Release date: October 7, 2014
Published by: Tor Books
Source: Hardcover provided by publisher
Author links: tinaconnolly.com | @tinaconnolly
The stunning historical fantasy series that began with the Nebula finalist Ironskin continues in Tina Connolly’s Silverblind.
Eighteen years later….
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 shape-changing 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?
Another brilliant story by the amazingly talented and wonderfully creative Tina Connolly.
You may remember the protagonist, Dorie, as the stubborn young child we were first introduced to in the Ironskin debut. This story takes us forward 18 years and presents us with a more likable, mature version of the troublesome half-fey child we once knew.
I found Dorie to be an admirable heroine and I immediately felt a connection to her character. I adored her both because of her unique abilities (a result of her half-fey heritage) and her determination to help others, even when it meant placing herself at risk. She was selfless, strong-willed, and unwavering in her beliefs.
Dorie was also blessed with fey beauty, but instead of using this to her advantage when attempting to secure a job in a male-dominated career, she resents her perfect appearance. By disguising herself as a man she is able to get a job in the field collecting wyvern eggs and becomes privy to several of the Crown's secrets. But instead of being able to use her new position to do good as she had originally planned, she quickly realizes that those around her are only interested in money and power.
During her journey she finds herself teaming up with Tam, a cousin she betrayed many years ago. She's concerned about what his reaction may be to her so she maintains her Dorian disguise and he never realizes who the person really is that he is forming a friendship with.
I thought the development between Dorie and Tam's characters was interesting, but it really took a back seat to the rest of the story. There were just too many other things that held my attention so what happened between Dorie and Tam just didn't seem as important to me.
The magical world that Connolly has created puts a unique spin on the fey and introduces us to fantastical creatures like wyverns and basiliks. It's an imaginative, richly-detailed world that any fantasy fan would enjoy. I highly recommend this series.
Tina Connolly lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. Her stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her first fantasy novel, IRONSKIN (Tor 2012), was nominated for a Nebula, and the sequel COPPERHEAD is now out from Tor. She narrates for Podcastle and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake, and her website is tinaconnolly.com.