Silevethiel

Silevethiel

by Andi O'Connor

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"A fresh adventure novel sure to enchant a wide range of fantasy fans." –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The entertaining and complex world O'Connor has created is full of magic and intrigue." –ForeWord Clarion Reviews

"Lovers of Tolkien's Middle Earth and fantasy would like this book, as well as anyone who likes a good elven romance." –Us Review of Books


Following her father's murder, Princess Irewen Donríel is betrayed and left for dead in the forests of Mistwood. Rescued by the elf prince, Laegon Elendell, Irewen awakes an exile with no home, no country, and no people. But as the horrific memories of murder and betrayal return, she realizes that the nightmare is only beginning.

The world of Vaelinel is failing--its fate bound to her in ways no one fully understands. A mysterious elven prophecy may provide her with some answers, but continuously hunted and fighting for her life, Irewen quickly learns that unearthing the truth will be more difficult than she ever imagined. Can she accept Laegon's love and the friendship of the Wood Elves, or will she stand alone against the terrifying evil now threatening to destroy the entire world?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157601089
Publisher: Purple Sun Press
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: The Vaelinel Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 842,984
File size: 342 KB

About the Author

Andi O'Connor is the award-winning author The Dragonath Chronicles, The Vaelinel Trilogy, and The Legacy of Ilvania. She’s written multiple books, including the critically acclaimed Silevethiel, which is the 2015 Best Indie Book Award winner for Science Fiction/Fantasy, and the 2015 New Apple Official Selection for Young Adult. Silevethiel was also named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013. Andi's short story collection, Redemption, is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semifinalist.

You can frequently find Andi as a guest panelist at Comic Cons throughout the country including the Rhode Island Comic Con, Philcon, Conclave, WizardWorld, and Chessiecon. Andi also writes for Niume where she provides writing tips, advice, and insight on her career as an author. You can connect with Andi on Facebook at facebook.com/oconnor.andi, Twitter at twitter.com/OConnorAndi, and Instagram at Instagram.com/andi_oconnor. For more information, visit Andi’s website at andioconnor.net

