Title // Trapped In Silver (Eldryn Chronicles #1)
Author // Emily Sowden
Publication Month // February 2017
Publisher // OfTomes
Genre // Fantasy, Young Adult
Courage comes from a shadowed place in our hearts; a blurred line that straddles love and sheer stupidity.
To seventeen-year-old Ava, wild woodcats, hungry stragglers, and simple-minded townsfolk are the evils she’s grown accustomed to. But when Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, enters her world she quickly understands that there are worse things out there than drunken men and carnivorous forest creatures. She’s a specialised liar and a hell of a fighter, but against a group of animalistic men called Berserkers she struggles to survive the encounter as the desperate swing of a dagger is all it takes to change her life for good.
Half-dead and hunted by the Berserker’s leader when he forms a monstrous obsession with her, Ava escapes his pursuit in an unfamiliar land full of impossible creatures, unlikely allies, and the man she doesn’t know whether to kiss or kill.
But after dreadful news of her missing brother surfaces, Ava becomes more involved in the centuries-long war and begins to unravel the reasons behind her relentless nightmares, discovering truths long-buried in a violent history of love, loss and betrayal.
Trapped In Silver is a suspenseful, thrilling young adult fantasy novel set in a world very different to our own.
From the first page, we’re thrust into Ava’s world – seeing it through her eyes as she struggles to run her father’s farm in his absence, donning a guise as ‘her brother’ in order to trade their goods at the market without incident, until a fateful encounter with Ethan – a stranger with unusual eyes – sets her on a path to a world she couldn’t possibly imagine. Hunter by the Berserkers – men with animalistic qualities, and ferocity to match – Ava escapes and finds herself in a new and strange world where she doesn’t know she can trust, or if she can go home again.
All of the characters in Trapped In Silver have secrets – all of them are mysterious – and as a reader, it’s thrilling to not know who to trust. Emily Sowden slowly peels back the layers of her world, revealing only what we need to know when we need to know it keeping the suspense up through the entire of the story.
As a fan of paranormal stories, I love the way Demons and Berserkers are woven into the book, their mythology and history entirely unique to this world, and compelling to read.
I look forward to seeing where Sowden takes her series in the future, and how Ava’s story continues. Overall, I gave Trapped In Silver 4 out of 5 stars.
Trapped In Silver will be released in February, 2017.
I received a copy of Trapped In Silver in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.