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There are five titles in this fantastic series by Hilary Thompson. They are based in a dystopian world of three cities…. There are two rafflecopter giveaways as part of this review tour linked near the end of this post!
Blurb: The people need Justice, but she’s not listening. One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates. Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior – too bad for them she isn’t a believer. Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan. Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan – until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did. As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.
This is an enthralling tale of a dystopian world divided into three main cities. Now some people follow their horoscopes regularly but in this new world the zodiac is believed to foretell the destiny of everyone. One of the main prophesies concerns Astrea and Lexan, who are supposedly destined to be married to each other and become rulers of their city, leading them all into the next era for their community. A bit much to have forced on you whilst still a child and something that Trea rebels against. Threats to their lives, however, force them to start working together to thwart the threats but maybe there are additional dangers should Trea decide to keep fighting her fate…..
Blurb: There will come three…
A child of peace, born in a place of war.
A child of right, born in a place of many wrongs.
A child of lawfulness, born in a place with no laws.
The secrets of Asphodel continue to spill as Lexan tells his side of the story. Lexan has been pretending for so long that he barely remembers why. All he knows is that it’s getting harder to be the image of perfection that everyone expects. With Keirna plotting murder, Saloman having visions, and Trea throwing tantrums, Lexan just might be ready to risk his world for the chance at a better one.
This is not the sequel to Justice Buried but tells the events from Lexan’s viewpoint so I really recommend you read Justice Buried first. It is great to see the events from Lean’s POV, to see how he struggles to maintain his image and the conflicting emotions he experiences as the story progresses. This makes him a more rounded character, easy to relate to and adding an additional dimension to the fascinating story. It is well written and helps make clearer why he behaved and reacted as he did in the first novel. This is a superb novella and adds greatly to the readers’ understanding of the how and why of this character in the first story. Highly recommended!
Balance Broken, Starbright Book Two
Blurb: Balance Broken is the second in the Starbright series. In the first book, Justice Buried, Astrea fights to remain independent in a world which demands she submit to an ancient prophecy. In Balance Broken, she learns that independence means little when the world is depending on her.
The world cries for Order, but she’s igniting a revolution.
One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now, Asphodel no longer lingers underground, and the Starbright Maiden of Justice has returned.
Everyone has faith in Astrea’s ability to save the world – but only she knows the dark truth about her powers.
Astrea teams with Stian, Lexan, and Zarea to enlist the help of Lord Hadeon of Tartarus. They hope Hadeon will aid in attacking Asphodel’s First Leader Keirna, but the Destroyer usually takes lives, not sides.
As Astrea discovers life outside of Asphodel, she begins to wonder whether the remaining world is too broken to save – especially since the price of freedom just might be her own life.
In this second novel in the series, the teenager Astrea leaves the underground city of Asphodel in which she grew up with Stian, Lexan and Zarea. This story is non-stop action-packed and amazing. Trea is starting to grow up, recognising and acknowledging her powers and starting to realise that Lexan is her other half, adding balance to her life. Don’t think that means this is just a love story, yes their romance progresses but she still needs to help save the city of Tartarus and defeat the manipulative, evil, despot, Lord Hadeon! A superb sequel and great addition to the series with further mythology and suspense in this drama packed dystopian adventure!
Blurb: Author’s Note: The events of this novella occur before the events of Justice Buried, Starbright Book One. Stian’s Mistake may be read as a prequel or in publication order (after Balance Broken, Starbright Book Two).
The Hero’s Mission: All Stian wants is to be seen for who he is.
Not just an orphaned wanderer or a skilled warrior, but someone worthy of belonging to the Tribe of Hebron. He dreams of fulfilling his father’s broken legacy – leading the Tribe to the Garden.
Zarea understands him, but her future is tied to a secret past that could tear the Tribe apart. Her father Abraham is determined to keep this past buried, so he awards Stian the Hero’s Mission.
If Stian lives long enough to succeed, he will secure the Tribe’s loyalty and gain a chance to marry Zarea one day.
But Stian isn’t the only one to accept this mission – and only one man can become a Hero.
Stian is a warrior from the world above, not from Asphodel the underground city where both Astrea and Lexan grew up. In this novella, readers are shown more about the mysterious Stian, learning that he has had a traumatic past, is unable to attain his true role at present and still has to fight to achieve his goals and the chance for love with Zarea. The novella reveals more about this dystopian world and about both Stian and Zarea, both of whom are integral to the developing saga. I recommend this to anyone who wishes to learn more about this dystopian world and the main characters in this enthralling saga.
Blurb: Author’s note: this novella tells the story of Asphodel after Trea leaves, bridging the time between Balance Broken and the upcoming Destiny Risen.
Aitan dreams of power.
His family dreams of revenge.
He has followed First Leader Keirna for years, careful to appear loyal even when it cost him nearly everything.
When Astrea and Lexan abandon the city, the people of Asphodel realize their sacred prophecy was false. Justice and Balance are gone, and Keirna is now free to create her own destiny. She forces Asphodel to rise early, even while Saloman rants that the prophecy is true and must be obeyed.
Aitan must work to balance his desires with Asphodel’s needs, and his ties to Keirna with his task of revolution.
Unfortunately, Aitan has never been good with balance, and everything he’s worked for might soon topple from the scales, becoming buried forever.
Wow – this series just keeps on getting better! In this novella we learn what happens to the city of Asphodel after Astrea and Lexan leave the determined First Leader Keirna to impose her will on the city relatively unchallenged. In this novella we learn that Aitan isn’t as cold or uncaring as he originally appeared in the earlier novels. As Keirna makes dramatic moves to ensure she remains in control, her actions threaten everyone’s safely, including that of Aitan and his family. Read this to find out what he does and what happens next in this thrilling saga. This novella again showcases the author’s brilliant writing, with strong, well-developed characters, plenty of fast paced action and even romance! I can’t wait for the next novel in the series!
Hilary Thompson used to be such a practical girl. Then she let the stories out. Now she creates worlds, people, and problems that are grounded in real life, if you accept that real life has magic around every turn. She was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she’s made a habit of taking a few roads on her own. Now she teaches Creative Writing, English, and AP Literature, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She plays superheroes and dress up games and reads books in bed with her own independent, willful children and plays at homesteading and world traveling with her wonderful soul mate of a husband. She tends to ignore laundry and dirty dishes.
Thanks to YA Book Bound Tours for giving me an e-copy of these books in exchange for an honest review.