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The Silver Sorceress

(The Raveling #2)

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The epic story begun in The Crimson Queen continues . . .

Following the deadly assault on the Scholia by the kith’ketan, Keilan and Nel pursue the paladin Senacus south, hoping to catch him before he can vanish into the Gilded Cities. Nel desires vengeance for the death of her lover, while Keilan hopes to find answers about the immortal sorcerers who sought to challenge t
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Kindle Edition, 499 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Alec Hutson
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Petrik
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A remarkable sequel, I really can't get enough of reading Hutson's writing.

“No matter where you go in the world, those with a little authority—but no real power—are all the same.”


If it has been a while since you’ve read the first book, do know that Hutson was kind enough to include a detailed recap of the previous book at the beginning. I’m still baffled why this hasn’t become a standard in fantasy series yet. The Silver Sorceress is the second book in The Raveling series by Alec Hutson. The st
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Deborah Obida
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy
“But power unearned by suffering or discipline corrupts the soul.”

This entire series is a journey book, funny thing is I don’t mind. The characters are barely in one place for long. I love the friendship in this book.

This book picked up just where book one ended with Nila and Keilan going after Senacus. This book is still as slow as the first one, though there were lots of new information and characters.

Cho Lin is one of the new characters, she is from the empire of swords and flowers, she
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Jody
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Wow! What an upgrade from book 1! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed The Crimson Queen. But, The Silver Sorceress took the story to the next level. I was glued to this from the first page all the way to the very last sentence. Beginning book 3 right away! Full RTC!

“Even the bravest of men cannot accept their end when it finally comes swirling down.”



Actual Rating: 4.5 stars ****
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Jon Adams
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Cliffhanger Batman!

This was even better than the first and I can't wait for the next one.
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Adam
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a special place in my heart for Alec Hutson’s The Crimson Queen. Almost two years and a hundred books ago, this was the first self-published novel from an unknown (to me) author that I decided to check out. Thanks to the reddit fantasy board and other social media communities, The Crimson Queen garnered a strong enough buzz to intrigue me. “But how good could it really be? It’s self-published!” I scoffed. Turns out, it was more enjoyable than many of the traditionally published fantasy I ...more
Laura Hughes
A stunning sequel. THE SILVER SORCERESS is even more compelling than Hutson's brilliant debut, THE CRIMSON QUEEN. Epic fantasy at its finest. ...more
Jeffrey Hall
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of reading this before it's release, and my, it did not disappoint.

Hutson once more brings readers to an unforgettable world with memorable new characters and places that truly stick with you. His prose is effortless and silky smooth, painting the beauty of his world with each page.

We once more follow young, budding sorcerer, Keilan, on his journey to uncover the darkness swelling beneath his world. His arc is extremely satisfying and fulfilling. Bring in the other POV chara
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The Nerd Book Review
I think I was the first person to read this book once it came back from editing through sheer luck, I messaged him asking when the book would be ready a few minutes after he got it back from his editor haha.
This novel is a 5* for me for sure. I am currently in the middle of a re-listen of the Wheel of Time series that I loved as youth and in some ways that is the series I would say reminds me of the WoT the most without all the unnecessary extra description that can bog down Jordan's work. Keil
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Bogdan
A lot of four and five stars out there, but I must say that after the amazing first volume this was a little disappointing.
The whole action has a quite straight forward direction and there is only a big surprise in the end zone of the book.
The first book felt that it had a small closure, but this one doesn`t have any. You have to read the next one to really know what will happen to our heroes.
Overall, for me, this felt like a three stars reading .
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Dustin
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5⭐️

Epic fantasy. Traditional fantasy. High Fantasy. Whatever the label or sub-genre The Raveling series falls under, thats usually my least favorite type of fantasy book. I say usually because I don’t like labels and despite “the young boy from humble beginnings” trope, Alec Hutson is a damn good writer and I enjoyed The Silver Sorceress. I don’t usually like “the ancient and over powered magic-wielder” trope either but this series is full of those and it makes for an interesting read in the r
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ConciseAlan
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Solid sequel to the first book in the series, "The Crimson Queen," and it picks up immediately after the first one ends. We have some really good new characters. One thing I like about this series is the bad guys. Some are wicked for what they believe are good reasons, and some are just plain wicked for the raw personal gain. The writing is excellent.

Second read: Abrupt ending but really great writing.
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Ryan Mueller
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, five-star
This was a great continuation of the story that began in The Crimson Queen. There's so much mystery in this world, and I love finding out what's really going on. There were some startling revelations toward the end of the book. It wasn't super heavy on action, but that didn't keep it from being a great book.

Rating: 9/10
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David
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just wow. Okay, now let's just get this out of the way - this one starts a bit slow, even slower than the first one. I was getting a little nervous - as Hutson was really laying a lot of expanded work, adding new characters, and I was afraid this was going to not live up to my expectations. That may sound a little harsh, but after the debacle that was the sequel to Anthony Ryan's Blood Song, those of you that suffered through that can understand why I got nervous. But I persevered, and as y ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well...okay. We pick up here at the moment we left book 1 however we also jump across the fantasy world and pick up a new plot string and an additional "main" character. As we learn more about the Raveling (and indeed what the Raveling is) things seem to spiral out of control (at least a bit). We have now introduced an Asian flavored part to the story...and actually done it pretty well.

