Book Review: Starborn | An Enjoyable High Fantasy Book but with Concerning Problematic Representation

TITLE: Starborn
AUTHOR: Lucy Hounsom
SERIES: Worldmaker
RELEASED: August 2017; Tor
GENRE: Fantasy
FORMAT: Physical

KEY INFO: high fantasy, female protag, magic, blind character

CONTENT NOTICES: queer coded villain, ‘curing’ blind character via magic, sexual violence against women

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I got a free copy of Starborn by Lucy Hounsom in my goody bag from Nine Worlds 2017 and was pleasantly surprised by this book. Usually, I’m not a huge fan of fantasy novels as I tend to find them too Tolkienesque for my liking with writing that can be overly complicated, dry and long-winded. But Starborn is not like this at all. Lucy Hounsom manages to write in such a way which is wholly immersive without being alienating for the reader, and I found myself completely engaged from the very first chapter.

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