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Silent Orchids (The Age of Alandria #1)

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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 moti
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Paperback, 238 pages
Published 2013 by American Majestic Entertainment
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Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
3.5

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This novel reminded me of THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa on numerous occasions. However, it is not a copy, by any means. I enjoyed Wylie's take on the fantastical creatures we know as Faeries and Elves.

Kaeleigh has just turned eighteen, a girl just becoming a woman and still trying to find herself. She has always been a little bit different than everyone else, but
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Lindsey
Oh dear where do I begin with this one? This book was poorly written, so poorly in fact I would wince when reading certain passages. Every sentence was stiff, rigid, and the dialogue was terrible.
Ex. "Kaeleigh could hear Finn irritated as well.." The phrase "There was fire in his eyes" was sorely over used and "Kaeleigh looked at his expression, realizing he was trying to figure Chel out" was a common occurrence. A character would look at another character's face or expression and figure out wh
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Sofia Lazaridou
4.5 stars.

For the first half I thought that the pace was to slow and I wanted more action. (I am an action girl, what can I say?) But after that things started to get better. In the first half many questions were created and some of them were answered. I hope in Veiled Shadows things will become more clear.

The end reminded me the end of an Tv series episode. Someone drops a bomb and then the credits appear or in this case the glossary. Yeap people this book has a glossary because the author use
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Stephanie
This was book of the week for my book group and I got it free on amazon (not free in Canada at the time of review, but free on Kobo)and let me tell you, you need to get a copy cause you will enjoy yourself I know I did. This book was a fantastic tale of Faeries, Elves, Shifters, a dying land, and that lands last hope a young girl who is not what everyone expected but may just turn out to be exactly what they need. Now if that doesn't sound awesome then go away cause this review is not for you ca ...more
Amy Jones
Morgan Wylie's debut novel, Silent Orchids is a fantasy adventure enthusiasts dream come true. It has everything including fantastic worlds, mystical beings and a rock solid quest busting at the seams with trials, tribulations and determination, the perfect recipe for an outstanding plot.
I loved the characters in this new fantasy journey and how the author developed each of them with care. Too often the secondary characters can fall by the wayside but Ms. Wylie realized how important each chara
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Jackie -Sated Faery
Love this story! Kaeleigh is such a cool girl that has adjusted well after being abandoned as a child. After all these years full of questions, she may be about to get the answers to her past whether she really wants them or not - along with several other surprises along the way. One of those surprises comes in the form of a tall, dark, and handsome (not to mention tedious and overbearing) stranger that seems to show up out of nowhere. Daegan is starting to question the rulers of his land and th ...more
Linda C
Alternate world Alandria is experiencing a time of expectation; someone important is coming, the Sol-lumieth. The ruling Paladin Queen, Maleina, sends Daegon to bring the Sol-lumieth to her. Daegon doesn't trust Maleina but is bound to serve her. He goes through his world barrier in the mountains of Montana to the human world. Kaeleigh had been part of the foster system until at age 12 she was taken in by Chel and her parents. At about 14 they meet Finn and the three become inseparable friends. ...more
Jules Goud
A really good start. I quite enjoyed this book.

Kaeleigh doesn't know her family. She has been in and out of foster care her entire life. She knows that she is different but she doesn't know how. Then, she gets a stalker. Kaeleigh isn't stupid and she is very stubborn. She is a very headstrong character and she always followed her instincts. I liked that. She knew when to just leave it alone and she asked for help. She was stubborn, but not prideful and that was good to see.

I also liked the plot.
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Amanda Young
I was pleasantly satisfied with this book. It took the notion of elves, fairies, and combined it with mysterious new creature called the orchid. It was slow starting because I couldn't relate well to the main character Kaeleigh, but the more time I spent with her the more complex and interesting she became. When faced with supernatural abilities, her best friend's hidden secrets and an ever present "someone is after me" I kept returning to the book to find out what happened next. I was especiall ...more
Ginnie
*Please excuse my less than awesome review, I will be back to improve it*
I was asked to give an honest review for this book.

