Author(s): Foz Meadows
Book I of the Manifold Worlds from Hugo-nominated author Foz Meadows.
When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war.
There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne. But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex'Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest.
Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens. Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic.
Can one girl - an accidental worldwalker - really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?
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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!" - Bibliotropic; "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." - PopCultureBeast; "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." - Brainfluff; "Superb." - Popverse; "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
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 A Dribble of Ink, Strange Horizons and Tor.com. An Accident of Stars is her third novel, and her first with Angry Robot. An Australian expat, Foz currently lives in Scotland with not enough shelves, her very own philosopher and their toddling spawn. Surprisingly, this is a good thing.