[Epub] ➤ An Accident of Stars ➥ Foz Meadows – Pandorajewelry70off.us

An Accident of StarsBook 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

Foz Meadows is a genderqueer fantasy author with a pronounced weakness for Dragon Age, fanfic, webcomics and mornings that are so late as to technically constitute noons She currently lives in Brisbane.

[Epub] ➤ An Accident of Stars ➥ Foz Meadows – Pandorajewelry70off.us
  • Paperback
  • 484 pages
  • An Accident of Stars
  • Foz Meadows
  • English
  • 09 March 2019
  • 9780857665850

10 thoughts on “An Accident of Stars

  1. says:

    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 rather jaded The story is an homage to traditional high fantasy, but with a strongly feminist slant As an almost exact contrast to standard epic fantasy, almost all of the characters of importance protagonists, villains, and everything in between are female Pure gender swapping was observable in everything from the matriarchal societies to the female role as warrior to the fact that in this world, it s women who can t ask for directions because Women were gifted by Sahu with the knowledge of orientation admitting failure in that respect would op...

  2. says:

    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 from trouble at home She is an average girl from a happy home and while of course she has some distant longing for adventure, she also misses her family There are a range of wonderfully developed and diverse characters in the book, but what really stuck out for me was how very realistic and true to life they seemed For example, the book deals exceptionally well in acknowledging the discomfort Saffron has at the prospect of having to be taught by a young, and confidently attractive man Her experience as a young woman in her own world has included both unwanted and vulgar sexual advances, compounded by adult men in a position of power dismissing...

  3. says:

    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 Meadows takes that weasel ending on with guns blazing in this fantasy in which Saffron Coulter, a teenager bullied by creeps at high school, is rescued by an odd but interesting woman named Gwen When Saffron goes to find Gwen, she gets swept inadvertently through a portal into another world along with Gwen.I have to admit that once Saffron got to the other world, I found it hard going for a while There seemed to be no sense of wonder, instead, Gwen unloaded a massive data dump about the world onto Saffron in a way that was so fast, allowing no time for experience much less emotional reaction in story form, that it felt kind of like ticking All the Feminism Boxes Matriarchy, check all colors of skin equal or irrelevant, check polyamory, check gender variety in love, and women with sexual freedom, check, check, check.But about a quarter of the way through, Saffron has an experience that hit her, and me as reader, like lightning, and the ...

  4. says:

    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 world Unfortunately an early accidental separation and encounter with one of the antagonists results in horrible consequences for Saffron before she can even fully understands what s happening to her Saffron is rescued and finds herself in the country of Kena, but in a compound of a family of a neighboring country There she finds friends and help and a much bigger story than just a visitor from our world having an adventure.I really appreciated the world building, and a fantasy world that acknowledges menstruation and contraception is a welcome change, let alone actually acknowledging trauma and outcomes of bloody battle.However, I didn t love this There s a word mentioned in the book that has a reflection in the structure of the book zejhasa, meaning the braided path Once characters are introduced, they can become point of view characters soon after and the book follows whoever it needs to to tell the story There are parts where Saffron is an important character, other...

  5. says:

    There were many aspects I enjoyed about An Accident of Stars even though the story never developed to its fullest potential It s a fun, light read for those who like classic portal fantasies.The diverse cast of characters boasting some LGBT awesomeness were easily the best component of the novel I thoroughly enjoyed reading each POV which bounced around in almost an omniscient style at times and appreciated how well developed they all were Even during the slower moments, my interest in the characters kept me engaged.The book also impressed me with its creatively constructed clash of original cultures Primarily two very distinct peoples with clear customs, religions, and styles They were so interesting to read about that I wish all of the other world building elements had reached this level of development.Most of the settings and overall atmosphere creation were decent, but there were definitely a few elements that could ve been pushed further The author had the framework and creativity to present a completely original world, but seemed to choose the easy way out when it mattered the most The use of horses as mounts when there was already a substitute built into the story see cover image is a great example of what I mean I m not gonna lie, seeing the Roa on the cover was one of my main reasons for pi...

  6. says:

    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 place I like portal fantasies for all the reasons that anyone likes them it s a great what if, it s fun to put yourself in the chosen one position, it s fun to learn about a new world through the eyes of someone like yourself Unfortunately, I got impatient with this book in a hurry It really feels like it s channeling old Mercedes Lackey or Robin McKinley or Diane Duane And there s nothing inherently wrong with that, but the book took so much time over things that I ve read so many times before There were a couple of chapters of set up, showing ...

  7. says:

    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 important character is a woman, which was super refreshing for me Reading AN ACCIDENT OF STARS in many ways felt like going back to old roots of epic fantasy, throne games, and etc but with a ton women And these women are also super duper queer for the most part Honestly, AN ACCIDENT OF STARS could have been downright yes amazing give me right now but there s a spark missing Something in the writing never quite hooked me I liked the story well enough I liked the characters well enough I liked the world well enough, too a LOT when it comes to Shavatkiin actually BUT It often felt like I could never get deeper than well enough I think part of the problem is that apa...

  8. says:

    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 for me Sure, I didn t hate all the characters, or the author for making them so terrible, but being beaten over the head with themes as evidence that sci fi fantasy can include smart, tough, courageous women who can have loving relationships with whoever they choose wasn t that much fun I haven t read that much sci fi, so I haven t had to suffer through years of rubbish female ch...

  9. says:

    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 matte...

  10. says:

    Galley provided by publisherRep wlw mcsDNF 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 bo...

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