luni, 15 iunie 2015

”Silent Orchids” (”The Age of Alandria”, #1) by Morgan Wylie - Review

Title: Silent Orchids
Author: Morgan Wylie
Publishing year: 2013
Format: e-book (provided by YA Bound Book Tours as a part of the tour in order to provide a honest review)

Description 

A dying realm.

The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed. 

The Orchids have been silenced... but for how long?

Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.

Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel - who have secrets of their own.



Review


The first book in The Age of Alandria series is a captivating and promising beginning of a journey that involves magic, elves, faeries, shapeshifters, orchids and a lot of mysteries. For Kaeleigh this journey means the moment she has been waiting for a long time - the moment when she finally discovers who and what she truly is. For Daegan, on the other hand, it is a mission he needs to accomplish as a part of his destiny in order to bring back peace in Alandria. I must admit, I wish the premise would have been a bit different, and not following the typical fairy tale pattern - the character who doesn't know his/ her true identity, the prophecy that saying he/ she is the chosen one to destroy the evil. Yet, I cannot say this bothered me, I just say it would have been great to read about a more diverse main idea.  

However, the main idea gradually evolves into a complex and multilayered story. So many secrets show up that it becomes quite difficult to keep up with them. Kaeleigh's friends - Finn and Chel - become really interesting characters because they have their own mysteries and questions, which are related to Kaeleigh. Plus, there is the bizarre bond between the protagonist and Daegan, which suddenly comes out when the two characters meet. I enjoy this connection between them because if they are going to be more than friends at some point in the future, it will be easier for me to get accustomed with the situation and it will also remove the "instantly-falling-in-love" cliché. When it comes to relationships, I do need to share my sympathy for Daegan's friendship with Halister (the son of the Paladins) - although it is not largely outlined in this book, it is nice to get a glimpse of it.

I had some problems with the first novel in the trilogy though. One is that concerning the worldbuilding, which, to my mind, is somehow disproportionate - some things are very well described while others are given less attention. Regarding the language, I was indeed pleased with the figures of speech and the way the author managed to express, for instance, the connection between Kaeleigh and Daegan or between Kaeleigh and the orchids. Still, I detected some mistakes, repetitive phrases, too many Caps Lock written words and excessive usage of the exclamation mark. In addition, I believe it would have been better if the family name of both Chel and Finn hadn't been mentioned right from the start, as they have strange last names and it becomes obvious they are not that earthly.

Overall, Silent Orchids is a story that slowly develops into an engaging bigger picture, which provides the certainty that there is more to find out, more characters to encounter and more gripping events to take place.


My Rating: 3,5/5 (Goodreads - 4/5)


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About the Author

Morgan Wylie, originally from the Pacific Northwest, now resides near Nashville, TN with her husband and daughter. She and her husband work everyday at their individual and combined creative pursuits while she learns to balance being “Mama”, wife, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head.

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