Thursday, April 19, 2012

Silver Knight by Caron Rider Blog Tour ~Review

Today I am excited to be a part of Lightning Book Promotions Blog Tour of 
YA Fantasy Silver Knight by author Caron Rider.

Silver Knight
by Caron Rider
Publication Date: February 24,2012
Young-Adult Fantasy

Buy: Amazon

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 relives her past 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 evil 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?(synopsis from Goodreads)

Silver Knight by Caron Rider, is the first novel in what looks to be an exciting young-adult series, that blends paranormal and mystery. It delves into reincarnation, demons and warriors. The story started out rough for me but, ended up being an engaging tale. It had elements of mythology, religion, history and romance.

The protagonist seventeen year old Diana, suffers from nightmares. In them she experiences her death over and over. They are all violent deaths, and each gives her a little more detail. She also dreams of a man whom she loves, but who repeatedly murders her. His name is Alexander. He is handsome and she can tell he feels betrayed. Despite killing her she senses that he loves her. The beginning of the book dealt with school, friends and a book club. I got nervous that this wasn’t something I was going to enjoy, but all of that quickly changed. While her parents are away on a cruise her BFF’s come over to stay, and when they watch a YouTube video, she recognizes the man in the video. He is asking for warriors of the light to contact him. Suddenly Diana realizes that her dreams are real. She contacts this man, and the next thing you know, she and her friends are booking tickets to Rome. Diana feels the need to go to New York first. The feeling is strong and she chooses to follow it. The tale that unfolds is captivating, as we are swept from NY to the Catacombs of Rome. Along the way we time travel though history as Diana and the warriors we meet remember past experiences.

I connected the characters and the relationship between Alexander and Diana was fascinating. Diana is very clever in this life and in her past lives. I enjoyed the caretaker of the home in New York, and found all the people who ended up there to be unique. I loved reading about Helen’s past lives. I have questions regarding the Bishop in Rome. There are many things I am excited to learn more about in the next novel.  I am anxious to see what develops with Alexander and Diana. Their tale felt genuine and I want things to work out for them.

The world-building was fascinating. Rider weaves us back and forth from past to present carefully blending historical events into the warriors time-lines. Some of them made me laugh as I imagined these events involving warriors. Rider was clever in her re-tellings of these events.  I felt some of the conversations; situations etc were slightly awkward, but not enough to dissuade me from continuing the series.  A lot of the novel dealt with world-building, the warriors and reincarnation. I am excited to see where Rider takes this. The plot possibilities are endless.

I recommend Silver Knight to fans of historical fiction, paranormal romance and fantasy. This multi-genre novel offers a little of something for everyone. Silver Knight is currently available in paper and eBook formats.  Silver Demon the second novel in this series is expected to be released later this year. I have added Caron Rider to my authors to watch list.

I gave this novel 3.5 coffee cups out of 5.

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At April 19, 2012 at 1:29 AM , Blogger MissKimberlyStardust said...

Great review as always, this certainly does look like an intriguing read. I love how its a a genre bender :) I've added it to my tbr list :)
-Turning The Pages

At April 19, 2012 at 6:28 AM , Blogger Caron Rider, Author said...

Hey, Thanks for the review and participating in my blog tour! I appreciate you having me on your blog and sharing my story with your followers. Thanks again!

At April 19, 2012 at 7:42 AM , Blogger Mrs Q Book Addict said...

This one is new to me. The series sounds promising, and unique. Great review!

At April 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM , Blogger emaginette said...

Well, I'll keep my eye open for it. Thanks for the heads-up. :-)

At April 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM , Blogger Christy D said...

Everything is on Youtube! lol. Seriously, this sounds interesting, and I'm glad you were able to get through the beginning.

At April 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM , Blogger Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I love books that cross genres..this one sounds pretty interesting!

At April 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

Yikes, betrayed by, killed by, that sounds like one twisted lovestory through out the ages

At April 19, 2012 at 7:03 PM , Blogger The Drifting Bookworm said...

You write really good reviews! This one sounds bloody and wonderful, lol. I'll check it out :-)

At April 19, 2012 at 7:26 PM , Blogger Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Ooooo, I like the sounds of this one, and With Alexander too. I can see once this story gets going it could be a great one. :) Thank you!


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