The Silver Sickle

The Silver Sickle

by Ellie Ann



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ISBN-13: 9781624820786
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Ellie Ann was born in the jungles of Thailand, was raised in a small farming village in Iowa, lived in the middle of a Texan desert, and now abides in the Ozarks. She writes fairy tales, tall tales, thrillers and steampunk and is seriously interested in transmedia storytelling.

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The Silver Sickle 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tale of good and evil, with generous servings of adventure, romance, and intrigue. The Silver Sickle is a joyous ride through beautiful lands and dangerous times, where heroines and heroes rise and fall. Wonderful entertainment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading THE SILVER SICKLE and my god as Ellie Ann some talent. It is interesting and gritty with complex characters. Bursting with potential. I enjoyed it immensely and wished that there was a sequel so much so that I could pick it up and read it straight away. I love the author's voice and I love the terrific world she has conjured up in your head. Excellent.
Karla_Miller More than 1 year ago
Ellie Ann unfolds a brilliantly vivid story with language and characters as beautifully woven as her plot. In a world where humanity has sold out for comfort, one young woman and the beloved young man she cannot have set out to reclaim its soul and free themselves from the tyranny of alien creatures who have dominated their city for eons. With echoes of "V," The Silver Sickle is a tale that both thrills and satisfies. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE SILVER SICKLE has it all—adventure, humor, romance, and end-of-the-world tension. Add in the life-sucking aliens who masquerade as goddesses and the clockwork soldiers with unsurpassable loyalty, and you get an epic tale that stands out as original and unforgettable.  The story is told from the POVs of Gira, Zel, and Farissa. Gira is the leader of the Amar, the alien race that is secretly incubating their young to take over Earth. As much as I wanted to hate Gira, I found myself sympathizing with her. Above all she is a mother, willing to do anything—or sacrifice anyone—to save her offspring.  Zel is the cogsmaster’s apprentice, excelling at innovative research and fixing the clockwork soldiers. If the Amar knew that his technology could bring about their destruction, they would kill him. But Zel would risk his life to save Farissa from being sacrificed to the Amar. Because of his aptitude for science and his attention to details, I fell for the handsome Zel in a big way. Or perhaps it was his devotion and love for Farissa that made me swoon. Farissa is one of my all-time favorite female characters. She can run above the city on steam pipes or hang upside down from a balcony. She can scale a rock wall or challenge the king to a horse race. Knowing the Amar could claim her life any day, she lives every hour to the fullest. It’s the same reason she holds back from loving Zel—she doesn’t want him to get hurt when she dies. And she won’t let him endanger himself to save her.  Nothing about this unpredictable story is black-and-white. The characters are realistically flawed, and their dilemmas are not easily solved. Ellie Ann has a way with language and proverbs that perfectly fits the cyberpunk world she has created. She doesn’t shy away from harsh truths, but she presents them in a non-graphic way. I can recommend this book to teenagers and not worry about over-the-top language, explicit violence, or sex scenes. In fact, I do strongly recommend this book—to anyone who loves a captivating story with characters you root for. THE SILVER SICKLE should come with a warning label: Do not make other plans for the day you read this. I stayed up half the night to finish it and was a zombie the next day. It was so, so worth it. I’d gladly escape reality to read this amazing book.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
The Silver Sickle is a novel full of action, romance, and suspense. The story is told in third person with chapters alternating between the three main characters - Farissa, Zel, and Gira. Dyn has always been Farissa's home, and when she was very young, she was chosen to one day be harvested by the Amar, a race of alien goddesses who are revered by the people of Dyn. She appreciates the life she has and lives it to the fullest since she doesn't know when she'll be harvested - it could be any day, and she was chosen years ago.  Farissa is a great heroine, the kind of lead female character you yearn to read about. She's feisty, strong, and truly lives in the moment. Yet I also sensed a cloud of despair hanging over her head from never knowing when she'll be harvested. I can't imagine living like that, never knowing when you'll be taken away to a place no one knows anything about. Soon she learns just how much freedom is taken away from you when you're one of the consecrated.     