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Silverdawn Paperback – October 3, 2015
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About the Author
Julie A. D’Arcy - lives in Wangaratta, Australia with her partner Philip and her two cats, Jesse and Abby. Julie has been a writer for nineteen years and has been published for almost 17 years. Her first two novels Time of the Wolf and Silverdawn were first published in 1999 and the year 2002 and Shortlisted for several prestigious awards, including the PEARL and Sapphire, with Time of the Wolf winning the 1999 RIO (Reviewers International, Dorothy Parker Award) in the Fantasy category for Women’s Fiction. Both books were also runners up in the prestigious Australian, R*BY Award run by the Australian RWA. Julie began writing seriously in 1994, and has been published by ImaJinn Books, Mundania Press, Double Dragon Press, Eternal Press, Noble Romance Publishing LLC, Moongypsy Press, Secret Cravings Publishing and Sweet Cravings Publishing. Watch for Julie’s Tarlisian Sagas. Legacy of the Black Dragon, and Elven Magic, and the re-release of The Cross of Tarlis, Book 1 and 2 and The Realm of the Wolf. Her single titles include: Silverdawn, Night’s Eternal Promise, Whisper of Yesterday, Face of a Stranger, Whisper on the Wind and short story, The Siam Encounter. Julie’s hobbies include reading, gardening, oil painting, making fantasy pottery and greeting cards, creating video clips and book covers for other authors. She loves to hear from people who have read her books.
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Little does Silverdawn know the ancient myth recorded in the book she is decoding is about her and the world she comes from, which she has no memory of. Nor does she realize that the pyramid paperweight, she'd had since a child, is really a key. If the key falls into the wrong hands in can be used to unlock an ancient crystal pyramid and unleash an unending army of dead men, wraiths and demons.
Faren Malaan, Knight of Paladia of the Kingdom of Rastehm travels to the future, to the time that Silverdawn is in, to retrieve the crystal pyramid before the evil sorcerer, Isanti, loses his demons on the world. Faren saves Silverdawn from a lion and a griffin Isanti has brought to life from stone statues. Then Faren reveals Silverdawn’s true identity to her as the princess of the kingdom of Rastehm. Sparks fly from the moment Faren and Silverdawn meet. They fall in love as they team up to battle the evil wizard, Isanti.
Julie Darcy is a talented, award-winning author. She began writing seriously in 1994, and has been published by ImaJinn Books, Mundania Press, Double Dragon Press, Eternal Press, Noble Romance Publishing LLC, Secret Cravings Publishing and Sweet Cravings Publishing. Her knowledge and artful skill of the writing craft shows in Silverdawn. Ms Darcy makes her world of a goddess, valiant knights, a beautiful princess and good and evil wizards come alive in this enchanting, romance adventure.
Julie Darcy's writing is smooth and polished. Silverdawn has a fairytale feel to it, giving the reader true escapism, with a good wizard, brave knights, and a princess who fight to save the world against an evil wizard. I highly recommend Silverdawn.
Silverdawn was taken away from her home and family when she was but a babe. Her father, Mikkasah, King of Rastehm, was sworn to uphold a decree made by the Goddess Herself that all magick in their world be removed, so as to save their world from the evil sorcerer, Iraj. She was raised in our modern world by a kind and loving family in Australia, then London, never knowing that she held a mystical key to save both worlds.
Faren, a Knight of Paladia and sworn to the service of Mikkasah, has been sent to travel through time and track down a crystal pyramid, used to trap the demonic minions of Iraj of Istani. Iraj managed to avoid imprisonment, and is something of a parasite, taking over bodies, casting out their souls and then tossing aside the bodies when he has used them up. He is currently trapped in the body of Peter Waymer, a cancer victim. The crystal prison has been damaged in a time shift and it is only a matter of time until Iraj has enough power to release his servants so they can heal his body and he can take over both worlds.
Silverdawn gets a shocking revelation when she finds out her true identity from Faren, and the two of them must combine forces with other allies to defeat Iraj, restore the pyramid, and save their respective worlds. But neither counted on the love that would grow between them... Will their passion for one another be enough? And what of Silverdawn? How will she react upon discovering the choices before her as a powerful Princess?
Julie D'Arcy has created a world of magick with Silverdawn that encompasses so much that readers are sure to be pleased with this story. She combines many different facets of paranormal romance into her story so that there is something for everyone, be they fans of romance, fantasy, time-travel, or adventure. The plot is well thought out, driving forward with strength from the opening lines, never losing steam through the final climactic battle of good vs. evil.
Silverdawn is a complex individual who only wishes to live out the life she has always known. When she is suddenly faced with mythical beings like griffins and horrific monsters like undead zombies, though in shock at the change, she handles it all surprisingly well for one who has ever believed there was no such thing as magick. She is more shocked then anyone to find out she is the only one who can save both worlds from destruction.
Faren has only one goal in life, to please his king and fulfill the missions given to him to uphold their world's ways. He is a strong warrior, well trained in the art of war, but still gentle enough to be the shoulder to cry on for his own damsel in distress. His duty surpasses all for him so when he falls in love with Silverdawn, he must choose what is most important, his duty or his love.
The rest of the cast of characters is well done also, from the aging mage Pendragon, to Iraj the evil sorcerer, to Kalden, Faren's foster brother, and the number of other key players. There are also a couple shockers of plot twists involving some of these people that come into play in the story, though for this reader, it is hard to believe that one of those mysteries was not solved by our lead characters earlier on. In spite of that one minor factor that seemed it should have been obvious; this is a delightful story that is a fast, exciting read one will hate to put down even for a minute. Readers will eagerly await more vivid tales from the mind of Ms. D'Arcy.
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