The second novel in the thrilling and epic new fantasy series from the international bestselling author of Red Sister and Prince of Thorns.
On the planet Abeth there is only the ice. And the Black Rock.
For generations the priests of the Black Rock have reached out from their mountain to steer the fate of the ice tribes. With their Hidden God, their magic and their iron, the priests’ rule has never been questioned. But when ice triber Yaz challenged their authority, she was torn away from the only life she had ever known, and forced to find a new path for herself.
Yaz has lost her friends and found her enemies. She has a mountain to climb, and even if she can break the Hidden God’s power, her dream of a green world lies impossibly far to the south, across a vast emptiness of ice. Before the journey can even start, she has to find out what happened to the ones she loves and save those that can be saved.
Abeth holds its secrets close, but the stars shine brighter for Yaz and she means to unlock the truth.
About the Author
Mark Lawrence was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to British parents but moved to the UK at the age of one. After earning a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College London, he went back to the US to work on a variety of research projects, including the “Star Wars” missile-defense program. Since returning to the UK, he has worked mainly on image processing and decision/reasoning theory. He never had any ambition to be a writer, so he was very surprised when a half-hearted attempt to find an agent turned into a global publishing deal overnight. His first trilogy, The Broken Empire, has been universally acclaimed as a groundbreaking work of fantasy, and both Emperor of Thorns and The Liar’s Key have won the David Gemmell Legend Award for best fantasy novel. Mark is married, with four children, and lives in Bristol.
Praise for The Girl and the Stars
“Mark Lawrence has produced more than a dozen novels in a decade, and The Girl and the Stars is one of the best… not only a thrilling fight for survival…but a revelatory coming of age story.”–The Guardian
“A crackling good adventure with a rich mythological background. Yaz, like Nona in the Ancestor series, is strong, vulnerable, and an excellent anchor for this new series.”--Booklist
“Exceptional, haunting, and claustrophobic...An incredible and emotionaladventure.”—Grimdark Magazine
"Wondrous and chilling...Readers looking for an utterly fresh fantasy world would do well to give this one a try."–Bookpage