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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  952 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Silvermay Hawker feels drawn to the newcomer in her village—a young man of solemn good looks named Tamlyn. But only heartache can come of this, because Tamlyn is devoted to Nerigold and to little Lucien, her son.

So things seem, until the dark forces of Coyle Strongbow come in search of Nerigold′s baby and Silvermay is swept up in the young family′s escape.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by HarperCollins Australia
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PEOPLE NEED TO READ THIS!!!! I'm not even kidding. Purchase it now! Read it now! I have been obsessed with this book and the rest of the series for a long time. It gets better every time I read it and I've read it five times and I will carry on reading it again because I love it so much!!!! I first read this book in 2012 and loved it. I had to wait for the others to come out which resulted in me reading it again. This book is fabulous!! I do not understand how this book is not popular. It seems ...more
Call me shallow, simple minded or plain stupid, I admit to judging this book.

Firstly, I saw it for sale for five dollars... which made me 0.o over whether it would be a good book or not.

Secondly, it's written by a guy. Yes, as sexist as it seems, when it comes to a blurb that describes the book as laden with romance... well, I question the abilities of a man to successfully write such a novel in a girl's point of view.

Well, with the initial judgemental phase gone, I must say that I thoroughly en
Birdie folded me into her arms and said into my ear, 'I know why you're so reluctant, Silvermay. You still think yourself in love. Well, this is your chance to show how strong that love is. Go with them, so the ones he loves will live to make him happy.'My motivation to read 'Silvermay' had been the pretty cover with a bit of 'Aussie Author Awe' thrown in - for the description sounded pretty confusing and non-descriptive to me and held me back instead of rushing me to the Fishpond's expensive s ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this and ... WOW. Such a thrilling story, with interesting characters and an epic adventure they're leading. The last few chapters have probably the most plot twists in any book I've ever read ... ever. Honestly. And it's fantastic because you just race through the final chapters, desperate to know what's going to become of the charcters you've come to love. That feeling of adrenaline - when you're stomach is heavy with anxiety and dread - is the most horrible, yet most incredible ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Silvermay Hawker’s life is forever changed when a fleeing couple enter her village. A young man named Tamlyn (masquerading as Piet) and his wife, Nerigold, whom has recently given birth to a son. Nerigold is near death when she and Tamlyn come to the village, and it is Silverymay’s kind, healer mother who nurses her back to health. The town elders frown upon Nerigold and Tamlyn having a child out of wedlock, but the Hawker’s welcome the young couple into their home and as Silvermay looks after t ...more
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it

Silvermay, the first in a new fantasy trilogy by best-selling Australian author James Moloney, was a unique adventure I have not read of for a while, most likely due to the lack of fantasy in Young Adult these days. This is what fantasy in these younger age categories should be like. From the very first page you are swept up in the journey of Silvermay, our female protagonist, along with Tamlyn and Nerigold, a couple fleeing from the grasp of Coyle Strongbow, a power-thirsty individual. Now I do
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
Note to self :
Why is it on the "I'm gonna regret reading this" shelf and not on the "never" one?
A weird love triangle with a "young man of solemn good looks" involved with a woman and...a baby, really? A male character named Tamlyn, really? You know what happened the first time... Un-shelf it! Re-shelf it somewhere else! Read "War and Peace" instead! Have an ice-cream fest!
Why do you even have a "I'm gonna regret reading this" shelf?! Stop hurting yourself!
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ya-books, fantasy, ya, aus
It's not every day that a kiwi admits that Australians write some of the best fantasy books in my opinion. I loved this book! my only complaint was that it ended so abruptly and now I'll have to wait until June 2012 for the next one and then 2013 for the last one. I almost wished that I had waited for all three to come out before reading it because that would be the best way to do it as it is a continuing storyline.

