A Star-Reckoner’s Lot by Darrell Drake

A Star-Reckoner's Lot For some, loss merely deprives. For others, it consumes.

Ashtadukht is a star-reckoner. The worst there’s ever been. Witness her treacherous journey through Iranian legends and ancient history.

Only a brave few storytellers still relate cautionary glimpses into the life of Ashtadukht, a woman who commanded the might of the constellations—if only just, and often unpredictably. They’ll stir the imagination with tales of her path to retribution. How, fraught with bereavement and a dogged illness, she criss-crossed Sassanian Iran in pursuit of creatures now believed mythical. Then, in hushed tones, what she wrought on that path.


Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fantasy
Rating: **** (4 stars)

A Star-Reckoner’s Lot was unlike anything I had read before. This story was part historical fiction, part fantasy, and all adventure. I was not at all familiar with pre-Islamic Iranian culture and lore before reading this book. The author didn’t waste words on excessive description, or spell everything out for the reader, but it was easy enough to figure out what was going on just by following Ashtadukht, Tirdadin, and Waray across the sands as they hunt for the mystical being that killed Ashtadukht’s husband. Fantasy lovers, historical fiction fans, and anyone who likes a good story should really enjoy this book.

The author has generously agreed to send two lucky readers a copy of A Star-Reckoner’s Lot! Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway  (ENDED) for your chance to win, (US / Canada / UK only)

Visit Darrell Drake at http://www.darrelldrake.net/

NOTE: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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