The Shape of Stars Unknown

The Aldarfall Saga Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
505 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2020
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Author Biography

Sybil Le Pyrmont was born in Germany and was raised on the Canary Islands (that Gallic name is a pseudonym – her actual name has as much flair as a tax return). Although she now resides in Frankfurt, Germany, her heart has been beating for Tokyo ever since she spent a year in that city and discovered her epic love for all things Japan. That includes, to her acute embarrassment, the Shinagawa train station jingle she has installed as her ringtone. When Sybil isn’t writing, or dreaming of the anonymous donor who will some day gift her a house in Japan, she splits her time between her airline day job and long rants about the sunshine and the always-too-hot weather.

Sybil writes urban fantasy adventure to whisk her readers away to realms of imagination that have a distinct possibility of existing somewhere in the depths of the Universe.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Shape of Stars Unknown is a work of fiction in the fantasy, adventure, interpersonal drama, and paranormal sub-genres, and was penned by author Sybil Le Pyrmont. Written as the opening novel to the Aldarfall Saga series, this work does contain themes suitable only for mature audiences, such as the use of explicit language and the presence of graphic violence and sexual scenes. Set on Earth, this slick urban story begins with a typical white-collar worker, Silver Laing, who stumbles upon an otherworldly paranormal revelation. Teaming up with the exiled demigod Lau seems dangerous enough, but there are far more terrifying things waiting on the horizon.

Author Sybil Le Pyrmont has crafted a fantastic and engrossing fantasy novel that perfectly balances a sophisticated and well-considered paranormal plot with all of the all-out action, atmosphere, and emotional punch that you would expect from the genre. The best way to describe this work is elevated, from every nuanced detail of the growing threat to the way that Silver and Lau relate to one another and emote through expressive dialogue and vividly described actions. Le Pyrmont has an ethereal and engaging spirit that overlays the prose, sprinkling it with atmosphere at every opportunity. This results in a lavishly told tale that contains romance, adventure, action, and supernatural drama by the ton. Overall, I would highly recommend The Shape of Stars Unknown to fans of accomplished and immersive adult fantasy novels. A promising start to an exciting new series.

Vincent Dublado

The Shape of Stars Unknown is the first book in the Aldarfall Saga by Sybil Le Pyrmont. This is a treat for anyone who has a taste for high fantasy. Lau of the House of Feofar is a powerful high lord who is not satisfied with the position that he occupies in the Pantheon. When Feofar the king bestowed the Spark of Life on Earth, he held particular high hopes for the planet. Lau, with his survival of the fittest attitude for sentient things, is unfit to handle the planet, and the very same planet he tries to destroy becomes his place of exile. Enter Silver Laing, a restless, white-collared worker whose presence has the faintest likeness of theurgy. Her life takes a bizarre turn when she decides to take a job that requires becoming a part of something more extraordinary than her imagination can possibly conceive. Little did she know that she will have to join forces with an exiled god to stop a cosmic, malevolent force.

Sybil Le Pyrmont has woven a novel that is a splendid blend of urban fantasy with strands of ancient and modern mythology. Le Pyrmont demonstrates an impressive ability to present mythological and contemporary urban settings as if they were part of her travel experiences. Laing being chosen to take part in saving the world further affirms that heroes are not necessarily people without flaws and that all of us can make a difference if we choose to do so. If you are a fan of literature, mythology, humor, and everything in between, The Shape of Stars Unknown and its succeeding volumes are definitely for you.

Pikasho Deka

The Shape of Stars Unknown is the first installment in The Aldarfall Saga series by author Sybil Le Pyrmont. Silver Laing, a free-spirited woman in her early thirties, has her life turned upside down when a chance encounter with a stranger on a flight draws her into the secret world of the Aldarfallians, immortal beings responsible for the creation of this universe. Rafe, a Netherlord of Aldarfall, recruits Silver into his organization, which exists to mitigate the damage inflicted by Lau, a banished Aldarfallian Highlord, on the human population. But there may be a larger threat to the existence of the entire universe as Silver, Rafe, and Lau find out that an ancient evil has risen from the dead which can match the power of Aldarfall itself.

Fantasy fans should rejoice for The Aldarfall Saga seems set to leave a distinct mark on the genre of fantasy fiction. The Shape of Stars Unknown is a pulsating and engrossing page-turner that keeps you glued to the pages and leaves you asking for more. Sybil Le Pyrmont's novel has a fast-paced narrative with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The utter insignificance of the human race in the face of clashes between god-like immortals makes for a fascinating read. I found the relationship between Silver, Lau, and Rafe to be absolutely compelling and the driving force of the book. I am curious as to where Pyrmont takes the story from here on and am looking forward to the sequels.