Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken - Book Review

Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken - Book Review

Review by @elle.cheshire

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

I ended up really enjoying this one! The author weaves together Arthurian myths with modern characters beautifully. We start off in the modern world following Tamsin and her brother as they navigate life as outcast Hollowers. I really loved the concept of the Hollowers - treasure hunters of ancient relics. Their organisation was simple but elite, they’re a group of people with the One Vision who spent their time hunting through myths to find relics, dodge curses and appease sorceresses.

Tamsin was a great protagonist, she's stubborn and has a layer of armour over her at all times to keep her distance. She has a lot of past trauma and heartache influence her decisions and the way she interacts with people. I really liked her prickly personality and despite trying to push everyone away she still manages to make friends. She gives out the blunt truth when everyone else is making nice and avoiding the harsh realities. She grows a lot through the book and understands why her outlook might not be the best.

The side characters were all really well rounded and all brought an unique perspective to their journey. I loved Neve, almost a complete opposite of Tamsin in countenance she has her own development and growths throughout.

I wasn’t a fan of her brother, Cabell, but he had his own very important storyline which added a high stakes feeling to the story. And Emrys! He clearly had a lot of secrets and I was dying to find out more about him. His banter/ rivalry with Tamsin was hilarious and their dynamic brought a fun aspect to the story. They worked well together and I loved seeing them get closer.

The setting was excellent - we start out in the modern world but spent the majority of the book in Avalon. The isle was not at all what I was expecting but I really liked what we got instead - the isle in ruin and monsters and high priestesses. Bracken brought the myths to life in unique way. I was expecting King Arthur and the knights but that wasn't what we got at all. It was very high stakes and with everyone’s lives in the balance their mission went from claiming a relic to finding a way to survive. Castles, myths, monsters and warriors… what more could you want?

I can’t wait for the sequel! Definitely my favourite book from this author.

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Review by @elle.cheshire

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