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The Silver Tide (Copper Cat Trilogy) Paperback – 14 Jul 2016
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An enthralling adventure of pirates, dragons, gods - and the Black Feather Three. 9/10 (Sci-Fi Bulletin)
A fast-paced and original new voice in heroic fantasy (Adrian Tchaikovsky)
If only all fantasy was as addictive as this... Highly recommended (The Eloquent Page)
The Copper Promise is dark, often bloody, frequently frightening, but there's also bucket loads of camaraderie, sarcasm, and an unashamed love of fantasy and the fantastic (Den Patrick, author of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade)
A cracking book (Falcata Times)
What an utterly outstanding and thrilling ride this has been (Brizzle Lass Books)
I've loved every minute of this story, and it's one I'm going to fiercely miss now that it's over (Over the Effing Rainbow)
A fresh take on classic tropes, this debut novel of dragons, lost magic and dungeon adventure is 21st century fantasy at its best (SFX magazine)
Swords and sorcery at its most ingenious and entertaining (Lynn's Books)
The Copper Promise is near-perfect fantasy-adventure fun and a breath of fresh air . . . Read it and remind yourself what made you fall in love with fantasy (Starburst Magazine)
The Silver Tide does not fail to take us on a non-stop ride (SciFiNow)
A gripping, fast-paced adventure that's a must-read (SciFiNow)
A fast-paced and original new voice in heroic fantasy
The Copper Promise is dark, often bloody, frequently frightening, but there's also bucket loads of camaraderie, sarcasm, and an unashamed love of fantasy and the fantastic
The daring adventurers of THE COPPER PROMISE and THE IRON GHOST are challenged with a new quest in Jen Williams' latest thrilling fantasy epicSee all Product description
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The Silver Tide brings The Black Feather Three together for one last adventure - and what an adventure it is. Our three heroes, Sir Sebastian, Aaron Frith and Wydrin, The Copper Cat herself, are hired by pirate captain Devinia the Red, to help get her and her crew to the middle of the Isle of Euriale. Nobody has got to this mystical, magical place and returned but there is rumour of great treasure there and Devinia intends to find it and bring it back. She seems a determined soul - and she should do.....she's Wydrin's mother.
The Copper Promise was an old school Dungeons and Dragons style romp, The Iron Ghost took us to the frozen North. With The Silver Tide we move to the steamy jungles of The Isle of Euriale and, in the second half of the book to places you wouldn't have expected. What TST does, and does well, is tying up everything from the two previous novels, even things that I didn't know needed tying up. The character development is top notch - these are not just characters on a page, these are folks you enjoy, indeed look forward to, spending time with. Even the minor characters are special, effort has gone into the creation of each and every one and the story is even better and stronger for that.
I have been a fan of this series from the beginning and this is a fitting conclusion. The Silver Tide is massive, wide screen, surround sound story telling at its' very best. The battle scenes are epic and well crafted, there are Gods, dragons, dragon kin which are all believable creations and all is set in a realistic fantasy world.
I will try not to drop spoilers here but I feel I do have to mention the final scene. With many fantasy novels (or, I suppose novels in general) the final scene can be where it all hangs. This can be the scene that makes a series memorable or forgettable, that one point where the author gets to where they've been heading since book 1, page 1. I'm happy to say that Jen Williams got this one absolutely spot on. This one got me 'right in the feels' and, I'll be honest, left me with a teary eye - a happy tear or a sad tear? Do you really think I'd spoil your reading enjoyment by telling you that.
If you haven't read any of this series so far then you are in for a treat as you can (from the end of February) read all the series straight through. If you've been following the series then, with this final volume you are still in for a treat and, when you are done I guess, like me, you'll be going back to the beginning to follow The Black Feather Three all over again. This series is certainly going in my 'To Read Over And Over Again Pile'
The only down side to reaching the end is that this really is THE END!! Well, for this series and these characters it is. For Jen Williams it is only the beginning, and a beginning that promises a lot. I'll certainly be there for her next series and I think, after reading these books you probably will too. I guess I'll see you there
The series began with 'the copper promise' by the same writer. Although the story here stands independently in many ways, there are enough lingering strands and continuity references to earlier in the trilogy to mean that you will get more out of it if you have read the first two books.
Those who have, read on.
This volume runs for five hundred and ninety one pages. It's divided into four parts, and further into ninety six chapters.
As with previous volumes, it does contain violence, strong language, and adult moments. So is strictly for grown up readers.
Being the end of the triloguy means it does bring an ending for the characters as well.
Wyddrin, Sebastian and Frith here embark on their latest dangerous exploit. A job for Wyddrin's mother. Who is an infamous pirate, and who needs their help to get to a legendary island, to find what is rumoured to be there.
Naturally enough, danger awaits...
Those who enjoyed the first two volumes will not be disappointed, as this is more of the same in the same style as well. As with those books it can get a bit involved at times, which is why I don't go up to five stars, making for a book that is best read slowly rather than skimmed in one go. It does have a plot far more involved than you might expect from the blurb, which is why there is a certain shift of focus about a third of the way through with resulting multiple plot strands. So it does get a more involved narrative than you might have expected at the start.
And one of those plot strands does have a slightly hasty conclusion.
Which isn't what you can say for the main one, which delivers on the epic action stakes.
The strong language can feel a bit gratuitious.
But for an end to a trilogy, this is well done, as there is a sense of that coming throughout. So it will leave you with lingering regrets that it is all over.
Another good bit of fantasy escapism from a writer good at producing such.