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Jae Hwa Lee is ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Until the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. She escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it. But Kud is a stronger and more devious god than Jae ever imagined. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

©2014 Christina Farley (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • JTF
  • Cary, NC USA
  • 09-30-14

Revving up the Mytholog & Ramping up the Challenge

Christina Farley pulled a rabbit, or rather a Blue Dragon, out of a hat with Gilded; was there anything left in the hat for Silvern? You see, one of the things that made Gilded such a fun, fresh read was the use Korean mythology juxtaposed to modern day Seoul, South Korean and the international students populating this world. So, its sequel, Silvern, had a bit of a challenge; the world Christina Farley created so well is now, comparatively speaking, old hat. Can Silvern generate the same level of excitement with that newly minted shine dulled a bit with use? No, no it can't. Instead it goes even further, generating a whole new level of intensity with established relationships going deeper, a much more involved romp in the Spirit World and a foray into North Korea. It is a slightly darker, more intense world with our protagonist Jae Hwa having to deal with issues and decision making with which no 16 year old ought to have cope. If you thought Jae Hwa was between a rock and a hard place in Gilded, she's between mountain and fire in Silvern.

As I often do, I went between the Kindle and Audible versions (using Whispersync for Voice to keep a smooth transition). Greta Jung did a fine job narrating especially within the dialog. I loved her Marc who came off with a bit of smooth, cool voice without being arrogant. I did notice that the fluidity of the dialog didn't always carry over to the non-dialog reading; I don't remember this being an issue in Gilded, but the pacing within the non-dialog parts could be a bit stilted and awkward. I'm not sure if this was to help clarity, but I didn't hear as much nuance and emotion on the non-dialog narration as when there was dialog between characters. Overall, however, Ms. Jung narrates the work well, conveying both the English and Korean cultural elements well. I look forward to Ms. Jung's narration of the rest of the series.

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Irritating and Painful!

This book was really painful to listen to. The Narrator did fine but the story was excruciating. But I held on until the end so I could have closure and give it 2 stars. No closure. ONE STAR EARNED.

This is a story about a really selfish teenage girl, Jae. She used to be mortal now she is half mortal half immortal. She has access to the immortal realm. She doesn't hesitate to steal power for whatever she wants but refuses to pay her dues for their use.
She does whatever she wants and never listens to advice or warnings from anyone even if their warnings proved prophetic in the past. She loudly mocks and belittles her bodyguards because she is so much tougher than everybody else. She wants recognition and accolades but refuses to take responsibility.
Her friend Michelle isn't much better.

One appalling scene the three friends go to a potential healer begging for help for Marc who is cursed to die in 2 days. Demanding but offering nothing in return the following occurs. "Michelle rolls her eyes and slams her purse onto the table. “Listen, lady. You need to take us more seriously. No more funny games.”

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I LOVED IT!!

it was AWESOME for me!!💖💖can't wait for the next one. I wished there was more

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loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Silvern to be better than the print version?

Yes. There are just some books, for me, that are more vividly experienced with the audible vs print. This series is one of them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silvern?

There were so many, and they ranged from that intense ending, to "normal" experiences, like the N.K. trip.

What does Greta Jung bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pronunciation of words, and the efficacy of the accents is something I wouldn't be able to establish in my head while reading the print version.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A trip to lands new and old, physical and spiritual.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic!

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Still great

This second story hasn't lost any of its mystery, adventure and excitement. Well written fantasy filled with the mythological history of both South and North Korea. The characters while not necessarily deeply formed are perfectly entertaining, full of life and easily pull you into the action.
There are still some minor gaps or flaws in editing but again this doesn't detract from the story. The narrator's voice gives us the lovely Asian feel and her array of voices are good though the deeper voices are harder to hold fluidly.
Again I wish the author and narrator continued success in their future endeavors.