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Silent Orchids (The Age of Alandria Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Wylie
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Book Description

***Nominated for UtopYAcon award: Best Debut Novel of 2013***

A dying realm.
The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed.
The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long?

Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.

Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.


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About the Author

Morgan Wylie, originally from the Pacific Northwest, now resides near Nashville, TN with her husband and daughter. She and her husband work everyday at their individual and combined creative pursuits while she learns to balance being “Mama”, wife, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head. You can find her and news on her books at the following: MorganWylie.net MorganWylieBooks on Facebook

Product Details

  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: American Majestic Entertainment (May 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CNXBWZY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,719 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing January 28, 2014
By Lindsey
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Oh dear where do I begin with this one? This book was poorly written, so poorly in fact I would wince when reading certain passages. Every sentence was stiff, rigid, and the dialogue was terrible.
Ex. "Kaeleigh could hear Finn irritated as well.." The phrase "There was fire in his eyes" was sorely over used and "Kaeleigh looked at his expression, realizing he was trying to figure Chel out" was a common occurrence. A character would look at another character's face or expression and figure out what the other was thinking in the same glance. I wanted to take a red pen and edit this entire book. The idea behind it is such a great, interesting concept but the writing fell flat. "Um...uh...it's probably nothing," Kaeleigh stammered, remembering Chel was even more jumpy than she was and trying to keep her friend calm." "Then she added out of curiosity after a quick revelation..." "He saw the concern in her eyes and fought against it."
When I first started reading I thought it might just be the author's style of writing and it would take me a while to settle into it. Unfortunately as the book progressed the reading didn't get any easier, and I had to push myself to finish the book.
The characters were weak, their individual personalities almost nonexistent. All of them had secrets they were hiding from Kaeleigh, they all loved her and sought to protect her, and they all have a part to play in the prophesy.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid detail & world building September 11, 2013
By Sarah
Format:Paperback
THE SHORT VERSION
Silent Orchids by Morgan Wylie is a vivid adventure. It's a twist on the modern fae story that wraps in elements of epic fantasy and world building, which works beautifully. Though I noticed some stylistic aspects of the story that didn't gel with me, Wylie is clearly an author to keep on your radar.

THE DETAILS
Silent Orchids is about Kaeleigh, an orphan girl with only one thing to her name: an orchid pendant she's always had. Between that and the visions of another world she's never seen and people she doesn't know, she figures she's special in some way... she just hopes that doesn't mean she's crazy. Her friends Finn and Chel keep her sane and laughing despite her troubled upbringing in the foster system, and that's what really matters. They're all the family she really needs. That is, until a hottie named Daegan starts stalking her, talking about an alternate realm where she's apparently pretty important. She wants to believe she can be more than just a waitress with no parents, but she's not sure she's willing to dive into his alternate reality.

Half of the book was spent trying to get Kaeleigh to the fae world, and I understand why. It's a delicate balance between a fast-paced book and convincing Kaeleigh to suspend her belief in reality, so I can see why it took a bit longer than I expected to get her there. In fact, some of the best scenes in the book were from the human world (watching Kaeleigh struggle to figure out what she is and why her parents left her was incredibly well done). Wylie keeps us invested with multiple perspectives, half of which detail the magical elements of the fae world. In Daegan's POV, for instance, we see the fae royal court, learn a bit about the politics there, see magic, and meet various races.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read May 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to say this book exceeded my expectations. Wylie's writing is so life like it's as if you are watching a movie in your mind. There's everything you could want a hint of romance, action, adventure, fey, elves and more. I can't wait for the next book in this series to see where it goes.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a great series! May 18, 2013
Format:Paperback
*3.5/5 stars*

Silent Orchids was a great start to the Age of Alandria series. Wylie does not hesitate to throw us right into this fantastical world, introducing us to the lore of the world she has created. In fact, some of it felt almost Lord of the Rings like describing the faeries, elves, and the other mystical beings. (And I'm a huge LOTR fan so this so worked for me!) She does quite a bit of world building in this novel, getting us acquainted with not only the realm of Alandria, but also with the characters.

We are first introduced to Kaeleigh, our main character, who is experiencing flashes and dreams that she cannot explain nor understand. She knows nothing of her heritage, only her true name (Kaeleighnna) and that the orchid has some kind of special meaning to her. She lives in Montana and while she may not have any family, she does have two best friends: Finn and Chel. Both are fiercely loyal to her and she considers them to be her family. Chel is fun, upbeat, and bubbly where Finn is more introspective. There are several occasions throughout the novel where we see just how protective Finn and Chel are of Kaeleigh and how the binds of friendship will not be broken, even when tested.

We then meet Daegan: angry, determined, stoic, he is a warrior who has been trained by the Ferrishyn, the elite warrior race of the Faeries. He lives with his great aunt and uncle who are the current rulers of Feraánmar (the Faerie dominion). It is clear his great aunt is the one with the power and I am eager to find out more about her in the next book, as she is powerful, manipulative, and not to be trusted. Her son Halister treats Daegan as a brother and he is the one who accompanies Daegan on a recon quest to find out if they are in danger from a distant threat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I was lost in this story. I loved the way you wove them into our world. The characters were refreshing!
Published 1 month ago by Glenda Blackman
2.0 out of 5 stars Clumsily Written
This could develop into an interesting book, but the clumsy language and hackneyed descriptions were too hard to wade through.
Published 2 months ago by Judith Favia
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
good read.
Published 2 months ago by Richerlyn Steinborn
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
This is a very well written and interesting book. The characters are complex and the story is interesting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Liberrian
4.0 out of 5 stars When is a Mortal not a Mortal?
*****Alert Spoilers**** not the whole story but enough to tell you why I am impatient to get to the next part

I really Like this story, and am getting book 2 as soon... Read more
Published 3 months ago by T.Vogt 'Kindle Addict'
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!
Amazing! I will be getting the rest of the series!
Published 4 months ago by Adsawinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 4 months ago by Milton Schaus
3.0 out of 5 stars Alandria
Well, on a positive note this book was well written. However, I hate cliffhangers. This book was good overall, but I have many more questions now that I have finished it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good start
I liked this book very much. In the kingdom of Alandria, forces of evil have taken over. the only hopes is a child smuggled into the human realm year ago. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andreea Pausan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked
This book catches you then holds you hostage till you finish it but you need more, more and still more a must read
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Morgan Wylie published her first novel, Silent Orchids, one year after moving across the country with her family on a journey of new discovery. After an amazing three years in Nashville, TN and the release of two more books, Morgan and her family found their way back to the Northwest where they now reside. Still working everyday with great optimism, Morgan continues to embrace all things: "Mama", wife, teacher, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head... where it gets pretty loud!

You can find her and news on her books at the following:

MorganWylie.net
MorganWylieBooks on Facebook
@MWylieBooks on Twitter

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