Debut Author of the Week: Heather Fawcett Even the Darkest Stars

I honestly haven’t heard anything about this book but when I was looking for an author to feature I came across this beautiful cover. (The cover gets me every time!) This book sounds so interesting and unique to what we’ve seen in previous YA Fantasy novels so I was excited to have discovered it. I was also happy to see that many of my Goodreads bookish buddies have marked it as “To-Read” so I know it’s most likely going to be something I’ll enjoy! I hope to have introduced you to a new book to add to your already toppling TBR Pile!

About Heather Fawcett

*From Heather’s website 

new-pic.jpgI was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, where I enjoy wandering around in the wilderness and only occasionally getting lost. I’ve also spent extended periods of time in Italy, where I learned very little Italian but ate quite a lot of pizza, and Ireland, where I searched half-successfully for puffins and selkies.

Before becoming a writer I worked, among other things, as an archaeologist, a technical writer, and a backstage assistant for a Shakespearean theatre company (which I could write several novels about). I have a Master’s degree in English Literature and briefly considered becoming a professor, before I realized it involved more than reading books, drinking excessive amounts of tea, and wearing colourful elbow patches.

I’m represented by the amazing Brianne Johnson at Writers House. EVEN THE DARKEST STARS, my first novel, was purchased by HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray at auction in a six-figure, two-book deal.

About Even the Darkest Stars

DARKESTSTARSSet in a fictional Himalayan kingdom, this is the story of a girl enlisted by a legendary explorer to help him climb the kingdom’s deadliest mountain – only to discover that his true mission may threaten her whole world.

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer every known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister, Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means cimbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then, Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and other dangers at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth about their mission and her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.


Title: Even the Darkest Stars

Author: Heather Fawcett

Publisher: Harper Collins/Balzer + Bray

Release Date: September 5, 2017

What are some of your favorite 2017 debut authors? What debut novel are you most excited about for the second half of 2017? Will you be adding this to your TBR list?

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