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Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Young adult

Star Daughter

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Shveta Thakrar, on your first book!

by Shveta Thakrar

Quick take

Mythology meets astrology as a young star travels between worlds on an epic quest to save her father.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_FamilyDrama

    Family drama

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Magical

    Magical

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Quest

    Quest

Why I love it

Roshani Chokshi
Author, The Gilded Wolves

To me, a transportive story makes you study your hands at the end of a read… it makes you wonder if some glitter from that world you left behind has somehow caught on your fingers. Star Daughter is that kind of transportive read. The mythic, South-Asian Otherworld Thakrar constructs is vast, imaginative, and an utter delight for the senses.

The novel tells the story of Sheetal, born of a star mother and a mortal father. She’s spent her life trying to suppress her celestial identity in order to live a “normal” life. But when an accident lands her father in critical condition, Sheetal must embrace her star identity and enter her mother’s world in order to save him.

This is the kind of questing tale that has the familiarity of a well-worn, beloved blanket, told in a voice that is pure poetry. I finished the book feeling almost jet-lagged, my senses so tangled up in the world Thakrar built that reality felt blurry by contrast. At a time when travel is limited, this book is the journey we need—and I hope you too close the book convinced that some stardust souvenirs will fall onto your lap.

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Synopsis

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star's help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal's quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family's champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens—and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.

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Preview

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788 ratings
  • 32% Love
  • 48% Like
  • 15% Dislike
  • Urbana , IL

    This book is every South Asian girl’s dream come true! The writing flows, the pacing is perfect, & the story is enchanting. The character building is particularly good! I fell in love with Minal! ❤️

  • Colchester, CT

    I loved reading about deities I’ve never heard of before. A very interesting and fun read with a few little plot twists and an exciting competition where everyone has secrets and information to give.

  • Burleson, TX

    Easily 5 stars Star Daughter is Percy Jackson meets Hunger Games (without death, but still meaningful sacrifice). The author beautifully weaves a coming of age story laced wjth hindu mythology so good

  • SAN DIEGO, CA

    I just finished this book and I felt that the trauma of being abandoned by her mother so young carried her forward with skepticism. Sheetal was a very determined character that had me rooting for her!

  • Fishers , IN

    It was a sweet story about a young girl attaining womanhood exploring her roots and ancestry. The celestial spin to the story adds so much mystique and shine to the story which was an absolute delight

  • Harlan, KY

    What a fun, feminist fairy tale! The pacing lagged a bit in the middle, but the rest made up for it. <3 I nerded out looking up the mythological beings mentioned in the book, and thus learned. Bonus!

  • Puyallup, WA

    With this pandemic, now more than ever I want to escape into a whole new world. Star Daughter was exactly what I needed, filled with distant stars and characters out of a culture I knew little about.

  • Staples, MN

    I have never read a book with Hindu mythology in it and now I want to read more! Loved the main character, Sheetal, and her best friend, Minal. Overall, a great read :)

  • Nanuet, NY

    A book as brilliant as its heroine. My only complaint is not knowing what happens to a couple characters in the end - but maybe we’ll get a book two.

  • Monrovia, IN

    I read another description that said this book is like Neil Gaiman’s Stardust plus Hindu mythology, and it was spot on. A fun fantasy, lighter read.

  • Nipomo, CA

    Wonderful YA fantasy with cultural elements (Hindi) not typically seen in fantasy. Lots of original elements here. Excellent world-building.

  • Zionsville, IN

    I loved that this story featured an Indian protagonist. The imagery and world building in this novel was top-notch. Highly recommend!

  • Nags Head , NC

    This one was reallu hard for me to get into at first, but it was the start to my sci fy fantasy run that im oon right now!

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Really enjoyed the drama, friendships, queer romance, and Hindu mythology!! What a dazzling read.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    OMG! This book literally stole my heart. From the skys to the earth, this book takes it !

  • Houston, TX

    I know this is a YA book, but I LOVED it!! It was so good. I couldn’t put it down.

  • Fredericksburg, VA

    It truly feels as if their is magic in the world through the author’s writing.

  • Callicoon Center, NY

    This was a cool book with incredible visuals. I loved being up in the stars!

  • Rome, NY

    A beautiful and unexpected stand alone, bit I could TOTALLY read a sequel!!

  • Austin, TX

    Great story. The visual descriptions took you straight there in your mind.

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