English Title: Crest of the Stars | Banner of the Stars
Japanese Title: 星界の紋章 — Seikai no Monshou — “Crest of the Stars” | 星界の戦旗 — Seikai no Senki — “Banner of the Stars”
Author: Hiroyuki Morioka — 森岡 浩之
Illustrator: Toshihiro Ono — 小野 敏洋
Translator: Sue Shambaugh (Tokyopop), Giuseppe di Martino (J-Novel Club)
Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera, Military
Original Run: Crest: April 1996 – June 1996, Banner: December 1996 – ongoing
English Run: Tokyopop: September 2006 – May 2007, J-Novel Club: June 2019 – ongoing
Japanese Publisher: Hayakawa Bunko JA (Hayakawa Shobo)
English Publisher: Tokyopop (discontinued), J-Novel Club (license rescued)
Volumes in Japanese: Crest: 3 (Completed), Banner: 6 (In Progress)
Note: Tokyopop released all three volumes of Crest of the Stars back in 2006 – 2007. They did not release any volumes of the sequel series, Banner of the Stars. J-Novel Club has released the Crest of the Stars volumes again with a new translation, and will continue the series with a translation of Banner of the Stars.
Volumes in English: Crest: 3 (Completed), Banner: 1 (In Progress)
Average Price Per Volume: Paperback $15 — Kindle $7 – iBook $7 – Kobo $7 — Nook $7
Note: Also available to read online through a J-Novel Club subscription. J-Novel Club will eventually release hardcover “3 volumes in 1” omnibus editions for this series.
- English Website — Japanese Website
- MAL Entry — Forum
- Baka Updates — LNDB.info (Crest) — LNDB.info (Banner) — Novel Updates
Synopsis: In the far-distant future, mankind has traversed the stars and settled distant worlds. But no matter how advanced the technology of the future becomes, it seems the spacefaring nations cannot entirely shed their human nature. Jint Lin finds this out the hard way when, as a child, his home world is conquered by the powerful Abh Empire: the self-proclaimed Kin of the Stars, and rulers of vast swaths of the known universe. As a newly-appointed member of the Abh’s imperial aristocracy, Jint must learn to forge his own destiny in the wider universe while bearing burdens he never asked for, caught between his surface-dweller “Lander” heritage and the byzantine culture of the Abh, of which he is now nominally a member. A chance meeting with the brave-but-lonely Apprentice Starpilot Lafier aboard the Patrol Ship Goslauth will lead them both headfirst down a path of galaxy-spanning intrigue and warfare that will forever change the fate of all of humankind.
— Crest of the Stars —
J-Novel Club releases:
Volume 1 — Princess of the Empire
Released September 5, 2006 — ISBN-13: 978-1598165753
Volume 2 — A Modest War
Released January 9, 2007 — ISBN-13: 978-1598165760
Volume 3 — Return to a Savage World
Released May 1, 2007 — ISBN-13: 978-1598165777
— Banner of the Stars —
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