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November 5, 2022

Silver in the Mist by Emily Victoria ~ a Review

by MK French

Eight years ago, the country of Aris was attacked. Devlin's father was killed and her mother became the Whisperer, the head of spies. Becoming a spy herself, Devlin only saw her mother for missions, and now has the most dangerous one yet: infiltrate the court of their neighbor Cerena to steal the magic that Aris will need to protect itself from the encroaching Mists, which carries danger within it. But not everything is what it seems, especially not in Cerena.

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book cover of young adult fantasy novel Silver in the Mist by Emily Victoria
November 2022; Inkyard Press; 978-1335406705
ebook, print (368 pages); YA fantasy

Devlin works as a spy, and her mother never calls on her with kindness. She expects perfection, and Devlin hollows herself out to try to meet that expectation. In a world at war, with magic and phantoms able to move around and harm others, it's a dangerous place to be. Magic looks silvery, and in solid form is called filigree, and this is the only thing able to harm a phantom. The terms that they use in Aris are different from Cerena, and Devlin gets close to Cerena's best caster, an odd young woman that most at court don't even like. Devlin learns about the weaknesses in Cerena, and that the history or fairy tales of the two countries aren't quite what people think they are.

I like the gradual exploration of the history of the two countries, that they had been founded by a pair of sisters before disaster overtook them. Said disaster had different stories handed down through the generations, and the truth of spires had disappeared in time as well. The current monarchs and their courts are all afraid of the others as well as the Mist, and are more than willing to destroy the other to save themselves. This mirrors the desperation of the spies, of Devlin to meet her goals, and even for Alyce to use her magic for the betterment of others. The truth and the spires are important, and it's a thrilling ride to find them. I really enjoyed the book, and the way Devlin, Alyce and Lachlan all grew and gained strength as they believed in themselves.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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