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What starts as an innocent quest to follow the unicorn's trail, turns into a sinister nightmare.
“I was so happy to find a book that truly captivated my imagination from beginning to end.” K Johnstone
Banished from their village, Otta, and her twin brother Erl, (who has lost his memory), must stay ahead of those who seek to kill them.
Learning how to follow the unicorn's trail and deal with her brother's dark side, Otta must keep them both safe as she attempts to follow the commands of a shrineless god.
This epic fantasy tale is a FREE download and begins the saga of The Kaerling.
When young Otta is forced to flee her homestead with her brother Erl upon incurring the wrath of a powerful local priest, the two encounter many dangers in their search for that which they seek. I love the way this world is built, chapter by chapter, as the characters interact and the story is told, as each new wrinkle unfolds with both actions and personal insights. This book was written with great care for detail, and a strong, compelling narrative! - Troy
Ah, I was so happy to find a book that truly captivated my imagination from beginning to end. The author has a lovely sense of setting, her world-building is exquisite. The characters are well-developed and unpredictable. Thoroughly enjoyable and can't wait to read more of Pickard's work. - Kate Johnstone
From page one I enjoyed this novel. As I submerged further into the characters, scenes, and story, it only got better — excellent read and looking forward to reading more of this Author's works. - Jsteele
I received this lovely book on a free amazon giveaway and enjoyed it. Recommended. - Amazon Customer
As always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later.
I read this book in a single sitting, and then waited for other thoughts about it to present themselves. Over time the book grew in my memory. It is very well done.
There are invisible beings, powerful beings, strange twists on relationships, and a quest imposed by a god. There is magic, politics, forests with animals. All of this is woven together in a narrative that flows. You will understand the mind of the chief protagonist quite well.
There are other things that make the book as special as it is. There is a gentle commentary on discrimination based on race, and on skin colour, and on occupation. There are moments of trust and of suspicion.
There are moments when Otta’s inner voice is ignored, and her personal god disobeyed. This is not a trivial book. Now for my star count boilerplate.
My personal guidelines, when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. I try hard to be consistent. You will definitely be entertained. Five stars it is, and extremely recommended.
Kindle Book Review Team member.
(Note: this reviewer received a free copy of this book for an independent review. He is not associated with the author or Amazon.) - Jim Bennett
Here is a story that will linger in your thoughts long after the reading is done. Lyrical prose, and a well constructed plot, will keep me reading and rereading this author's work. - claire
A medium paced, but engrossing, introduction to Otta and her twin brother, Erl, and how they got started on their quest. - Chris Graham
Silver Fire is one of those novels that deserves to be promoted in the SPFBO blog by Freya Pickard.
This is the gritty version of what a Western setting of Avatar the Last Airbender would look like. I think Freya has done a wonderful job with the descriptions of her character, the elegance of her prose, and the good dialogue that is interspersed within this novel.
Without much spoilers, I read a quote on twitter saying that a reader wishes to be in the world. I can say that Frey a must have researched Celtic Mythology/Norse Mythology because I didn’t feel it was too Christian inspired which is a good thing. Much of Christianity’s origins came from the adaption of Celtic/Roman Paganism for that matter. I also felt that Otta’s character was good, but her emotional development needed more scenes. I wanted her to feel more remorse for her actions, and to feel a bit more compassionate in terms of scene development. Erl on the other hand was like an empty vessel in the ocean with a sentient soul trying to figure out in the middle of the ocean where he was. Although I did not understand the desire he had when there were many women around.
I would ask Freya if she could upgrade her cover. Because I could easily see this novel being promoted by HarperCollins or Harpervoyager, and the writing is so smooth and fluid I am flabbergasted that she has not been picked up. Really I am. I’d be happy to finish this trilogy and I understand that due to budget costs this may not be possible. I am immersed into this world. I can clearly see a large range of diverse cultures. I want to see a map for one. I did not feel that Otta’s parents got enough scene development myself, and would have wanted to seen more in the novel. This is a fantastic read. You are missing out on a wonderful novel and seriously, this is a fantastic debut. Your proof-editor did a wonderful job. My rating: 5/5 - Xerxes Mankum