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The Silver Bowl (Silver Bowl #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,263 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Unwanted at home, Molly goes to work for the king of Westria as a humble scullery maid. She arrives at the castle with no education, no manners, and a very disturbing secret: She sees visions, and those visions always come true.

One day, while she's working in the king's great hall, young Prince Alaric passes by. Molly finds him unbearably handsome—but also unbearably rude.
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by HarperCollins
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Molly has been independent and willful ever since she was a little girl. When she gets in trouble one too many times, her father sends her to Dethmere Castle to be a scullery maid. As she leaves, her mother gives her some good advice: never let people know what you can see.

Molly, and her mother, have the gift of "sight". They can see the future and the past. If anyone ever finds out, Molly could be branded a witch.

So Molly heads out at just seven years ol
When I finished this I thought what a sweet book! But really, ancient curses, mass murder, ugly family jealousy, double crosses, horrible fathers....
Still sweet, go figure.
Set in feudal times, Molly is 6 years old in a large family that her drunken father cannot support and Mother cannot care for as she is ill. Anne, the oldest daughter takes care of Mother. The oldest son assists Dad. The rest of the kids are farmed out ASAP. When Molly is six, she sees a vision of a neighbor getting hurt. Dad
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The youngest in a large, poor family, Molly has never been truly wanted by her father. It doesn't help that she starts developing a strange ability - while playing tag with some of the local villagers, Molly has a vision of a neighbor dying tragically. A few days later, when that vision comes true, the entire village sees her as a witch and a curse - like her mother before her, who has been locked away from the world and called mad by Molly's father, Moll
Nancy O'Toole
At the age of seven, Molly is sent to be a scullery maid at Castle Dethemere. It’s here that she discovers that she has the ability to see visions, the most disturbing of which appear in a silver bowl. Here, Molly learns about a curse on the royal family she serves, but before she can do anything, the castle is attacked. Molly and her friend Tobias are able to escape with the young prince. Together they must find away to break the curse and keep the prince safe.

The Silver Bowl is one of this yea
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Em - of Everything Books
Just bad. Not even good enough for me to write a full review. Though I will say the reason I probably didn't like it, was because it was for people younger than me.
This review can also be found on my blog.

After my third or fourth reread, I've decided that this book officially goes on my all-time favorites list. It's got everything I love - magic, royalty, danger, and subtle humor - without falling into any of the tired cliches that characterize most books that involve royalty and magic. In fact, Molly, the kitchen girl, is the MC - not the cute royal prince she rescues. I love seeing her roll her eyes at the prince's clueless-ness in the real world when th
Kathryn Mueller
What a ride this story is! I had only read the first few chapter when I sat down with it last night, but I literally did not get up or put it down until I had finished it! Diane Stanley writes as though it is historical fiction, which I suppose it is since the time setting (though unclear) is probably during the Middle Ages during the feudal system. Though we have never heard of the countries of Westria or Austlind, we easily imagine them to be somewhere in France, Germany, or Austria many ages ...more
I'm very happy that I got around to reading this! It's set in a vaguely medieval imaginary kingdom whose royal family seems to be cursed. People dying left and right--and in very strange ways, too. Enter Molly, youngest in a family of too many children, a drunkard father, and a mother most suppose to be mad--or is she? *dramatic music plays*

Stanley's created a spunky heroine who grew up learning how to brawl in the streets, but who has to learn how to hold her tongue when she goes into service a
Audrey Ferrari
To be honest, the beginning of this book is pretty boring. I actually put it down and read two other books before I started to read it again. The only problem I had with this book was the beginning. Once I picked it back up again I realized that the action began right after I stopped! Then it gets good! I don't want to spoil anything but the main character ends up working at a castle as a polisher. There is this curse on the royal family and the main character ends up falling into a silver bowl. ...more
An easy fantasy read for middle graders, not up to the hype, though. Young Molly is a scullery maid at the royal castle, soon befriending Tobias, another servant. Her attention to her work and careful manner soon earn her a new job: polishing the royal silver, overseen by the Keeper, Thomas. The day she begins polishing a very special, precious silver bowl, she hears voices and sees visions related to the terrible curse laid on the royal family. It appears that Molly may be the only person who m ...more
Jake Rideout
I really liked this book! It's a sweet little fantasy, fairly straightforward in plot and characters. The protagonist is a scullery maid at the king's castle. She hides her ability to see the future because her visions are unpredictable and she doesn't want to be condemned as a witch. But when she sees the death of the entire royal family, which could throw the kingdom into civil war, she knows she has to tell someone.

After that you have the usual sequence of events: a tragedy, two unlikely hero
The Silver Bowl is a high fantasy middle grade story with a strong female lead. Now, you hardly ever hear me complain about strong female leads in fantasy. There's a curse put on the royal family that goes back generations, and Molly is prone to visions--both of the past and what's to come.

It was just a little, well, young. I bet I would have loved this book when I was 10 or so. The characters were all good and the curse was interesting, but I compare this to novels like The Thief, and it just d
Virginia Heart
The Silver Bowl was an okay read. It follows young Molly on her journey from humble scullery maid to heroine of the kingdom. Gifted with insights into the future and tasked with protecting the last heir to the throne.
The story started out dark and lacking emotion. From a descriptively disgusting vision of a boy dead from the plague to not showing hardly any sorrow when she is forced to leave her family, never to see them again. Though this is probably true to the time period, it was not the mo
Maureen E
The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley: Fantastic everyday details, which are always nice, especially in fantasy. I liked the resolution of the plot and especially the way the relationships ended. However, I was confused by the setting which didn't seem to quite know if it was a fairy tale world or ours. I think for the target audience (middle grade) it would be a lovely book; for me it wasn't quite satisfying. But doesn't it have a nice cover?
NewFranklin School
i think this book was really good this author has a very active imagintation this book is very bloody in some parts but to me that made the book i was hooked the whole time and could NOT stop reading thank you Diane Stanley very much 4 writing such a good book
The Library Lady
Give this to older girls who have loved Gail Carson Levine and like Robin McKinley or Jessica George. It's readable, not pretty-pretty and a sequel or two won't be unwelcome
This book irresistibly brings to mind the words "delightful" and "charming." That's the fussy old grownup way of saying, "I really liked it." The writing style reminded me of one of my favorite books, Ella Enchanted. There's an art of simplicity to MG writing that some authors are excellent at. It appears Stanley is one of those writers. The character voices were strong and clear, the story immersive and interesting.

