As a long-time fan of Carey, I was intrigued by the concept of this stand-alone and snagged it right when it came out. While it lacks the world depth and opulence of her high fantasy series, Starless is nevertheless an engrossing page-turner featuring a multi-faceted and hugely badass main character. I did not anticipate the early twist at all, nor the twist at the end for that matter. I am very rarely surprised by fiction, but this one startled me to the point of grinning like an idiot.
The LGBTQ undertones are powerful without being preachy. The world, while limited, feels gritty yet elegant, with awe-inspiring and terrifying gods showing up here and there. Full of magic, action, a dash of romance, and a hint of Carey-esque intrigue, this was a great read cover to cover.