Before Kai joined the Cloud Fleet, he wandered… AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS
Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.
Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least one deadly volcanic wasteland.
I’ve wanted to start this series for a while now, so I thought it would be a great idea to begin with this prequel novella to For Darkness Shows the Stars. Right now, I’m not sure if I made the right decision since, for the most part, I was confused about the storyline and the terms/social classes were hard for me to remember, but I can say that I am intrigued by the main character and I want to know more about him.
Kai is a low-class person (Post) who just escaped from the North Estate to purchase a new “free” life in the big city. His journey is hard and almost deadly, but thanks to the help of people living near the volcanic wasteland, he manages to arrive at Channel City. Unfortunately, this place doesn’t live up to his expectations and his freedom is snatched away by a ruthless illiterate yet rich Post as he forces him into a life of servitude.
I liked Kai as a character and his smart young mind. There’s a whole lot of him that I don’t understand, like his intense love for Elliot and what happened to make him decide to leave his hometown, but from the short glimpse we get of him, he’s someone who just wants to know and test the boundaries of his existence. The letters he would write for Elliot were sweet and at times funny, but also quite sad. They were his way of expressing his fears, hopes, and dreams, of trying not to feel alone in this scary world. This makes me wonder if he keeps up doing it in the following installments since they were pretty insightful towards his feelings and a nice way to clear away a few doubts about what was going on. I really hope he does.
Overall, Among the Nameless Stars was a good prequel novella. It wasn’t very exciting since there’s hardly any action, but it was enjoyable in the terms of getting to know one of the main characters of the series.