The Starless Crown

Tor: Starscape. (Moon Fall, Bk. 1). Jan. 2022. 560p. ISBN 9781250816771. $28.99. FANTASY
Best-selling thriller author Rollins (Sandstorm) explores his science and zoology interests in this new genre series set on a planet that does not rotate and is plagued by extreme heat and ice. On this world lives Nyx, a blind student succeeding in academia. However, her rejection by jealous classmates, together with an aborted attack sets off a chain of events that send Nyx on a journey of power and destruction. In other parts of the land, outcasts are on a collision course with each other: a thief who escapes prison with a shocking artifact, a prince whose life plan seems to be one of drunken debauchery until purpose sets a new path, and a legendary soldier who must face his past and find home again. All will come together in a quest to save the world from apocalypse. The novel’s pace is slowed in the beginning by the numerous points of view, but its worldbuilding will capture readers’ attention, and Rollins creates a deeply layered history in the series’ opening volume.
VERDICT An interesting blend of science and magic, flying ships and prophetic gods, propel this fantasy into epic territories.
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