Published by SilverWoodSketches on May 31, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: ecopy from Author
"I shouldn't have to tell you this isn't a fairy story..."
After her parents' car crash ten years before, Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. She may be a writer, but she believes in reality over fiction. She ignores the unexplained mysteries surrounding her, never mind the dreams of a past life, or the fact she can fry technology with a touch. Not even a timely invitation from her long-lost uncle in England gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire.
Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.
After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.
**Previously published in 2012. This NEW EDITION has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED. The original novel is now no longer available.**
Silver Hollow is the first book in the Borderlands saga by Jennifer Silverwood. The borderlands saga is a young adult fantasy romance that blended arthurian legend with fae legend. I have never seen this type blending before but I have to say I was loving it! I cannot wait for the next book in the saga because this was unlike anything I have read before. I am a huge fan of fae stories, and I have always been a fan of the legend of king Arthur. I’m not going to tell you exactly how the two things intertwine in the story (because…spoilers!) but I will say it is pretty cool.
In Silver Hollow, we meet Amie. One of my not so favorite tropes was used to kick start this book (parents tragically dying) but it did serve it’s purpose in propelling Amie on a surprise adventure. She is whisked off and finds herself in a town that feels like another world. Amie gets to know a long lost relative of hers and slowly, sometimes a bit too slowly, she uncovers pieces of her family history, and learns of something much more magically than she dreamed she would find herself in. I love watching the development of magical powers, but Silver Hollow was a very slow build novel. There is a lot going on, with multiple storylines and layers upon layers of secrets. I feel like every single character, even all of the secondary characters in the town had secrets. It was fun and it kept the reader engaged in the story, but I did find myself feeling like the book was dragging a bit in parts. I’m sure the second book will pick up the pace, now that we knw the lay of the land. However; there are still tons of secrets that were left unanswered in Silver Hollow, so more uncovering to come.
The magic in Silver Hollow was pretty cool as well. They call your inner magic your nixy, which I have never heard before. And learning about the seelie and the unseelie courts the way Jennifer Silverwood imagined them was neat. There are plenty of fighting and action scenes, because there are plenty of masty creatures in this story. And they seemed to be drawn to Amie like a beacon. I know there will be lots more to come on this front in the next book, but I can’t wait to see how everything unfolds.
I loved the romance in Silver Hollow. It was my favorite part, largely due to the fact that the romantic interest has so many secrets of his own and he is so intricately tied into the past of the a lot of the characters. That was pretty cool to see. If you are a fan of fantasy mash ups and you love mythology and fae tales, the borderlands saga is going to be a great book for you to check out. It was previously released in 2012, but it was totally revised and expanded in 2018. So if you are an old fan of the series, you might want to do a re-read of this one before continuing on to book 2.
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