The Native Star

Book One in the Veneficas Americana series. Published August 2010 by Ballantine Spectra

It’s 1876, and business is rotten for Emily Edwards, town witch of the tiny Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine. With everyone buying patent magicks by mail-order, she’s faced with two equally desperate options. Starve—or use a love spell to bewitch the town’s richest lumberman into marrying her.

When the love spell goes terribly wrong, Emily is forced to accept the aid of Dreadnought Stanton—a pompous and scholarly Warlock from New York—to set things right. Together, they travel from the seedy underbelly of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, across the United States by train and biomechanical flying machine, to the highest halls of American magical power, only to find that love spells (and love) are far more complicated and dangerous than either of them could ever have imagined.

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Featured Review

“I can’t say enough good things about this book. For me it’s definitely one of the best debuts I have read this year, and I absolutely adore the characters and the setting. If you are fan of Gail Carriger and Leanna Renee Hieber, then you will enjoy THE NATIVE STAR.” —Hasna Saadani, The Book Pushers


8 Responses to The Native Star

  1. [...] at what some other authors are doing in a few new books, including M.K. Hobson’s incandescent The Native Star, whose book trailer is here: Native Star Book [...]

  2. [...] You can read the first chapter here. [...]

  3. [...] K. Hobson’s site has a section dedicated to The Native Star, in which she shares several excerpts, links to other reviews, and a character [...]

  4. [...] Sarah Hall Knowledge of Angels, Jill Paton Walsh The Carbon Diaries 2015, Saci Lloyd Hachette (YA) Native Star, M.K. Hobson (described as steampunk genre) Ysabel, Guy Gavriel Kay Blue Silence, Michelle [...]

  5. [...] Sunday on Off the Shelf is fantasy author, MK Hobson. Her “bustlepunk” novels include The Native Star and the about-to-be-released The Hidden Goddess. Curious about what bustlepunk is? So am I, so we [...]

  6. [...] and Simeon will interview fantasy author, MK Hobson. Her “bustlepunk” novels include The Native Star and the about-to-be-released The Hidden [...]

  7. [...] whom Simeon cornered for an additional 5 Questions. Hobson is up for a Nebula Award for her novel The Native Star, and her second book in the series, The Hidden Goddess, was just released. (I must say, she and I [...]

  8. [...] Pierce’s Trickster’s Choice and Trickster’s Queen, or of late M.K. Hobson’s Native Star. If I’ve read Dreadnaught Stanton purging himself in blood and desperate clinging to Emily [...]

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