Title: The Lost Sentinel (Silent Seas Chronicles 1) by Suzanne Rogerson
Date Published: 16th June 2017
The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.
The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.
Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?
I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
So I said to myself this year, I wanted to read a little more fantasy, it’s a genre that I keep meaning to read more of. The blurb of The Lost Sentinel, the first of the Silent Seas Chronicles, really intrigued me and I love anything that contains magic so I thought I’d give it a go!
Tei is a tailor’s daughter, living an ordinary life, hiding her magic as it is feared and blamed for all that goes wrong on the island of Kalaya, until the day her powers are discovered and she is forced to run.
Forced into hiding by the Assembly and their Masked Riders, Tei hides in the mountains with the other exiles. She is soon tasked with finding the lost Sentinel who will restore magic back to the island. Is Tei ready for such a challenge?
The Lost Sentinel is a fantasy quest that combines moral questions with magic and imagination to create a compelling read.
There is some great world building and description in the story, I enjoyed learning about the rules and intricacies of Kalaya. There’s also a number of different viewpoints throughout the story which I think really added to the overall story, showing Kalaya from different perspectives, so you really got the sense of the place and the people within it.
There are some interesting characters throughout. It centres round Tei, Brogan a farmer forced to become a part of the Assembly after the death of his father and Captain Farrell, who is look for a place for his displaced people. Tei is headstrong and more than a little stubborn which gets her in trouble a fair bit but you just can’t help rooting for her. I did feel like at times her character wasn’t as strong in comparison to Brogan and Captain Farrell but I feel like it leaves it open for her to grow more in the next novels.
So as this is the first book, it’s setting up for the next books in the series, which it does well but at times I felt the pacing was a little off, sometimes it meandered along, other times it went a breakneck speed but of course that’s just my opinion.
If you love fantasy with intricate world building and a good old fashioned quest at its core then I think this is a book you would really enjoy.
About The Author:
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.
She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.
Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
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Breaking News…. The Sentinel’s Alliance, book 3 of Silent Sea Chronicles is now available on pre-order.
Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?
As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.
Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.
Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?
The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.