Zel is completely the kind of guy I fall for. He's scientific and logical, brilliant really, and is more comfortable solving mathematical equations and fixing cogsmen (a race of beings that are part machine, part human) than expressing his emotions. He refuses to give up hope that he can save Farissa. Not only is he intelligent and calm under pressure, he's also brave, risking his life to save the girl he loves from being harvested. And not just the girl he loves but humanity itself.  Gira, the leader of the Amar, is a complex character. On one hand, she is the enemy of Farissa and is a monster who kills without mercy, but she also possesses a great deal of empathy and compassion for her fellow goddesses. She's a mother, too. As complex as her character is, so were my feelings towards her. I did root against her - wanting her plans to fail and for humans to stop being harvested.     The harem was a disturbing place to be. The girls there are in the dark about the Silver Sickle. While it was a mystery for most of the book as to what exactly happens to those taken there, there was never any doubt in my mind it wasn't going to be good. Yet these girls believe it'll be a paradise where they'll have their own male slaves and riches. One girl in particular throws tantrums because she desperately wants to be taken to the Silver Sickle - the sooner, the better. Though I despised her behavior, especially towards Farissa, I also felt bad for her.  The mix of aliens, steampunk, the mystery of the Silver Sickle, and terrific characters made this novel hard for me to put down. I simply didn't want to. The Silver Sickle made me think about society, religion, and politics. I thought about how we as human beings are resistant to change especially when it comes to beliefs we've fervently held on to for a long time. Even if those beliefs are proven to be wrong, we're very resistant to changing how we think. This novel had me looking at the bigger picture. And this is just one of the reasons why The Silver Sickle is a novel I won't forget anytime soon - if ever.   I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of science fiction, I am always looking for a fresh new take on the "possibilities" of extraterrestrial life coming to Earth and the threat of human extinction. Ellie Ann created such a story in The Silver Sickle. This is the one of very few books that I have read under a genre called steampunk, which basically is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that features technology based on steam power of the Victorian era and/or 19th century. It was fascinating to read a mosh of aliens, humans and machines. In a world where people worship aliens as gods and royalty, the people live under fear and loyalty...fear of what they do not know of these Amars and loyalty to their king and the gods they worship. Focusing on the points of views of Farissa, Zel, and Gira, I got three distinct views on how they see their world. In a world filled with mysticism and awe of the Amars, the logic and facts of the cogsmen, and the undeniable faith and doubts of the people, it was interesting that there was a balance in this city of Dyn which the King maintained. However, there was also the feeling of mystery and dread with regards to the Amars, these aliens that came that are regarded as gods. When Farissa and Zel's lives are put in a dangerous situation, they not only fear and fight for their lives, they are also put precariously in a position that can help save all the people as well. Ellie Ann constructed this world and characters with such detail that I could picture it as if watching it on the movie screen. Her detailed descriptions of the aliens even made my skin crawl, but yet, I was also in awe of such majestic creatures. Although these creatures are so massive, they are not totally impassive. Just like humans, they also have their emotions. Now, it was very interesting that the cogsmen, though machines, still had a sense of self artificial intelligence that follow orders, but yet, had a sense of understanding of right and wrong...and the many shades of gray in between as well. The actions of these characters are also not as black and white as one would like to believe. Just like humans, these Amars and cogsmen has a motivation and a story/perspective behind the actions they take. I, in turn, ended up having some compassion for these aliens. With each turn of the page, I got deeper and deeper into the "heart" of their driving determination for their actions. Fascinating! As for Farissa and Zel's romance, this wasn't the focus of the story, but I enjoyed how this budding romance unraveled itself throughout the story.The thing I disliked is that there was a lot of repetitive descriptions that were unnecessary. It seemed to make the story drag from chapter to chapter.  Other that, The Silver Sickle was an enjoyable read filled with action, mystery, suspense, and romance. At the end, it seems that Farissa and Zel's adventures are only just beginning.... rissa and Zel's adventures are only just beginning....