In my short little review I will tell you that I really did enjoy this story. There was so much wrapped up in it. You will find action, fantasy, adventure, some romance, mystery and even some humor. The one big problem I found with it was there was so much explaining and detail. Some is good but this sometimes was a little overkill. It seemed to slow the story down for me
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Megan
This was a very interesting book. I really liked how it hanged between views, but sometimes I didn't know who's view it was in so that confused me. To me this book was a lot like other supernatural books. Boy looks for girl who doesn't know what she is. She goes with him and stuff tried to kill them. They start liking each other. Then they win the battle. In this book we never won the battle but I know it will come in the next one. Even though it was kind of predictable I really liked it. I'm lo ...more
Justine
I grabbed this book on Amazon when it was free because it sounded interested and I really liked the cover. Also it was picked for this weeks book of the week in our book review group.
At the beginning of this novel I had no idea what was going on and how the two “worlds” would collide, but when they did it blended perfectly. Although I didn’t like being strung along. I want to know everything right now! I hate waiting. LOL. Morgan Wylie definitely created a word that I could get lost in and I c
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Linda
I think my major hang up about books that deal with faerie and elves is that I really have to focus when reading thanks to the naming conventions used in them. And I'm guessing I probably mispronounce everything at that. Aside from that, this book definitely grabbed my attention. At times I did wish the story would pick up and that some of those mysteries throughout would become more clear, but more often than not, I had more questions and the major mysteries are just that, still mysteries. Just ...more
Erin Danzer
This story is steeped in mystery and mythology. Right from the beginning, I was entranced with Kaleigh's story, the flashes she would have, and her friends which seemed to be more than they were, even though Kaleigh didn't pick up on it at first. I'm still not an over-the-top huge fantasy fan, but Silent Orchids read almost more like an urban fantasy - the trip to the other realm didn't happen until past the halfway mark of the book. And while Kaleigh is still waiting for more answers by the end ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I have to say that I don't read to many books about faeries but this one knocked it out the ball park for me! I mean the world in which Morgan sets us up in keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. The faerie relm is in trouble and the leaders hear about a new power that can save them from dying but no one is strong enough to go and retrieve the new power. So the leaders wait and decide that Daegan who is their top warrior will be sent on the mission to retrieve this new power. Daegan i ...more
Brianna
*I received an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was interesting. The synopsis mentioned faeries, and a fantasy realm, so obviously, I was going to give it a try. With a lot of imagination and creativity behind it, this was an easy and intriguing read. It wasn't ever boring, and the characters were good, although not fully fleshed out.

There were really two main characters in this story. First, there was Daegan, a warrior for one of the kingdoms. He was interesting
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Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)
3.5 stars

Silent Orchids was a great start to the Age of Alandria series. Wylie does not hesitate to throw us right into this fantastical world, introducing us to the lore of the world she has created. In fact, some of it felt almost Lord of the Rings like describing the faeries, elves, and the other mystical beings. (And I'm a huge LOTR fan so this so worked for me!) She does quite a bit of world building in this novel, getting us acquainted with not only the realm of Alandria, but also with the
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Marla
This review appears on Book Brats. This digital review copy was provided free by the publisher. No compensation was received for this unbiased review.

When I got the publicity email on Silent Orchids, I was immediately on board. Give me a faerie novel and I’m like a pat of butter on a hot sidewalk. We’re talking high levels of happy. The plot synopsis and the cover behind made this one a sure thing for me to read. After having done so, I can say that I liked it, but I do have some thoughts on the
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Maria
*I received a e-copy of this book by InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 Stars

Silent Orchids is a contemporary urban fantasy tale mixed with high fantasy. The story begins in present day Missoula, Montana, and follows 18-year-old Kaeleigh. She never knew her parents, and her only constants in life have been her necklace, orchids, and her two best friends, Chel and Finn. Lately flashes of a different time and a very different place have become regular too. Why does she feel that th
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Jennifer Milan
I found this during a short time when it was free on Amazon and figured, Why not? The reviews looked good. There were consistent compliments to the cool world building and great characters. Two of my favorite parts of a great story.