Silvermay falls in love with Tamlyn a handsome and mysterious young man who arriv
1st reread: 23/9/18
Nhi Le (The Literary Bystander)
In a Nutshell: A group of strangers - Nerigold, her child and Tamlyn enter into Silvermay's life when they seek shelter in her village. Of course she starts to fall for handsome Tamlyn - but he seems to be utterly devoted to Nerigold and her son. Eventually she discovers that they are on the run from a Coyle Strongbow - who is the actual father of the child and wants him for his own 'nefarious' purposes. Soon Silvermay is swept up in their escape, and she also discovers the truth behind Tamlyn a ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to T by: A friend of mine
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May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Silvermay is the first in a new trilogy by best-selling author James Moloney.

Silvermay is unique in a young adult genre still fixated on vampires, werewolves and fallen angels. The feature that impressed me the most was the highly original plotline; a world of corrupt wizards called Wyrdborn and an ancient prophecy that warns of a child that could destroy the world.

As a reader, you are immediately swept up in this grand adventure as Silvermay, Nerigold and Tamlyn make their escape to the fable

James Moloney is back with a bang. This is a sweeping saga of intrigue and the power of fear, but also of courage and the power of love.

Silvermay is young. She lives in the countryside outside the large town of Vonne. She has little understanding of how cities work, but she is a skilled hawker, thanks to her father, and an astute reader of people, thanks to her mother. Silvermay's parents embody love and rational thought, and Silvermay blossoms under their attentions.

Nerigold and Tamlyn
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenage, fantasy
First book in a trilogy by Australian writer, this novel tells of Silvermay, a village girl, who unwittinly becomes involved in the machinations of the evil and powerful Coyle, a Wyrdborn lord, who commands huge powers. He is searching for Nerigold, his discarded mistress, who has just born a child, Lucien, who holds unknown powers of his own. Nerigold and Lucien have been spirited away by Coyle's son, Tamlyn. Silvermay falls in love with Tamlyn as she looks after Nerigold and later Lucien, afte ...more
WHY HAVEN'T MORE PEOPLE READ THIS BOOK?!?!?! Why is it not selling?!
It's actually soooo good. YA Fantasy? My favourite! And wow, it's got a bit of romance in it, but it was written by a GUY! :D Which means the reactions of the male character are realistic...unlike some other books I can think of *cough*.

Without spoiling anything, the plot, story-line and concept is quite clever and unique (and unlike other books with clever concepts, this one isn't a flop with bad writing). It's intriguing, and
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
How good was this book? I can't say how satisfied I am with it, having not read a good book in a long long time.

Filled with a bit of "Legend of the Seeker Style" style, Moloney has created an enjoyable fantasy novel. Characters, such as the brave yet at times girly Silvermay Hawker and the sexy and handsome Tamlyn Strongbow are accepted by readers and can be related to, especially in Silvermay's case in finding true love.

Filled with action, adventure, romance, unexpected turns and clever storyte
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a gifted story-teller James Moloney is! The Hero's Journey tales have been around for millenia but Moloney has managed to come up with so many original twists to it that you can't really imagine what will happen next even though you know the cycle. The moral dilemma is particularly pertinent given the Global Sheriff role that America has recently been actively engaged in.

His figurative language is beautiful and so fitting for the world he's created. Silvermay's questioning hooks and urges
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Silvermay is such a beautiful novel. Can I enjoyed this immensely. James Maloney has a gift for storytelling. I would recommend this to everyone! I can' wait for the next series to be released!
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Silvermay is a wonderful, relatable character, both selfish and generous, a terrible and wonderful friend, brave and determined in an impossible situation. This is a fascinating and emotionally fraught take on the magical mostly medieval-feeling third world fantasy. Despite the fact that I'm trying not to add to the TBR mountains and this series is really pricey to track down right now, I have purchased the next two in the series.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book for school in year 7. Of course, because I had to analyse it, I could never really enjoy it properly. But, rediscovering it and it’s trilogy recently, I read all three books non stop. I absolutely love the world that James Moloney has created. I wish for everyone to experience it as well!
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Silvermay by James Moloney is the first in the series, and follows a premise i haven't read about before. Moloney has managed to create an intricate land of commonfolk and Wyrdborns. This book kept my interest in its entirety. It also managed to change the reader's mind with doubt being cast towards one of the protagonist's. I rate it 4.5 stars as i quite enjoyed it.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this book. I probably would have liked it more if we didn’t study it in class but I am willing to give it a try in the near future!
Anne Hamilton
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A lustrous menarche fantasy, hitting all the right notes to appeal to young teenage girls. And readers like me who still love that kind of book.

