"Julie D'Arcy has created a world of magick with Silverdawn"
Silverdawn was taken away from her home and family when she
was but a babe. Her father, Mikkasah, King of Rastehm, was
sworn to uphold a decree made by the Goddess Herself that
all magick in their world be removed, so as to save their
world from the evil sorcerer, Iraj. She was raised in our
modern world by a kind and loving family in Australia, then
London, never knowing that she held a mystical key to save
Faren, a Knight of Paladia and sworn to the service of
Mikkasah, has been sent to travel through time and track
down a crystal pyramid, used to trap the demonic minions of
Iraj of Istani. Iraj managed to avoid imprisonment, and is
something of a parasite, taking over bodies, casting out
their souls and then tossing aside the bodies when he has
used them up. He is currently trapped in the body of Peter
Waymer, a cancer victim. The crystal prison has been
damaged in a time shift and it is only a matter of time
until Iraj has enough power to release his servants so they
can heal his body and he can take over both worlds.
Silverdawn gets a shocking revelation when she finds out
her true identity from Faren, and the two of them must
combine forces with other allies to defeat Iraj, restore
the pyramid, and save their respective worlds. But neither
counted on the love that would grow between them... Will
their passion for one another be enough? And what of
Silverdawn? How will she react upon discovering the choices
before her as a powerful Princess?
Julie D'Arcy has created a world of magick with Silverdawn
that encompasses so much that readers are sure to be
pleased with this story. She combines many different facets
of paranormal romance into her story so that there is
something for everyone, be they fans of romance, fantasy,
time-travel, or adventure. The plot is well thought out,
driving forward with strength from the opening lines, never
losing steam through the final climactic battle of good vs.
Silverdawn is a complex individual who only wishes to live
out the life she has always known. When she is suddenly
faced with mythical beings like griffins and horrific
monsters like undead zombies, though in shock at the
change, she handles it all surprisingly well for one who
has ever believed there was no such thing as magick. She is
more shocked then anyone to find out she is the only one
who can save both worlds from destruction.
Faren has only one goal in life, to please his king and
fulfill the missions given to him to uphold their world's
ways. He is a strong warrior, well trained in the art of
war, but still gentle enough to be the shoulder to cry on
for his own damsel in distress. His duty surpasses all for
him so when he falls in love with Silverdawn, he must
choose what is most important, his duty or his love.
The rest of the cast of characters is well done also, from
the aging mage Pendragon, to Iraj the evil sorcerer, to
Kalden, Faren's foster brother, and the number of other key
players. There are also a couple shockers of plot twists
involving some of these people that come into play in the
story, though for this reader, it is hard to believe that
one of those mysteries was not solved by our lead
characters earlier on. In spite of that one minor factor
that seemed it should have been obvious; this is a
delightful story that is a fast, exciting read one will
hate to put down even for a minute. Readers will eagerly
await more vivid tales from the mind of Ms. D'Arcy.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, December 2004. All
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted January 25, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 22, 2006
What if sorcerers had been real?
What if magick had really existed, and there had been a massive cover-up?
A world is ravaged by a war of demons and sorcery that no human can combat. Rastehm is on the verge of destruction.
Mikkasah is forced to send his daughter into the unknown future of the 20th century Australia, where she grows to maturity and moves to London with her adopted parents. She has no knowledge of her origins nor that she holds the key to the safety or destruction of both her new world and her old. Until one night, she is stalked by a lion and a griffin, and cast into an adventure that will change her life.
A dark knight becomes her savior.
Faren Malaan, Knight of Paladia of the Kingdom of Rastehm, is sent forward in time to track and retrieve the Crystal Pyramid. Mikkasah's Astronomers have learned that the pyramid, which shifts through the portals of time, is cracked. And if not restored Isanti's demons may soon escape.
Through sheer luck Istani was not imprisoned by Deharna. He also travels through time. However, he must body hop, taking over the bodies of innocents and casting them aside when he has done with them. But this time Istani is trapped in the body he inhabits. The sickly, weak body of Peter Waymer. His only escape from the cancer eating away at him is to find the Pyramid , release his demons and have them in turn heal him. With one thought in mind after his release, to wreak destruction upon mankind!
The fate of two worlds rests in the fading skills of Pendragon former mage to the king, a banished Princess of Rastehm and a Knight of Paladia who combats his own demons.
These three heroes, and the three people they meet along the way, must join forces to restore the Crystal Pyramid to Deharna, and battle the tormented mind of Iraj who will stop at nothing to gain his prize.