Strands of Starlight
Gaèl Baudino
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Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM By Gaèl Baudino

Baudino Dragonsword sets this engrossing fantasy adventure in a mythical land that replicates the political and religious tensions of 14th century Europe The heroine, Miriam, unwillingly gifted with the power to heal, falls victim to a savage Inquisition that condemns her ability as witchcraft, and to a ruthless nobleman who rapes her after she saves his life BaudinoBaudino Dragonsword sets this engrossing fantasy adventure in a mythical land that replicates the political and religious tensions of 14th century Europe The heroine, Miriam, unwillingly gifted with the power to heal, falls victim to a savage Inquisition that condemns her ability as witchcraft, and to a ruthless nobleman who rapes her after she saves his life Baudino understands the psychology of the persecuted, astutely motivating the self immolating rage that consumes Miriam and leads her to undergo a complete, magical physical metamorphosis she becomes tall, strong and beautiful so that she can be a scourge for her enemies Though the plot has its share of exciting sword fights, bold rescues and similar stock in trade, Baudino focuses on Miriam s interior journey her spiritual which accompanies the corporeal transformation through contact with the uncorrupted Elves, with the pagan priestesses known as witches and with simple Christians Her tale acquires an elegiac power, mourning the loss of innocent sources of wisdom even as it vividly imagines them.
  • Title: Strands of Starlight
  • Author: Gaèl Baudino
  • ISBN: 9780451453167
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback

