I received Star Daughter as part of my Fairyloot August Subscription box.
If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry’s secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name.
Stars like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. Since that day, Sheetal has been forced to hide.
But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. So strong that Sheetal loses control, and a flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star’s blood can heal.
Sheetal has no choice but to answer the starsong and ascend to the sky. But her celestial family has summoned her for a reason: to act as their human champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of heavens.
Desperate to save her father, Sheetal agrees. But nothing could have prepared Sheetal to face the stars’ dark history—or the forces that are working to shut the gate between the realms for good.
Okay so this the first book I have read in a long time and was my introduction back in to the world of books and I have very mixed feelings. I love Shveta’s way of writing. She knows how to capture the audience and I love her writing style.
Star Daughter is a slow starter but don’t let that put you off. The pace does build and it takes you in to an amazing fantasy world full of elegance and mystery.
Sheetal is the kind of protaganist you really get behind and want to succeed, although at times I fould myself shouting internally at some of the decisions she made. My favourite aspect of the book has to be the relationship between Sheetal and her best friend Minal. Minal is funny, scarcastic, really sweet and fiercely loyal but she will not hesitate to put Sheetal in her place whe she has to.
The villain of the story isn’t all that easy to pin point. There is one charater, Rati, who is clearly evil, however, I grew to really dislike Sheetal’s Nani ( again, you will find out why if you read the book. Don’t want to give too much away).
Overall I would give Star Daughter a 4 out of 5. I think Shveta is a great story teller and I enjoyed how she mixed, religion however the ending was a bit of a let down. Without giving too much away, the relationship with Dev just didn’t feel like the right choice.