Crown of Stars is a historical fantasy series by Kate Elliot. The books chronicle the adventures of three people in a Europe clone. The three main characters are:
- Alain, a well-meaning young man who became heir to a count. He has incredible skill with animals and is chosen by a goddess of war.
- Sanglant, the first and illegitimate son of the king. He leads the elite cavalry of the king, he's a half-elf with incredible healing powers.
- Liath, a wizard who can't control her magic. She is a member of the king's elite messengers.
The books in the series are:
- King's Dragon
- Prince of Dogs
- The Burning Stone
- Child of Flame
- The Gathering Storm
- In the Ruins
- The Crown of Stars
Do not confuse it with A Crown of Stars, in spite of the similar title.
Contains examples of:
- Bishōnen: Baldwin, who was super hawt.
- Buffy Speak "It's kind of you to be so ... kind.".
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: The prophet Daisan is pretty clearly Jesus. Interestingly it's the heretics in this setting who believe in his divinity.
- Evil Counterpart: Hugh is a rival with Liath, and they're pretty similar in a whole lot of ways, Hugh also shares charisma, wits, and courage with Sanglant, a fact that bothers everybody.
- Bulkezu and Sanglant had the looks Badassery, and warrior prince like similarities, plus a certain immunity to specific types of attack.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The setting in general strongly resembles medieval Europe, except for women having much stronger and/or more visible roles, including a female-dominated version of the Catholic Church.
- Fate Worse than Death: Hugh loses his hold over his dream girl, fails at revenge, loses is powers, his hand, his eyesight, and has to spend the rest of his life knowing he's been beaten and will never, ever get a rematch.
- FaceHeel Turn While more of a faint saunter over to the evil side Ekkehard counts.
- Messianic Archetype: Alain is hinted to be some sort of Jesus figure; somebody told him the truth, and their leg healed. Tallia suffered the stigmata or it was faked and goes completely insane.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever it was that Hugh did at Zeitsenburg.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Baldwin enters the church to a escape marrying a woman in her 50s. At one point Ivar observes that it's not Baldwin's fault that he's been "cursed" with a face so beautiful that it becomes a mirror for everyone else's ambitions.
- Technical Pacifist: Alain will beat you senseless, but he will not kill. His dogs will though.
- Took a Level in Badass While most characters in the book took a level here or again, Liath is by far the biggest example, going from a raped and abused legally bought slave belonging to Hugh to one of the king's best messengers to a mother to joining and then escaping from her mother's cult group to ascending the mythical Crown of Stars to a pure elemental plane of fire and discovering her true birthright as an offspring of said plane's inhabitants to growing firey wings to finally confronting Hugh at the end of the book, displaying her wings, overpowering his magic, and BURNING HIS EYES OUT FROM THE INSIDE.
- Hugh himself.