Blog Tour: Of Silver & Beasts by Trisha Wolfe

Posted May 9, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway / 0 Comments

Of Silver and Beasts

Series: Goddess Wars #1
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Publish Date: April 19, 2013
Publisher:N/A
Number of pages: 305
Buy: Amazon | B&N 
Source: Received from author for blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion
Book Description:
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena.

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

OSAB started off a little slow, but it quickly picked up around the half way point.  I wanted to know what was going to happen next.  Trisha Wolfe has a wonderful ability to weave words and leave you wanting more.

Kal is our main character.  She’s stubborn, loyal, and takes her duty as head of the Nactue seriously.  She really frustrates me because she seems cold, and uncaring. She doesn’t let herself loosen up until close to the end, and even then it’s not much.  She’s a hard character to connect with.  She’s very much “my way or the highway” and is close-minded when it comes to the role of males.  It’s almost opposite of the “women should be in the kitchen” train of thought from the 50’s.  Besides those downfalls, Kaliope is strong.  She knows when to fight her battles, and which ones are worth fighting.  She loves her mother, friends and empress with everything she has. That’s an admirable quality.  Caben is my favorite character.  He tries to keep things light when all hell is breaking loose.  he has a lot of pride, and Kal mistakes this for arrogance a lot of the time.  He’s able to push Kal to think in a different way than she’s been taught.  He had me giggling and smiling throughout the book. Both characters have had a rough childhood, but it also says a lot about who they are as adults.  Bax may also be another close fave.  I won’t say who he is exactly as to avoid spoilers, but there’s so much more to him.  He proves that not all people are alike.

It took me a bit to get used to the world.  They travel by horse most of the time, but they also have futuristic devices.  At first it confused me, but Wolfe made it work. I found myself wanting to learn more about Cavan, and the other lands.  The real action begins when Kal and Caben are thrown into the Otherworld.  There is mass chaos, and fighting for survival.  It sucks to have to kill when you’ve sworn to protect, but you have to do what you have to do.  Kal and Caben do what they must in order to try to get out of the Otherworld.  The inhabitants are scary, and seem to only care about the money they make off of the fights.  Kal learns so many things that she was never told while in Cavan.  It makes me wonder who she should be trusting.  There are so many things that happen, and are said, that make Kal start questioning a lot of things.
Overall, this book is about trust, faith, and being comfortable with yourself.  Who is worthy of these things, and if something bad happens do you toss your faith out of the window???
1/2
Favorite Quotes:
“Walking up beside him, I smile. ‘Oh no, Your Highness.  They’re all stallions.’  I slant my eyes his way. ‘We think males are only good for mounting.'” ~ Kindle Location 769-770
“‘This is exactly the time and place when humor is needed the most.’  He smiles.  ‘For our sanity.'” ~ Kindle Location 1591-1592
“Through the pain etched on his face, he smiles.  ‘I don’t mind certain ways of being taken care of.’  He winks his injured eye and winces.  I smile.  ‘Serves you right, you stubborn ass.'” ~ Kindle Location 2679-2681 
Clearly you can see that I pretty much love Caben, and how him and Kal interact. 😀

Tuff Girl Legion Presents OF SILVER AND BEASTS

Excerpt

The cool sensation of the fresh water on my skin helps me forget my nerves and I lie back, floating just below the top of the water. My body dulls, the cold soothing my sore muscles, and I welcome the numbness. The ceiling of the cave is sprinkled with tiny clusters of white lights, dotting the canopy above our heads like stars in the sky. I feel as if I’m sitting on the rooftop of my apartment, staring at the night sky, not here in the Otherworld, awaiting my death.
The water rolls, rocking my body, and I glance over as Caben floats up beside me. He’s on his back also, and points to the lights dusting the cave ceiling.
“Diamonds,” he says.
“Really?” I don’t know much about any minerals other than mercury. And somehow, diamonds as our stars makes my chest heavy. It’s too beautiful. “How can you tell?”
“The ultraviolet light shows the impurities,” he says. “The imperfections actually absorb the dark light, causing the diamond to emit a visible glow.” He chuckles. “A very expensive lighting effect.”
I laugh. “Quite expensive.” They twinkle as they reflect the rippling water. “But almost more heavenly than the stars.” I lower my voice at the end, hoping he didn’t hear my spoken thoughts.
Caben doesn’t speak, and the trickling of the stream and lap of the pool becomes the only sound as we float in compatible silence. I could drift off, fall asleep in this peaceful place, but I know we still have a mission to complete before the Reckoning.
This thought awakens me, and I touch my feet to the bottom of the pool and begin to wade toward the edge.
I hear Caben’s heavy groan. “No you don’t,” he says, and captures the bottom of my tunic. He tugs me through the water, back to the pool’s center. “Not yet. This could be our last reprieve, and I plan for us to enjoy it.”
As I turn to face him, his fingers slip from my shirt to my waist, grazing my stomach. My skin prickles, and I shiver, matching the trembling water around us. His deep blue eyes meet mine, and he swallows, his Adam’s apple working. Slowly, he begins to inch up my tunic—
“Wait.” I place my hand on top of his.
He cranes an eyebrow. “It should really have time to dry before we go back.”
Logically, that makes sense. But the heated look he’s giving me says so much more. And regardless of the attraction I may feel for the prince—a woman would have to be blind—and whether or not we actually escape this hell … what then? We share an intimate moment once, and go back to our stations in life, simply pretending nothing happened?
Or maybe I’m reading too much into his gaze. He’s a man, and physical desire is self-serving. He may die … and he probably wants to bed a woman one last time. Everything about his character screams he’s not one who thinks past the moment.
I could lose myself for now, give in to the pulse quickening my blood with need, but I’ve never shown a man the clamp over my heart. It would have to be something I did for a different reason if I ever chose to do so. Not merely because I may die soon.
As I push his hand away and start to swim off, he grasps my waist, encircling his firm arms around my stomach, and pulls my back to his chest.
“Don’t run from me,” he breathes into my ear. “I’m not asking for anything. Not even whatever it is you’re hiding. Just stay here.”

 

Help Trisha and the Tuff Girl Legion get to 50 reviews on Amazon to read this full scene from Caben’s POV! Scene will release on Trisha’s blog. You can bookmark the bonus material here!
About the Author:
I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY’S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD (Spencer Hill Press, Oct. 2013), and a new YA Dark Fantasy series releasing June 2013, OF SILVER AND BEASTS.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional blog for the Young Adult genre. A proud member of the SCWWand The Apocalypsies. And I’m also a business owner, partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who’s the sounding board for my male characters.
Check out my website TrishaWolfe.comfor more on my books and bonus material. You can also follow me on Twitter @TrishWolfeor like my Facebook pagefor updates.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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