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  • Title: An Accident of Stars
  • Author: Foz Meadows
  • ISBN: 9780857665850
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • Book I of the Manifold Worlds from Hugo nominated author Foz Meadows.When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women Zech, the fast thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile Viya, the spoiled, runaway consoBook I of the Manifold Worlds from Hugo nominated author Foz Meadows.When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women Zech, the fast thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire building ruler, Vex Leoden and Gwen, an Earth born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex priestess who shares his dreams of conquest Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic Can one girl an accidental worldwalker really be the key to saving Kena Or will she just die trying File Under Fantasy
    An Accident of Stars Book I of the Manifold Worlds from Hugo nominated author Foz Meadows When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality she finds herself trapped in Kena a magical realm on the brink of civil w

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    1. Until the death of Google Reader, I was a regular subscriber to Foz Meadows blog, so I was absolutely delighted to have the chance to read her book I think I would have been absolutely captivated by Accident of Stars when I was younger Thematically, it s a coming of age story in a creative high fantasy world, and not only are the majority of protagonists teenagers, but the story is also blissfully devoid of love triangles, self image issues, and school related angst Sadly, I ve since become rath [...]

    2. I keep hearing third hand that publishers all believe that portal fantasies don t sell, and yet when I talk to other readers, a vast percentage of those who like fantasy sigh and wish there were portal fantasies.As a kid I certainly loved them, except for the endings I hated the endings wherein the kids arrived back the day they left, like nothing had changed including their experiences shaping them and I loathed the utter betrayal of the memories being taken away for their own good Well, Foz M [...]

    3. An amazingly rich portal fantasy, both in terms of story and characters.The storyline is deceptively simple teen girl follows another traveller into a portal that leads to another world The other world is in the midst of political upheaval, and the main character, Saffron, gets drawn into this.What makes An Accident of Stars different is that, among other things, Saffron is not a Chosen One in the story She has no special skills that will turn her into a key player, and she s not running away fr [...]

    4. A modern Australian teenager follows a mysterious woman through a portal between worlds in this engaging fantasy with strong feminist elements as well as a racially and sexually diverse world where polyamory is the norm The story features a cast primarily of women, and of many different age groups and also shows much realistic outcomes of and reactions to violence than you see in most fantasy books.Saffron inadvertently becomes a worldwalker by following fellow worldwalker Gwen into her adopted [...]

    5. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Take a look at the cover Do you like it That will tell you whether or not you ll like this book See how old school it looks How much like one of those pulpy fantasies from the 80 s How vaguely YA I am still wondering if this book is a re release, somehow, despite my research, because it reads so VERY MUCH like one of the old 80 s portal fantasies And to be honest, that s what attracted me to the book in the first plac [...]

    6. 17 12 I had such high hopes for this one, but from the beginning I felt like the gender and sexual equality were shoved in my face as if the author felt it was necessary to prove that she was capable maybe that someone was capable of writing a sci fi fantasy that didn t demean women by making them all TSTL or turning them all into Madonnas or whores Unfortunately, this was just the opposite extreme of books with the aforementioned crappy female characters, which didn t make it much of a success [...]

    7. This gets five stars for sheer enjoyment Wish fulfilment for every person who has ever read a portal fantasy and questioned how a person would adapt so quickly to medieval standards of living A wonderful example of how to create societies, for that matter, that don t simply recreate a medieval world Tons of fun for me

    8. I m having a hard time putting stars on this book, or on my opinions of it The bottom line, however, is that I liked it I enjoyed myself And if people asked me if it was worth the time, then yes, I definitely think it is.Before I go on, this book comes with major tw for gore, violence, mutilation If descriptions of physical violence, wounds, blood, scars, etc are hard for you, proceed with caution.Now novel is full of women Seriously, massive amount of women characters Almost every single import [...]

    9. Sadly, as much as I was looking forward to this, I feel as if the cover blurb left some important things out This was entirely a teenage coming of age story, written specifically for a YA market, and I am so very much the wrong audience for that I liked the idea of it, and the world building seemed interesting albeit a bit simple, especially in terms of culture race , but I could not connect with the characters, and the story just wasn t interesting enough to make up for it.

    10. Galley provided by publisherDNF 23%Honestly, watching paint dry would be interesting than this book Probably, it was just one of those that wasn t for me There was nothing about it that I thought was bad per se, but I just didn t connect to any of the characters and the writing bored me.I was actually bored by it from the first page, which is a shame because I was really looking forward to this one There s portals between worlds, and magic, and a diverse cast both racially and sexually , but I [...]

    11. 9 10An Accident of Stars is one of the most well plotted, well characterised novels I have read in a while I can t think of one time where I thought Oh that s silly or That doesn t seem plausible I m impressed normally at some point in a novel I will notice an irregularity or some sort which will niggle at the back of my mind Not in this.Characters So, An Accident of Stars is a portal fantasy, featuring a large cast of mostly female characters Primarily we have Saffron, the young protagonist who [...]

    12. I bought this book because I was excited for a feminist world hopping fantasy with complex female characters driving the story and fascinating new world to exploreI m not sure where to begin, because what I found was a book that was an overwhelming frustration and disappointment all around I almost set it down a dozen different times, and the only thing that had me picking it back up again eventually was the thought of being able to write a true review so others might avoid making the same mista [...]

    13. This book was sent to me by the publisher at no cost This is the first book of the Manifold World series It s a portal fantasy and a coming of age story, with an Australian schoolgirl following a woman who had helped her and following her through a rift into another world Saffron s life is a fairly normal one it opens with a distinctly unpleasant experience with a boy at school harassing her, and a stranger supporting her as sadly almost no one else ever had In going to thank the woman, her adve [...]

