Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Sentinel’s Reign by Suzanne Rogerson. It’s the second book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and the second book on this two book tour.
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.
The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.
With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.
Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.
After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.
As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?
I would recommend reading the first in the Silent Sea Chronicles. You can read this as a standalone, but the first adds so much context to the read that I would read them in order. Just a suggestion.
In this book, as opposed to the first one that consists of the search for the Sentinel, things are beginning to change because of her. What’s interesting is the fact her time alone, fighting to stay hidden, has helped her develop into the strong person she is now.
There is no reverence to the Elders or to Tei for that matter. Callisa is so used to making her own decisions based on what she believes to be the best way to protect everyone and move forward. The question is whether it actually is the best thing for Turrak and the magical community. Is Callisa putting everyone in danger? Are the Elders going to intervene in some way?
Speaking of the Elders, they have what I think is safe to call a minor Handmaids Tale moment. They call all the unattached women together to remind them of their duty. It’s time for them to connect with the single male members and procreate, thereby ensuring the survival of the community. I mean, really?
Of course Tei falls into this category, which infuriates her and makes her think about the man she loves even more. Brogan, the man outside of the magical community, and yet part of him belongs there. He is trying his best to battle the people inciting the hatred and discrimination towards those with magic. It’s an honourable task, but is it a futile one?
This is the second part of an intriguing high fantasy series with a compelling premise and characters. Rogerson delivers a solid read, which isn’t always easy when it comes to the genre. I am enjoying the read so far and look forward to the third book in the series, the Sentinel’s Alliance.
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