Sorrow and Starlight | Review

Title: Sorrow and Starlight
Series: Zodiac Academy #8
Authors: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Pages: 1244 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 11 December 2022
Rating: ★★★★


All stars must fall.

Bloody, lost, broken. We live to fight another day. But with so much stolen from us, can the fates ever twist in our favour again?

My sister and I have been torn apart by shadows and despair, and now we each stand alone.

Our sorrow is spun like a web, trapping us tight, and I fear our enemies will soon come to feast upon our souls.

But if I have my way, the merciless sky will have dealt us its final fortune. It’s time for us to take back the power that’s been ripped from our grasp and turn the tide of this war.

All stars must fall, and all Phoenixes must rise.

Long live the Savage Queens.

***This is a dark, bully romance – don’t go expecting a sweet school for magic with friends around every corner. Fae fight for everything they own and Zodiac Academy is a cutthroat school for students aged 18+ where only the strongest prevail. There’s no Dumbledore here to save anyone’s ass and Lionel Acrux will give Voldemort a run for his money in the evil dictator category. So hold onto your stardust (broomsticks not required) and get ready for a bumpy ride***


This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti!
I had never wanted to be a queen. But now a crown of flames would ignite like a funeral pyre upon my brow, and my one and only decree would be to seek out the end to all who had crossed me, and make them scream as they were forced to bow at my feet.
Sorrow and Starlight is the eighth book in the Zodiac Academy series and continues the story of the twins Tory and Darcy, and their friends.
Our happiness was a flower that bloomed and withered before I’d barely had a moment to breathe in its sweet scent. I had to find a way to buy her an eternal summer where it could bloom once again.

When Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti announced that they were going to write two more books instead of one, I got so excited. But I didn’t expect them to write a super big book… I mean, Sorrow and Starlight has 1244 pages?! This book is massive, and it’s filled with a lot of POVs. We can read not only in Tory and Darcy’s perspective, but also in the perspective of their friends and enemies. Sorrow and Starlight is the second to last book in the Zodiac Academy series, and it is filled with love, action, pain and some spicy scenes!

I was just a lost princess who had grown up in the wrong place and now stood before them after losing almost everything I held closest.

I was really excited to start this book. I do have to admit that I was also scared because of its size and of the pain I was going to endure while reading this book. When I started reading, I really enjoyed reading in the POVs of my beloved twins, the heirs and they’re friends. But the more I read, the more different POVs I read, and it started to get a bit annoying? I get that we get certain POVs but to me some of them weren’t really necessary and made this book unnecessarily bigger. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved this book and what happened to the characters, but I do think this book is a bit too big and some scenes could’ve been shorter or removed from the book. This why I decided to give this book 4 stars instead of 5 stars.

She was the centre of my existence, my saviour, my warrior, my sunshine.

But let’s talk about some more positive things about this book. A lot happened in this book and it made me feel happy, angry and even sad. We got some battle scenes, some spicy scenes but also some heartbreaking scenes. I love that this book had a good mix of everything, because some Fantasy books have way too much battle scenes. I don’t want to give spoilers in my review, so I’m kind of keeping this vague. But believe me when I say that Sorrow and Starlight had a good mix of everything and that you readers are going to be so happy by the end of the book!
The memory of him was like a burn that wouldn’t heal, the pain of it constant and flaring into agony with little to no provocation. It stole my breath, stole my capacity to go on and it left me with nothing at all aside from the desire to douse the fire that had caused it before I headed into the flames myself and begged for them to end me too.

Don’t get me wrong though, this book doesn’t end on a ‘happy note’. The war is still not over, and the twins still need to do a lot of things to save the world. I’m really looking forward to the ninth and final book in the Zodiac Academy series. I also already know that I’m going to be so sad after finishing the series. I really love Tory and Darcy, and their friends, and I’m going to miss them so much!

He was the destroyer of me. The ruination of the girl I’d been and the creator of the woman I had become. He was my one true love, without any help or hindrance from the stars. He was more than my Elysian Mate. He was more than my equal. He was my end.