    14. Portal fantasy seems to be making a comeback, which is fine by me I m not sure why it fell out of fashion in the first place This one, as you would hope from a new book, does something fresh with it, primarily by splitting the point of view between several different women a teenage white Australian who goes through the portal or less by accident, a middle aged black British woman who s been world walking for a while and is already familiar with the other world, and a couple of even younger teen [...]

    15. This story did so many things that ticked all of my boxes It delved into the difficulties of magically learning a language without necessarily having the cultural context for it, which was fascinating It showed communities of women of all ages, working together and sometimes against each other and getting stuff done It spent time thoughtfully exploring the impact of trauma has, particularly on young people characters are given lots of space to deal with and begin to recover from their experience [...]

    16. Full review here bibliotropic 2016 07 07 a I flat out adore the world that Meadows created here, with its rich unique cultures and language and clothing styles I want to read things set in it, to spend time there with characters I ve grown to know and appreciate The story is phenomenal, a brilliant fantasy with fascinating characters and an overarching plot that s full of action and intrigue and the world being on a precipice, on the knife edge of revolution while the reader sits on the revolu [...]

    17. An Accident Of Stars is one of those books that, honestly, I always knew I would love I put off reading it for far too long, because portal fantasy isn t a trope that particularly appeals to me, but it s Foz Meadows, and I ve been following Meadows reviewing and writing on fandom and culture for years now Her first book is just as brilliant, incisive, thoughtful, and compelling as I always expected it to be, and I confess I m interested in portal fantasy as a trope after reading it Full review [...]

    18. Beautiful storytelling, a stunning world and concept, slow tale to start but the intrigue picks up My issues are few and they are purely my issues I don t understand all the polyamory stuff, lately everything I read seems to have huge families, but that will not affect your enjoyment of the story.Thanks to the robot overlords at Angry Robot for the ARC, this is a great introduction into an amazing world, check it out most definitely.

    19. Review originally published on The Curious SFF Reader As I mentionned in last month Wrap Up I wanted to read lighter books and since I didn t make a TBR I had the complete liberty to read whatever I wanted which is a bit unusual for me, I like to plan everything because it reassures me Because of that I decided to randomly browse the books on my Kindle and I spotted An Accident of Stars that I pre ordered months ago after reading Coral Bones, her fantastical retelling of The Tempest that I read [...]

    20. An Accident of Stars is a queer feminist portal fantasy told from the point of views of four female characters Saffron is a high school student in Australia who follows a strange woman through a portal and enters another world, Kena While born on earth, Gwen has been traveling to Kena for over thirty years and considers it home She even became involved in local politics and made an unwise choice in supporting a man called Leoden in his bid for the throne Now Gwen and her allies are hunted by him [...]

    21. An eARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review This review is presented as part of my contribution to the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016.An Accident of Stars is a very solid debut novel from Foz Meadows, it truly brings epic and portal fantasy to life This book is equal parts the start of an epic story and a coming of age story This is also a story that disabuses you of the notion that nothing truly bad can happen to your heroe s in a novel, because [...]

    22. This book was really excellent It has a good solid story it s a portal fantasy , but its strengths are the characters and character development For one, I can t remember ever having read a book with so many non traditional characters To start with, there are a tremendous number of women Women of all sorts and sizes, many with competence, bravery, and character And not to forget, positions of power Then there are people of varied shades Then, even noteworthy, characters who are lesbian, aromanti [...]

    23. Try as I might, I just couldn t connect with this book Something that is likely due to the fact that I m pretty far removed from the target audience, but still The setting didn t really catch me, although I did appreciate that there were many women in it despots, still, but then again I ve lost hope of seeing anarchosyndicalist communes in fantasy Other problem that s a common trend with fantasy I felt there were far too many fantasy names with little original content behind Nothing was particul [...]

    24. An exciting character driven fantasy with a strong ensemble, intriguing magic, and all of the feminist badassery you would expect from Foz Meadows I m very excited to share this series with readers next year.

    25. After giving this book chance chapter after chapter, I decided to DNF it.It might be a cliche, but it s not you, dear book, it s me I loved some aspects of the book, but they didn t manage to outweigh the multiple things I personally dislike when reading.The first DNF point was the very first chapter where the reasons for the main character Saffron to go through a portal are very thin and contrived, so advancing the plot requires the MC to do the stupid thing which to me is usually a deal breake [...]

    26. Bookworm Speaks An Accident of Starsby Foz Meadows Acquired Barnes and Noble BooksellersSeries The Manifold Worlds Book 1 Paperback 496 pagesPublisher Angry Robot August 2, 2016 Language EnglishSubject Fantasy The Story When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women Zech, the fast thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile Viya, the [...]

    27. This book is everything I ve been craving in a fantasy novel a female centric and racially diverse novel with major queer characters I m not normally big on portal fantasy Narnia being the exception but this was extremely well done and I can t wait for the next book.The plot did drag a bit I was about 60% in by the time it really picked up but the fact that this is so intersectionally diverse and so wonderfully feminist made the slightly slow start worth it Besides, most of the buildup was centr [...]

    28. I love the way this book subverts gender binaries and fantasy stereotypes, creating a rich backdrop through complex world building and cut throat politics However frequent changes of points of view between a large cast of characters make it difficult to engage with the narrative I rarely had time to see how internal conflicts coloured the otherworld characters observations and actions The narrative voice remained mostly unchanged and plodding with each point of view swap, so that often I had to [...]

    29. CONTAINS SPOILERS This book was provided through NetGalley from the publisher for free It has not affected the review or my opinions in any way.I have to admit that I was really fascinated with this book at first Partly this was due to the fact that it had gotten some pretty good ratings on , but also the story seemed decently interesting and at least semi original I haven t read that many portal fantasy books, and An Accident of Stars seemed like it would be a good representative of this genre [...]

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