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Brilliance Of Stars - J'nell Ciesielski



The first book of an epic duology follows two elite assassins during WWI and incorporates a blend of thrilling adventure, glamorous espionage, and sweeping romance.

Amid the chaos of the Great War, two elite assassins learn precisely how dangerous it is to have something—or someone—worth losing.

Washington, DC, 1914. Ivy Olwen knows how to survive on the streets without two coins to rub together. But when destiny thrusts her into the nest of a covert agency of assassins sworn to drive back the world’s darkness, she acquires a new set of lethal skills. Her education—from explosives to etiquette, sharpshooting to sabotage—is as far-reaching as the organization’s missions. But it’s the hours she spends among the towering bookshelves in the library and stargazing on the roof with Agent Jack Vale that make her heart fly.

Jack knew plenty of hardship before the agency refined his rough edges, transforming him into the man who never misses. But he didn’t know the feeling of home until Ivy entered his world.  Now, Jack’s heart drums with a singular purpose: he will fight for her, fight alongside her. No matter the cost.

When the pair is sent on a seemingly simple mission to take down Russia’s newest and most dangerous arms dealer—a soulless man using the Great War as an opportunity to further his own depraved agenda—they discover that no amount of training could have prepared them for a manhunt that takes them across the frozen tundra, to the Crimean Peninsula, and along the Trans-Siberian Railway . . . only to discover that there is evil in the world they are just beginning to understand.

The first book of an epic duology from bestselling author J’nell Ciesielski, The Brilliance of Stars incorporates her signature blend of thrilling adventure, glamorous espionage, and sweeping romance.


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"Ciesielski’s talent for storytelling from the heart is a feast for the readers’ eyes.”

—Mario Escobar, international bestselling author of The Teacher of Warsaw and Remember Me

"A thrilling love story of powerful equals working tirelessly to save the world from darkness."

—Ericka Robuck,
Bestselling author of Sisters of Night and Fog

"I was enthralled with the plot and the characters and holding my breath on more than one occasion."

—Goodreads Reader

"The Brilliance of Stars had it all--adventure, romance, suspense, and intrigue. This was my first book by J'nell Ciesielski, and a new author plus a gorgeous book cover were two things I couldn't turn down."

—Goodreads Reader

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Jnell Ciesielski Author


Bestselling author with a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black-and-white movies. She is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.

Learn more at

Instagram: @jnellciesielski
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