The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – Review

Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 21st 2020
Series: Book of Ice
Pages: 480
My Rating: 2.5/5

Synopsis (1)

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown.

On Abeth the vastness of the ice holds no room for individuals. Survival together is barely possible. No one survives alone.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz is torn from the only life she’s ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength. And she learns to challenge the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people.

Only when it’s darkest you can see the stars.

Goodreads: The Girl and the Stars


Disclaimer: I received an eARC of The Girl And The Stars from Netgalley  in exchange for an honest review

This was my first Mark Lawrence book, and I heard so many good reviews about his books, especially the Ancestor Trilogy, that I went in with very high expectations. Unfortunately, I have very mixed feelings about The Girl and the Stars. Maybe this is going to be an unpopular opinion. We shall see, I think many of my points are just a question of personal taste.

Also, as I mentioned above, I haven’t read the Ancestor Trilogy so I probably missed or references and connections that other readers may enjoy a lot.

Things I liked

  • Let’s start with the writing! I really enjoyed Lawrence’s writing. It’s easy and nice with the right amount of beautiful prose without hammering his readers with them. I also felt like the writing style was fitting the world of the story in such an elegant way.
  • The setting of the world. Having a world cover with snow and under it, a new world with dark, icy caves illuminated just by the light of the “stars” was so unique and interesting!
  • There where a lot of themes explored in a very nice way that can sometimes makes you think.
  • The history of this world with the Gods, Ancestor and Demons tied together to create a very multi-dimensional world really makes you wonder how much there is still to know about it.
  • Throughout the story, there are a lot of twists and turn. Some of them you see them coming but some of them take you by surprise.
  • Yaz was a nice strong female character that really cares about her brother and other people. She’ll put a lot on the line for the safety of others.
  • The cliffhanger at the end was nice (for those how like cliffhangers).

Things I didn’t like

  • Our main character Yaz goes very quickly from not knowing that she has powers to mastering her power and being the most powerful person of the cast. Also, she was borderline a little snowflake character.
  • The magic system was very loose and vague and sometimes confusing. There were sections of the book that I felt like was reading “Interstellar” or “The Fountain”. I love complicated worlds but when you put some out of the body experiences and time stoping and things like that is not really my jam.
  • There are a lot of side characters but we really didn’t get to know them. For most of the story, they are just there. Jumping any now and then to save the day out of nowhere. Even some of the very important side characters that are supposed to be powerful, they don’t really do anything except from following Yaz and throwing a punch or two. We spend way to must time in Yaz’s head and navigating the icy caves and we never have any really connect with the rest of the characters.
  • [Spoiler] And on a similar note, this book I think is supposed to be adult but it read like a YA. Meaning that, especially towards the end, on many occasion, I was at the end of my sit thinking that yes! the stakes are high, people will die and I’ll get my poor little heart broken… Well no. Nothing like that happened. Everybody survives out of nowhere and in the craziest way which left me disappointed and I don’t feel that the stakes will be hight in the next book either.
  • [Spoiler] The love square. I’ll be honest a well-done love triangle is my guilty pleasure but this ended up being a kind of love square. 3 male character that like Yaz and they are all jealous of one each other and always try to save her and comply with all her wishes. That was the first strike. But what I really don’t like in love triangles is when one of the love interests is the boyfriend of many years, they grew up together with the main character and they are supposed to love each other and suddenly the new guy (or guys in this story) arrives and the main character is all “oh did I ever truly love my boyfriend? I never felt those feelings for him!”. That I really don’t like this and that’s what happened here. In many occasion, Yaz questioned herself about if she ever loved Quell and why she never felt strong emotion like she fells with the other guy. Nop not for me, that just makes me mad and annoyed.

Overall, I was a little disappointed with it. I believe this book will appeal to many readers but personally, right now I don’t think I’ll be continuing this series.

What about you guys? Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

Published by Natacha

Hello and Wellcome! My name is Natacha. I'm a book and travel blogger.

5 thoughts on “The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – Review

  1. Intriguing review, thanks for sharing!
    The only book by Mark Lawrence I read so far is Prince of Thorns, and while I liked it, I never felt the urge to move forward with the trilogy, although I cannot put my finger on the real reason for it. The Girl and the Stars does not sound like the best place to see if this is a writer whose works I might enjoy…

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    1. Thank you 🙂 Glab you found it intriguing! From the reviews I’ve read I’m probably in the minority to be honest. But from what I’ve heard about the rest of Lawrence’s work maybe the best place to start is Red Sister. There is a lot of hype and good reviews.

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  2. Great review! The fact that Yaz quickly gets her powers would probably have me extremely frustrated throughout the book. As someone who has never read Mark Lawrence, do think this is a good book to start with?

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    1. Aw thank you 🙂 This was my first Mark Lawrence and based on my experience reading this book and reviews I’ve read for his other book I think “Red Sister” is maybe a better place to start with.


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