Hi everyone! I apologize for going AWOL. I really don’t have a good excuse.
But this will be my last post on PGC; I’m getting my own blog! So a huge thank you to Ashleigh for giving me this opportunity, and for encouraging me! And goodbye to all!
Anyway, back to the purpose of this post.
Today is the release date for Jesseca Wheaton’s second book, The Silent Blade!
Dromiskin, Ireland. 925 A.D.
Eira has no greater desire than to see her life returned to what it once was—before her older brother Kevin’s sudden disappearance four years earlier. But the simple life she hoped for seems unattainable; on the contrary, her life is about to get all the more complicated.
When she suddenly finds herself and Willem, her twin brother, taken captive by someone who claims to be Kevin’s enemy, things go from bad to worse. It soon becomes clear that she and Willem are to become bait in a trap set for Kevin, and Eira knows she must try to warn him. But how, when she herself is a captive?
As mysteries of the past are unveiled, and loyalties are revealed, Eira realizes how precious her friends truly are. And when mortal danger threatens those nearest to her, will she be able to trust God with the lives of her friends and family?
Ok. Now for the review.
Overall review: I’d give it a… 4. I really enjoyed this book, but I’ve read another certain story of hers that I enjoyed more and I thought was better written. But… let’s get into it a little more, shall we?
The Characters: I’m sorry, this is my first review, so please bear with me. I know different people do their reviews different ways, so I’ll try mine this way! 🙂 I’m going to add some pictures from the internet for the main characters that Jesseca used for her character spotlights.
Eira’s got her ups and downs, just like anyone. She’s impulsive, and strong-willed, yet courageous and willing to put herself out on a limb for those she loves. And, I might add, she’s excellent with the sword. I really enjoyed Eira as a character, as she’s a twin, and, well… I know what that’s like. 😉 While I feel that this character could have been better written, I really liked Eira.
Willem was probably my favorite character. Other than Kevin. Willem’s quiet, easygoing, and keeps his head in situations where Eira, his twin, would be swinging her sword. Willem, rather than taking up swordsmanship, is an apprentice to a doctor, who happens to be his father. I enjoy how his seriousness doesn’t keep him from using his sense of humor!
Kevin’s the loving, protective older brother. He had to leave home for… certain reasons that are made clear in the book, but I can’t talk about them too much or I’ll be giving too much away. Kevin is forced to make some less-than-desirable decisions in some less-than-desirable circumstances. All of Kevin’s problems make him feel like he’s been run over by a truck–tired and exhausted, but I love how he keeps his head, and his faith, with much help from close friends. And, he’s an expert swordsman. I love the way Kevin looks out for his family, and for his protectiveness for everyone.
I had to add Casimir in here because although he’s not quite the main character that Eira, Kevin, and Willem are, I had to talk about him because… well, just because. Read the book and you’ll understand.
Casimir grew up with Willem and Eira, and is like a brother to them. I love how he enjoys to tease Eira, with the help of Willem (And Kevin when he’s around). He is an expert swordsman (almost as much as Kevin!), and that is a fact crucial to Kevin’s cause.
Last, but certainly not least, comes the bad guy. Merek allowed his jealousy turn into hatred for Kevin. And, I might add, he’s crafty and malicious. Just like a bad guy. My thoughts on Merek? Well… if he would’ve just let go of his pride & jealousy, it would’ve saved a lot of people a lot of heartache (Not to mention Kevin’s lost years). And, if we’re not careful about our greed and jealousy, we might end up like him: eating our greed. And that’s tough to chew.
I love medieval. It’s so cool to read about swords, and castles, and things like that (
Even though The Silent Blade doesn’t have any castles). And, all the pictures I’ve seen of Ireland are sooooo pretty!
Jesseca did a post, complete with pictures of the actual Dromiskin, Ireland, the setting for her story. You can find that here.
About the Author
Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas.
Jesseca is having a giveaway! Be sure to sign up!
And, here’s the blog tour schedule!
Wednesday, July 20th
Mikayla H.at The Bubblegum Ballerina –Review
Blessings Counter at Counting your Blessings One by One –Author Interview
Ivy Rose at Lakeside Publications –Review, Spotlight
Mallory Beth at Renewed by Grace –Review
Thursday, July 21st
Lydia Dyslin at Through the Wardrobe –Review
Rebekah Eddy at Rebekah’s Remarks –Review, Interview
Abigayle Allison at The Left-Handed Typist –Review, Spotlight
Friday, July 22nd (Publication Day!!)
Blessings Counter at Counting your Blessings One by One –Review
Rebekah Ashleigh at Rebekah Ashleigh –Spotlight
Amanda Tero at With a Joyful Noise –Review, Interview, Spotlight
Deborah O’Carroll at The Road of a Writer –Review, Spotlight
Kaitlyn K. at Prairie Gal Cookin’ –Review, Spotlight
Bethany R. at A Great God and Good Cocoa –Review, Spotlight
Deborah C. at Reading in June –Spotlight, Review
Emily at A Purpose and a Promise –Spotlight, Review
Saturday, July 23rd
Kellyn Roth at Reveries–Review, Interview
Jason McIntire at Elisha Press–Interview
Natasha H. at Looking Through my Lens –Review
Faith P. at Stories by Firefly –Review, Interview
Monday, July 25th
Jesseca Wheaton at Whimsical Writings –Blog Tour wrap-up post