The Elves have come down from the sky in their ships, their countenances full of light and their bodies, power. But they rule over us humans with iron fists, and without mercy.
Vampires stalk the streets, lurking in shadows and the cover of darkness. Their lust for blood is never sated, and the nights are filled with the screams of their victims.
I’m just a street rat, a trash picker. I didn’t expect him to choose me. The Prince of Elves could have anyone, so why me?
Even as my heart sings at the elf’s close proximity, I still love the boy who left me, disappearing into the city’s corrupt underworld. I don’t even know if he’s still alive.
Stars reign. Rebellion brews. And with my already uncertain future disintegrating into chaos, I don’t know who to turn to, or who to trust.
Stars Descend is book 1 of a series, and is not a standalone novel.
Kara Jaynes is a fantasy and children’s book author. She loves rainy days, long walks, and fairy tales. She’s been writing since she was very young and has more stories in her head than she could possibly write.
REVIEW OF STARS DESCEND BY KARA JAYNES
This is only my second elf story—the first being The Cruel Prince—and I noticed that I was as entertained with this one as I was with TCP.
I’m apathetic about elves in general but that doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of this story. It’s probably because the story was paced perfectly; events always caught my interest and the climax was definitely exciting, enough to make me want to follow through the next books. More specifically, I want to know the full truth about Stella’s identity.
I only have two qualms about the story. The first is the lack of background about the apocalypse. How did we arrive at such a time and place? In line with this, it felt like I didn’t have enough idea of how the world works now. I know books were scarce and that video games somehow survived but this information does not exactly tell me anything important.
My second qualm and obviously a matter of personal preference: love triangle. I hate love triangles for the mere reason that they’re so convincing. They always leave me torn between the two choices. I can confidently say that the love triangle in this book worked as intended. I was confused about which guy to root for. As of writing, I’m leaning towards the elven prince more but who knows? We’ve barely met the new Wilder, this ‘rooting for who’ thing can completely turn around once we get to know him more. One thing’s for certain though. Book two will definitely be a rollercoaster ride.
Moving on to a brief discussion of the characters:
Stella – is your typical YA fantasy heroine. Her role as a champion and protector of her younger brother makes her admirable and her street skills make her impressive. But its her mysterious identity that gets you hooked.
Eldaren – Prince of Elves and is as typical as they come: pompous, standoffish and fastidious but I wouldn’t have him any other way. These are the traits that make ‘elves’ so fascinating to readers. Besides, these traits only scratch the surface anyway – Eldaren, once you get to know him, is an honest and compassionate leader.
Wilder – forgettable at first but developed to become intriguing. Shrouded with a lot of unknown that you just can’t wait to discover.
To summarize, Stars Descend is a solid entry to the elven story catalogue with a fresh offering of elf-vampire (plus some other creature yet to be revealed) mix. It’s a collision of three different fantasy genres. Who would’ve thought? Kara Jaynes, the author, apparently. Kudos to her for a new and fresh spin to an otherwise exhausted genre both in books and in movies. If you loved The Cruel Prince, this book is for you.