Book Review: Trapped in Silver by Emily Sowden


BOOK TITLE: Trapped in Silver
AUTHOR: Emily Sowden
GENRE: YA, Fantasy
PUBLISHER: OfTomes Publishing
RELEASE: February 2017
RATINGS: 5 stars

Courage comes from a shadowed place in our hearts; a blurred line that straddles love and sheer stupidity.
To seventeen-year-old Ava, wild woodcats, hungry stragglers, and simple-minded townsfolk are the evils she’s grown accustomed to. But when Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, enters her world she quickly understands that there are worse things out there than drunken men and carnivorous forest creatures. She’s a specialised liar and a hell of a fighter, but against a group of animalistic men called Berserkers she struggles to survive the encounter as the desperate swing of a dagger is all it takes to change her life for good.
Half-dead and hunted by the Berserker’s leader when he forms a monstrous obsession with her, Ava escapes his pursuit in an unfamiliar land full of impossible creatures, unlikely allies, and the man she doesn’t know whether to kiss or kill. 
But after dreadful news of her missing brother surfaces, Ava becomes more involved in the centuries-long war and begins to unravel the reasons behind her relentless nightmares, discovering truths long-buried in a violent history of love, loss and betrayal.


"Compulsively unputdownable, cancel all your plans, get ready to be obsessed. Good bye real world." _ Stanly Benson

This book has got it all; from the amazing world building to the fast paced, page turning action and magic with a hot dish of romance served on the side.

I got to to read an advanced readers copy (ARC) late year and re-read it last week, I remember hitting twitter to confess my undying love for this compulsively unputdownable book to the author. Trapped In Silver will be sure to hit lots of best seller lists after it's released in a few weeks.

This book has such a strong voice that stays consistent through out, the main character Ava is an amazing kick-ass lead that readers are going to fall in love it - I did from the first page of the book -. Trapped In silver is filled with intrigue, suspense and mystery which had me on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out what will happen next (sadly with little success) and I think this is a great element for any story. Also, the fascinating mix of characters, the seamless blend of creatures both common to popular culture and new fictitious ones just got me dying over and over again for the brilliance of Emily Sowden.

Another element I loved about the book has to be how the author cleverly incorporates family life into this story which is something I think more YA authors should do especially in high fantasy. It kinda gave the book a lot more natural feel while reading it. Don't even get me started with the relationship drama, seriously the question will they or won't they get together? burned through my head as I raced against time to finish this book. I kept convincing my self that I'll drop the book immediately after the next chapter (am sure you know how that turned out),next thing I know it's 5 am and I remember having an early meeting slated for 8 am that morning.

Emily has created a world with characters that will edge you to keep trying to seek out exactly what makes them tick (good bye real world.)

Then there was the whole #TeamDemon and #TeamBerserker thing which just sky rocketed my emotions (great marketing @OfTomes publishing.) Btw I was put on team demon (duh!) Actually i think am just on #TeamEthan... That guy is my new mancrush everyday.

I don't want to give anything away and trust me it is really hard not to, the book comes out February 7th in print and e-book. I've already put myself on auto buy mode for it and other books in the series. Seriously if someone sent me this book as a valentines day gift I would flip out. Trapped In silver is definitely one of the books that made my 2016 awesome.

Emily has defiantly got something strong going on with this book and I can bet that she is about to become the next big thing in High Fantasy. I highly recommend this book to everyone, add it to your TBR list, trust me, you won't regret it. As you know it's not everyday I dish out 5 stars. Now Go! Go!! Go!!! And experience the amazingly heart racing work that is Trapped In Silver.


Ever since I was a kiddie there have been four things I've been obsessed with: reading, writing, video games and tea.

Coming from a large, scatty family, Mum gave me a love of reading (judge that from the book piles creeping up the walls and shoved under desks) and Dad gave me a grand love of technology.

When I'm not sneaking in time to write another chapter I can be be found news editing for Pocket Gamer and flailing about the new products coming out. I'll also be found getting slowly suffocated by my fluffy ragdoll cat, Indy.

My debut novel, Trapped in Silver, is due for release February 2017.

NOTICE: I received a eARC of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All of the preceding are without any influence of the author or publisher

Thank you for reading,

~ Stanly.

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