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Silver's Edge (Shadowlands #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  540 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Three women--a blacksmith's daughter, a Sidhe lady, and a mortal queen--are each driven by a personal destiny to stand against an encroaching evil. Yet they share a fierce sense of love, justice, and determination to protect what is theirs.
Paperback, 536 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Luna Books (first published June 2004)
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Stef Rozitis
Dec 09, 2014 Stef Rozitis rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Despite being worn out by the many long descriptions (some of them admittedly rich and lush) and very annoyed at the constant sexualisation of every single character, I found the plot itself drew me in and grew on me. Not a stand alone novel by any means (alas) like many first in a fantasy series it ends with no resolution whatsoever and is designed purely as a vehicle to the next novel. Without being completely sure whether I will persist with the next book, I feel like the book was worth readi ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Briana rated it really liked it
I really liked this book.

From the start, the descriptive imagery gave me an almost visceral reaction. I could see, smell, and hear everything, especially the horrible things happening.

The only gripe I had was how the chapters flowed and shifted perspective. It went from changing from chapter to chapter to changing within the chapter with only a line break to indicate a story shift. It made the chapters really long and too full to handle all at once. A little more break in the action (there was a
Rivalie (Forever Obsession)
Mar 11, 2015 Rivalie (Forever Obsession) rated it really liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars

Initial Thoughts: Pretty decent start. I will admit that I'm not loving all the characters but the way the three different plotlines overlapped kept me hooked. One POV will slowly approach a climax moment and then the story will switch to a different POV. Definitely worth a try!

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In the world of Shadowland, there is an uneasy peace between the human realm and the Otherworld. For the last couple generations, the two worlds have coexisted in peace after the last devast
Oct 19, 2014 Libby rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Such a great story line...reminds me of lord of the rings!
Barbara ★
Oct 24, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it really liked it
This is a greatly detailed book with many worlds and numerous characters in all three worlds. Figuring out what is going on is easier than figuring out all the characters, who is who, where they are and how everyone is related.

We have the Shadowlands where the mortals reside. This includes Cecily (one of the three important females), her husband, Donner, and her lover Kian...these are some of the good guys. So of course, we also have bad guys...Donner's heir, Cadwyr is the lone human one. On th
May 01, 2011 Renee rated it liked it
This is a very dark book. It starts slow, lot of leisurely narrative. The premise/basis of the whole story is finally stated at the bottom of page 86 "What if - what if it's the (Silver) Caul that's poisononing the land? If it's the Caul that's weakening (Sidhe Queen) Alemandine?"

The Silver Caul was created by a Sidhe queen's magic and a human blacksmith's craft to erect and hold a barrier to keep the mortal Shadowlands, the Sidhe lands and the goblin lands separate. No one could travel between
Sep 14, 2009 Julie rated it did not like it
Samhain is soon approaching. The time of year when the human world and the Sidhe world or the Otherworld have their boarders thinned. A magical time of year that is celebrated by both the humans and the Sidhe.

This year however, an odd occurrence has happened. The Sidhe Samhain and the human Samhain coincide on the same day. No one, not even the immortal Sidhe can remember this happening in all of history. It could not have come at a worse time either. The Great Silver Caul, or magical net that k
Sep 24, 2012 Kerry marked it as dnf
Shelves: fantasy, 2004
I just didn't get far enough into this one to get it completed. I have so many other books I want to read and I'm just not inspired to put in the work on it.

I really thought I would like this. The premise was good and my kind of 'thing'. But it was really slow going. Reading isn't as easy for me as it used to be and I now tend to work on the concept of an effort/reward ratio. If I have to put in too much effort for too little reward, I'm not always going to stick at it. I think that's what happ
Jan 13, 2016 MelissaK rated it it was ok
This wasn't as good as I was expecting. Not a lot of attachment formed with the characters, and the writing was at first forced, then bland. The style of the author is the kind that is unreliable. ..that is, rather than posing a puzzle or mystery, she just blatantly says one thing, then later Cotradicts it. Like, characters don't evolve, they just suddenly do what's easiest for the plot. Say someone wrenched and stabbed right in the heart? nah, just a graze. it's readable, but just not polished.
Nanc Evans
Feb 01, 2014 Nanc Evans rated it liked it
i wanted to like this its the kind of story i enjoy, but i couldn't get into this book at all. will keep trying
Beth (moonivy)
Aug 05, 2007 Beth (moonivy) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy readers.
Read 8/4-8/5/07
Silver's Edge tells the interwoven story of Nessa, a blacksmith's daughter, Cicely, an unhappy dutchess and Delphinea, a Sidhe lady-in-waiting in their efforts to save the mortal Shadowlands and the Sidhe Faery from destruction. Tinged with Celtic mythology, Silver's Edge is a pleasant
fantasy novel, if somewhat scattered and derivative. A strong second half leaves me hopeful for the second novel, Silver's Bane.

