Happy Publication Day to Suzanne Rogerson, as The Sentinel’s Alliance, the final book in the Silent Seas Chronicles trilogy hits the book shops today! As you will know from my reviews of the previous books in the trilogy, The Lost Sentinel and The Sentinel’s Reign, I am a big fan of Suzanne’s, and as such I am over the moon to be taking part in the publication day events for the latest book. Thanks once again to Suzanne, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part, and for providing me with a copy of the book. Before I press on and tell you all about this book, I just have a little announcement to share with you all:
To celebrate publication day, all three books of the Silent Sea Chronicles series are 99p today!
How amazing is that. Here are the links if you want to take advantage of this offer – believe me, you won’t regret it.
As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.
Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.
Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?
As I mentioned in my review of The Sentinel’s Reign, as that book drew to a close it felt as though the series had reached it’s conclusion, until the final revelation of the book. I must admit that, at that time, as happy as I was to have another Silent Seas book to read, I wasn’t too sure about suddenly adding in the inhabitants of a new island that we really didn’t know too much about until that point. However, it didn’t take me long to realise that, although a resolution might have been reached for the Kalayans in The Sentinel’s Reign, the same could not be said for the people of Stone Haven, and it only felt right that they should have their chance too.
Although Kalaya still sees its fair share of the action in this book, I adored sailing the Silent Sea, spending more time with the people of Stone Haven better, and catching glimpses of the inhabitants of the other islands that populate the Sea. Even better, my two favourite characters were major players in this book, and I loved seeing them grow into the parts they would play in the Alliance. Once again, amongst her beautifully crafted world, Suzanne Rogerson has created a story that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, and I couldn’t read the book fast enough to answer all the questions forming in my mind, as I was so desperate to find the answers.
As I was reading the Silent Sea Chronicles, I was at times put in mind of Emma Miles’ Firewalker Series, which I love, and which I know a few of you will have read. If you enjoyed that series, this one is a must read for you.
Although this book felt like a fitting end to the book, I reached the last page with a heavy heart, as I was reluctant to leave the people of the Silent Sea. However, having read Suzanne’s note at the end of the book, I have reason to hope that perhaps I will be able to return there one day!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.
She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.
Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.