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Silevethiel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Kolishki More than 1 year ago
I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed Silevethiel, the first book of the Vaelinel trilogy.  I feel that this book has a broad appeal as an adult novel, but yet is approachable to the mid-teen audience as well.  Myself being a male, 30s, educated, casual reader, I never once felt there wasn't enough action, depth, emotion, and character development throughout the story. It moves very well, the characters are well developed and feeling, and the world that is created for the reader is not only believable, but a sensory immersion. There's an exceptionally deep story behind the main protagonists, Irewen (princess of Dargon) and Laegon (elvish prince of Mistwood) Wherein not only a shared complex emotion between them develops, but an inner reckoning of self knowledge and discovery progresses.  The mutual affection feeds one another's personal discoveries and development of inner strength while driving the plot for a discovery of the root of deception and the desire to uncover hidden truths about the history of the differing Elven races. Not only are the protagonists a joy to watch develop, the supporting characters (the Guardians, lion companions to the Protector elves) offer a refreshing take on the "sidekick" dichotomy. Not only is a deep level of love and companionship felt, but there is a sly witticism present that offers moments comic relief to the heavier moments within the story.  I was elated with the jovial and ribbing nature of the banter exchanged between Laegon and his Guardian, Bregen. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone that is a fan of fantasy, but also anyone that would be looking to experience a different genre that expresses a bit of romance and a bit of mystery throughout.  An excellent read, and I cannot wait for the sequels!
LadyStarDragomir More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Silvethiel. it is the first book in the Vaelinel Trilogy. It is written by Andi O'Connor. it takes place in the world of Vaelinel. This book is about a princess who is betrayed and left for dead by someone who she trusted. After being rescued by a wood elf, she finds that she is constantly being pursued by people intending to kill her by orders of the one who betrayed her. As she discovers who she truly is, she finds herself falling in love with the elf who saved her life. She is also trying to save the world from being overtaken by an evil king. I really enjoyed this book. It was really wonderfully written and expressed. I wanted to just keep reading and reading to the very end. There are very few books that can capture my interest from the very beginning. I don't get into most books until a little way through. I got into this book from the first page. I fully encourage anybody who is into fantasies to read this book. I cant wait until the rest of the trilogy is released.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, I enjoyed every page. Ms. O’Connor is a talented fantasy writer, and I enjoyed this one as much as I did her other story “Redemption”. Actually I liked this one much more as it was longer! I will say that I wish I would have known about the handy-dandy dictionary at the end (although it wasn’t that confusing without it… just would have been clearer). And I loved the ending! I read this in one night and was sad to see that the next book isn’t available yet. The prose is powerfully descriptive and richly atmospheric. And although some times certain elements felt a bit predictable, I think this author will only get better and better as she goes along. A must read for fans of fantasy adventure.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book! Wow, it was amazing! It has everything I love in these types of books and more! I only wish it wasn’t so short. Well, maybe it wasn’t, but I read it so fast it was over before I wanted it to be! Lol. This is the first book in a series and so the story is just getting started. Hopefully the next books won’t be too far off. There is such intensity on some of the scenes it’s like you can’t stop reading until it’s all over! I love reading anything with Elves and Elvish lore and I liked that “Silevethiel” introduced some new ideas that I hadn’t seen before. Highly recommend for fans of the fantasy genre
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings on “Silevethiel” by Andi O’Connor. On one hand I very much enjoyed the world and ideas she brought forth. But while I feel the story started of strong and pulled me right in, somewhere along the way I found myself drifting… perhaps it was the slower pace, or the lack of what felt like forward progress, or perhaps my eyes just grew tired of reading so much conversation in italics. Honestly, why do authors do that? One or two lines at the most. Not whole paragraphs and pages please. It is too difficult to read and these “mental” conversations could have been indicated using another technique. I did feel that the last part felt a bit flat, and although I know it is just the opening to a larger series, I feel as though there should have been more resolution. Now, did any of this mean that I didn’t like the book? No… not at all. I though the writing was strong for the most part, and I found myself genuinely invested in the characters and their fates, and it did entertain me.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
A great beginning to what promises to be a wonderful series. Andi O’Connor’s ‘author ‘s voice’ is engaging, authentic, and creative. “Silevethiel” is told in 3rd person omniscient which really helps to show all the different angels of this complex, fast moving story. Yes, it is a fantasy adventure with all the dressings, so be ready for some interesting names and plenty of fun magic! I definitely enjoyed the world of the elves and their powers a lot. This is a quicker read than many epic fantasies, however there is a lot of story and development that occurs. It paves the way for more to follow, and although I wish there would have been more of a climax and resolution (even mini ones), I still found that I liked reading about this world and these characters that Andi O’Connor created and I’m interested to see where it all leads.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read from this author, and once again I’m impressed with her strong word choices and inventive storylines. It starts off with the inciting event of her father, the King, being mutilated and stabbed to death. Unsafe in her lands until they find the assassin(s), the princess Irewan is forced to flee and seek refuge with the wood elves. There she connects with Laegon, who is the elvish Prince. I really liked the dynamic between these two and enjoyed watching their relationship develop. I feel perhaps at some times the pacing was a bit uneven, where we’d have longer stretches of “lulls” that diminished some of the building tension along the way. Although the writing was quite good, I do feel it would have been better had it been tighter and more focused in some spots. Sometimes the conversations felt too long and unnecessary. However, that said, I still really enjoyed this book and the world that Ms. O’Connor created! Can’t wait to read the next one in this series and anything else she writes!
