Clever and original, Hobson's splendid debut is a colorful journey through Reconstruction-era America. Young country witch Emily Edwards battles a horde of zombies and winds up with a mysterious magical stone embedded in her hand. Escorted by the academically-trained warlock Dreadnought Stanton, who is afflicted with a magical disease and a very superior attitude, Emily reluctantly sets out to meet with warlocks from the Mirabilis Institute in hopes of getting the stone removed. Betrayal sends Emily and Dreadnought fleeing on a rollicking cross-country trip, with military blood-warlock and torturer Captain Caul in hot pursuit and the fate of all magic at stake. Clever techno-magical artifacts with steampunk flair, evil Aberrancies, and a unique tripartite magical system provide a colorful backdrop to the politics of the warlocks, the secrets of the stone, and the mystery of Emily's past. The growing attraction of Emily and Dreadnought is convincingly portrayed, while Caul's willingness to commit evil act in the service of patriotism makes a timely political point without belaboring the issue. The story is complete in and of itself and will leave readers eagerly awaiting the sequel.
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"The Native Star is engaging, atmospheric, and lovely. I was quite taken by the concept of an Old West built on a foundation of magic and zombie slave labor. Oh, and giant raccoons. Bring on the coons! And how spectacular is the name Dreadnought Stanton? This book utterly absorbed me from start to finish—these days you have no idea how rare that is. You have something special in your hands—no pun intended." —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestelling author of Soulless
“M. K. Hobson dazzles! The Native Star is an awesome mash-up of magic and steam-age technology—call it witchpunk. This debut novel puts a new shine on the Gilded Age.” —C. C. Finlay
“Splendid! In The Native Star, M. K. Hobson gives us a Reconstruction-era America, beautifully drawn and filled with the energy of a young nation—and magic! Her heroine, Emily Edwards, is outspoken, rash, loving, and true; a delight to spend time with. Could there be a sequel, please?” —Madeleine Robins
This book had a wonderful beginning. It started with intriguing characters -- a good ol' country witch (the sticks and herbs and perfumes and potions kind) in the Dr. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Eric Juneau
I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel. There are an avalanche of steampunk/magic/romantic fantasy or whatever combination you can dream of. Read morePublished 18 months ago by elizabeth herboldsheimer
I need to find more books like this, because 95% rocked. I'm a history buff and am particularly interested in the whole 1850's to 1900's America era, and while I think this still... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Shopgirl
This book was a brilliantly crafted bit of ingenious adventure. I absolutely adored the underlying themes in the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by mgraves
A decent book. The general plot line was interesting + fairly unique. The relationships between the characters left a lot to be desired. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Laura
Well written. Great plot. The story draws you along with all the twists and turns. Extravagant and imaginative world of magic.Published 23 months ago by Jonathan
I give this three stars because, on the whole, I was not bored by this book. There are many concepts and side stories within this book that are interesting and really cool, but... Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by M. Witlicki
A good friend of mine loaned me this book and suggested that I would like it. Since she knows me well and the style of books that I like I trusted her judgment and picked up Native... Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by vcatania