As the series has progressed, it has been interesting to see her style find its footing, and her ‘voice’ is clearer than when she started the first novel. I certainly think she has brought the quality of the writing up to that of ‘Visions of Zarua’ – still my favourite of Rogerson’s that I’ve read so far (though that’s often the way with the first, isn’t it?).
Again, her skill lies in intertwining separate storylines, and in writing truly dislikable (yet sometimes nuanced) bad guys – and vice versa. She is still not shy about killing off main characters – which I quite enjoy!
Again, there is the danger of the action / pace of the novel causing either a brushing over of character development, so that some may appear a little too caricatured, or just a touching on that development, so that it might feel that some characters emotionally develop / attach too quickly, but Rogerson skirts this pretty fine line by a hair’s breadth.
She has rounded off the series nicely and, although the ending is somewhat predictable, she manages (just!) to avoid making it too saccharin-sweet and shmaltzy.
Though it didn’t knock my socks off, the ‘Silent Sea Chronicles’ was an enjoyable and very readable trilogy; it also lays a solid groundwork of magic lore and world-building that could perhaps be expanded within further writings (including maps and pronunciation guides, please!). I’d especially like to read more of the astral side of things.
As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.
Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.
Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?
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