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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Double Book Review: Silver Tongue by AshleyRose Sullivan

Silver Tongue
by AshleyRose Sullivan
Pages: 229
The Colonies lost the Revolutionary War. Now it's 1839 and the North American continent is divided into three territories: New Britannia, Nueva Espana, and Nouvelle France where seventeen-year-old Claire Poissant lives.

Claire has a magical way with words—literally. But a mystical power of persuasion isn't the only thing that makes her different. Half-French and half-Indian, Claire doesn't feel at home in either world. Maybe that's why she's bonded so tightly with her fellow outcasts and best friends: Phileas, a young man whose towering intellect and sexuality have always made him the target of bullies, and Sam, a descendant of George Washington who shares the disgraced general's terrible, secret curse.

But when Sam's family is murdered, these bonds are tested and Claire's special ability is strained to its limits as the three hunt the men responsible into dangerous lands. Along the way they cross paths with P.T. Barnum, William Frankenstein and other characters from both history and fantasy as they learn the hard way that man is often the most horrific monster and that growing up sometimes means learning to let go of the things you hold most dear.

Denise B's Review
The United States of America never was because the Colonies lost the Revolutionary War and the North American continent was divided into three territories. Claire is half French and half Indian and has a magical way with her words. She has two best friends who do not fit in any better than she does, Phileas and Sam.

Claire, Phileas and Sam find themselves on a journey when Sam’s aunt is murdered and Sam is left for dead. All three carry secrets they’d rather not share with the one another but due to circumstances beyond their control they start dreaming together. As the trio travels they encounter many interesting people along the way that takes a new twist on old stories. This story was unique and magical, bringing together Indian legends, werewolves and the monster of Frankenstein. A good read that I hope continues into more books.

Getting 4 sheep  

Pamela Kinney's Review
A cross between steampunk and alternate history, Silver Tongue begins in the French owned Nouvelle France. The American Revolution was never won by the American rebels and besides France, the British still owns the original thirteen colonies and Spain is in control of Nueva Espana. This would be alternate history, but it goes beyond that in the paranormal and science fiction with one of three friends who grew up in the same town, Claire, Phileas, and Sam, being a werewolf, Sam is cursed since birth with being able to shift to a wolf. Not only that, but he is a descendent of George Washington, where the curse came from. Claire can talk people into doing what she wants, long as she is looking into their eyes or touching them. As for Phileas, he is ordinary, interested in science and a gay son from a rich Nouvelle France family. Sam’s aunt is murdered one night and Sam was shot too, as he is thought dead, by a group of men part of group that are out to obliterate all of those cursed with the wolf But Sam is not dead, and afterwards, Claire and Phileas discover the secret am has kept from them. . The three friends take off to hunt down the murderers. Along the way they meet P.T. Barnum, and most of all, a being based off another famous classic monster, Frankenstein’s monster.

A good read, if Mary Shelley and Emily Bronte got together and had a love child, Silver Tongue would be the result.

I give Silver Tongue 4 sheep. 

About the Author:
Born and raised in Appalachia, AshleyRose Sullivan now lives, writes, and paints in Los Angeles. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and her first novel, Awesome Jones: A Superhero Fairy Tale is available from Seventh Star Press. She can be found at her website or her blog, My Year Of Star Trek.

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