Stories about mothers and motherhood exist in every culture at every period in human history. That tradition is celebrated in this book with absolutely gorgeous mythology about the origin of stars.


With a little bit of a Hunger Games “volunteer as tribute” vibe, Ceris Wenden gives up the future she’s dreamed for herself to become the mother of a new star. Such an honor requires the ultimate sacrifice…her life. Only it doesn’t quite work out that way and she becomes entangled in a battle of the Heavens and caught up in a war between the Sun God and the Moon. 


There are so many themes in this book to love: family, betrayal, trust, love, adventure, sacrifice, and patience. That this is the first book in a series just makes me all the happier.


For its fantastic character development, strong plotline, and for keeping me up way past my bedtime to find out how it all ends, this book earns 5 twinkling stars from me.


Book Details

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.