As our "heroes" try to take the prophecy they received from the Oracle and act upon it to avert the next catacl
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Karla Schneider
It's all very underwhelming. There were some surprise twists and deaths, but the core of the plot isn't moving at all. No, maybe it's just the main character who's not moving at all. He ceased to have any value in the scope of things. There's a handful of other talents, weapons and even battles that occurred, and he's not in any of them. If anything, his personality has gotten worse from before he left his village. All he does is complain and by the love of god, has not even learned a single spe ...more
Calvin Park
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
If you are looking for classic epic fantasy in the vein of David Eddings, Robert Jordan, or James Islington, then you absolutely need to give Alec Hutson’s The Silver Sorceress a shot. This is the second in his The Raveling series, picking up right where The Crimson Queen left off. I’m a huge fan of epic fantasy and after thoroughly enjoying The Crimson Queen I was looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel. While, for me, it didn’t quite live up to the first novel, I still thoroughly enj ...more
Raysa
So I didn't like this one as much as The Crimson Queen. I felt there was a lot of running around to get nowhere in this book. Keilan's storyline struggled to hold my attention, and most of the others simply weren't as gripping. The best and most exciting chapters were the Cho Lin one's, and I'll be interested to see what happens with her character. There wasn't that much that surprised, other than a betrayal that was bound to happen eventually and just happened more abruptly than I had expected. ...more
Mark
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed book one, but this book-book two- was fantastic!

In fact I am quite annoyed that this is only a trilogy because it means the next book is the end! I want to spend more time in this world and wallow in it's lore and societies and politics and people. It's so exciting, I can't wait to see what happens next!

If you enjoy Robert Jordan, Melissa McPhail and Raymond E. Feist, then you'll you enjoy this.
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Paul Wandless
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great follow up to Crimson Queen. I like the new characters & cultures he added to an already interesting world. He did an excellent job of broadening his world with new areas and also reinforcing and deepening some areas we've already seen. Although he has 3 unique story line going, they are handled well. Alec has a knack for staying with a story line long enough to not feel rushed or too long as he alternates through them. I felt that most of the characters continued along interesti ...more
Mrs.H.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing
Perdita
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the series “The Raveling”, “The Silver Sorceress” continues the story of young Keilan, beginning from the point where the preceding novel, “The Crimson Queen”, left off. The epic scope of the tale develops further in this book, showcasing a mastery of plotting on the part of author Alec Hutson. I felt this book was slightly less strong than the first, but I’ve finished this series now, and it is one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. The few shortcomings and issues t ...more
Joe Jackson
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While I think I liked the mystery of The Crimson Queen more, the immense increase in the stakes and consequences of The Silver Sorceress really elevate the series to a whole new level. Even the climactic events at the end of The Crimson Queen barely scratch the surface of what's going on now in this volume, and what it promises will come in the next one. This series has some of the most intriguing demons I've seen in fantasy.

Hutson's writing continues to be strong and masterful, avoiding the rus
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Hannah Ross
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second part of the riveting epic fantasy saga that started with The Crimson Queen. We continue to watch the great clash between good and evil, life and death, through the innocent eyes of Keilan, a boy from a nondescript fishing village who finds himself thrust into a quest that might determine the future of the world. The classic sword and sorcery tropes - a young Chosen One with unexpected powers and mysterious parentage, for instance - are present, but are brought on very tasteful ...more
Trent
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-raveling
Once again - wonderful world-building and interesting characters. I have a few issues - there is some editing needed, and the pacing is not as good as The Crimson Queen - but I do really like where the plot is going. I was surprised on multiple occasions by where Hutson took the story, and I'm excited about the final book releasing later this year.

I think the most exciting aspect for me, though, is the depth of the world - Hutson could conceivably write 4 or 5 different series based on different
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Andrew Elphick
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read!!! Still so many questions that need answering so looking forward to book 3!!
Herbert Kaskoff
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Hard to follow gave up midway

I didn't, care for this book. Too many plot lines and writing style left a lot to be desired. Do not recommend
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Baby Paul
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is much better than The Crimson Queen. It took almost 3 months for me to complete the book. The book introduced new characters and when I started to read, I found that to be tedious. So I kept the book aside and ignored it for a couple months. Then I tried it again and found almost nostalgic fondness fill me. After that it only took 3 days to complete it.
The story starts from where it is left off - Keilan, Paladin and Nel continuing on the quest to find the silver haired sorceress. Th
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Alan Behan
Oct 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic second installment of the Raveling Series. Not as fast paced as the Crimson Queen but a very immersive and a page turning experience, we find out a lot about our characters backgrounds and the information they've been longing to find out. Alec Hutson really knows how to keep his readers in suspence and with this intense, intriguing darker read, The Silver Sorceress is nicely building us up for The Shadow King and it's going to be epic. This whole series takes place in a world with fa ...more
Janelle Garrett
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars. I’ve been a fan of Hutson for a long while, right around when Will Wight brought him to light. Honestly, I think he could have “made” it even without that. But I digress.

Sequels are HARD to write. Rarely do they live up to the hype of the first book. And while I like The Crimson Queen better, I only like it better by a slim margin. This book picks up right where book 1 left off. And we hear from some different characters from different cultures. I LOVE these types of sweeping looks
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Mb Sheppard
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Epic" In The Truest Sense Of The Word!

Take a pinch of Roger Zelanzy, a dash of Michael Moorcock and a dram of Robert Jordan, mix with the colors of a rainbow and splash upon the canvas of imagination and creativity with the results revealing a wonderful world of epic fantasy. Being a life long reader of fantastic fiction, I write this description of Alex Hudson's latest novel, The Silver Sorceress, paying heartfelt homage to a true masterpiece. The term "epic" has become a shopworn description
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