Tuesday, August 2, 2022

My Thoughts: Forging Silver into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer

Forging Silver into Stars
(Forging Silver into Stars #1)
by Brigid Kemmerer

Publication Date: June 7th 2022
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Pages: 520
ISBN: 9781547609123
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Source: Review Copy / Own

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Magic has been banished in the land of Syhl Shallow for as long as best friends Jax and Callyn can remember. They once loved the stories of the powerful magesmiths and mythical scravers who could conjure fire or control ice, but now they’ve learned that magic only leads to danger: magic is what killed Callyn’s parents, leaving her alone to raise her younger sister. Magic never helped Jax, whose leg was crushed in an accident that his father has been punishing him for ever since. Magic won’t save either of them when the tax collector comes calling, threatening to take their homes if they can't pay what they owe.

Meanwhile, Jax and Callyn are astonished to learn magic has returned to Syhl Shallow -- in the form of a magesmith who's now married to their queen. Now, the people of Syhl Shallow are expected to allow dangerous magic in their midst, and no one is happy about it.

When a stranger rides into town offering Jax and Callyn silver in exchange for holding secret messages for an anti-magic faction, the choice is obvious -- even if it means they may be aiding in a plot to destroy their new king. It’s a risk they’re both willing to take. That is, until another visitor arrives: handsome Lord Tycho, the King’s Courier, the man who’s been tasked with discovering who’s conspiring against the throne.

Suddenly, Jax and Callyn find themselves embroiled in a world of shifting alliances, dangerous flirtations, and ancient magic... where even the deepest loyalties will be tested. (Goodreads)

Forging Silver into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer is definitely one of my most anticipated reads for 2022! I absolutely loved the Cursebreakers series, and A Curse So Dark and Lonely just happens to be one of my most favorite retellings as well. I was so excited to dive back into this world! And it definitely did not disappoint.

This brand new book is a spin-off of the Cursebreakers series. While the first series followed Harper, Ren, Gray and Lia Mara, this book is set around Tycho, (now Lord Tycho), and a lot of new characters as well! (Don’t worry, we still get to spend time with all our favorites from the previous books as well!) The story is told from three different viewpoints; Tycho, and new characters Jax and Callyn. I love when books have multiple viewpoints! It feels like we get SO much more of the story this way.

And speaking of the story, I really enjoyed the storyline as well. It picks up a few years after the ending of the Cursebreakers series, and it felt both familiar, but completely new as well. I was definitely hooked. I flew through the pages so much faster than I expected to, and it’s been a long time since that has happened. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to focus on a fantasy book for a while, but this one did it for me. Seriously … This book was such a delight.

Overall; I very, very much enjoyed Forging Silver into Stars! I didn’t expect it to be so comforting to go back to this world that I love so much. I definitely can’t wait to read more of the series, and I definitely plan to reread all the books again before the next book is released.  If you’re a fan of the Cursebreakers series, do check out this brand new spin-off as well!

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