Genre : Fantasy
Rating : 8.25
Publication : 2004
Where From : the library
Jul 30, 2011 Nancy added it
I wanted this to be good, I really, really did. Its not. I can see the premise and it has potential but falls flat. It is very one dimensional, and just blah. Very hop skippy around as well. Characters and setting shift from paragraph to paragraph with out any breaks or chaptering. The potential is there, just didn't happen for me. And I thought it would be a good trilogy. *sigh*
Brittany Herz
Jan 02, 2013 Brittany Herz rated it really liked it
The first book of my first fantasy series. This was a nice place to start for a person intimated by the genre. I dreaded the idea of 1000+ page books filled in lineage charts, long names, and maps. The story had a good balance between complexity, history, and romance. I really enjoyed the world and characters. I was very excited for the next book in the series.
Natalie Long
Jul 31, 2013 Natalie Long rated it liked it
The book was decent enough to keep me turning the page, but I felt it almost tried to do too much for what I was expecting. I also had not realized it was the first in a series, which was disappointing. I grabbed it thinking I would get to read the whole story. However, it was interesting enough for me to now be pursuing the sequel.
Dec 03, 2011 Salimbol rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Hmm, pretty standard Celtic fantasy fare, really. Some interesting ideas here and there (e.g. the interdependence of the three lands), but neither plotting, nor world-building, nor characterisation ever really cohered into anything special. That said, it was easy to read, and I *do* want to know what happens next.
Aug 12, 2012 Anafielle rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, erotica
"This is a fairly mediocre fantasy romance. The author has clearly read too many books on sex magic."

This. From previous review.

Very easy read, certainly enjoyable in that beach summer book kind of way. But nothing special. Your typical elves and humans Celtic fantasy book.
My bigest complaint with this book was that I didn't know it was the first book in a series. It ended with a rather cliffhanger ending that left me going "what just happened?"

The book was much different than I expected, and was a fantastic story. I'm just left hanging...
Lindsay Stares
This is a fairly mediocre fantasy romance. The author has clearly read too many books on sex magic. There were a few interesting characters/pairings, but overall it was too complicated. I was briefly tempted to try to read the sequel, but now I'm ambivalent.
Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫
I loved this epic fantasy. It is magical and the world is positively enchanting. It was so full of intrigue that I couldn't put it down. This is the series that really brought me into the world of fairies and started my obsession with Luna books.
Feb 04, 2008 Pamela rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy strong heroine based stories
Shelves: fantasy
Annie Kelleher delivers a lush and wondrous tale, rich in folklore and mythology with vibrant characters on an impossible quest. Her use of gaelic gives the story a wondrous appeal.
For readers who like strong heroines it is a fine read.
Jun 24, 2008 Cait marked it as to-read-later
Eh. It couldn't hold my interest past the first two chapters in the time I had it checked out of the library. Maybe I'll try it again later -- it looked like it might be getting into at least a few unusual angles on faerieland.
Jun 24, 2008 lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
good enough to read the next in the series since i borrowed it from the library. good enough, also, to buy it if i had bought the first one. however, not good enough to run out and get the next one when i finished.

May 22, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
I loved this series and the world in it. I remember when I first saw this book- before the other books came out, I thought this was a "must consider" for any fantasy lover. :)
Jul 25, 2011 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rereading this story because I read it so fast I forgot most of it. Its okay the second time around but its a simple story.
Sep 20, 2012 Felicity rated it liked it
Meh. This is almost a good series and almost a good book but when it comes right down to it, it isn't.
Katie Lorsch
Aug 17, 2011 Katie Lorsch rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Maybe I'd give it a 2.5. Wasn't my favorite, but I own the series so I felt obligated to read it.
Julie Norberte
Mar 27, 2010 Julie Norberte rated it really liked it
mystery that i could not get hold of... so i should really get those books 2 and 3. grr...
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Lyra Rose
Mar 22, 2010 Lyra Rose rated it liked it
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Fantastic characters. Nice twists.
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Born and raised at the South Jersey shore, Anne holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University in Medieval Studies and has studied English language and literature at the University of Connecticut and Storytelling and Oral Traditions at the Institute for Graduate Studies. The mother of four, Anne now resides in Connecticut and Hawaii. Find out more at
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