigue and assassination, so these sec...
  • Laura McLoughlin
    I would probably give this 3.5 stars. The world building is amazing and I actually appreciated that this book is a completely stand alone epic fantasy and you never encounter those. There certainly could be sequels (or at least related books set in the same world) but there doesn't have to be. The story is self contained and that makes for a nice change. So often I read Book 1 of the such and such trilogy and never make it back to book 2 or book ...
  • Melliane
    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewThis is a novel that I was looking forward to. Why is that? Jacqueline Carey! It is not possible to miss one of this author’s novels and I was very curious to discover her new story.Khai was raised in a kind of monastery, from an early age he was educated to become a skilled assassin and even more. Yes, because he is destined to serve as Shadow to the king’s daughter. Yet he did not expect this story and ...
  • Naomi
    It is so satisfying to read a great standalone fantasy novel. The characters shone throughout this book. The world building was good, and there is so much world to explore, if there's ever another story in this world. The plot was action packed and intense. I liked the slow start, the way it picked up speed all the way to the climax. Mostly I loved Khai. Such a good character. They were strong, and smart, and complex. It was so fun to read about ...
  • Cor
    At its core Starless is your typical fantasy story, featuring a band of young heroes coming together to defeat the ultimate evil and save the world. And while there are parts where Jacqueline Carey displays her talent for unique settings, multifaceted characters and deep plots those parts are sadly rare, especially towards the end, and you can't shake the feeling that you have read this "story" a hundred times already. Despite that the story is w...
  • Rana
    Sigh. Carey is such an amazing story-teller. I have read everything she has ever written, and some things several, several times. This book is one of her best. The world that these characters live in is so fascinating and complete. I would happily read story after story set in any of the countries or the backstory of any of the secondary characters. And that's always been the highligt of Carey's writing, that excellent world-building is paired wi...
  • Laura
    Ms. Carey Does Not DisappointI have loved the Kushiel’s Dart series since it began - and have been missing this author’s gift of creating a world and characters so rich you live with them every step of the way. Starless takes the reader to another new world - familiar but oh so different. A journey worthy of Homer - I can’t recommend this book enough. Through the trials this group endures I shed tears and had my heart racing. Thank you Jacq...
  • Tashfin Awal
    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.I think this book was honestly phenomenal! In recent books, the concept of "vulnerable" or "human" gods has come up a lot, which may feel cliched to some, but the way the other handled it, it felt more comfortable if anything! That being said, I think the characters and settings were very unique, and very interesting! I could barely put th...
  • Shannon
    Wow. I loved this so much I didn’t want it to end. Brilliant world, characters, story. It never went in the directions I thought it was, and while it’s not an overly complicated plot, it was beautifully executed. My only criticism is that the finale seemed a bit rushed compared to earlier parts of the book, but it works. It would be worth re-reading it in the future to see what I missed, but this has definitely rekindled my love for Carey’s...