Tamsin Lark didn’t ask to be a Hollower. As a mortal with no magical talent, she was never meant to break into ancient crypts, or compete with sorceresses and Cunningfolk for the treasures inside. But after her thieving foster father disappeared without so much as a goodbye, it was the only way to keep herself—and her brother, Cabell—alive.
Ten years later, rumors are swirling that her guardian vanished with a powerful ring from Arthurian legend. A run-in with her rival Emrys ignites Tamsin’s hope that the ring could free Cabell from a curse that threatens both of them. But they aren’t the only ones who covet the ring.
As word spreads, greedy Hollowers start circling, and many would kill to have it for themselves. While Emrys is the last person Tamsin would choose to partner with, she needs all the help she can get to edge out her competitors in the race for the ring. Together, they dive headfirst into a vipers’ nest of dark magic, exposing a deadly secret with the power to awaken ghosts of the past and shatter her last hope of saving her brother. . . .
Content Warning: foster family dynamic, childhood abuse, mention of suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and gore/blood
Title: Silver in the Bone (Silver in the Bone, #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date: April 4, 2023
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
I have to start this review by gushing over Tamsin for a bit. She’s our FMC and she’s so cool! She’s trying to help her brother, she’s fighting with this responsibility she has, and, perhaps most importantly, there’s an infuriating guy who she also kinda likes? I loved seeing her story progress and slowly beginning to understand why she is the way she is.
There’s an amazing found family in this book that should be your reason for checking this out if nothing else. We have lots of side characters that come together to form this little family. They’ve all been through hard things in their lives and are now going through this adventure. I love them all so much and I wish I could protect them all from the second book, but alas. No one is safe.
Overall, this was a nice first book to a fantastical, thrilling, and kinda violent (in a good way) new series. I’ll just be over here “patiently” waiting book two.
Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children’s book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that’s constantly overflowing with books.
Alex is a #1 New York Times bestselling and USA TODAY bestselling author. Her work is available across the world in over 15 languages.