Palace of Silver
From a kingdom full of ash and briars, readers voyaged through Nissera until they reached a realm of ruins. Now, we find ourselves once again at author Hannah West's imagination as we step foot into a palace of silver.
West demonstrates how characters have the full capacity to take command of their own fates and lead their kingdoms into a state of peace after the turbulence of the Moth King's hand of horrors. When a new force rivals against the newfound rulers and heroines of Palace of Silver, rather than submit themselves to the turbulent waters that surround them, Kadri and Glisette join forces to make their own tide against those who have darker intentions for Nissera. Additionally, West shows a great capacity to expand on her worlds and show the generational circumstances that Nissera undergoes. You can sense Bristal's vibrant essence from Kingdom of Ash and Briars flowing through Palace of Silver and I was so enthused to see Valory make another appearance in the Nissera Chronicles.
By the end of the story, West is able to borrow elements from classic tales-such as Snow White- and shape her story, like an elicromancer, into a journey of magical intrigue with a quest to protect the fight for freedom and unleash the greater powers that lay within the inner spirit.
"Fabian had acted nobly, intending to sacrifice his life to save others, until a mysterious girl saved his life at the final second."
"The sky was a tapestry of silver stars and wool-gray clouds."
"The faith and the crown are two branches of the same tree..."
"Stranded between my two countries, I had found a bit of home."
"You chart your course by him like he's the North Star."
"You saw me destroy so much...I wanted to show you what I could build."
Palace of Silver
by Hannah West Publisher: Holiday House Release Date: April 28th 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings
Return to the land of Nissera, home to spectacular magic. An uneasy peace reigns now that Valory has vanquished the Moth King and settled into her rightful place as queen of Calgoran. New leaders Glisette and Kadri hope to usher the neighboring kingdoms into an era of healing and prosperity. All should be well.
But there’s a fourth queen in charge: Ambrosine, banished overseas to Perispos. Driven by vanity, she vows to become the most powerful and beautiful ruler in the world, even if it means oppressing the mortal kingdom she is meant to protect. Meanwhile a dangerous uprising led by elicromancer-hating rebels gains momentum. Rot spreads through the Forest of the West Fringe. Valory goes missing. Facing enemies on all sides, Glisette and Kadri must reckon with the role of magic. How far will they go to defend their power—and can they build an uprising of their own?
West intertwines homages to Snow White and Bluebeard with her imaginative magical setting for an exhilarating installment in the acclaimed Nissera Chronicles. Stunning hardcover edition includes a two-page map and family tree.
I'm the author of young adult books including The Nissera Chronicles series and The Bitterwine Oath. I've been writing fantasy since kindergarten, when I penned my first tale about a princess who ran away and lived at the top of a flagpole with two loaves of bread. But it wasn't until I studied abroad in Orléans, France during college that the premise for my first novel materialized. The fairy tale castles, the snowy winter days, and a Disney princess pencil that arrived in a care package from my parents provided the inspiration that allowed me to wrangle all my untold and unfinished stories into a novel.
I currently live in the Dallas area with my husband and our two rambunctious rescue dogs.
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