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It has been two thousand years since Asmod, the Lord of the Hells, was sealed away. The humans, elves, and celestials can barely remember the terrible war he waged. Now, however, the demons are once again consolidating power, and only a select group can stop them. Neil is a demon determined to prove his worth to humanity. Shara is a headstrong elf with a grudge against demo It has been two thousand years since Asmod, the Lord of the Hells, was sealed away. The humans, elves, and celestials can barely remember the terrible war he waged. Now, however, the demons are once again consolidating power, and only a select group can stop them. Neil is a demon determined to prove his worth to humanity. Shara is a headstrong elf with a grudge against demonkind. The two are forced to team up to solve a series of mysterious murders plaguing an elven city. Gildas is a celestial diplomat and member of an ancient order. Ellina is an aspiring elven healer. The two grow close, but Gildas’s position keeps him from loving any other. Artemis is a member of a sexless race of warriors. During a journey of self-discovery, the young celestial sees the intertwined threads of the entire multiverse. Collie is a young human who longs to travel beyond her village. Shri is an arrogant celestial who balks at the rules of his people and plans on using Collie to solve a mystery of his own. In this young-adult adventure, these characters will have their new bonds—and even their souls—tested by catastrophic events and demonic temptations.


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It has been two thousand years since Asmod, the Lord of the Hells, was sealed away. The humans, elves, and celestials can barely remember the terrible war he waged. Now, however, the demons are once again consolidating power, and only a select group can stop them. Neil is a demon determined to prove his worth to humanity. Shara is a headstrong elf with a grudge against demo It has been two thousand years since Asmod, the Lord of the Hells, was sealed away. The humans, elves, and celestials can barely remember the terrible war he waged. Now, however, the demons are once again consolidating power, and only a select group can stop them. Neil is a demon determined to prove his worth to humanity. Shara is a headstrong elf with a grudge against demonkind. The two are forced to team up to solve a series of mysterious murders plaguing an elven city. Gildas is a celestial diplomat and member of an ancient order. Ellina is an aspiring elven healer. The two grow close, but Gildas’s position keeps him from loving any other. Artemis is a member of a sexless race of warriors. During a journey of self-discovery, the young celestial sees the intertwined threads of the entire multiverse. Collie is a young human who longs to travel beyond her village. Shri is an arrogant celestial who balks at the rules of his people and plans on using Collie to solve a mystery of his own. In this young-adult adventure, these characters will have their new bonds—and even their souls—tested by catastrophic events and demonic temptations.

41 review for Rising Star (Rain of Stars, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    I'm torn between choosing four and five stars - because I desperately wanted to finish it the last day or so, and have been thinking about looking for the next book since I finished it early this morning, I'll go with five. The description for this book basically says that Helcol, a kind of queen in the Hells, wants to start another War of the Races, but no one else is expecting that. It's a complicated story with a lot of characters, and a classic fantasy feel that I loved. I really liked that t I'm torn between choosing four and five stars - because I desperately wanted to finish it the last day or so, and have been thinking about looking for the next book since I finished it early this morning, I'll go with five. The description for this book basically says that Helcol, a kind of queen in the Hells, wants to start another War of the Races, but no one else is expecting that. It's a complicated story with a lot of characters, and a classic fantasy feel that I loved. I really liked that this story included celesitals, though, and actually focused more on celestials (many of them not exactly following the accepted rules of Celestia) than on the moral races. I could, however, tell that this was a first novel, because of all of the mistakes and the somewhat awkward way that some sections were written, but that didn't bother me like it does with some other books. Again, it's got a classic fantasy feel - so it's not a light read, and will likely take some time to figure out characters and whatnot like it did for me, but it's definitely worth reading! Only two things that bothered me: some of the excessively long names; felt like the author was trying a little too hard to make them unique, but in the process made me not care. The name of the brightest star, for example, I only looked at for a few seconds before skipping over. It could've been spelled differently every time it was mentioned, and I wouldn't have noticed. Things like Shiri's name were better, because it wasn't too complicated, and he went by a shorter name (Shiri) most of the time. The other thing that bothered me some was the fact that we really didn't seem to get anywhere as far as War of the Races, but if this is meant to be a much longer trilogy of something, I'd actually expect that. Don't see a second book, though... But again, completely worth reading. Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cari Elliott

    This book has a very classic fantasy feel to it and it appealed to me for that reason. Anyone that enjoys classic fantasy or anything with angels and elves will love this! The characters are well developed and made me care about them and their journeys. There are many plot threads in the story and they're all handled very well. I never got lost reading it. I especially loved the story of Artemis, and found it--and I meant to put IT because it has no gender!--to be one of the most original and lo This book has a very classic fantasy feel to it and it appealed to me for that reason. Anyone that enjoys classic fantasy or anything with angels and elves will love this! The characters are well developed and made me care about them and their journeys. There are many plot threads in the story and they're all handled very well. I never got lost reading it. I especially loved the story of Artemis, and found it--and I meant to put IT because it has no gender!--to be one of the most original and lovable characters in the story. Even though I do say it has a classic fantasy feel, the angels in particular are handled in a very original way that I've never seen/read about before and I really love it. They have a very complex system of governing over their Realms and how they interact with mortals, and I found it very intriguing and refreshing. I want to learn more about the Hells as well and I hope more of that comes up in the next book!! I WANT MORE.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ananna Dutta

    The book was very well written,it’s truly a page turner, the more you read the more interesting it becomes.Each characters has its own charm which will likely fascinate in the go.The people out there who loves to read angle, demons , fantasies will definitely love this book. Overall I love reading this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I found this book to be really difficult to get into. I normally like sci-fi and magic books but this unfortunately wasn't my cup of tea, as they say. I'm not saying it was written badly or anything because it wasn't. Just I found it a little difficult to get into. I found this book to be really difficult to get into. I normally like sci-fi and magic books but this unfortunately wasn't my cup of tea, as they say. I'm not saying it was written badly or anything because it wasn't. Just I found it a little difficult to get into.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Dunsmuir

    Not my usual type of fantasy book, but I must say, I really enjoyed it. Super characters, superb characterisation and great pace throughout. Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Britny

    This is a really great fantasy book. Creatively, it's a masterpiece I loved the inclusion of the different races, it felt like this anime show that I love and that made it hard to put down for me. The phrasing is awkward in some cases it made it a bit hard to read for me and there were some errors but as long as you're willing to look past that there's an extraordinary storyline with amazing characters waiting for you. Like I said before it was a creative masterpiece! This is a really great fantasy book. Creatively, it's a masterpiece I loved the inclusion of the different races, it felt like this anime show that I love and that made it hard to put down for me. The phrasing is awkward in some cases it made it a bit hard to read for me and there were some errors but as long as you're willing to look past that there's an extraordinary storyline with amazing characters waiting for you. Like I said before it was a creative masterpiece!

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    Martie

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    Mike Siedschlag

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