Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
This may well be two books in one blog tour but I’ve chosen to read and review both books! To make things easier I am posting the reviews for the books on different dates as part of the tour, sharing my review of
The Lost Sentinel on June 22nd and my review of
The Sentinel’s Reign on June 28th.
I hope you get to check out them both!
The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.
The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.
Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?
The island of Kalaya has been a lush, magical place to live but the Assembly which governs it has exiled everyone who has magical abilities to live in the Turrak mountains. It is there that the Sentinel lives, helping to keep the magical island and its people safe, warning of danger and endeavouring to help everyone move forward to a safer relationship and keeping the magical island alive. However, the Sentinel is dying and now he’s getting the people he needs together to help search for his replacement. He’s being thwarted in his mission by the Masked Riders who are hunting for the new Sentinel, too. What is their purpose? Who will win?
It is a magical fantasy story packed with adventure, conflict, developing knowledge, difficult decisions and drama. There are different groups involved and the story of their adventures are interwoven throughout the book, gradually bringing key characters from their diverse backgrounds together, creating a rich tapestry of threads building up the picture piece by piece as more is gradually revealed. This is like an elaborate game of chess, with all the different main characters being moved into position for the first serious attack and subsequent events.
A very different story, this is an intriguing, magical adventure and a great start to a new series. I look forward to reading the next book in this series shortly! I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
I’ll be posting my review of the second book in this series as part of this blog tour on June 28th, 2019. Here’s the blurb to whet your appetite:
The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.
With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.
Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.
After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.
As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.
She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.
Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
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Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?
As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.
Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.
Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?
The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.
Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my honest opinion after choosing to read the book.