Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess Wars #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Friday, May 17, 2013


  
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena.

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.



 




4.5/5

Trisha Wolfe is such an awesome world painter. The entire world, this book takes place in, comes to life as you read. I found Of Silver and Beasts to be an original and refreshing read for me. I love the idea behind the book, and the execution of it was spot on.  We are taken on a ride to the queendom of Cavan where Mercury is the main power source and so very important. We are given characters that are full of depth and rich in their our individual roles. 

Kaliope is our main character. She is, with no better way to put it, kick ass. She is a strong and capable heroine. She is driven and determined to protect and serve the queendom she resides in. Even when given orders she does not want to follow, she carries them out to the best of her ability. I loved how loyal she is to her friends. She does not take any of them for granted, and she appreciates each friendship. She would die for her friends, because they have also became her sisters. She learns about herself and what she is capable of throughout the course of the book. She has to accept her abilities and realize that she is not invincible. 

Our main guy is Prince Caben. He is a swoon worthy hero. He is serious in his commitments to his realm and grows to want to save the other realms just as much as his own. He is full of surprises and keeps our Kaliope on her toes. I love his humor and wit. He has such a likable and rich personality. He helps bring this book to life. 

What can I say? I really enjoyed this. I couldn't put it down once I started and I didn't want it to end when it did. I want the next one as of yesterday. (I don't handle cliffhangers well.) The adventure and story of Kaliope and Caben has only just begun and I CAN NOT wait to continue on with it



Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE'S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.
She’s the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.




 


Excerpt

The cool sensation of the fresh water on my skin helps me forget my nerves and I lie back, floating just below the top of the water. My body dulls, the cold soothing my sore muscles, and I welcome the numbness. The ceiling of the cave is sprinkled with tiny clusters of white lights, dotting the canopy above our heads like stars in the sky. I feel as if I’m sitting on the rooftop of my apartment, staring at the night sky, not here in the Otherworld, awaiting my death.
The water rolls, rocking my body, and I glance over as Caben floats up beside me. He’s on his back also, and points to the lights dusting the cave ceiling.
“Diamonds,” he says.
“Really?” I don’t know much about any minerals other than mercury. And somehow, diamonds as our stars makes my chest heavy. It’s too beautiful. “How can you tell?”
“The ultraviolet light shows the impurities,” he says. “The imperfections actually absorb the dark light, causing the diamond to emit a visible glow.” He chuckles. “A very expensive lighting effect.”
I laugh. “Quite expensive.” They twinkle as they reflect the rippling water. “But almost more heavenly than the stars.” I lower my voice at the end, hoping he didn’t hear my spoken thoughts.
Caben doesn’t speak, and the trickling of the stream and lap of the pool becomes the only sound as we float in compatible silence. I could drift off, fall asleep in this peaceful place, but I know we still have a mission to complete before the Reckoning.
This thought awakens me, and I touch my feet to the bottom of the pool and begin to wade toward the edge.
I hear Caben’s heavy groan. “No you don’t,” he says, and captures the bottom of my tunic. He tugs me through the water, back to the pool’s center. “Not yet. This could be our last reprieve, and I plan for us to enjoy it.”
As I turn to face him, his fingers slip from my shirt to my waist, grazing my stomach. My skin prickles, and I shiver, matching the trembling water around us. His deep blue eyes meet mine, and he swallows, his Adam’s apple working. Slowly, he begins to inch up my tunic—
“Wait.” I place my hand on top of his.
He cranes an eyebrow. “It should really have time to dry before we go back.”
Logically, that makes sense. But the heated look he’s giving me says so much more. And regardless of the attraction I may feel for the prince—a woman would have to be blind—and whether or not we actually escape this hell ... what then? We share an intimate moment once, and go back to our stations in life, simply pretending nothing happened?
Or maybe I’m reading too much into his gaze. He’s a man, and physical desire is self-serving. He may die ... and he probably wants to bed a woman one last time. Everything about his character screams he’s not one who thinks past the moment.
I could lose myself for now, give in to the pulse quickening my blood with need, but I’ve never shown a man the clamp over my heart. It would have to be something I did for a different reason if I ever chose to do so. Not merely because I may die soon.
As I push his hand away and start to swim off, he grasps my waist, encircling his firm arms around my stomach, and pulls my back to his chest.
“Don’t run from me,” he breathes into my ear. “I’m not asking for anything. Not even whatever it is you’re hiding. Just stay here.”

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3 comments

  1. I keep meaning to check this one out bc I like the cover so much but after the excerpt I think i really need to give it a try :)
    Danielle @ Coffee and Characters
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  2. Thanks for introducing me to this book. I added it to my TBR List!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  3. This one sounds really interesting. I hadn't heard of it before now. So thanks for sharing!

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