Silver Eve Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway
Title: SILVER EVE
Series: Guardians of Tarnec #2
Author: Sandra Waugh
Sale Date: September 22, 2015
Age: 12 and Up, Grades 7 and Up
Genre: Fantasy & Magic
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4.5 Stars
A Healer without home or purpose, seventeen-year-old Evie Carew has found the perfect place to disappear: Rood Marsh. She can easily fade into its vast wilderness of towering reeds; leave behind the growing violence that is claiming her innocent world. Leave behind the tragedy that broke her heart and sent her far from her grandmother, cousin Lark and all she once loved.
But Evie is not alone in the marsh. A seer, a Rider, and Breeders of Chaos all hunt her—for though opposed in objective, her seekers share knowledge she does not: Evie is one of the four Guardians of Tarnec, one who can help save the world from the coming destruction if she can reclaim the stolen amulet of Death. But whether she meets true love or a brutal end on such a journey is a matter of who finds her first.
SILVER EVE, the second book in the Guardians of Tarnec series by Sandra Waugh, easily drew me back into the magical world of Tarnec with beautiful writing, vivid world building and characters that felt real and dynamic.
In the fist book of the series, LARK RISING, the story reveals a destiny of four chosen Guardians who are known as the "Keepers of Balance" and whose job it is to keep the "Breeder's of Chaos" from unleashing darkness and unbalance. SILVER EVE introduces readers to the second of the Guardians, seventeen-year-old Evie Carew, a healer.
SILVER EVE is very much the heroine's journey as much as it is a fantasy story. Evil Troths, the dark magic of the Breeders, and deadly winged creatures all threaten Evie while she sets out on a path to retrieve a missing amulet that belongs to the Guardians. Reed Kelpies, a Bog Hag, and a wily-old-wise-man also makes an appearance. So, there is no shortage of fantasy and magic, but it is Evie's awakening to her powers as a healer and Death's Guardian that held me spellbound.
Multifaceted and realistic, Evie is one of those heroines who goes from having a simple, peaceful and unburdened life to one where her eyes are ripped opened to a world of great terror. Evie struggles to keep going even when she thinks all is lost. As a healer, she is not allowed to harm - it being the antithesis of what she is, yet she struggle emotionally to come to terms with the fact she cannot take retribution on her enemies. How does one who nurtures come to terms with being Death's Guardian? How does one accept the loss of one's beloved when a bond is made with a Rider, the male counterpart o Evie's "Keeper of Balance" and Guardian abilities? These questions, Evie's path, are all woven into the story with beauty and emotion that makes SILVER EVE's a fantastic read beyond the world building and fantasy.
The romance, can I just mention that Sandra Waugh knows how to make her readers swoon with first kisses. Evie and her Rider have this relationship, a push-and- pull one, that I loved. Through the quest and dangers, their attraction becomes evident while their bond is strengthened through each dangerous encounter. The romance is portrayed in a way that is beautiful, evident yet not explicit - making it more accessible to some teens.
SILVER Eve draws readers into a world that is both vivid and dark, where earth magic, quests, and danger abound and self-discovery and romance balance it out, making for a fantastic romantic fantasy read. I can't wait for more in this series as each book has surprised and captivated me.
About Sandra Waugh
Sandra grew up in an old house full of crowded bookshelves, in walking distance of an old library that allowed her to drag home a sack of six books at a time. It goes without saying, then, that she fell in love with the old house in Litchfield County, CT, because of its many bookshelves, and she lives there now with her husband, two sons, and a dog who snores. Loudly.
1 winner will receive Eve's necklace and signed hardcovers of LARK RISING & SILVER EVE and bookmarks. US Only.
1 winner will receive a necklace a glass sphere & dandelion thread and signed hardcovers of LARK RISING & SILVER EVE and bookmarks. US Only.
1 winner will receive rain cologne, temporary tattoos, a bookmark, and a signed paperback of LARK RISING and a signed ARC of SILVER EVE. US Only.
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