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An Accident of Stars: Book I of the Manifold Worlds Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2016
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“An Accident of Stars‘ interwoven, beautifully rendered cultures are filled
with rich details, complex family bonds of all kinds, and deeply layered politics.
To enter Kena and the surrounding lands is to be irrevocably and powerfully changed.
Foz Meadows has created an epic adventure unlike any I’ve read before.”
- Fran Wilde, Nebula- and Norton-nominated author of Updraft and Cloudbound
“A portal fantasy for grownups, with grit and realism,
and characters I loved from the first page.”
- Trudi Canavan, author of the Black Magician trilogy
“Fantasy readers who appreciate strong characters and excellent worldbuilding will immerse themselves in this tale.”
- Publishers Weekly, starred review
“It’s quite lovely… The main strength of this is its cast, which walks off the page – there’s characters of all ages, all walks of life and all sexual orientations–and its gut punch ending.”
– Aliette de Bodard
“Reminiscent of Ursula K LeGuin, An Accident of Stars will take you to a lush, magical new world.”
– Laura Lam
“I very much enjoyed this. The main character falls out of our world into a life-changing adventure, with compelling characters and a fascinating world. I can’t wait to read the next book.”
– Martha Wells, author of The Books of Raksura
“An Accident of Stars is anchored in dozens of complex women, driven by the rooted, deep relationships they have with each other. It’s a wonderful, rich, feminist book, and I loved it.”
– B. R. Sanders, author of Ariah
“This fabulous story bowled me over with a compelling blend of intimacy, danger, twisty politics, believably imperfect characters, and a fascinatingly complex universe.”
– Kate Elliott, author of Black Wolves and Cold Magic
“Richly imaginative world building with delightfully complex and diverse characters; a joy to read!”
– Ann Lemay, videogame writer
“This is the portal fantasy I’ve spent my whole life waiting for.”
– Liz Bourke for Tor.com
“So this was basically all the things I’d enjoyed about portal fantasies as a younger reader, with the dubious gifts the suck fairy might have bestowed either questioned or removed.”
– Ann Leckie
“Beautiful storytelling, a stunning world and concept.”
– Shelf Inflicted
“An exquisite fantasy novel that you can’t afford to miss! 5/5 stars!”
“An Accident of Stars is one of the most promising starts to any series right now, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.”
– The Illustrated Page
“I loved this book. It had great representation all around, the world building was spectacular, and the characters were distinct, diverse, and interesting.”
“Fantasy readers will all find something to like in the wonderful tale. Book 2 better arrive really soon!”
– Bull Spec
“Sometimes I see books described as portal fantasy, and it just seems… insufficient. Not inaccurate, but in cases like this one, it’s like trying to describe a beach by using adjectives that only apply to a couple of pebbles in the sand. An Accident of Stars is a lot more than a magic wardrobe.”
– Fat Robot
“This books is great. I loved it.”
– Properly Lex
“If you enjoy well-written, character driven fantasy with strong women featuring throughout, a cracking plot and beautifully constructed plot, then go looking for this book. I will be eagerly awaiting the sequel.”
“I could say that the above is a delightful breath of fresh air, but “delightful breath of fresh air” seems far too tame a phrase to describe the utter joy I felt reading about this world.”
– FanGirl Nation
“An Accident of Stars is the portal fantasy for the 21st Century.”
– Strange Charm
“It truly brings epic and portal fantasy to life.”
– The Conversationalist
“This story did so many things that ticked all of my boxes!”
– Starship Library
“An Accident of Stars is a joy to read, and manages to be exciting, thought provoking and intensely moving all at once.”
– Fantasy Faction
“An Accident Of Stars stands head and fabulous shoulders above most fantasy books I’ve read, not just this year but in recent years.”
– Over The Effing Rainbow
“This book is such great fun you’ll want to take a sick day to finish it in one sitting.”
– Pop Verse
“Words can’t begin to properly express how awesome Meadows is at creating complex and realistic fantasy worlds and the cultures and people that dwell within.”
– Bibliotropic – Top Eleven Outstanding Books of 2016
“One of my favorite books I read in 2016. The book was super women and femme focused, and I loved that.”
– Odd Leopards, Strange Cats
“An Accident of Stars is a refreshing, feminist fantasy with an incredible cast of complex, dynamic characters and spectacular worldbuilding.”
– Suicide by Books
“I love the world-building – it made me feel nostalgic for all the questionable-quality epic fantasies I read in high school, in the best way. If anyone is looking for an epic fantasy with an old-school vibe that has a more modern approach to societal world-building, An Accident of Stars is worth looking into.”
– Alive and Narrating
“I highly recommend An Accident of Stars to fans of portal fantasy and to any readers looking for a feminist fantasy read.”
– Tsana’s Reads & Reviews
About the Author
Foz Meadows is a genderqueer author, blogger, essayist, reviewer and poet. In 2014, she was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer for her blog, Shattersnipe; she is also a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and Black Gate, and a contributing reviewer for Strange Horizons and Tor.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
On a note that should not reflect on the author at all, this book has more formatting errors than I expect from a major publisher. Some missing punctuation, missing line breaks, missing section breaks, and missing spacing. Angry Robot - you need to fix this. There's no reason at all to put out this wonderful book and have it marred in that way. Readers, I see others have mentioned this as well. It shouldn't stop you buying the book. You'll be glad you did.
Foz, I hope you're hard at work on the next one. It's an automatic purchase for me after this first installment.
However, the formatting issues are annoying, which is no fault to the author. The editing was sloppily done, if at all, and it does make POV changes and some dialog need a double-take. It doesn't take away from the quality of the read, but it is something to keep in mind.
I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the other world. You could practically smell the scents and feel the textures.
A note: there were quite a few typos and formatting mistakes in this Kindle edition.
The one thing I'd say is that the Kindle edition is chock full of formatting errors (mostly missing paragraph breaks and scene-change breaks), so I would suggest buying the paperback instead. I don't know that the paperback DOESN'T have typos, but I know the Kindle one definitely does. Angry Robot, I applaud your taste in books to publish, but I'm not impressed with whoever formats your e-books.
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