The Lost Sentinel: Silent Sea Chronicles - Book 1 Paperback – 15 Jun 2017
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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.
Top customer reviews
The book starts by introducing us to a young Tei who has the ability to walk the Astral Plane but has a terrifying experience while there. Nine years later and Tei’s life is shattered when she and her father have to flee their home in order to be safe. At first the story was easy to get into. The action surrounding Tei running away and what happens when meeting with Rike and Garrick was exciting to read and I really got into this book right away but as the tale progresses we are introduced to more characters and more viewpoints and the story becomes more complex and interesting.
The book is written in the third person but jumps about between several different characters throughout the story. Although this was hard to grasp at first, it felt like a movie. Everyone’s tales are different with most stories happening on the island of Kalaya, but not all. Each story seems unconnected to anyone else’s at first, but as the plot progresses the connections are revealed and each story is an exciting one on its own.
The plot is really dark. There’s an undertone of darkness and fear already, with what Tei experienced as a child and the overall fear of being caught, but the whole book really has a dark edge with a lot of death including some key characters which leaves you shocked and upset and maybe even crying…I actually had to take a breather when reading these moments as it was so unexpected. But these deaths soon make sense to the plot and I am amazed at how unpredictable and good this book is to read.
Being a darker fantasy read there’s some violence and deaths but very little swearing with a rare few uses of the b words and only one use of the s swear word. There’s nothing else offensive in this book. Although the story has a really dark undertone with shocking moments, I really enjoyed it. I love a dark plot and this book really doesn’t disappoint with shocks and surprises throughout. I do have one criticism though and it’s a shame as it’s the only reason I give this four rather than five stars. As I’ve said the book changes viewpoint often which makes it more exciting and really pushes the overall plot forward, however this viewpoint switching happened too often in the beginning. While Tei’s storyline was easy to follow and grasp in my mind, as the first chapters were only about her (meaning I got to know her well and the characters she meets), I struggled to remember the other characters and their storylines. I did have to put down the book for a day as life got in the way, which didn’t help, but getting back into everyone’s stories except Tei’s was hard as I forgot who was who at first. It wasn’t until I was about a quarter of the way into the book before I really started to enjoy it and solidified all the characters and their individual stories into my mind.
Overall this is an amazing and gripping fantasy read. It’s a long book but filled with a lot of great action and a perfect fantasy setting ( there are no fantasy type creatures just humans). The world of Kalaya is rich and dark and I’m amazed at how sucked into the action I was reading this, and how unpredictable and dark the storyline is. The ending is a satisfying one but the story is far from over, it’s only beginning and sets up questions for the next book in the series and I can’t wait to read it!
-Thanks to the author for a free copy.
Kalaya is a magical island, beautiful and filled with mystic’s who have varying degrees of magical power. But the island is dying, as is the leader of the mystics the Sentinel. When Tei escapes to Turrak to join the mystic exiles she discovers she is responsible for finding the next Sentinel before time runs out.
Surrounded by some wonderful characters who get under your skin almost from the start Tei sets out on a harrowing journey which is heartwarming, moving, and terrifying all at once.
I was deeply moved by Garrick one of the protector’s, humans who are responsible for protecting the mystics, he is deeply in love with Tei but this isn’t what was attractive about him, it was his humour and inner and outer strength. Of all the sub-characters he was the one I looked forward to seeing on the page the most.
The world building throughout this novel is exquisite, I felt like I could live and breath Kalaya, and while at sea with Farrell and the Stone Haven traders I felt consumed by the ship and the life of these sailors. I didn’t once feel uncertain or confused about what was happening, where, or why.
All of the characters good, evil, or indifferent have deep backgrounds, and something about them that makes them appealing on the page and makes you want to keep reading digging deeper into their story and how they fit into the bigger picture. There is a huge cast of characters in this book and by the end we don’t get the answers to every question because of this being part one of a series but there is a definite sense of direction.
I Also like that Suzanne Rogerson is a fantasy writer who isn’t afraid of killing important characters. We lose characters in this novel that you would absolutely consider vital to the story. I reached a point where I couldn’t see the page through my tears, now as hard as it is to read that it’s also really important to lose those characters sometimes to make way for the story to progress and I applaud Suzanne for having the bravery to let that happen.
Overall, this story bowled me over, it was an absolutely outstanding epic fantasy and the kind of writing fantasy authors should be aspiring to. The only negative I have is that I’m dreading the wait for book two.
Sending a huge thanks to Suzanne Rogerson for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
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THE LOST SENTINEL contains plenty of action, intrigue, and challenges throughout, making this a thrilling fantasy adventure indeed.Read more
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