This is my stop during the blog tour for Silver Dawn Afire by Sonja J. Breckon.
Silver Dawn Afire is a high fantasy book in which a girl destined to destroy the world refuses to do that and sets out to save the world instead.
Myridians are coming, each wielding one of Six Cataclysmic Powers that will lay waste to the world and wake the God of Neutrality. What happens when one refuses to succumb to her myridian nature and sets out to save the world instead?
SIDRA ANATOLA will soon die a human death and be reborn as one of the myridian, beings destined to destroy the World of Aetheria. In a desperate attempt to change her dark fate, she flees home and the young man she loves to seek help from a powerful entity who has lived through all the ages. But she may not make it in time before she is killed by hunters—or by the love of her life, also a myridian, who fights every day to hold onto the emotions that made him human.
BRESEIS ERISWEN was expelled from the academy and failed her father who expected her to carry on her late mother’s profession as a myridian hunter. But Breseis never wanted to be a hunter—she refused to kill, and she never believed in myridians, to begin with. She leaves home with big dreams, lacking experience, and a broken heart, to prove that she is more than a failed hunter.
Two contrasting paths converge to become a turbulent one. A mouthy intellect with a colorful personality, and a skilled warrior with a frosty attitude, put their differences aside and travel the rest of the way together, robbing temples, angering false gods, and escaping numerous predicaments with their lives. Amid the chaos, they form a friendship despite a gut feeling that both hide dangerous secrets that can save or destroy the world and each other.
Sonja J. Breckon is a builder of fantasy worlds and not ashamed to admit she lives in them more than in the real world. Besides writing books, she works with various programs to create her own cover art, interior art, design, formatting, and fantasy maps. Sonja loves nature, the universe, coffee, and bookstores. Oh, and chicken potato enchiladas.
The synopsis for this novel pulled me in to want to read this as it just sounded like it would be very entertaining. I am on the fence of how I feel about it as I greatly enjoyed it, but now I am disappointed as I have to wait for the rest to be released and I am impatient. Silver Dawn Afire hooks you fairly early on and keeps you interested from start to finish. It is a very promising start to the Seventh Age series and I cannot wait to read the rest when they are published.
There are two main characters that the story mainly follows. First, there is Sidra Anatola, a Myridian, also known as a world ender. Her destiny is to follow through as a Myridian and end the world of Aetheria and wake the God of Neutrality, but Sidra does not wish to follow this path. She wants another destiny and decides to run away from it all. On the other side, there is Breseis, who comes from a line of Myridian Hunters. As the daughter of a Hunter, Breseis dreams of becoming more than a failed hunter herself.
These two characters start on opposite sides, but their journeys merge together once they meet. Over time, they become closer and begin to bond and share their secrets with the other. Their friendship was written very well as they become a great team. They are opposites-attract where they may have their differences, but they balance each other very well. They each have their positives and negatives that make the reader invested in each of their stories. As they are not perfect, they are relatable and very enjoyable to read about.
The story is fairly fast-paced where the plot gets going early into the writing. The pace does slow a little in the middle, but then it picks back up again. The pacing seems fairly typical for a series as it has to keep going at a decent pace in order to set itself up for the next book while keeping the reader wanting more. The writing itself is descriptive and the world that the author builds makes this novel an excellent escapist novel as the reader can become lost in the world. There are mythical creatures and magic that is integrated well into the story.
Overall, this story was well-done and I cannot wait to read more. There is a romance story with Soren, a Myridian, and Sidra, a Myridian that does not wish to end the world. They have the same background, but each has embraced their destiny differently. The romance portion is integrated well into the journey Sidra takes after she runs away and tries to embrace a new destiny to save the world rather than destroy it. This series has amazing potential as it is longer in length, but it captivated me to read it in a single sitting. The Seventh Age series is off to a great start and I cannot wait to read book two!
**I give a special thank you to Lola with Lola’s Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate with this excellent novel from the author, Sonja J. Breckon. The opinions expressed are completely my own.**