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Star Mother

By: Charlie N. Holmberg
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
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Publisher's Summary

A woman’s heart proves as infinite as the night sky in a breathtaking fantasy by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg.

When a star dies, a new one must be born.

The Sun God chooses the village of Endwever to provide a mortal womb. The birthing of a star is always fatal for the mother, and Ceris Wenden, who considers herself an outsider, sacrifices herself to secure her family’s honor and take control of her legacy. But after her star child is born, Ceris does what no other star mother has: she survives. When Ceris returns to Endwever, however, it’s not nine months later—it’s seven hundred years later. Inexplicably displaced in time, Ceris is determined to seek out her descendants.

Being a woman traveling alone brings its own challenges, until Ceris encounters a mysterious—and desperate—godling. Ristriel is incorporeal, a fugitive, a trickster, and the only being who can guide Ceris safely to her destination. Now, as Ceris traverses realms both mortal and beyond, her journey truly begins.

Together, pursued across the Earth and trespassing the heavens, Ceris and Ristriel are on a path to illuminate the mysteries that bind them and discover the secrets of the celestial world.

©2021 by Charlie N. Holmberg. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Holmberg knows just how to please fantasy fans.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Holmberg is a genius at world building.” (Booklist)

"Khristine Hvam narrates this captivating fantasy with the relaxed pace and warmth of a summer's day.... Listeners will appreciate Hvam's credible delivery of characters ranging from simple townsfolk to celestial beings as Ceris journeys through space and time, experiencing extraordinary love and crushing loss. Hvam's portrayals of Ceris and the diverse cast of mystical characters she encounters are presented with ease and authenticity that will sweep listeners into the heavens along with Ceris as the tale of STAR MOTHER settles into their hearts.” (AudioFile Magazine)

“In this stunning example of amazing worldbuilding, Holmberg (Spellbreaker) features incredible creatures, a love story, and twists no one could see coming. This beautiful novel will be enjoyed by fantasy and romance readers alike.” (Library Journal)

“Gods and men mingle in this fantasy tale of celestial beings, battling gods, and time travel. Fans of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust (2008) will appreciate the unique characters in this fantasy adventure.” (Booklist

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I tried to love this story

on completion of this book I could not love this book
the performance is amazing and the writing is engulfing
but love triangles and the lack or growth gets me
yes this books encompasses the love of a mother and the love you have for the father of your child. Unfortunately so much of this story speaks of a immature child who only grows small.amounts
I can acknowledge a damaged soul and how that effects maturity but this was too much for me

it is a romance that is not for everyone . At the same time it is not labeled as a romance so take head that this is only an opinion

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Too many questions

To move the story forward or to provide background information, the author had the main character either pondering numerous questions or asking numerous questions. The words, “she had so many questions, were repeated far too many times. Although the story was imaginative and well crafted, just questioning literary device was tedious at best.

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such a great story!

This was an amazing story full of mystery and live woven through time and the story of the stars

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  • 11-21-21

What a beautiful story!

I'm absolutely amazed by this creative and beautiful story. I admire the author's original style and story line. I highly recommend it.

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Generally enjoyable

I enjoyed it. It was more than I expected. But, not completely surprising. I did enjoy the perspective on the gods. The narrator was good, but when she used her voice in the lower register she also lowered her volume. So, it was difficult to hear her at these times. If you turned up the volume, when she went back to her regular voice, it was very loud.

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What a pleasant surprise!

A few chapters in I honestly found myself feeling a bit guilty for picking this book up for free in a special promotion. It would have been well worth the money. I've enjoyed a good bit of sci-fi fantasy and this felt original despite the familiar elements or even evocations of other stories beloved to me. I love the themes of law and chaotic good woven throughout. If you enjoy Stardust or Uprooted you may feel at home here, too.

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Became my new favorite book.

there’s not much else to say. it’s just a really sweet story and the world is magical.

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A Story of Myth

I really enjoyed this story. It is very creative and creates its own world and mythos. Be prepared to suspend your current beliefs on spirituality and how things work. It is worth it!

The performance was excellent, read at perfect speed and great vocal infection.

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I really liked the Magician series, so I was quite surprised to find this so tedious. Initially, I thought it was meant for a younger audience, but concluded that was not it. I did not find any of the characters likable, and I constantly felt like I knew what the next chapter was going to say before I even read it. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. No, this series is not for me.

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  • 08-27-22

Clever premise, not quite there

The concept and build up were good, but the story fell a little flat for me. I wasn't particularly drawn to any character or the writing and found myself getting distracted while listening.

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  • 04-13-22

Very NOT Dull!

After reading the other review I wasn’t expecting such a grabbing story as this, but I was really impressed! Like all Charlie N. Holmberg books it has very strong, engaging and well written characters and I really loved the entire story and well written ending. Great narration too!!

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  • 09-27-22

a story I enjoyed and hope to read to my children.

I loved it! it started slow but the rest of the story in my opinion got better as it went.

it's the type of fairy tale/ fantasy story I would have loved as a child and am sure my children would love.

It's not drama action and pow, I guess it could be described as having an adventure but told and written a bit like a legend would be told

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  • linner
  • 05-16-22

Love it!😍

I am so glad I decided to listen to this wonderful book!Star mother is so thoughtfully written,so well weaved.The heroin is so believable. The narrator is so easy to listen to and her soothing tone fully immersed me in the world of gods and stars,of mortals and Demi gods!Written and read with feeling Well worth a listen! I loved it!💫

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  • A.S.
  • 01-19-22

Dull

Got off to a good start, but then moved slowly before rushing a half baked ending. Could potentially have covered several stories, but not confident the tale was strong enough for that.