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Silverblind by Tina Connolly eARC {5 Stars} + Giveaways (INT!)

Silverblind by Tina Connolly is the third companion novel in the Ironskin series and tells the story of Adora Rochert as she navigates the difficult world of science as a woman who loves to study things like wyverns and fae :D. If you haven’t read Ironskin or Copperhead, you can easily still love the socks off Silverblind, though you’ll probably want to immediately go pick up the first two books, so you’ve been warned! Since Silverblind takes place more than a decade after Ironskin and Copperhead, there are some minor spoilers though nothing shocking really. I really can’t emphasize enough how impressed I am with the world of Silverblind and everything else within these pages. If you are at all interested in the premise, go read them right now (and be sure to enter the giveaways at the bottom)!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Silverblind from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Silverblind by Tina Connolly eARC {5 Stars} + Giveaways (INT!)

Silverblind by Tina Connolly (Ironskin #3)
Published by Tor Books on Oct. 7th, 2014
Genres: Adult, Historical Fantasy, Steampunk
Page Length: 272 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shapechanging fey powers--to disguise herself as a boy.

While hunting for wyvern eggs, she saves a young scientist who's about to get steamed by a silvertail-- and finds her childhood friend Tam Grimsby, to whom she hasn't spoken in seven years. Not since she traded him to the fey. She can't bear to tell him who she really is, but every day grows harder as he comes to trust her.

The wyverns are being hunted to extinction for the powerful compounds in their eggs. The fey are dying out as humans grow in power. Now Tam and Dorie will have to decide which side they will fight for. And if they end up on opposite sides, can their returning friendship survive?

5 Stars

Strengths:

  • Cryptozoology is my favorite kind of zoology! Dorie finds herself studying wyverns in Silverblind and it is just so much fun seeing the scientific world reimagined with mythical creatures and cures. Also, baby wyverns are called woglets and are adorable. That is all. >.>
  • The characters of Silverblind are refreshingly diverse and wonderful. Dorie’s closest friend is dark skinned with very curly hair and is also a lesbian in a near-Industrial Revolution (though in this history that isn’t quite a thing) time setting. Another of their friends is dwarvven meaning not human and quite petite and so deals with a lot of the prejudice and ableism encountered by little people in our world. Then there are several characters with disability caused by injury when they were quite young with an accompanying curse, ie Ironskin, such as hunger or depression. It is amazing how real all these characters felt given the fantastical setting they lived in, but wow did they ever jump off the page.
  • Silverblind somehow manages to be both a great companion novel in that it stands alone quite well, while also wrapping up the series fantastically with a crazy epic ending and a lot of answers. And yet it is only 272 pages long, how does she do it????
  • There is a strong emphasis on the women’s movement in this alternative timeline of Silverblind and that was a great added touch. Dorie faces a lot of sexism and sees the efforts that the women around her are going to to fight for equal rights while still doing good with whatever power they currently have. It was so great to see this important struggle setting up a realistic background for Silverblind.
  • I don’t think I’ve mentioned enough how cool the world of Silverblind is. There are fae, but they are the weird ethereal beings that fae used to be where they exist in the forested parts of the world and play some mischief, but are pretty much amoral because human morality has no meaning to them. There was a war in the past between the fae and humans, which caused those ironskin injuries I mentioned above, and for a while human technology ran on fae power/juice/it’s complicated. After the war, the fae were obviously less willing to share and so human technology (which had been far advance of where our timeline was) was seriously set back and electricity is only now moving in to fill the gap. Oh and there are wyverns and so much more. And masks of iron for very good but creepy reasons.
  • I normally despise epilogues, but the epilogue for Silverblind is an excellent example of how to do an epilogue right! I think I cried more during the bittersweet epilogue than at any previous point in the book and became thoroughly convinced that I will read anything Connolly writes from now on.
  • I love plot twists and Silverblind had a new type for me! Without giving anything away, the twistiness of Silverblind’s plot is rather deliciously subtle and builds slowly until it finally clicks and takes a minute to sink in, at which point my mind was blown. So much love for that ending!

Weaknesses:

  • Ummmm…. I seriously had to think for about five minutes to come up with something and this is all I got: Some of the fae power and such didn’t quite all mesh together perfectly for my brain, not in a glaring hole kind of way though. Just in a “well I’ll believe you since it’s your world, but my brain hurts a little bit” kind of way >.>. That makes sense right???

Summary:

Silverblind cements the Ironskin series as one of my favorite series in the last few years and definitely one of the few trilogies that I gave an average rating of 4.67 to! Anyone who enjoys fantasy or steampunk (faepunk?) absolutely has to read this series. There is a reason that Ironskin was nominated for the Nebula when it came out. Silverblind is full of wonderful characters, a very cool world, adorable woglets, and a truly epic plot. I’m pretty much heartbroken that this series is over, but Tina Connolly is now at the top of my auto-buy list and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

2 Giveaways!

Tor has kindly offered a hardcover of Silverblind for me to giveaway and I just can’t bear to think of my international followers missing out on the chance to read this series, so I’m offering your choice of books from the series for non-US and Canadian addresses as long as The Book Depository ships to you!

US and Canadian Addresses Giveaway

First will be the giveaway courtesy of Tor! This one is for US and Canada as per Tor’s policy, the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, and as usual I’ll be checking entries so please don’t cheat!

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NON-US and Canadian Addresses Giveaway

Second is the giveaway for non-US and Canadian addresses as long as TBD ships to you. Again, the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email and please don’t cheat! You’ll have the choice of one of the books from the series, so either Ironskin, Copperhead, or Silverblind. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Silverblind by Tina Connolly

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Comments

  1. I want to start this series, and this just gave me the motivation!
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  2. Have you read Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid books? If you like Cryptozoology, they’re a must read! After hearing you rave about this series there’s no way I can resist it’s allure now. I mean, hello? LADY SCIENTISTS! And is it just me, or does this series have a vaguely historical flavour about it? Because I love historical settings! :D
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    • Oh good to know! I wasn’t really sold by the cover of those I think, so it’s definitely helpful to know my love of cryptozoology will be pleased ;-)

      Oh yes, it is kind of alternative history around the industrial revolution :D

  3. Fey as in fairies? If that’s the case…. hmmmmm. Because I’m looking for some good fantasy novels featuring fairies. (My WIP features a Faerie MC.) Either way, though, it sounds interesting. I’ve never heard of Tina Connolly before your review.

    Do you have any recommendations for good fairy stories?
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  4. I just started Ironskin last night (I know, finally), and I’m beginning to get a small idea of why you love this series so much. ;)
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    • YEYEYEYEY! I decided that All Our Yesterdays will be my next audiobook since that’s really the best way for me not to feel guilty about older books ;-) I just bought it :D

  5. I haven’t started this series yet, but I’ve heard a lot of good about it! Love that cover :D
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    • Isn’t it pretty??? I love especially that Dorie is in her adventuring clothes since it fits her so wonderfully :D

  6. Sounds like this series has just knocked it out of the park :) I love when that happens!
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  7. I thought the second one sounded good and now the third is just as good! I so need to read these now. Thanks for giving me a chance to win one! :) haha I liked that you had to try to find a negative.
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