The Native Star
|Author||M. K. Hobson|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Followed by||The Hidden Goddess|
The Native Star, set in America in 1876, follows the adventures of Emily Edwards, town witch of the tiny Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine. Her business is suffering from the rise of mail-order patent magicks, and her only chance at avoiding the penury at her doorstep is to 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 City—to set things right. Together, they travel from the seedy underbelly of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, across the United States by transcontinental railroad and biomechanical flying machine, to the highest halls of American magical power, all while being pursued by various factions who want for themselves a powerful magical artifact that has come into Emily’s possession.
The Native Star was included on Locus' Recommended Reading List for 2010 as well as several other "Top 10 of 2010" lists. Publishers Weekly called it "clever and original" and "[a] splendid debut."  It was nominated for the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
- M.K. Hobson's Author Page at Random House
- The Native Star pages on the author's website
- Book page on Goodreads, including reader reviews and ratings
- Locus, Recommended Reading List 2010 (First Novels), February 2011 (http://www.locusmag.com/Magazine/2011/Issue02_RecommendedReading.html)
- The Book Pushers, Top 10 reads of 2010 (http://thebookpushers.com/2010/12/31/our-top-reads-from-2010/)
- The Reader Eclectic, Top 10 of 2010 (http://www.thereadereclectic.com/?p=1153/)
- From the TBR Pile, Top 10 of 2010 (http://fromthetbrpile.blogspot.com/2010/12/10-on-10th.html/)
- Publishers Weekly Review (on Amazon.com page)