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Annotation: Spending her days wildly rambling around her father's vineyards with her friends, unaware of her royal heritage, Stacia is astounded when the Direktor Eminent of the Union government arrives, declaring her the lost princess of the murdered royal family.
Catalog Number: #182850
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 385 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-338-24336-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-24336-9
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Khoury's stellar Anastasia retelling shines bright as the stars. In it, Stacia grows up believing what everyone else in the Belt of Jewels has believed for the past 16 years at the bloody Union rebellion left every member of the royal family dead, including the youngest child, Princess Anya. However, this is discovered to be a lie when the new leader of the Belt and the Union government, the Direktor Eminent, sweeps into Stacia's village declaring that Princess Anya lives. Stacia's life is plunged into danger and chaos when she is revealed to be the lost princess. When her close friend is captured by the Union that hunts her, Stacia risks capture to find and rescue her. Along with the fresh take on a beloved classic tale, this delivers staggering world building, a thrilling plot, and a compelling cast of characters. With a winning trio of intrigue, royalty, and rebellion set in space, Khoury's book does not disappoint. Fans of Ashley Poston's Heart of Iron (2018) will no doubt want to compare these sf Anastasias.
Kirkus Reviews
The sole surviving member of the galaxy's imperial family comes out of hiding to fight for the future of the known world.Seventeen-year-old Stacia, an apprentice mechanic, lives quietly on her father's vineyard on the purple planet of Amethyne with her best friends Pol and Clio. When Amethyne is invaded, Stacia discovers that she is actually Anya Petrovna Leonova, youngest child of slain Emperor Pyotr, spirited away by rebels and hidden since she was a baby. Anya/Stacia escapes Amethyne with Pol only to run afoul of a gravity witch, a young man named Riyan, who's a tensor from the planet Diamin. It turns out that Anya/Stacia's royalty is encoded in her DNA. Crystals called Prisms fuel the entire galaxy; their source, the Prismata, is accessible to Leonova royalty alone through something called the Firebird. Anya/Stacia must solve the mystery of the Firebird, decide whose side she is on, rescue her friend Clio, and save the known world. It's nonstop action, but it doesn't make much sense; the emotional arcs don't ring true, and the Anya-Pol romance feels obligatory. The writing combines canned dialogue with way too many present active participles. Characters' skin tones cover all the colors of the rainbow and beyond.If Princess Anastasia, youngest daughter of the last Russian czar, survived the family slaughter to have a love child with the Star Wars franchise, this is what you'd get. A hot mess. (Fiction. 12-16)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 115,091
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 18.0 / quiz: 501033 / grade: Middle Grades+
Lexile: 760L

From Jessica Khoury, author of the Corpus Trilogy, comes a gripping story of royalty and rebellion, coursing across a far-away star system like a trail of jewels.

Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the Leonov royal family was murdered--down to their youngest child, Princess Anya--making way for the Union government to seize power. But Stacia doesn't think much about politics. She spends her days half-wild, rambling her father's vineyard with her friends, Clio and Pol. That all changes when a Union ship appears burning through the sky, bearing the leader of the Union, the Direktor Eminent himself, who declares that Stacia's sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists. Even more shocking, the Direktor claims that Princess Anya Leonova is alive--and Stacia is the lost princessAs their home explodes into chaos, Pol smuggles Stacia to a hidden escape ship, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. With everything she knows threading away into the stars, Stacia sets her heart on a single mission:She will find and rescue Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.

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