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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

An exciting Fantasy YA with a splash of History: Silver Knight by @Caron_Rider


Silver Knight


Written by Caron Rider


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy


Book Synopsis

When seventeen-year-old Diana recognizes an elderly priest in a video on YouTube, she realizes that reincarnation is real and that she’s been alive before! Every night in her dreams, she views her past lives learning that it’s kill or be killed.

Now a bishop at the Vatican whom she saved in another life calls on her once more. She is needed to help defeat an infestation of demons living within the catacombs of Rome. But when she arrives in Rome, she meets Alexander – the man of her dreams! Through the centuries she has loved him…betrayed him...been killed by him. Will she give him another chance or this time will she strike first?

Mark's Rating





Mark's Review


For those that don’t really like history, this book is a great way to get interested in it. And best of all: many different time periods of history are touched on because of the use of reincarnation. Of course, after reading this, you’ll probably hate history class all the more so. Caron Rider makes history fun and exciting.

It took a little bit to get use to the time shifts, but once you understand what to look for, it’s not that big of a deal. Because the author wants to use this book to encourage the reading and study of history, I would have been a little more exact with dating.

For example, consider this sentence: “There were still 328 years until Mount Vesuvius would violently erupt.” There is no year given for the chapter that sentence appears. Perhaps this is on purpose. I already love history, so I would be the type to look up more information. I don’t think her target audience would have the same compulsion. An exact date at the start of the History Chapters would have been one more link for the reader to make. (There is a timeline at the back, almost like an appendix.)

Because I don’t personally believe in reincarnation, I had to ignore certain interesting twists with history. I must admit, though: it makes an exciting read. There are also biblical references that may offend some. All in all, this is a great read, one I recommend whether you are in to history or not.

Disclaimer: May not be appropriate for young children due to violence.

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