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
After reading the short-story Redemption by Andi OConnor, I was excited to read one of her full-length novels, because her writing showed such promise. I’m so happy to say that I wasn’t the least bit disappointed in “Silevethiel”. It was so good! Her way of writing scenes is so descriptive and vivid we really feel like we are in Princess Irewen’s shoes (most of the time) as she navigates her way through the trials and adventures of saving and returning to her people. The characters are so interesting (love Laegon) and the world building, although pretty standard for fantasy lore, still is creative and fresh and pulls you in. I really recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy/adventure with some romance. I’m very interested to see where this series leads to!
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
When I started this story I thought "Why did I choose this book"? I read a little farther on and it was a whole new read. Andi has some of the best creatures that I have seen in stories. I like her Elves. They are the good guys and they have Guardians and Protectors. There are some pretty gruesome battles. They are offset by a romance. Andi has created some of the worst monsters I've ever read about. Leogon, a Protector, saves the life of Irewen. She is part Elf and she is the saviour of the Elves. I worried my way all the way to the end of the book. Now I will get to wait for the next book. This was one of the best Fantasies I've read. Please check this book out.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank both NetGalley and the Purple Sun Press for both introducing me to this author and granting me the chance to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influences this review. Prince Elthad (Irewen's cousin), Drulaack, Prince Laegon also a Protector, Laegon's Guardian Bregen, Princess Irewen, Irwiendel, Wood, Sea, Light & Green Elves, City of Dargon, Durgeld is capital of nation Dargon, Lord Brandir (Laegon's father & king of the Wood Elves of Silverden), Miendvel used to speak mind to mind between Protectors & Guardians, King Donriel (Irewen's murdered father) I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the sequel. The characters are interesting, with the heroine appealing in many ways, as is the hero. I didn't see much of the antagonist, but what I did learn of him is enough to make me rather intensely dislike him. I will say however that this ARC was exceptionally challenging to read due to gross errors in the typography. Entire sentences are run together as a single word, making it very difficult and annoying to decipher, not to mention how these flaws throw me right out of the story, thus losing the moment and magic that Ms. O'Connor is working to create. Between the problems with the typography and the two styles of writing that used to denote communication between characters it was a serious challenge to reach that point where I became ensnared by the story and cared less about the technical issues than I did about following the story. Princess Irewen begins the story as, well, a beloved china doll. Her father, King Donriel of Dargon, dotes on her yet he does nothing to teach her about statecraft or what she'll need to know to properly rule the city of Durgeld, let alone the entire kingdom upon his death. She is also isolated from people by living such an insular life, and therefore is lacking friends. In fact, she hasn't a single person she can call a friend - yet she doesn't notice any of this until after the gruesome murder of her beloved father, the King. Yet by the end of this installation of the story Irewen has found a solid core of inner strength she never knew she possessed. It is her cousin, Prince Elthad, who alerts Irewen of her father's murder. He is also the one who sends her to the safety of the Wood Elves, their allies to the North. However his hand-picked five most loyal guards are not what they seem, and in the end the two loyal guards are murdered and Irewen too is left for dead. Yet the fates are not nearly done with her, and so she is found by Prince Laegon and his Guardian Bregen. They bring her to a cave that is said to be enchanted to protect the weak and injured. It is during her recovery there that Laegon falls in love with Irewen, and also discovers that they are being pursued by their new enemies. And their new enemy is doing what he can to ensure his success by sending Drulaacks out to kill Irewen. Laegon, with the help of his Guardian, battles and barely kills the three Drulaacks that come for Irewen, for the Drulaacks are men that have been possessed by evil, dark spirits. These spirits make their host bodies impervious to pain, hunger, or any kind of discomfort while at the same time imbuing them with supernatural speed, stamina, and strength. Laegon and Bregen become almost certain that Irewen is the one whose coming was foretold, the one who would reunite the fractured Elf nation. She would bring together the Wood, Light, Sea, and Green Elves again into a single unified nation that would battle the coming darkness in a bid to save the entire land of Vaelinel. A heavy burden for a spoiled young woman to bear, especially one with no known skills. Yet when they share their suspicions with her she doesn't fall apart. Instead a core of inner strength in glimpsed within her. It is at this point that Irewen stops playing the role of pathetic victim and beings her journey of self-discovery. Once Laegon and Bregen guide her to Silvendel she discovers that she has not only the support of her two brave guides, but of all Wood Elves of Silvendel & the Mistwood. Part of that support includes a very special bond she forms with another, a bond that surprises everyone, but especially Irewen. Watching Irewen grow throughout this story is rewarding. She goes from being basically a vacuous doll to a strong young woman with faith in herself. Of course she makes errors while traveling her path, yet when necessary she manages to set aside her immature, petty feelings to call upon her inner strength so that she may face her fears. Even when the situation looks most dire for all she reaches deep within in a bid to find the power to save not just herself but those risking life and limb for her. In doing so she demonstrates why Laegon & Bregen are no longer alone in thinking she is the one from the ancient prophecy and will play a pivotal role in not only saving the Elf nation, but in saving all Vaelinel. Laegon too does some maturing, for all his years he is still quite young as their race counts time. He has always struggled to show, let alone share, his emotions with even his closest of family and friends. Now suddenly he is in over his head, feeling new, raw emotions - all relating to the lovely young Princess he has rescued. He faces a huge hurdle when told he must break his oath to Irewen, at least as he sees it. But bigger problems are stirring and they result in many interesting discoveries. However they also leave numerous questions waiting for answers, which is one reason I am looking forward to the sequel. Another reason is to see what direction Ms. O'Connor decides to take her characters. She has already put them through so much - will they grow from these experiences or will they shrink back to the safety of who they were before this adventure began?