Wow ... I just ... what did I just read? And more importantly ... where has this book been my whole life? As a fan of Sci Fi in my TV/Movie choices, iWow ... I just ... what did I just read? And more importantly ... where has this book been my whole life? As a fan of Sci Fi in my TV/Movie choices, it always baffles me that I generally shy away from it in my books. But something about the blurb of THE FLIGHT OF THE SILVERS by Daniel Price fascinated me. So I gave it a shot. I'd never heard of Price, which isn't surprising since this is his first foray into the SciFi/Paranormal genre. I'd honestly never heard of the book until the review request came in. But I took a chance. And after hearing my thoughts I hope you will too. I am going to try and be as vague as possible, the story I think would lose some of it's exceptional qualities if things were spoiled for you.
The story starts off introducing us to the Given family. They experience an unexplained event that they try to forget, and are mostly successful. Jump forward to the sisters as adults and suddenly shit really hits the fan. While there is a large focus on the Given sisters, I hesitate to say they are the main characters. There is a group of six, referred to as The Silvers (See? the title comes into play!) that the whole story revolves around. I would almost say the reader is an invisible seventh character in the story, as the narrative takes you on a journey with Amanda, Hannah, Mia, Theo, Zack, and David. You may see things they don't notice as important, but you learn about the new world they are thrust into as they do. It can be fascinatingly frustrating at times, but that frustration gives you a deeper connection to The Silvers that you would not have had otherwise.
Something I feel like I have to address - yes the book is Sci Fi. Which means there is some "science" explained as the world is. However, there is not on large info dump. And not all the characters are traditionally "smart" in the sense of book smarts. So as long as you pay attention and learn the lingo you will be able to "keep walking" along with the characters just fine.
Something that was a wonderful surprise for me as a character driven reader was the complexity of the bad guys. I use that term loosely, because as you go along, you will develop an certain empathy, and maybe even understand their motives. At least some of them. At this point I am still unsure who exactly is a bad guy and who is a good guy. But rather than frustrate me, it is wonderful. I usually like knowing what's what, but the way this story is told I am actually more than ok with being somewhat in the dark.
I don't really know what to say to convince you to give THE FLIGHT OF THE SILVERS a try. You should just try it. today. While obviously not EVERYTHING is resolved in book one (there would be no reason for a book two if that was the case!) there is enough resolution that the wait for book two will be tolerable. But just barely. ...more
WHITE KNIGHT picks up about a month after the end of GRAY BISHOP and things are not looking good for the Cornerstone Run or the McQueen brothers, espeWHITE KNIGHT picks up about a month after the end of GRAY BISHOP and things are not looking good for the Cornerstone Run or the McQueen brothers, especially Knight. Some pretty terrible things have happened to him especially, and if you've read Meade writing as Meading, you'll know from her Dregs City stories that she doesn't pull punches. It isn't easy to be a Meade/Meading character!
For some reason, even though there were two books leading up to the finale, I still had trouble connecting with the characters. I think of the three brothers I empathizes most with Knight. He had the most dumped on him IMO emotionally and physically. Even though we know what happened to him in BLACK ROOK, we finally KNOW for sure in his story. His healing is starting. Shay has a lot to do with that.
Speaking of Shay, she has her own healing to do. While Knight has the most to deal with of the brothers, I think Shay has the most to deal with out of all the characters! That poor black wolf has been through hell and back, and one can only hope she will come through the other side a fighter and a winner. Though with the revelations in WHITE KNIGHT (I know - you are thinking HOW can there be more, but there are!) you are not sure how she will go on.
Even though this story had all the elements that I look for in a good PNR/UF - love, sex, fighting, betrayal, friendship, magic, weres, and a possible HEA (no I won't tell you!!), there was something that didn't quite hit the mark for me. Maybe it was the fact that even though this was Shay/Knight's story there were other POV's sprinkled in (which happened in the previous books as well). Maybe it was that there were some things I didn't feel were tied up as well as I wanted them to be at the end. Maybe I just didn't connect with the characters like I sometimes don't connect with real people. Maybe I just had an off week. Whatever it was mad this book ok and not great for me. But I really do think most fans of PNR/UF will love this story. I really do think for the most part that it was a "It's not you, it's me," kind of relationship. ...more