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Silverwolf (Rowankind) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Jan 2017
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Praise for the Rowankind series:"A finely crafted and well-researched plunge into swashbuckling, sorcery, shape-shifting, and the Fae! Highly entertaining." --Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Nebula Award-winning author of The Healer's War "Swashbuckling action, folklore, and characters to care about this is an authentic English take on historical fantasy, magic, and class." --Kari Sperring, author of The Grass King's Concubine "A fabulous and fun action-packed story, with an engaging heroine." --Liz Williams, author of The Ghost Sister "Winterwood is an easy, compelling read which ticks loads of boxes--pirates, fae, adventure, angst, ghosts, wild magic--whilst managing to surprise you with unexpected plot developments and delight you with its beautifully paced story and believably strange world. A delicious page-turner." --Jaine Fenn, author of Principles of Angels "Swashbuckling adventure collides with mystical mayhem on land and at sea in this rousing historical fantasy series launch set in a magic-infused England in 1800." --Publishers Weekly
"Bedford crafts emotionally complex relationships and interesting secondary characters while carefully building an innovative yet familiar world." --RT Book Reviews "It's like an irresistible smorgasbord of all my favorite themes and fantasy elements all in one place, and a strong, compelling female protagonist was the cherry on top." --BiblioSanctum "Pirates, magic, and fae in nineteenth-century England. Yes, please! Winterwood marks the start of Jacey Bedford's new Rowankind series, and it's a series I can't wait for more of!" --No More Grumpy Bookseller
About the Author
Jacey Bedford has a string of short story publication credits on both sides of the Atlantic. She is the co-organizer of the UK Milford's Writers' Conference, a peer-to-peer workshopping week for published SF writers. She lives a thouand feet up on the edge of the Yorkshire Pennines in a two hundred year stone house. She has been a librarian, postmistress, rag-doll maker, and a folk singer in an a cappella trio. She can be found at jaceybedford.co.uk or on Twitter at @JaceyBedford.
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This is a glorious book, a voluptuous book (does that make sense?), brimming with fascinating detail, overflowing with action, brimming with emotion (it even wrung a tear from me: that's very unusual for a book. The last book that made me cry while reading was 'The Road')
A door has been unlocked, and a wild dance of magic has been unleashed in the world. Humans, magic user or not, Rowankind, Fae and fabulous creatures need to find a place in this world.
Our heroes, the witch and the shapeshifter, must use their skills, compassion and courage to resolve the problems, in the public and the private spheres, that this new world brings
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The world in Silverwolf is similar to ours, except that magic and magical creatures exist. In the first book in the series, privateer and witch Rossalinde freed the non-human rowankind from their status as unpaid bondservants to English masters. To do so, Ross had to return the magic that was stripped from them centuries before. She succeeded despite interference from a dangerous enemy called Walsingham, head of a secret government agency formed to deal with magical threats to England.
Now English society has been destabilized, both through the loss of rowankind’s unpaid labor and by their possession of magic. Human magic had been regulated and controlled by a government agency called the Mysterium, and unlicensed witches like Ross could be hung. The magic of the rowankind falls outside their remit—something they believe must be remedied. In addition, dangerous magical creatures like kelpies have started to appear and attack humans. Ross and her wolf shifter lover, Corwen, have to try to clean up some of the problems that her actions caused or risk having the imperious Fae (the creators of the rowankind) intervene in human affairs.
I recently finished the first book in the series, and having liked it a lot, I immediately dove into this one. It’s not quite as immediately gripping as Winterwood, since the first part of the story involves Corwen being called home to deal with problems in his family’s woolen mills that don’t really involve magic, just good old-fashioned human misdeeds. The action picks up throughout the book, though, as Corwen and Ross go to search in London for Corwen’s missing wolf shifter brother and get entangled with the attempts of the Mysterium to exert their control over the magical creatures newly abroad in England.
Ross and Corwen win this round, but it’s clear from the end of the novel that their adventures aren’t over yet. The Mysterium isn’t going to easily give up their control over magic, and Walsingham remains a threat. Then there are the Fae, who aren’t too pleased with the whole situation and want Ross to somehow change government policy toward the rowankind. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series to find out what happens next.
I’d recommend Silverwolf for readers who particularly enjoy historical fantasy or just like to get wrapped up in a good meaty fantasy novel. If you haven’t read Winterwood, go get that one first, and then settle in for some good reading!
An ARC of this novel was provided by the publisher through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
Fantasy -Jan. 3rd, 2017
4 ½ stars
Silverwolf is the second in the author’s Rowankind series. It is a fun-filled fantasy romp that is sure to engage readers.
Ross is a witch in historical England where magic is viewed with suspicion. Corwen is a wolf shifter that is her lover. In the first book, Ross let loose magic and now there is a price to pay as paranormal beings are causing more than just mischief among humankind. When two children mysteriously disappear, it is feared that they may have been kidnaped or murdered by a deadly supernatural with a taste for human flesh. To make matters worse, the Mysterium, a powerful organization bent on controlling and punishing magic users is gaining power. And they are hunting for Ross and Corwen. As they race to save the children and solve the mystery behind their disappearance they must contend with distrust and possible betrayal by the very humans they are trying to protect. Plus family secrets and a return of Corwen’s past cause more difficulties. Can they keep the world safe or will the wild magic released be too much for them to control?
This vastly entertaining fantasy has a little bit of everything. Swashbuckling characters, fantastic magical beings, romance and a truly evil villain. Ross is an independent woman with a strong moral compass. She released the magic that is causing havoc in England. As such, she feels responsible for helping the magical beings she has awakened and saving those that are victims to magic. As new creatures are introduced and Ross struggles with Corwen to aid victims where they can, the novel becomes deeply immersing. The author is fabulously creative and the plot and sympathetic characters kept surprising me. I especially when Corwen’s past is revealed. I loved reading about his family and th hunt to find his missing brother. This intelligent novel has many layers as even the secondary characters bring depth and richness to the story line that I hoped they will be continued in further books. ( I would particularly like to read more about Corwen’s sister and Ross’s brother!) Corwen and Ross make an entertaining partnership as well as a great couple. I enjoyed reading Ross finding a place in Corwen’s family because she has seemed so alone. This series is one I am eagerly watching as the vastly original author clearly has more to explore in her fascinating world. I can’t wait to read about new creatures and mysteries to solve!
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club