ARC Book Review – Stian’s Mistake

Posted February 23, 2015 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review – Stian’s MistakeStian's Mistake Series: Starbright #0.5
by Hilary Thompson
Published by Self Published on February 17, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 72
Source: Author
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Author’s Note: The events of this novella occur before the events of Justice Buried, Starbright Book One. Stian’s Mistake may be read as a prequel or in publication order (after Balance Broken, Starbright Book Two).

The Hero’s Mission: All Stian wants is to be seen for who he is.

Not just an orphaned wanderer or a skilled warrior, but someone worthy of belonging to the Tribe of Hebron. He dreams of fulfilling his father’s broken legacy - leading the Tribe to the Garden.
Zarea understands him, but her future is tied to a secret past that could tear the Tribe apart. Her father Abraham is determined to keep this past buried, so he awards Stian the Hero’s Mission.
If Stian lives long enough to succeed, he will secure the Tribe’s loyalty and gain a chance to marry Zarea one day.
But Stian isn’t the only one to accept this mission - and only one man can become a Hero.

My Review 4

Stian’s Mistake is a must read for fans of the Starbright series. Stian has been a mysterious character so this novella sheds some light of who he really is.  In Balance Broken (Starbright #2) I was disappointed in the character.  I thought he and Zarea were playing mind games with Astrea and Lexan but now I understand more about their relationship.  Stian is a “wanderer” because his family left their tribe in search for a new home. But this move left him labelled as homeless and never to be a true part of a tribe. Zarea has always seen him as more but her loyalty to her tribe is in the way for them to be together. But because of the cruelty of this world Stian had no choice in the actions he has done and now I admire him for it.  Rather than accept what little is given to him he has the courage to take a chance for a better life.


After reading Stian’s Mistake I see the similarities in Stian and Astrea, which sparked an attraction between them.  They both have been told who they are and are never given a chance to be anything more.  They formed a friendship and experienced life away from the labels they have been given. This novella adds more pieces to the puzzle of the prophecy and it had the action and intensity that I have come to expect from this author. This is another well-written piece and I enjoyed everything about it.


I would like to thank Hilary Thompson for the opportunity to read Stian’s Mistake and I can’t wait to read more from this series!


Overall 3



Rating Report
Overall: five-stars


About Hilary Thompson

Hilary Thompson was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she has made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.
After trying on hats made for artists, architects, restaurant and retail workers, landscape designers, legal secretaries, and professional students, she retreated back to her first loves of education and writing.
Hilary now teaches high school full time, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She also tries not to spoil her own independent, willful children or neglect her wonderful soul-mate of a husband too much. She tends to ignore laundry baskets and dirty dishes.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 New Release Challenge
  • COYER Winter 2014-2015


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