Sunday, May 5, 2013

Review - Silver Knight by Caron Rider

When seventeen-year-old Diana recognizes an elderly priest in a video on YouTube, she realizes that reincarnation is real and that she’s been alive before! Every night in her dreams, she relives her past learning that it’s kill or be killed. Now a bishop at the Vatican whom she saved in another life calls on her once more. She is needed to help defeat evil within the catacombs of Rome. But when she arrives in Rome, she meets Alexander – the man of her dreams! Through the centuries she has loved him…betrayed him...been killed by him. Will she give him another chance or this time will she strike first?

3 stars

Silver Knight by Caron Rider tells about the constant struggle of light vs darkness.  Seventeen year old Diana is a fairly typical highschool girl with the exception of her horrible nightmares.  When she recognizes a bishop in a viral YouTube video calling for an army of warriors for the light from one of her dreams she begins to realize her dreams may be memories.  

I really enjoyed the concept behind this book, there being a certain amount of warriors on the side of the light that are reincarnated to continue their battles as they fall to the shadow.  There were a lot of flashbacks and the use of prominent figures through history as warriors on both sides of the conflict.  The downside of this arrangement was that it seemed that the majority of the story took place during flashbacks.  There really wasn't that much that drew me into the story that was taking place in the present which is a shame because there was a lot of potential.  Another issue I had was the relationship between Diana, on the side of the light and Alexander, a demon who has haunted her in many lives.  Alexander had made it his mission to see her die terribly for many reincarnations, but when they meet in the present she seems to be willing to forget that at the drop of a hat.  Despite the criticisms I have listed I was interested enough to keep an eye out for the rest of the books in the series. 

This book is aimed at a slightly younger crowd and I think it could really shine with some younger readers.  The flashbacks contain references to real historical figures and spin them in an interesting way that could encourage kids to look into their eras a bit more.  The romance angle also will most likely appeal to people who enjoy that sort of a plot element a bit more than I do.  If you enjoy YA action books that have a strong romantic element this book will most likely work out wonderfully for you.

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