ISBN:9781546622154. September 22nd 2020. Narrated by George Ellington. Estimated run time: 13.8 hours. Silent Sea Chronicles Book one.
With thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me take part in the tour, and for arranging for an audiobook to be sent my way.
The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?
Kalaya is controlled by the Assembly – set up to govern but now intent on persecuting those who have magic, many of whom have taken refuge in the Turrak Mountains.
Tei has been raised to hide her magic, until her father is visited by an old friend who tells them to flee to the mountains.
On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He sees her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession that changes Tei’s life.
Tei must put her trust in these strangers, especially when mysterious Masked Riders seem determined to stop her reaching Turrak.
Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles in their search for their lost Sentinel. But the Masked Riders want the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Can Tei help the exiles save the island magic and reunite the Kalayan people before their ignorance destroys them all?
You know when you start a book that sounds interesting, but you’re not sure if you’d ever get around to? This is one of those books. If it weren’t for the blog tour, I’d have eyed this book up for ages, and probably never gotten around to. Having said that, I am glad I got the chance to take part in this tour. I rather enjoyed this book.
The plot for this book was interesting and well thought out. It was well written and reminded me why I love underrated fantasy novels so much. There is some great world building, once you get into things it’s easy to work out and follow the rules of the world. I enjoyed learning about the magic system.
I liked most of the characters, although I had a hard time trying to work out the ages of the various characters. I enjoyed reading from Tei’s point of view sections more than most of the others, other than Brogan, who seemed to be one of the nicest characters in the entire book.
Having read this by listening to the audiobook I found it wasn’t a bad listen. The biggest issue I found was the way this novel changed point of view mid-chapters, with no clear way to differentiate the character with whom the reader was following until a few sentences later. This would sometimes yank me out of the world, and I’d struggle to get back into it briefly.
I gave this 3.5 out of 5 stars.