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ARC: A Dark and Hollow Star

A DARK AND HOLLOW STAR

ASHLEY SHUTTLEWORTH

SERIES: A Dark and Hollow Star #1

REPRESENTATION: lesbian MC, pan MC, gay MC, bi MC

GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Urban Fantasy, Fae

★★★★☆

GOODREADS

A DARK AND HOLLOW STAR has so much going on and was absolutely nothing like what I was expecting. Not that I’m really sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t this wild ride. We’ve got rival Fae courts, all sorts of faery creatures, a Goblin Market and grumpy fallen gods right alongside a urban fantasy amateur detective mystery, D&D inspired magic system (and it’s only one of the magic systems in play) and what’s basically a coffee shop AU.

I loved how Shuttleworth handled setting and place. There’s lots of fantasy locations — different fae courts and homes, a tricky Goblin Market, traitorous woods and a slightly sleazy faery nightclub — and all of them feel vivid and as well imagined as the human world, Arlo’s Starbuck in Toronto. I’ve never been to Toronto, but I really felt like I was completely there alongside Arlo and Nausicaä.

Having four POV characters — five? — I was a bit worried I’d get confused or have a favourite. All the main characters felt well-rounded with their own strengths, weaknesses and personalities. I really enjoyed getting to know them all, along with all the secondary characters each POV brings in (I want more of Arlo’s cousins in the next book). It takes a little while for the two duos paths to cross but the dynamics within the group are great (and hilarious) and I’m excited to see how the gang plays off each other as the series continues.


Choose your player.

The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.

For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts—until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world.

Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?

Wish them luck. They’re going to need it.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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