Silver EveSeries: Guardians of Tarnec #2
by Sandra Waugh
Published by Random House for Young Readers on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A Healer without home or purpose, seventeen-year-old Evie Carew has found the perfect place to disappear: Rood Marsh. She can easily fade into its vast wilderness of towering reeds; leave behind the growing violence that is claiming her innocent world. Leave behind the tragedy that broke her heart and sent her far from her grandmother, cousin Lark and all she once loved.
But Evie is not alone in the marsh. A seer, a Rider, and Breeders of Chaos all hunt her—for though opposed in objective, her seekers share knowledge she does not: Evie is one of the four Guardians of Tarnec, one who can help save the world from the coming destruction if she can reclaim the stolen amulet of Death. But whether she meets true love or a brutal end on such a journey is a matter of who finds her first.
What do you call it when you read a book up until 72% and then something big happens in the plot and you know… you know deep down, for certain, that you won’t like the ending so you quit the book like a bad boyfriend? Do you:
a. completely DNF the book and never look back?
b. skip ahead to the ending and get much needed closure on how the book ended?
c. keep reading and hope like heck for the best?
There has to be a name for this conundrum because I don’t think it’s exactly a DNF.
I read over 72% of Silver Eve, got pissed and skipped forward to the ending. I got there and thought, “Huh? Did I read that right?” I had to read the ending a couple of times to fully grasp how it ended. And once I got it – I was even more enraged!
So I went back to the 72% mark and read all the stuff I missed. There had to be more to the story. Nope, I didn’t really miss anything. My first dreaded thoughts when I hit that moment at 72% were dead on. I did not like the ending.
I wanted with my entire being to love this story to pieces. I absolutely adored the first book, Lark Rising. The world building was fantastic in the first book and it continued to hold true in this book. Not too much was introduced as new in this book but we did get insight into the Breeders and the history of the Guardians, Tarnec, and the role everyone plays in the balance of peace and chaos in the world.
Tease me all you want with how the past unraveled and the scales tipped in favor of the chaos. But if the stories focus on each Guardian and their protector Rider, then I usually get my hopes up for a certain ending. I’m not saying I didn’t get what I wanted, I just…. ugh… not what I wanted!!! ∗flops on floor wailing∗
I guess I wanted another Lark Rising. Oh, Lark and Gharain are back in this book, Lark more than the Rider. I just found the “quest” lacking this time around. I know why it lacked for me View Spoiler » Evie’s quest was more intellectual, more about herself and more “in her mind”, whereas Lark’s was physical, a true quest out of her comfort zone. « Hide Spoiler but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else.
The writing is still good. No flaws that I saw and I truly enjoy Ms. Waugh’s style. I think I’ll just have to pick up the next book to figure out what happened at the end of this book. I mean, I think I know but I still could have read it wrong after five times, but I kind of need closure… ∗flops on floor wailing∗