Today I am pleased to host a review and giveaway, in this second appearance on this blog for Silver Series: Archeron, A River of Pain by Keira Michelle Telford. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops for reviews, giveaways, interviews and more! And be sure to enter this Rafflecopter to be one of two tour-wide winners of an eBook copy of the book, entries close on 6 April, and is open internationally.
Title: SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain)
Series: The SILVER Series #1
Author: Keira Michelle Telford
Genre: Dystopian SF
Publisher: Venatic Press (author’s imprint)
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Length: 40,000 words
Purchase: Amazon § Barnes & Noble
Book Description: BOOK ONE in THE SILVER SERIES.
Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.
Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division’s invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate–death.
Unfortunately, Silver doesn’t realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests–they need someone to pull the trigger. They need an executioner.
SILVER: Acheron is the first book (a 40,000 word novella) in a 10-book series featuring the character of Ella ‘Silver’ Cross. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the Silver Series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera–genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.
***Content advisory: Contains graphic language and violence.***
Oh My Goodness! In a fun book, like a YA, but far more adult in feel and tone, Telford has delivered a story that is darker than I normally read, but oh so much fun!
The world building was tremendous, with a protagonist, Silver, who is hard as nails but still manages to let enough of her guard slip so you see the soft cuddly bunny (ok – not really, but some vulnerability) inside. With graphic and often disturbing imagery, the author has painted a viable and quite realistic sense of those left behind, bruised, broken and often making controversial decisions in order to survive and move forward.
With a tremendous set up to establish the world and the characters that inhabit it, all done without overwhelming the reader with useless information but highly descriptive and emotional combinations that allow the reader to ‘feel’ the desperation and even the fear, it was an edge of the seat read for many pages. Even the romance is beautifully nuanced and established, without falling into the trap so many love triangles create.
This is a must read for all dystopian fans, tired of the softer-sells of the books geared to the YA market. Telford has managed to make an incredibly complex plot, loaded it with characters that develop and change before your eyes, and doesn’t lose readers in the mix. I really enjoyed the book and the author’s style – and I am not a fan of the darker and more graphically violent reads.
It should be noted that this is NOT a book for teens, it is darker, more violent and laced with adult content: perfectly fun read for those adult readers who have exhausted their patience with the YA market.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review on the Full Moon Bites tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Keira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the UK. She spent the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to Wales where she lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Canada. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and 9 guinea pigs.