The Silver Catacombs by Kyra Dune

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The Silver Catacombs by Kyra Dune
Publisher: Burst Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Short Story (147 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Charlie has made his way to Kiloreen, ancestral home of the elves, in his quest to find the Silver Catacombs and the lost magic that lies hidden within. Instead, he finds a branch of the Elven Resistance Movement, a secret underground organization of elves bent on retaking Kiloreen and freeing their people.

If they are willing to stand alongside humans, the elves will be a great help in the struggle against King Richard, but there is still the matter of the lost magic. For if Charlie cannot find it, the war may be lost before ever it has begun.

Charlie’s life has certainly not been easy. He is the illegitimate son of an evil king and also part elf. He is only fourteen years old, but somehow he and his friends have to stop the king and save the world.

Kyra Dune has written a gripping, fast-moving fantasy novel about humans, elves, and a whip-smart sprite named Spree. Charlie is a kind boy gifted with warrior magic which Charlie sees as a dragon in his head. Charlie keeps a tight rein on the dragon’s chain, unleashing it only in the direst circumstances, which is what sets Charlie apart from others. A few of the other characters make it clear that they would use the power to dominate and bully others, but violence is not Charlie’s way.

Author Kyra Dune has shown Charlie to be a complex character with normal teen angst and his own set of worries and fears. At the same time, he is determined to help his friends by finding the elves’ long lost magic hidden in the Silver Catacombs.

While some of the minor characters are a bit predictable and one-dimensional, most of the main characters are multi-dimensional and fully developed. The conflict between the elves and King Richard is all too real. Charlie’s previous knowledge of elves has been based on the teachings in his old school reflecting a history written by the victors with a strong racial hatred of others. Charlie, however, does not believe what is written, not just because of his own elf blood, but because of his innate sense of justice.

Ms. Dune captures the excitement of a story with extraordinary hurdles and nearly unbelievable odds. I found it difficult to put this book down and in fact, I read it in one sitting as I couldn’t stop until I found out how it would all end. But the ending provided no answers and the last line leaves the reader hungering for more. I have not been able to determine if this work is part of a larger series, but I certainly hope so as I really need to find out what happens to Charlie and his friends.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the great review. I’m so happy you enjoyed the book. This is actually book #2 in the Elfblood Trilogy. Book #3, City Of Magic, will be released some time toward the end of this year.

  2. Cyclamen says:

    You are welcome, Kyra, and thanks for letting me know. I’ll go back and catch book #1 and definitely get #3 when it comes out!

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