The Starless Crown

Macmillan Audio. (Moon Fall, Bk. 1). Jan. 2022. 22:05 hrs. ISBN 9781250845481. $44.99. FANTASY
Though myth claims Urth once revolved, in living memory humanity has only known the Crown—the meridian between deadly hemispheres of sun-scorched fire and endless ice. Listeners meet Nyx, once a foundling, now a teenager whose dreams presage apocalypse. A large, diversely described cast of entertaining misfits come together to help her survive and save the world. SFF fans may wonder at Urthlings having attained civilizations rich enough to support hereditary monarchies, religious cloisters, and commercial airship passenger transit in such a harsh place. A blistering pace and action-packed plot in this series launch divert attention from such wondering well enough, and Rollins (The Last Odyssey) implies answers in future installments. Sounding slightly too mature as Nyx, Nicola Barber nonetheless finds authentic voices for the motley crews of underdog heroes and scene-chewing villains and ramps up the suspense of many a set piece. Rollins reads the introduction, a fun enhancement unique to audio.
VERDICT This rapid-fire fantasy is recommended for libraries with large, well-circulating SFF collections.
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