The world Wylie creates is very cool and a different twist on the fae, elves, and other mythical characters. I think she and J. Filloon (the Valesi trilogy) should get together for a master world building book. They seem to create similar types of fantasy that are qu
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Andreea Pausan
I liked this book very much. In the kingdom of Alandria, forces of evil have taken over. the only hopes is a child smuggled into the human realm year ago. Now this young lady who find orchids everywhere is 18 and takes the first steps towards discovering who she is, her powers and the fact that the fate of an entire realm seems to hang on her shoulders. I liked the characters, the tension was high throughout the pages. I wish we found out more before the end though.
Pamela
Kaeleigh has just moved into her apartment and has landed a job as a waitress. Her friends, Finn and Chel, are there to support her. Kaeleigh has has a very unsettling childhood moving from home to home not well treated until Chel's parent take her in. Strange dreams plague her and she doesn't know what to make of it. And then there is a mysterious stranger that comes into her life and turns it upside down.

Loved this story.
Retta
I must admit this is a long read for me I am dragging trying to push through. I see many people have given these books very high stars and I am hoping that my impressions will grow so far I'm not really invested in these characters I am currently reading book 2 and have to admit my view so far has not changed and I am bored struggling not to put the book down and start another and so far I am losing this battle.
Heather
Alandria

Well, on a positive note this book was well written. However, I hate cliffhangers. This book was good overall, but I have many more questions now that I have finished it. Unfortunately if I would have known that to begin with I could have had the next one lined up. As I didn't and my tbr pile is huge I have to say I am disappointed.
Colleenish
The first few chapters were tough to read. I don't like not knowing what is going on. And I don't like pages and pages about how beautiful and perfect the heroine is.

But after that, it got pretty good. I think Wylie does a decent job when she starts writing conversation instead of description. It was exciting. And humorous. As the characters discover truer versions of themselves, the writing seems to become truer as well. I would read another book in the series.

I wish so much of the book wasn'
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Kerry Fine
I loved this story, and I really wanted to be able to give it 5 stars, but the editor in me wouldn't allow it; there were too many shifts in perspective, among other issues. That said, when there are grammar issues I rarely find myself enjoying a book, and this one had me almost from the beginning. The cliffhanger at the end snuck up on me, and I found myself buying the next one.
Julia
Ok, I REALLY don't give 5 stars, because I think 5 stars means it has stood the test of time, but in a few years this one may just be 5 stars. I love the female MC. She is so real. She screws up. She gets made at the wrong times, she holds stuff in when she should explode... the friends are written very well also. The descriptions of the places are detailed but not boring. They come alive and keep the story going. I can hardly wait for the second book.
Naomi Scott
This was a really good story, there were a few editing mistakes here and there, but not enough to really distract from the story. While I didn't always understand what was going on with the orchids and the great evil, I was still very interested in it and ended up buying the second book in the series.
Tara Humphrey
I read this one yesterday. I really like the story and the idea behind the book. Kaeleigh's attitude was a little hard to swallow. I was confused with which person she wanted to be. I haven't read the synopsis for the second book. We will see if it will haunt me till I read it.
Alina Popescu
3.5 stars. Great debut to a fantasy series! A fight between good and evil in a realm of elves, faeries, and shifters, with their only hope hidden in the human world, the story is quite gripping. Very descriptive in the beginning, the book paints the vivid world of Alandria with its many races and secrets. Kaeleigh, or sol-lumieth, the hope to restore light to the magical realm that prophecies speak of, is a young girl brought up in the foster care system of Montana, apparently living a normal li ...more
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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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