"a gripping, science fiction read with incredible, complex world-building"

In the future, humanity has split into three different factions: the Allied Worlds of Earth, the Skolian Empirate, and the Trader Empire. After a bitter war between the Skolian Empirate and the Trader Empire, the Allied Worlds struggles to keep their neutrality. In an effort to keep their finger in the politics of the Skolian Empirate, the Allied Worlds keep Prince Kurj-Del Arden Valdoria kya Skolia, a prince of the Skolian royal family, as their "guest".

Del doesn't like being a "guest" much, but he doesn't particularly wish to return to his family, who considers him something of a screw-up. What Del really wants is to play his music on his own terms and become self-sufficient, but it will be hard trying to navigate the politics of the three factions and the cutthroat world of the music business.

DIAMOND STAR is a gripping, science fiction read with incredible, complex world-building and a great romance to add spice. While there is a romance between Del and Ricki, a music executive, the main focus of the story is Del. Del, who feels very insecure, especially when he compares himself to the other overachievers in his family, is determined to forge a life for himself and hopefully, show his family that he has worth on his own terms. Del's struggle and triumph is awe-inspiring, and even though it has been several days since I finished the last page, DIAMOND STAR stays with me. Do yourself a favor and read DIAMOND STAR, because it is a truly great science fiction read.

Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted June 27, 2009



Del was a rock singer. He was also the renegade son of the Ruby Dynasty, which made his career choice less than respectable, and gave him more to worry about than getting gigs and not getting cheated by recording companies, club owners, or his agent. For one thing, the Ruby Dynasty ruled the Skolian Imperialate, an interstellar Empire, which had recently had a war with another empire, the Eubian Concord. For another, Del was singing on Earth, which was part of a third interstellar civilization, and one which had an uneasy relationship with the Imperialate. Del undeniably had talent, and was rapidly rising from an unknown fringe artist to stardom. But, with his life entangled in the politics of three interstellar civilizations, whether he wanted that or not, talent might not be enough. And that factor might have much more effect than his music on the lives of trillions of people on the thousands of inhabited worlds across the galaxy.

Genre: Science Fiction


Diamond Star
(Skolian Empire: Book 13)
by Catherine Asaro

Baen Books
May 1, 2009
Available: May 5, 2009
ISBN #1416591605
EAN #9781416591603
512 pages
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