Saturday, October 4, 2014

Review: Silverblind by Tina Connolly

Title: Silverblind
Author: Tina Connolly
Series: Book Three in the Ironskin Trilogy
Published By: Tor Books (October 7, 2014)
Source: Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Fantasy/Historic
My Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:
The final book in this series will jump forward 18 years and feature Dorie, Jane's young charge from Ironskin.

18 years later . . .
Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shapechanging fey powers--to disguise herself as a boy.

While hunting for wyvern eggs, she saves a young scientist who's about to get steamed by a silvertail-- and finds her childhood friend Tam Grimsby, to whom she hasn't spoken in seven years. Not since she traded him to the fey. She can't bear to tell him who she really is, but every day grows harder as he comes to trust her.

The wyverns are being hunted to extinction for the powerful compounds in their eggs. The fey are dying out as humans grow in power. Now Tam and Dorie will have to decide which side they will fight for. And if they end up on opposite sides, can their returning friendship survive?

I have loved this series from the very beginning. It has a rather fun and original take on the fae with a slight steampunk Victorian feel that just makes it hard to resist. 

This is one of the few series that even though this is the last book, I wasn't nervous in the least to read it. I just knew I was going to be in for a grand adventure and that is exactly what Connolly delivered with. In fact, I think this is by far my favorite book of the trilogy.

I loved Dorie. She isn't necessarily a fierce warrior or even a kick butt one but she is a headstrong girl that goes after what she wants. She has made a lot of mistakes in her life and being half fey, doesn't always know where she fits in in a world that is against everything she is a part of. She feels like she needs to atone for the sins of her family and fae heritage while also protecting them and her very human family and friends. She is torn between two lives, two worlds and it has taken her a lot to get to where she is by the story's end but I loved her journey.

I loved seeing glimpses of Jane and Helen (narrators of book one and two) and then of course seeing Dorie and Tam grow up and become adults. To see where everyone is in their lives, the battles they are fighting and how much the world they live in has both grown and become stunted with prejudice and hate. 

This was a wonderfully written and satisfying conclusion to the series and one I soon won't be forgetting. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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  1. I really enjoyed the second book of the series and I'm quite curious to receive this one to read it as well.

    1. You are going to love this one as well then Melliane!

  2. Ahh yay! I want this series so bad! I didn't see it until recently but dang yall make it sound pretty entertaining :)

    1. I do hope you are able to grab copies soon, I have a feeling you will really like them Anna!

  3. That character does seem like a headstrong one and, sometimes, that is enough. No need to be kick-ass to be strong and a true heroine. ;)

  4. You are tearing through these books. I did add book one to my list, thanks in part to you my dear:) Happy Weekend

    1. So glad I could contribute to the mountain. ;)

  5. I have heard so many great things about this series, but I have yet to have the chance to try it for myself. It sounds like it is definitely something that I would enjoy, and I would love to give it a shot. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I hadn't even heard of this series until I read your review and now I am wondering why I haven't since they sound like something I'd really enjoy!

    Definitely going to go check this out after seeing how much you liked it! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

  7. Wait, this is a trilogy, and the last book jumps 18 years? Now that's interesting!

  8. I haven't read this book yet but one of the bloggers whose opinion I trust raves about it so I really want to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I'm glad that you liked it! I read the synopsis and instantly wanted to read it, so the fact that you gave it a good review makes me want to read it even more. It sounds awesome!

  10. Great review, as always Ali! I am glad you liked the series!

  11. This one looks great. I want to start this series. I am happy you are enjoying it :)

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ <a href=">Book Briefs</a>

  12. bah have not read this series yet D: but its a steampunk and i so want to.