#Review: The Silver Tide by Jen Williams @sennydreadful @headlinepg
From Jen Williams, author of highly-acclaimed fantasy debut THE COPPER PROMISE and blistering follow-up THE IRON GHOST, comes a brand-new epic fantasy adventure.
Tales of the Black Feather Three and their exploits abound far and wide, and Wydrin of Crosshaven, Lord Aaron Frith and Sir Sebastian have become sell swords in demand. Having foiled powerful mages and evil magic, they now face a challenge unlike any before – in the form of Wydrin’s mother.
Devinia the Red, notorious pirate and captain of the Poison Chalice, is intent on finding the fabled treasure hidden within the jungles of the cursed island of Euriale. She needs the skills of her daughter Wydrin and her companions to get there, and our heroes cannot resist the lure of coin and adventure. But no explorer has returned from the heart of the island, and it’s not long before the Three find themselves in the clutches of peril. Deep within the island of the gods, there are remnants of forces best left undisturbed…
Follow the reckless heroes of THE COPPER PROMISE and THE IRON GHOST in an epic quest unlike any they have faced before.
What an utterly outstanding and thrilling ride this has been. The Silver Tide is the final installment in The Copper Promise trilogy from Jen Williams and it lives up to the glory of its two preceding books. As I was reading this novel I was both willing the book to end whilst dreading it at the same time knowing that this was it once I reached that final page.
Wydrin marked herself early in this series as a firm favourite of mine with her quick wit and no holds barred skills at fighting. She has been fearless throughout the books and continues to battle against the odds in The Silver Tide. We are introduced to her Mother, Devinia the Red, in this novel a notorious pirate and it is clear where Wydrin get so much of her gusto from. Her Mother is also an unforgiving adventurer who will push on whatever the odds.
One of the things I have enjoyed most about these novels is that the women have featured as more than just side pieces. They have played main roles alongside the men, are equally brave, strong, and fierce. They can hold a sword just as well, wield magic just as well and be as good or as evil. This is equal opportunities fantasy.
Sebastian came into his own in this novel for me, I felt like we really find the man beneath the gusto in this novel. I really connected with him in The Silver Tide as more than just a warrior and his story arc was probably my favourite in the end.
We also see Lord Aaron Frith truly confront his demons and learn if he can be a better man. His obsessions with revenge and magic have been his driving forces to date but in this novel we start to see a different side of him as he realises what is important.
Overall this novel took some turns that were so cleverly crafted and executed they just felt natural once the initial shock had worn off. I was completely taken aback by the way the novel ended and the story-lines resolved although everything felt as though it was in it’s correct place.
It is going to be very hard saying goodbye to the Black Feather Three having grown so close to them recently!
A huge thanks to Jen Williams and Headline Publishing Group for the ARC via NetGalley so that I could read and honestly review this book.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Title: The Silver Tide
Series: The Copper Promise
Author: Jen Williams
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication Date: 25 February 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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