Publication Date: October 1st, 2010
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Digger thrives as a spy and sneak-thief among the feuding religious factions of Gerse, dodging the Greenmen who have banned all magic. But when a routine job goes horribly wrong and her partner and lover Tegen is killed, she has to get out of the city, fast, and hides herself in a merry group of nobles to do so. Accepted as a lady's maid to shy young Merista Nemair, Digger finds new peace and friendship at the Nemair stronghold--as well as plenty of jewels for the taking.But after the devious Lord Daul catches her in the act of thievery, he blackmails her into becoming his personal spy in the castle, and Digger soon realizes that her noble hosts aren't as apolitical as she thought... that indeed, she may be at the heart of a magical rebellion.
Digger understands what it means to be a spy and a thief in Gerse; what she isn't prepared for is a job gone wrong leading her across the country to a comfortable position as a lady's maid, smack in the middle of a magical rebellion.
Bunce has created a sweet but tough new character in Digger, the protagonist of Starcrossed. She is sneaky, conniving, selfless and loyal in the midst of chaos that will change her life.
What I Liked: Digger is a great personality to front this tale - she's spunky without being crass and vulnerable without being weak. Her supporting cast are just as well written; a necessity for a story or rebellion. Merista is a stubborn, good hearted sweetheart and Lord Daul is the perfect devious villain.
The plot is engaging, it keeps you coming back as you try, with Digger, to figure out what evil is approaching the Nemair stronghold and which side you want to be on when it arrives.
What I Didn't Like: Sometimes interactions between characters became confusing - especially between Digger and Lord Daul. You kept thinking: "Don't trust him! Tell him nothing! Talk to the Nemairs!" It got rather frustrating to be ignored as that plot line carried on.
However, the story engaged me from start to finish and I completed it within a day and immediately picked up Liar's Moon to complete Digger's story.