The City Beneath the Hidden Stars
Drawing on an eclectic mix of influences and based on the myths and history of Zagreb, Croatia, The City Beneath the Hidden Stars is a fantastical story that unveils the wondrous concealed in the mundane and is an adventure not to be missed.

Long ago, the Black Queen once ruled Zagreb in a looming fortress over the city. Her legend lives on in children’s games and bedtime stories. Is it truly only folklore? And what harm is death to a queen who supposedly stole secrets from the stars?

When rumors surface that the Black Queen might still be alive and living in a haunted chasm beneath Zagreb’s Bear Mountain, it prompts the Star Council to dispatch star daimon Leo Solar to Earth to investigate.

After witnessing a bizarre event at a local music gig, former philosophy student Dario Taubek begins to notice a strange-looking man in a star suit. Curious, he follows him and what he discovers catapults him into a world he never knew existed. A world of magical trams, myths and monsters, celestial beings, and the legendary Black Queen.
The City Beneath the Hidden Stars by Sonya Kudei
Sonya Kudei
ISBN Numbers:
Hardcover:  978-1-64397-310-4
Softcover:   978-1-64397-311-1
Ebook:         978-1-64397-312-8 
LCCN: 2021944668

Page Count: 320
Release Date: 9/27/2022
Fiction | Fantasy
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“fantasy-filled, imaginative storytelling. I loved the mythological influences and alternative world that Sonya Kudei has crafted and am eager to visit this world in literature again.
—Dr J Reads
“The Black Queen and her followers present a genuinely terrifying threat, and scenes with her were especially chilling. Plot moves like the final drop on a rollercoaster, slowly easing readers up to the top before a sharp, adrenaline-pumping finale.
—L. Blossom, NetGalley Reviewer
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“readers with a taste for madcap fantasy will find something to enjoy.
Publishers Weekly
“the story was a great one that kept me on my toes.
—E. Hudson, NetGalley Reviewer
“a unique setting and interesting storyline…an interesting read! …I really enjoyed it!
—M. Lydon, NetGalley Reviewer
“an entertaining and fun fantasy-action tale. The humorous narration captured my attention from page one, and the story held it until the end. …if you're after a fun fantasy adventure story with a good dose of humour it's definitely worth a read.
—N. Markus, NetGalley Reviewer
“A gripping read, worth checking [out] by readers interested in intriguing worldbuilding, solid characterization, and clever plots. Recommended.
—Fantasy Book Critic
“Kudei promises to be an exciting talent. This novel is a fun standalone that combines glimmers of Croation folklore, the atmosphere of an invented underground magical Zagreb, and the snarky, ironic energy of Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
“[a] refreshingly different tale.
—LibraryThing Early Reviewers
“Really really enjoyed this book! Im a big fan of fantasy and this book had me locked in from the beginning!
—C. Wynne, NetGalley Reviewer
“a quirky, humorous novel that is very entertaining…
—Kalafudra's Stuff
“a captivating read that offers a mesmerizing escape into a realm where secrets are unveiled and dreams become reality, leaving readers eagerly exploring every twist and turn. As the story unfolds, readers are left with a sense of wonder and a deep appreciation for the hidden magic that exists in the world around us.
—M. Brown, Librarian and NetGalley Reviewer
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Nominee: 2023 Pushcart Prize