As I'm not one of those people who can't appreciate books for a younger audienc
My 9 yr old daughter read this months ago and insisted I read it as well. I too read it, was little interested and put it aside until it was time to turn it in to her class. Picking it up again I found as many have noted that it picks up the pace and becomes very interesting. I enjoyed the main characters greatly and the true portrayal of their developing friendship, as well as the magical world created here. Great fun, will look for more by the same author. Nothing world changing, but well exec ...more
I liked this book until it reached it's climax, and I felt let down. Even so, it was a fun read... a land with castles and royalty, seen through the eyes of an unwanted child who becomes a scullery maid. The royal family is in big trouble, and they're getting killed off in awful ways. But Molly seems to have some kind of special powers, where she foresees these events. In her land, that could get her killed as a witch, so she doesn't exactly advertise it. But can she save any of them? She has a ...more
Like most of the scullery maids in the castle of Dethemere, Molly does all the work. She wants to stop a bunch of curses that is being unleashed on the royal family of Westria but she doesn't know how. But when a pack of cursed wolves attack the family, she and Tobias, a groom, manage to save Prince Alaric from a certain death. That was the last straw. So she decides to find out where the curses come from and finds out who put the curses there. Then something happens to make her realize where he ...more
Becky B
Molly is all but a street urchin. She technically does have a home, but her father could care less whether she was there or not. So it isn't too surprising when she gets sent off to the castle as a scullery maid at seven. Molly is a bit rough around the edges, so she mostly gets set to scrubbing the big old pots and pans to keep her out of the way of the gentry. Her one friend is the donkey boy, Tobias. The two help each other out as the years go by, and Molly learns some manners from Tobias. As ...more
Madigan McGillicuddy
Molly has been working as a scullery maid at Dethemere Castle since the tender age of seven. With a sickly mother and harsh, uncaring dad, she grows up like a wild urchin on the streets. It isn't until she has a disturbing vision of the future and arouses their neighbors' suspicions that her father finally remembers to send her off packing.

The hustle and bustle of a medieval city, including dirt and disease almost make this book feel like historical fiction. It's just a few touches of magic whic
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4.5 The Silver Bowl was an exciting and fantastical adventure. Molly leaves her home as a young girl to go and work at the castle, armed only with a necklace from her mother and her magic. Oh, yeah, Molly has visions. Visions that always come true. Once at the castle, she meets a new friend, Tobias, who teaches her about the rules and lay of the land. Soon Molly is able to move up to greater and harder tasks. It is there she starts a relationship with Thomas, an older servant who teaches her how ...more
Rating reall 3.5
I read this book because it was a William Allen White (Ks book award) nominee and it was recommended. I like fantasy/adventure, but for some reason the premise didn't grab my attention. However, from the minute I picked up this book and started reading I was hooked. The story follows a young girl, 7 year old "Molly", on the path of a unwanted child sent away to fend for herself at the Castle of the King. She is fortunate enough to get a post as the lowest of the low and while yea
Tessa Joy
At a very tender age, Molly is sent away to become a scullery maid at the king's castle. Before leaving home, her mother reveals that Molly has inherited magical abilities that she must try to uncover. Once at the castle, a new friend, Tobias, helps Molly handle her new working lifestyle. After several years of hard labor within the castle, Molly is promoted to assist the royal silversmith. While polishing a large hand basin, Molly's magical abilities help her foresee that the basin is cursed an ...more
Barb Middleton
Molly comes from a poor, illiterate family of seven children. Her father is abusive and her crazy mom is locked in a room in their house. When Molly sees into the future predicting the death of a boy, her fearful dad ships her off to be a scullery maid for the king of Westria. Before she goes, Molly’s mom reveals that she too has visions and they are the source of her madness. While working at the castle Molly has a vision that shows the royal family being murdered as a result of a magical curse ...more
Book 1 off a new series. Probably middle school appropriate although younger children, 4th grade and up or so, might enjoy it.

Molly was taken to work at the local king's castle when she was 7 years old (although her ne'er do well father said she was 9). Before she left home, her mother gave her one bit of advice, never to mention that she sees visions and that they always come true.

Molly starts at the bottom, as a scullery maid, and then one day she's taught to polish silver. That goes well unt
Why do I keep on doing reviews so long after I've read the book?

It's quite an interesting story, although not all that unique. We've seen this basic plot line many times, but that really doesn't matter. It has enough of a unique twist for this to stand on it's own as a story.

It's interesting to see the MC develop through their position at the castle, which was quite interesting. Molly the Scullery Maid, and Molly the Silver Polisher are quite different people in the eyes of everyone else at the
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“And I’ll wager you thought him the handsomest thing that ever you saw in your life.”

“I did. And if you stuck him, and stuffed him, and hung him on the wall, I’d be very glad to admire him. But in life he’s an arrogant pig, and I didn’t care for him at all. ‘Mind who you look at, wench.’ Foo!”
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