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Starless

Lu par : Caitlin Davies
Durée : 21 h et 44 min
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"Jacqueline Carey's writing flows so beautifully that her stories beg to be experienced on audio...Listeners looking for something different will appreciate this unconventional stand-alone." (AudioFile Magazine)

Jacqueline Carey is back with an amazing adventure not seen since her New York Times best-selling Kushiel's Legacy series. Lush and sensual, Starless introduces listeners to an epic world where exiled gods live among humans, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last chapter concludes.  

I was nine years old the first time I tried to kill a man.... 

Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him. In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity…but in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction. If Khai is to keep his soul's twin, Zariya, alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.

©2018 Jacqueline Carey (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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A great epic of fate, world-building, and devotion

Starless is probably one of my favorite books of all time. It's gripping, unpredictable and fascinating. With themes of love, identity, justice, growth and trust, it still never forces its lessons, and walks with the reader to the end of the world.

The prose is lights, with a lot of themes, leitmotifs and repeated structures. While it could be annoying in a lesser prose, here it binds the structure together, and helps keep track of the very long yet satisfying story.

But what I love the most about this audiobook is easily the performance. Caitlin Davis' voice is perfect, expressing in equal strength the strong and desert-hardened voice of Khai, the soft-spoken yet endearing voice of Zariya, and the hundreds of major and minor voices, male, female, or neither, or both.

This amazing piece of art left me warm and calm, with an odd sense of completion that is hard to find in another book. I suggest it especially to any fan of Brandon Sanderson, Tolkien, and even Rowling.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 06/08/2018

The most beautiful thing I've enjoyed this year!

I’ve just been on an adventure with Khai and Zariya. The desert sand is still wedged in creases, the sea salt adhering to my hair, and some jungle forest mystery patch is making it’s home in the shady part of my imagination. I’m a long time fan of Carey’s works but Starless may have surpassed them all. The plot was unexpected, the characters unforgettable, and the settings deadly beautiful.

A beautiful mythology wends it’s way through the plot. The stars, children of the sun Zar and he three moons, were cast from the heavens ages ago. Now these stars reside throughout the world, each gifted and bestowing their gifts upon mortals. Sometimes this is through direct interaction, sometimes through objects like rare seeds or a magical pearl.

The story is told through Khai’s eyes. He grows up in a desert fortress being trained by the monks on a variety of skills. He was born with a destiny: to be the Shadow to the Sun Blessed, Zariya. Once we’ve gotten to know Khai good and well (several years have passed), he goes to the royal palace to serve as Zariya’s body guard and confidante.

Since I had already fallen in love with Khai, I wasn’t sure I would bond as well with Zariya. Her world is so very different from the desert fortress but she has not been without her trials. An affliction challenges her daily. On top of that is the endless intrigues, making it difficult to trust anyone other than her Shadow. Zariya, being the last daughter of the last wife, believes she is destined for a simple marriage and child bearing. However, prophecy steps in and drags Zariya and Khai off on a world-saving adventure.

If Jacqueline Carey were ever to write horror, she would send a tremble through the entire genre. The creepy critters from the sea that threaten to decimate the world are truly things of nightmares. I thought the ants from the 3rd trilogy in the Terre D’Ange Cycle were scary; however, the critters from Starless take the cake.

I loved the gender fluidity of Khai’s character. The desert people call it ‘bazim’ (not sure on spelling). Khai grew up among only males but once he moves to the palace, he spends most of his time in the women’s quarter, guarding Zariya. There he learns about women and starts questioning his own gender-based roles in society. It’s all very well done. As Khai interacts with more cultures, each shares their take on the matter, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes bluntly. Khai grows by leaps and bonds and I loved his character all the more by the end of the tale. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Caitlin Davies did a great job with this book – a truly top notch performance. She provided so many different accents, keeping all the characters unique. Plenty of emotions, subtle and not, were on display in this tale and Davies gave them all their due. I especially enjoyed the valiant Mayfly. 5/5 stars.

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  • Daniel Rouk
  • 29/06/2018

Starless

Another fantastic novel from Jacqueline Carey. Her world-building is superb and I immediately became a huge fan of her main character. First half of the novel is equal to the best she's done. Second half suffered a bit as the support characters weren't nearly as developed, but still a solid story.

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  • Sehra
  • 02/08/2018

Don't expect it to be like her other books

I enjoyed the first part of the book but the second was a slog. Still a reasonably enjoyable book but by the end I just wanted it to be over.

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  • Mary
  • 09/07/2018

Enough "my darling"

The narration was tough for me. She was terrific for the majority of the characters but the others... became caricatures, and annoying ones at that. This, combined with the author's extreme use of the endearment "my darling" began to turn this amazing story into a slog. I think we can all agree that JC is a phenomenal world builder and original beyond compare. However, the pacing seemed a little off, and a little unraveled, for me at about the halfway mark. By the time the climax was reached, I felt surprised, but also still wasn't sure who some of the support characters were if only referred to by name and not description. I just didn't care enough. I think I would have liked this book better if I'd read the physical copy as I could have allowed my eye to skim over the "my darling" and not be so irritated by the men's voices that are done as an 8 year old would if they were dressing up as an elderly, cranky, neighbor.

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  • Jesse P Vogel
  • 04/04/2019

Amazing Read!

I hope there is a follow up to Starless! This was such a great book I have listened to it in it"s entirety 4 times.

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  • LoriSunrise
  • 25/03/2019

amazing story with amazing heros

I absolutely loved this story, and the narrator performed it so well! the two main characters are not the typical heros, and I adored them.

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  • Ingeborg
  • 19/03/2019

Well written, but predictable story

I have been a fan of Jacqueline Carey’s writing for a while, and like all her books, Starless is beautifully written.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book, with likeable and realistic characters. The pace is quite slow, which I do not mind. However, the second half of the book I found very predictable, too fast-paced and not very interesting. It is the far too overused story of the hero on the quest to save the world meeting new companions along the way. Such stories can be entertaining with the right twists or interesting characters, but unfortunately there is none of that here.

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  • Christopher Thomas Chase
  • 09/02/2019

A good fantasy

Not Carey's best but still good. As always the world felt immersive and fleshed out. However, the actual adventure seemed rushed and almost short compared to her previous novels. I enjoyed it but unlike her Legacy series which I felt like I couldnt put down all the way to the 9th book, this one didnt quite grip me as hard.

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  • Derek Rupp
  • 04/01/2019

Very happy with the book overall!

it was like a single book version of the entire Phedre series with less sex. Real Good!

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  • Starflyre
  • 18/12/2018

Great tale of adventure

i really enjoyed delving into this world. The story kept my attention and I enjoyed the worldbuilding. Thank you.

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