The Starless Crown (Moon Fall #1)

James Rollins

An alliance embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the secrets of the distant past and save their world in this captivating, deeply visionary adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling thriller-master James Rollins.

A gifted student foretells an apocalypse. Her reward is a sentence of death.

Fleeing into the unknown she is drawn into a team of outcasts:

A broken soldier, who once again takes up the weapons he’s forbidden to wield and carves a trail back home.

A drunken prince, who steps out from his beloved brother’s shadow and claims a purpose of his own.

An imprisoned thief, who escapes the crushing dark and discovers a gleaming artifact – one that will ignite a power struggle across the globe.

On the run, hunted by enemies old and new, they must learn to trust each other in order to survive in a world evolved in strange, beautiful, and deadly ways, and uncover ancient secrets that hold the key to their salvation.

But with each passing moment, doom draws closer.


-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5) I have read Rollins for years. The Rollins I love writes contemporary with a twist of sci fi; a team of people and researchers, embarking on a journey that find new lands and beasts. He also writes spy thrillers. He’s probably one of the authors where I’ve read almost 100% of their books. So when Tor reached out to me to review this one, I couldn’t be more excited or flattered.

The story has many POV’s. So many that they felt like different story lines for quite some time. Because of this, the characters became numerous and easily confused. There was no real flow or predictability so it was hard with several jumps between each character.

I liked very few characters. I never connected with the story or the characters and really struggled to finish this one. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. While I don’t love all of Rollins work, I have loved so many that I had high expectations for this one. Ultimately it was too fantastical, too long and didn’t hold my interest.

It definitely is a unique book and I believe many will love it. Rollins has a unique idea for this story and I’m curious to see where it goes. However, somebody let me know when he gets back into sci fi because until then I will be rereading my favorites.

Content Summary: feck, arse as curse words, minimal language, no F words, details of a woman giving birth (rape is implied), birth of a daughter brings death to both her and the mother, a baby is found abandoned, bullying (physical harm), murder, blood, drugs, large bats attack a city and kill or maim many, hunting for food, a near bear attack, talk of abortion, small intimacy details, many vicious creatures, torture, suicide.

Thank you to Tor Books for the gifted copies in exchange for an honest review.

The book releases January 4, 2022.

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