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LondonFog Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
First book I've said since I've had the time and mind to read. And it was the perfect one to start with. Highly enlightening. The book takes you into the soul of a bitter battered protagonist, who is then raped and seeks revenge. You ascend by feeling completely justified by her anguish, your emotions shift from left to right as you change and grow with her and eventually meet her Fate. It truly shifted my perspective of the world. And for that, I am grateful. This book gives a gift in itself, t [...]
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Angeline Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I read this when I was 18 years old and made me fall in love with the art of sword fighting (dancing). I would love to make this into a film one day. It inspired me a lot during a time when I really needed inspiration.
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Susan Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
What a lovely cover by Thomas Canty!
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Angela R. Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
This was a really good book I read many years ago when I was going through a pagan/Wiccan phase. I remember really enjoying this book, which takes place in a setting resembling medieval Europe. I loved the strong female characters, the earth-based wisdom, and the delightful story of elves and magical creatures hidden in plain sight. I looked forward to the rest of the series, but unfortunately this 1st book turned out to be the best one of the lot. Sigh
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Adrienne Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I have read this book at least 10 times a number of years ago. It's my favourite fantasy book ever It has great characters, with a great story about rebirth. I totally recommend it and all the other books in this series!
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Dana Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I wanted to like this. It started out with an intriguing concept, but the writing grew repetitive (I'm talking about the exact same descriptive phrases repeated word-for-word throughout the book). Among the few books I couldn't finish.
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Amy Sjoquist Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
A favorite book, love how strong the main character is and how she changes. Gives me hope we can all change.
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Somara Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I really enjoyed this book; of course I read it like 10-15 years ago but I thought it was a good scifi fantasy book especially for females.o bad it's no longer in print.gh
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Lissa Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
When I was younger, I was very into Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. Also when I was younger, the one thing that I could always count on my mother to buy for me was a book. As a result, I have a shelf full of unread novels at home, so despite the fact that my tastes have shifted a bit, I still take a few of them back to New York with me every time I am home in the hopes that eventually I’ll make it through them all. I do still enjoy the genre, just not with the same forgiveness I had for it [...]
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Wise_owl Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I started this book in general enjoyement, and reaching the end am not entirely certain why I didn't find it more riveting than I did. It does have several good elements. The tale, of a young healer woman set upon by the inquisition who escapes, and finds her destiny interwoven with those of the 'free towns' and the dwindling population of tolkeen-like elves, is plenty interesting. Yet over time it seemed to falter and my interest waned.The main character goes through a transformation of sorts, [...]
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Barbara Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I won't say it's an amazing, well-written book, a classic, anything like that. It's not.I will say that when I read it when I was young and devouring fantasy books and searching for personal meaning in books and stories, it made a huge impression on me. This is probably my favorite fantasy book from my youth. I re-read it about once a year and I still adore it. It resonated really deeply with me and when I read it now I still get that feeling for a while. That is what I love about this book.
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Diane Davis Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I have read this book several times and am now reading it again. Even though it is a bit dark and is definitely anti-religion, I find the characters interesting and uplifting. I am one of those people who know that transformation, re-birth if you will, is what our journey in this life is truly all about. This story is about transformation, but is presented in a really original way. No airy-fairy elves in this tale!
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Saje Williams Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
This was, for the longest time, one of my favorite books. If it had been a stand-alone it would be worth whole universes for its concept of elves alone.Unfortunately the rest of the series goes downhill from here and isn't much redeemed by the finale.
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Deirdre Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
One of my favourite reads of all times, this is a story of a girl seeking revenge who finds ways towards revenge which weren't necessarily the original path she started on! Elves feature.
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Crystal Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
This was one of those random books I picked up at a bookstore. Never heard of it. I loved it! It's so awesome when that happens right?
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Terri Pennock Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
One of the best books I ever read. I love reading it over and over and getting lost in the story.
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Rattyfleef Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
Actually threw it out the window and left it there. Awful.
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Manda Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
Another example of "picking up a book because the cover was interesting and the synopsis was compelling" while I was browsing at the bookstore. Even when I was reading the synopsis, I was a bit suspicious, seeing that this was going to be another "rape and revenge" themed fantasy book. Sure: the book was written in 1989, but nowadays the trope is wearing thin, especially as a primary motivator in a female-led fantasy book. But seeing that I'm a writer myself, I think it's fair to see how people [...]
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Ernie Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
ah, to be 15 (and not know it) and gay in a small town and read these books!
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Selina Harvey Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
Another favorite author as I revisit my own personal version of the "way back machine" and catch up on reviewing some of the amazing books I've read over the years!This book it makes me cry every damned time I read it! Interesting "alternative history earth", kind of, fantasy, kind of. With many elements of both history and fantasy woven beautifully together, this was a truly incredible read and an awesome beginning to an amazing series!Enjoy!
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Heather A Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I received a copy from Netgalley in enhange for an honest review.This book was not for me. I gave up at 40%. The novel started out quite interesting, I've not read much of this type of epic fantasy before. The blurb on Netgalley sounded good. Though I read the first 20% reasonably quickly, I found I did not like the main character Miriam. I found her cold, bitchy and couldn't relate to her or really feel anything for her. I can understand why she is that way due to the terrible hardships she's b [...]
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Tamra LeValley Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
A young healer named Miriam has escaped the torture chamber and on the run. Her legs are injured so bad that she can hardly walk when she literally stumbles upon a man who is lying in the street with a broken ankle. She can't just pass him by she MUST stop and heal him because that is what she isa healer. The people think she is a witch or an elf and that is why they must capture and kill her. The author is a wonderful writer. The plot of this novel was also very well sculpted. The characters we [...]
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Penney Nile Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I first read Strands of Starlight a number of years ago, and found it to be a well written tale that mixes fantasy with the history of 14th century Europe and the horrors of the Inquisition. It follows the story of Miriam, a young woman who has an innate ability to heal, which is considered by the Inquisition to be a power bestowed by Satan. Miriam manages to escape from confinement in the city of Hypprux and makes her way to the village of St Brigid, where she discovers the existence of elves. [...]
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Courteney Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I connected to the main character of this book in more ways than I'm comfortable admitting, which is probably why I loved it as much as I did. This book was written well, though it was rather depressing at times, but it made me think about what was going on. This book also gave a unique and gruesome perspective to the inquisition through the eyes of someone being persecuted as a witch. This book will always hold a special place in my heart and I hope one day soon to read the books that follow it [...]
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Susan Barchard Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
This is an awesome book. If you like fantasy that seems realistic (ie Tolkien) this is a wonderful book. The author obviously knows her history - the real stuff - and weaves it together with a wonderful story about Elves. There is true enlightenment in this book. It is filled with beautiful mental pictures and a truly creative plot. I read alot of fiction about the Fae because I am a Fairy Artist and I like to visit their world to keep me inspired. Gael has done a wonderful job of that. I can't [...]
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Carol Colfer Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I LOVED this book! It's fantasy, about humans, witches and elves during the time of the Inquisition in Europe. But the character development is superb, the writing style is lovely, and the story is captivating. I was so sorry when it ended. It's the second book I've read by Gael Baudino; and I liked this one even more than the last! Now I'm on the hunt for another one!
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Dani Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
I quite enjoyed this novel. The characters were interesting, they grew and learned, and I appreciate that in a story. The setting was fun too--14th century Europe. Gotta love when they bring the inquisition--that always adds an element of adventure!
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Kathryn Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
Just ok. Would have given it 2 1/2 stars bc it's well developed. I just didn't care for Miriam, the main character, which made it tough to keep reading.
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Andy Nov 18, 2019 - 09:54 AM
These are really really good. Dark, and optimistic at the same time.
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Strands of Starlight By Gaèl Baudino Baudino Dragonsword sets this engrossing fantasy adventure in a mythical land that replicates the political and religious tensions of 14th century Europe The heroine, Miriam, unwillingly gifted with the power to heal, falls victim to a savage Inquisition that condemns her ability as witchcraft, and to a ruthless nobleman who rapes her after she saves his life BaudinoBaudino Dragonsword sets this engrossing fantasy adventure in a mythical land that replicates the political and religious tensions of 14th century Europe The heroine, Miriam, unwillingly gifted with the power to heal, falls victim to a savage Inquisition that condemns her ability as witchcraft, and to a ruthless nobleman who rapes her after she saves his life Baudino understands the psychology of the persecuted, astutely motivating the self immolating rage that consumes Miriam and leads her to undergo a complete, magical physical metamorphosis she becomes tall, strong and beautiful so that she can be a scourge for her enemies Though the plot has its share of exciting sword fights, bold rescues and similar stock in trade, Baudino focuses on Miriam s interior journey her spiritual which accompanies the corporeal transformation through contact with the uncorrupted Elves, with the pagan priestesses known as witches and with simple Christians Her tale acquires an elegiac power, mourning the loss of innocent sources of wisdom even as it vividly imagines them.

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