Curse of Stars (Diamond Crier #1)
By: Donna Compositor
Publication Date: February 19th, 2017
Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.
Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.
In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.
“. . . vividly imagined and deftly plotted dark fantasy . . .” BookLife Prize in Fiction
I started writing CURSE OF STARS about ten years ago when the idea was in its infancy. At the time it was purely shoot from the hip and the product I originally ended up with I hated. Since that first incarnation my reading repertoire has grown and I’ve been influenced by books like Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series and Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy in how my book has been shaped. I wanted worlds as rich as both, with strong, central female characters, and engaging stories. I got the idea for the Void from Bardugo’s Unsea. The very basic idea for my South Fair people came from Chima’s Demonai clan.
I wrote the story I wanted to read: something gritty and real and dark and next-to-no-romance. Even as a teenager I was never big into romantic relationships in books or movies. They weren’t a driving force in my entertainment. I can’t have been the only one. So I wrote CURSE OF STARS for those looking for something darker, dirtier, and nearly completely lacking in romance. COS is not for the faint of heart.
One of my favorite things about the world I’ve created is the stars and how they interact with people. I wanted a more tangible god-like power that the people had some viable proof of their existence. They actually speak to people, they can influence the world to some extent. And mainly the powers that exist in Raydin through the Giver are all stars’-given.
At the same time they’re a bit sociopathic. They’re gods. They don’t share the same emotions with us. They need to ensure the survival of the world they watch over because it ensures their own survival. And they do what they do based on good intentions. We all know where those lead. And when they do something that causes upheaval they don’t necessarily understand why their humans may not like it. They have a very “but this is for your own good” mindset, but they have a hard time applying that concept in a human way. It’s a learning curve for them as much as it is for the people under them.
Donna has been writing since she was in the single digits when she first realized she needed to do something about all the thoughts in her head. After a stint with bad poetry she finally found her way to novels, mainly of the young adult fantasy variety. When she’s not cranking out more stories she works a regular 9 to 5, reads anywhere from 2 to 3 books a week, drinks copious amounts of tea, eats way too much, and makes her own beauty products because her skin turns into a sentient hive if she uses anything else. This is mostly because she lives in the desert where the air siphons water clean out of her. She lives with a man named Steve and several quadrupeds: three cats named Renfield, Sam, and Dean; and a MinPin named Malfoy.
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