I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with trilogies. I love them because when the story’s good, I want it to go on and on, but I hate them because when the story becomes a little murky, reading can feel like a chore.
The Silvermay series, by James Moloney, is a series I love. The third and final book – Lucien – was a fantastic read and a thrilling finale to one of the best paced trilogies I have read in a while.
The story begins where Tamlyn left off – with Silvermay, Tamlyn, Lucien and Ryall travelling to Erebis Felan, in an attempt to rid both Tamlyn and Lucien of their Wyrdborn magic. After seeing the horrifying mosaics of a bloody and destructive future caused by Lucien’s power, Silvermay is determined to imbue her little one with human compassion and love in the hope of changing his fate. But it is Lucien’s changing love for her that becomes the hinge upon which everyone’s fate rests.
As I said before, I really enjoyed the pace of this book. Moloney dives straight into the action and doesn’t let up until the very end; I found this book to be quite a thrilling read. I particularly enjoyed the changing relationships between the main characters. Many readers found the change in the relationship between Lucien and Silvermay a little distasteful, but I found it to be a natural progression that fitted the direction in which Moloney wanted to take his characters. Tamlyn’s developing humanity was lovely, and I enjoyed the way the romantic tension between he and Silvermay was stretched right to the very end. Unlike other novels of this kind, the romantic stuff didn’t get in the way of the action, but was always there in a more subtle way.
For anyone who hasn’t read much in the way of fantasy and is interested in starting with something that is thrilling without being too heavy, I would highly recommend the Silvermay series. Suitable for Year 7 and above.