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Monday, December 21, 2015

REVIEW: Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh

Silver Eve is book two in Waugh's Guardians of Tarnec YA fantasy series.  Evie Carew is a Healer and yet her own heart is broken following her abandonment of her village after the death of her beloved, Raif. She's determined to lead herself toward her own destruction until she learns that she has a greater destiny.

Meeting the Seer, Harker, who insists Evie find a specific shell, she learns that she is the Guardian of Death, the second of four Guardians--Life, Death, Dark and Light. Evie must find an amulet and combine it with the others to restore Balance to the world. To help her, she is paired with Rider, Laurent, with whom attraction sizzles as they form an otherworldly bond. Together, they journey on a quest to save their world from chaos.

I was pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem.  I hadn't heard of the series until I received this book to review for ROYAL.  I have not read the first book, Lark Rising, but wish to do so now.  In it, readers meet Evie's cousin, Lark, who is the first Guardian--of Life.

There is excellent writing, character development and word building while still making this a fast, accessible read.  I don't always love high fantasy but, Waugh pulled me in with Evie's story, the angsty passion felt by these potential lovers (Evie + Laurent = Forever) and the greater impact for adventure and an ultimate battle between good and evil.  Overall, I really enjoyed it.

Recommended for grades 7 and up. This series is a must purchase for school and public libraries. I wholly recommend it for readers who enjoy good fantasy and adventure novels with a dash of epic romance.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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