Can new alliances save the Silent Sea Islands 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 for magic users, determined to obliterate them. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage 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?
This book was EVERYTHING I’d hoped it would be. I’ve loved the first two books of the series, and was very happy indeed with how everything worked out in this one.
I’ve fallen in love with pretty much the entire cast of characters, and by now, want the best for all of them. That, I’d say, is a sign of a good bit of writing!
This book introduces an enemy who’s only been hinted at by the first two books. And they’re a well-written enemy. Kept mysterious enough to send a chill down your spine, but shown to be as dangerous as those who have come before. This enemy throws a lot of people into new roles, forcing everyone – from the main character, Tei, to a six-year-old; to grow and adapt. This added an extra level of interest to the story, and shook everything up a bit – stopping me from getting to comfortable with the narrative and serving to keep me guessing.
One storyline I really loved was woven around the island of Stone Haven. Captain Farrell was doing his best to bring it back to being a place of magic and beauty, and stopped at nothing – bringing not only plants, but soil, from other countries – putting massive amounts of energy into bringing nature back to his home. It was quite a contrast to the building of a war fleet and battling an evil maniac!
Overall, spokes were shoved into the wheel at every possible opportunity, keeping the narrative peppered with action throughout. I was entirely satisfied with every part of the ending of this book, and how each character’s plot lines were wound up (for the time being!)
I can’t wait to read any further books in this series, and to explore the wonderful Silent Seas again!
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.