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Trapped In Silver By Emily Sowden


Trapped in Silver is an eerie fantasy that follows seventeen year old Ava as she becomes tangled in a centuries long war between creatures she believed to be merely myths and legends. After a dangerous encounter with the Berserkers, their leader develops an obsession with her and vows to hunt her down as Ava's ability to trust is put to the test and she forms an unlikely alliance with the Demons. After news spreads of her brother's disappearance, Ava becomes even more determined to learn more about these strange lands and monsters as she fights for her life. 

Genre: Fantasy

Such a breath of fresh air in the genre of high fantasy with a lot of suspense and haunting scenes. The writing was great and this may be an odd aspect to point out but I loved the descriptions about fear, they very eerie and well considered. Top favorites being:

  • "I was afraid of the dark once, but it was a fear I could not longer afford" 
  • "Fear made people corruptible"
  • "Fear should motivate you, not rule you
Ava's character is such a great protagonist for two key reasons:

1. She takes crap from nobody and isn't afraid to kick some ass to prove it, which I loved as she wasn't a stereotypical warrior character that can straight away beat everything in her way. No one is a perfect fighter from the get go, so I enjoyed seeing Ava's determination and watching (or rather reading) her grow in strength and ability. I mean she bloody walks around with a knife strapped to herself. Goals.

2. She's SASSY AND I LOVE IT. Speaking as an experienced sass monster, I was impressed. 

I did get frustrated with Ava's decisions sometimes as they came across a bit too reckless, as it's one thing to be determined but another to be unreasonable, which I felt sometimes did overrule.

I adored the classifications of the monsters in this book, as most high fantasies feature too many creatures and it gets hard to follow but here we got just the right amount. The types of Demons were particularly interesting and their different characteristics were so well thought out. Finally a high fantasy series that explored other beings that had very compelling histories, and this matched well with the individual characters' backgrounds. 

This being a first book in a series, I was pleasantly surprised at how intricate the relationships were between all the characters, my favorite interactions being that of Ava and Ethan. Their scenes were very suspenseful and even though they threw shade at each other, which added a lot of comedy, it was nicely balanced. 

Overall, thank you Emily for writing such a unique fantasy, I can't wait to read more of your work!

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