In the distant past, the Stars would descend to Earth to bring light where darkness reigned. They would live among people, until the time came where they were forced to hide themselves behind impenetrable thorn hedges.
Today, only a few still believe in the Descended.
It was therefore highly unexpected that the Foundation of Irkin ordered Bom to investigate whether the possible last Star in the world could be found in the High Principality of Ardwyn. After all, the achievements of Illustrious Investigator Bomallin Zehaster Rigus (Bom) had, until this day, not been that noteworthy at all. He didn’t feel like undertaking the journey either. Unfortunately for him, he had no choice.
This is how the adventurous journey of Bom and his ten apprentices begins.
Along the way, two new apprentices join Bom on his journey: the unusual Leer, who has been waiting all his life for an opportunity to look for Stars, and a woman from Tautir, Sea-anemone.
After arriving in Ardwyn, Bom is able to travel freely through the domain without exposing his quest, by getting himself the commission to investigate the mysterious travel pipes connecting the empire’s fifty-three countries.
The question remains whether Bom will successfully complete his journey. And more importantly: will he reach his destiny? Or is he just a side-character in Leer’s story, searching for his Star?
A fantasy tale that breathes its own, distinct, strange atmosphere. A story with deeper layers, but also a light-hearted rascal novel.
The writer Jacob Pot (1960) works in The Hague, but lives in Gouda, the city that holds an insignia surrounded by a circle of thorns. No wonder that the story about Illustrious Investigator Bom is interlaced with the theme “through the thorns to the stars”.