Having previously read Rogerson’s ‘Visions of Zarua’ (a good book – reviewed here), I stated at the time that she is a very competent writer and that I would be happy to read more of her work, so I readily accepted the offer to take part in this blog tour.
This is the first novel in the ‘Silent Sea Chronicles’, which introduces us to many of the characters who will appear over the course of the series. As previously mentioned, Rogerson’s world-building and ability to weave separate storylines is capable – indeed, multiple viewpoints seems to be part of her M.O.. She says that her influences are David Gemmell and Robin Hobb and these influences are very clear here; I love a bit of Heroic Fantasy (Gemmell was a particular master), and her reluctant protagonists’ flawed characters are reminiscent of his very human take on what it means to be a hero – and what it can sometimes cost. However, Rogerson needs to be wary of making her characters lead the story too much and, conversely, allowing the desire for pace to outweigh deeper characterisation. Perhaps giving the reader more knowledge of what is happening within their heads would help us to connect with them better?
Rogerson certainly keeps the pace flowing (sometimes too fast?) and the enemies threatening (she’s good at bad guys); the story and characters are pretty easy to keep track of (the set up for book two was well done), the magic use is consistent – and therefore more believable. Interestingly (and enjoyably), stylistically she paints it all with an economy that allows the reader to meet her in the middle, and invest more in the world and characters she has created, though I personally wouldn’t mind a bit more detail on both – along with a pronunciation guide (language geek!)
I am looking forward to reading the next in the ‘Silent Sea Chronicles’, and hope that some deeper characterisation and world-building will arise as we venture deeper into the series.
Worth a read.
The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.
The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.
Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?
Follow Tei’s journey through the magical land of Kalaya and the Astral Plane in The Lost Sentinel – Book 1 in the Silent Sea Chronicles.
I do not get paid for blog tours and was a offered an e-book in exchange for an honest review.