[ARC Review] Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett ⭐️⭐️⭐️


Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer who is determined to best River, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and even worse at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission and of her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.


I'm a bit conflicted about this one. There were many elements I really liked and there were some that I didn't. Because I was left so conflicted, I'm not sure if I want to continue the series but I'll highlight some of the things I liked from this book in this review. 

The world building is one of the most unique I have ever read. I could imagine that I was in the mountains along with the characters on their trek to Raksha. The elements within the world are unique as well, the animals, the clothing, the way of life, and more. What kept me going was the world building. 

It is slow paced but I didn't mind that. It makes sense because the main characters are going up Raksha and there are all kinds of elements that stood in their way. 

And of course that cover, I was drawn to this book by the cover. The mountains, the stars, and the color scheme are just breathtaking. 

However, with all the things that I liked about this book, the characters is what I least liked in this book. I couldn't relate to any of them and "the best friend and new guy both like the main character" vibe kind of threw me off at times. 

I'm sure many will like this book but then again, it depends on the person. If you love slow paced books filled with awe-inspiring world building, then this book is for you. 

Overall I would give Even the Darkest Stars 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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