Sunday, April 15, 2012

Book Review: Silver Knight

Media Type: Print Book
Title: Silver Knight
Author: Caron Rider
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Paperback; 278
Release Date: February 24, 2012
Source: Author / Lightning Book Promotions
Intended Reading Group: Young Adult
Content Screening: Mild Violence
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers looking for a well-written and well paced read, with twists and turns galore.

Add it on: Goodreads / Shelfari / Amazon
When seventeen-year-old Diana recognizes an elderly priest in a video on YouTube, she realizes that reincarnation is real and that she’s been alive before! Every night in her dreams, she relives her past learning that it’s kill or be killed. Now a bishop at the Vatican whom she saved in another life calls on her once more. She is needed to help defeat evil within the catacombs of Rome. But when she arrives in Rome, she meets Alexander – the man of her dreams! Through the centuries she has loved him…betrayed him...been killed by him. Will she give him another chance or this time will she strike first?

Silver Knight is a fast-paced and amazing romp through a set of past lives. It's the type of book that draws you in, and even though a few different genres are mixed it works well! Caron Rider has managed to mix together modern high school life, with a girl who has shades of her past lives peppered in. What you'll find in this book is nothing short of fantastic! I honestly read through each page breathlessly to the end.

Our first-person narrator Diana is quite a girl. She is very much an old soul, which I totally related to her. What's nice about that is the book never really has too deep of a sense of a teenager persona. Of course Diana is actually one, but the breadth of what she has experienced really comes through in her character. The best part about her is that she is so vivid in her descriptions of things. When Diana is in a room she doesn't just see it, she experiences it. Caron Rider did an excellent job with this, and it is so easy to simply place yourself in the story. It makes it very immersive.

As I mentioned above, the story line is quick moving and well-written. I liked how well the two parts blended together. The one thing that made me a little sad was the lack of depth in certain aspects of the story. What I mean is, there are a lot of times where something is mentioned, or touched on, but never fully explored. My hope is that, because this is a series, there is a lot more to come! I will give the story this much, because of what was missing I'm eager to dive into the next installment! I want my questions answered.

I'd recommend this book to older young adult readers, mostly because of Diana's overall voice. She is a very pleasant narrator to follow (and she loves books so that is a huge plus!) but sometimes her lack of teen vibe makes her feel a little older. I for one loved it, but it might turn some younger readers off. Overall, I thought that Silver Knight was extremely well done! Kudos to Caron Rider. I'm in for the long haul!

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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