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Amid Stars and Darkness


One mistaken identity leads to out of this world trouble.

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    7 (6 ratings)

  • Tears

    5 (5 ratings)

  • Laughs

    7 (6 ratings)

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    8 (5 ratings)

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Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’ head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’ terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.


Squaring her shoulders, she rested a hand over one of his. There was only one way out of this that she could see, and sitting around complaining about it, feeling sorry for herself, wasn't it.

“What do they want me to do?” she asked, barreling on when his eyes widened. “Whatever it is, I'll do it, but then I get to go home, right?”

He nodded his head.

“You're telling me the truth, aren't you?”

“Yes, Delaney.” He gave her a comforting half smile. “You do what the Basileus wants, and I'll make sure you get home safely.” His lips pursed then, and he slowly eased to his feet, hovering over her so that she not only had to put her head all the way back, but she needed to stretch out her arms behind her and lean on them as well.

“You're very brave,” he told her.

“For a human,” she filled in the blank he'd left open.

The corner of his mouth twitched. “Yes. There's that.”

Their current positions starting to make her uncomfortable, she bolted to her feet so fast he needed to backtrack a few steps to avoid her slamming into him. She was already turning away though, pacing the room with her hands on her hips.

“Ok,” she waved at him “tell me what it is I'm supposed to do.”

“Simple,” his tone hinted that what he was about to say was anything but, “convince the world that you are Lissa Olena.”

She paused. “Oh, is that all?”


"Feener’s world-building is excellent, and readers will feel engulfed in the culture, politics, and technology. . . . A cliff-hanger ending will leave readers anxious for a sequel. Give to fans of Melissa Landers’s Alienated and Ally Condie’s Matched." —School Library Journal

"Makes for fun, fluffy reading." —Booklist

"Ending in spectacular fashion, Amid Stars and Darkness left me dying for more. Chani Lynn Feener opens this trilogy wonderfully and sets the second book up with the conclusion of this first installment. I can’t wait to join Delaney and Ruckus again." —The Rest Is Still Unwritten

"Perfect for someone who thinks they don’t like sci-fi or wants an easy transition into the genre." —Madison's Library

“This story was amazing! The character development, the romance, the tears, such an emotional rollercoaster!” –Hannah B., Swoon Reader

“Aliens, sexy soldiers, romance, cliffhangers... guys this book has everything!” –The Blonde Bookworm, Swoon Reader

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