Title: The Silver Pear
Author: Michelle Diener
Series: The Dark Forest #2
Publication: October 1st 2014
Genre: Adult ~ Fantasy
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Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
An unlikely princess . . .
Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She's learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.
An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .
Mirabelle's father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane's brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.
And using magic always exacts a price . . .
With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle's new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?
This book was a little different from the previous one since there were two points of view added - Soren and Mirabelle (a.k.a Miri.) We already met Soren in the previous book but Miri was a whole new character. I loved her right away. She was a really interesting character because she's the only female sorcerer in the world. Cool, right?
I loved the story because it had a lot of action, magical creatures, a bit of romance and read really fast. I loved Soren and Miri's journey and how they got to know each other but I also enjoyed reading how Kayla and Rane continued their journey.
As for the romance - I loved it. Even though Miri and Soren didn't know each other for that long, they had an intense connection and I felt like cheering when they kissed for the first time. Really made me happy. It wasn't hurried, but also not slow - It was simply perfection in my eyes!
Also, the author always creates strong and amazing female characters who people can look up to. That's one element I love about her books for sure!
Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better book. The writing together with the action-packing and magical story made for one hell of book. Michelle Diener has definitely proven that she can not only write amazing historical books but also books that involve fantasy, magic, sorcerer's and witches. I loved it!
About the Author:
Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King’s Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.
Michelle’s other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor’s Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor’s Conspiracy).
Michelle’s first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, was published on December 19th, 2013 and her second fantasy, The Golden Apple, was released on March 24th, 2014.
Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.
When she’s not writing, or driving her kids from activity to activity, you can find her blogging at Magical Musings, or online at Twitter, at Google+ and Facebook.
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