Silvermay is a young village girl who falls for the looks of a gorgeous boy, Tamlyn, who seeks shelter for himself and the ailing mother of a small baby. At first Silvermay thinks Tamlyn is the father of the baby, as do the rest of her village. But little by little she begins to notice that Tamlyn's protection of the mother, Nerigold, doesn't include aff
Carla *Jen7waters*
**I received this book from The David Gemmell Legend Awards, and this review was originally posted there (link)**

Silvermay tells the story of a young woman, by the same name, who has always lived peacefully among family and friends, until the day a couple of strangers show up in her village in need of shelter and with a newborn baby in their arms. Turns out these strangers, Nerigold and Tamlyn, are on the run because a very powerful evil lord wants the child, little Lucien, for a wicked purpose.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, aussie-ya
I did really like this book, but for a fantasy it just didn't have that epic feel that other fantasies have. It was still enjoyable though.
Alot of YA books don't feel like teen books, but this did. Again, still enjoyable.
The love story wasn't overwhelming but the story of silvermay and Lucian, the baby she has sworn to protect, is still interesting enough to hold up on it's own.

The blurb reads:
16 yr old Silvermay Hawker feels drawn to the newcomer in her village - a young man of solemn good loo
Abby Min
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Silvermay Hawker is a sixteen-year-old living her life with her family helping her mother with chores and work. She lives in a small village along with many other people. One day a new couple walks into her village. A man leading a female on a horse. She was carrying a new born child in her arms. When Silvermay meets the lady she sees how unwell and skinny she is. Her mother and herself takes the pair and their child into their care. It takes three weeks for the mother to heal. Over this time sh ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Silvermay begins with one of the best written prologues I have ever read. It hooked me in and left me shocked to the core.

Silvermay is the first novel in a 3 book series (and each book is named after one of the main characters, so hopefully my review doesn’t get confusing). Although it doesn’t state what time period it is set in, it has the feel of the 1100’s. Commonfolk work the lands, harvest their own food, ride horses (if they can afford them); there are ruthless rulers, thieves, and murdere
Stacey Longo
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed
Silvermay is one of my favourite books. Written by James Moloney the story grabs from the start.
Silvermay Hawker is a 16 year old girl who lives in a small village called Haywode in the land of Athlane.
There are many travellers that pass through the town and one day Nerigold a lady not much older than herself her small child and a young man called Tamlyn arrive. Silvermay’s family help care for the ill mother, Nerigold and her son. Tamlyn is the talk of the village and Silvermay can feel herse
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I was drawn to this book not only by it’s title, but it’s cover as well. And I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it’s title was drawing as well and after reading the back of this book, it seemed really interesting and original.

I was right about the original part, even though it’s based on sorcery but the characters and people woven through the use of an entirely different scene. The book presents it’s self with an interesting plot, that weaves through a uneven pace that works well wit
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Silvermay is the first book in a new fantasy series, which promises great adventure and intrigue, with a touch of romance. Silvermay has grown up in a small town, far from the crowds of the big cities and their hidden dangers, such as the marauding Wyrdborns, born with talents above what the average humans have and who are all too happy to use their terrible powers to progress their standing and wealth. Running from their own share of troubles, Nerigold and Tamlyn and their child, stumble into S ...more
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My full name is James Francis Moloney and I was born in Sydney, Australia on 20 September, 1954. When I was seven years old, my family moved to Brisbane and except for the odd year or two, I have lived in Brisbane ever since. At school, I was into every sport going - cricket, footy, swimming - you name it. It's hard to believe now but in High School, I was a champion Long Jumper! After University ...more

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