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Across the Broken Stars

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A compelling fantasy adventure about finding salvation that comes with a magical twist on angels.

Leon is ashamed of his past and wishes he could forget it. During the war most angels like him were wiped out by the Vahrians and he regrets the choices he made to survive. Now he’s one of the last angels remaining, living in secret to ensure his safety. When another angel appears and outs his real identity, he has no choice but to go on the run with her to save his own skin. She is determined to solve a riddle to a mythical place where angels are said to still live and thinks Leon can help her. Solving the riddle puts his faith and willingness to right the wrongs of his past to the test and if he fails, he’ll never solve the riddle.


The most unique part about Across the Broken Stars, and my favorite element hands down, is that the realm of Paya is made of discs in space instead of worlds as we know them. This makes the space traveling a little more interesting and gives it a heavy fantasy feel compared to typical space travel. The discs make for a unique setting and at times add great tension to the story. If you are looking for an epic fantasy that has a unique setting, this is it.


I was a little nervous about the angel element when I picked this story up, but the angels in this story are from a completely new mythology and religion, giving them a fresh take. However there is some inspiration taken from Christianity, making the angels familiar enough to quickly understand them. I can also see this story appealing to fantasy lovers who love stories about the underdog joining the resistance to fight the corrupt power system.


Leon’s story ended in a way I didn’t expect and I can see it being something that some readers will love while others will hate it. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I think the ending worked well for the story and helped make the story more memorable. Everything is wrapped up by the end too, making this a great choice for those who like standalones.

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About the author

Jed Herne is a fantasy and sci-fi author from Perth, Western Australia. He is the author of Fires of the Dead and Across the Broken Stars (Feb 3rd, 2020). Outside of writing, he hosts the Novel Analyst podcast, the Jed Herne Audio Experience podcast, and the Half-Baked Stories podcast. view profile

Published on February 03, 2020

80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Epic Fantasy

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