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White Star (Epic of Palins, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 2009

Book 2 of 3 in the Epic of Palins Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425227014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425227015
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth A. Vaughan believes that the only good movies are the ones with gratuitous magic, swords or lasers. Not to mention dragons. At the present, she is owned by three incredibly spoiled cats and lives in the Northwest Territory, on the outskirts of the Black Swamp, along Mad Anthony’s Trail on the banks of the Maumee River.

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Dear Reader,

When I read, I want to be swept away, to a world where swords clash, magic amazes, and evil rises to threaten the hero and heroine. Fantasy is my favorite, and I write the kinds of stories that I want to read.

There is just something about losing yourself in a book. There is nothing better than looking up, blinking, and realizing that it's way past bedtime, that you need to be up in the morning, but you just want to read one more page, one more chapter, just to find out what happens next. No matter the ills and worries of the day, a good book makes that all disappear for a short time.

Writing that kind of book is the closest I will ever come to wielding true magic.

In White Star, you’ll read about Lady High Priestess Evelyn and Orrin Blackhart, the Scourge of Palins. I sincerely hope it sweeps you up and away for a few precious, magical hours. If it does, be sure to let me know - contact me through my website.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth

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The action is well-paced and the dialog is terrific.
J. Rabe
This book is sort of a sequel to Dagger Star, but you don't need to have read Dagger Star to get White Star, which should be considered a stand-alone novel.
Paul Genesse
Now I'm just waiting for the next book to come in the mail!
Ashley Sanders

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Genesse on May 4, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent book!

White Star by USA Today Bestselling author Elizabeth Vaughan is an excellent book. I was hooked from the very beginning and finished reading it at 4:18 AM. Ouch! The writing is fantastic the Vaughan got her hooks into me right away with tense scenes and snappy dialogue. She has so many great opening lines, and closing lines of chapters, which really impressed me.

Most importantly, the main characters: Lord Orrin and Lady Evelyn are very well done. Orrin is one of those bad guys who the girls fall for. He's dark, handsome, brooding and someone you do not want to make angry. Lady Evelyn, a High Priestess and a Mage, has serious power. She can throw down with the best of them and burn people to a crisp if need be. She's one of those really cool characters that you love to read about.

The secondary characters are great too. Lord Orrin's men are very entertaining, especially Archer, who can't use his real name because of the things he's done. I especially liked the fact that he had certain proclivities . . . no spoiler here.

The plot of the book involves the fall of Lord Orrin's barony, and the repercussions of what the Baroness did--which involves undead zombie-like creatures--which Vaughan calls odium. Lady Evelyn, "Evie" is right in the middle of it all and Orrin can't help but fall for the beautiful woman with white hair and piercing blue eyes.

The world was well thought out and I really liked the magic, especially the portals, which allow people to travel far and wide. It all fits together in a realistic way that I truly appreciated, as I can always tell when writers don't do a thorough job on world-building.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Bingle on August 1, 2009
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Elizabeth Vaughan's romantic characters don't sit around watching the windswept moors and pining for one another. Instead, they are in the thick of the action, fomenting revolution, charging into battle, delving into foul dungeons, and saving farmers and villagers from the ravaging odium (animated dead). The passions of the characters are just as intense as their actions, resulting in a book that has plenty of suspense, plot twists, political intrigue, sexual tension, and heated action (in every sense). Moreover, there is true depth and emotion here--the souls of the characters being far from the black and white that their clothing might suggest.

Once again, Elizabeth Vaughan has created a vivid portrait of strong, believable men and women living and struggling for power and justice in a strange and complex fantasy world. White Star is especially for readers that want a balance of heart-pounding action adventure and heated passion, loss, lust, and romance, with plenty of unexpected turns along the way. Highly recommended!

Donald J. Bingle, author of GREENSWORD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on January 23, 2011
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As a middle aged male I am not sure I would have picked this up had I not read and enjoyed the previous book Red Gloves. Yep there is a slight romantic element but this is also a well written fantasy. It does follow on from Red Gloves and I recommend you read that first to put this more fully into context. Have to say that if the UK book that I bought had had this US cover - I wouldn't have touched it - this cover is almost guaranteed to put off potential male readers!

In this we have Lady High Priestess Evelyn getting a message from above to save captured Orrin Blackheart from execution. It seems that Blackheart can earn a pardon by riding the kingdom of the undead army that roams free. Of course Evelyn also gets mixed up in the battle and finds herself drawing closer and closer to Blackheart. Looking back at what I have just written gives this a soft and slushy edge, but actually Beth Vaughan writes very well, with wit and good characterisation and she knows how to tweak a plot.

It's a shame this is painted as romantic fantasy because I am not sure it is, and I think the author would excel at mainstream fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 16, 2010
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"White Star" is the second book in a new fantasy series set in the same Universe as the author's "War Prize" trilogy, but with most of the action taking place hundreds of miles away in a Kingdom torn by civil war and known as the Land of Palins.

These stories should if at all possible be read in the right order: all three published to date have surprise endings, and if you read a later book first it will give away the endings of the earlier ones.

The first three books in this series are

1) Dagger-Star (Star Series, Book 1), also published as "Red Gloves"
2) This book, "White Star"
3) Destiny's Star

I strongly suspect from the ending of book three that there will be at least one more.

You do not have to have read the "War Prize" trilogy to understand or enjoy this series. That story has no direct overlap with "Dagger Star" or "White Star" although in one of the last scenes of this book, one of the minor characters turns out to be a Warrior-Priest from the Plains.

In the third book two of the characters in this story do visit the Plains, which is how we know that the events of this series are happening on the same world and at about the same time. If you are interested in reading the War Prize trilogy it consists of

1) Warprize
2)
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