Today, I’m so happy to be a part of the RESURGENCE release day festivities and to wish a happy official book birthday for the final installment in the Silver Blackthorn Trilogy. Please be sure and visit me on Twitter where I have a copy of the book up for grabs!
If you have not read the first two books in the series and want to avoid SPOILERS of those books, you might want to quit reading. There are no RESURGENCE spoilers in this post.
HOW WE GOT HERE:
As you probably remember, the series got going in RECKONING where we first met Silver Blackthorn, a girl with a genius for fixing things who lives in Martindale, a small village in St. George. In this dystopian version of England, society depends on a well-structured caste system. At the Reckoning, teens are sorted into Elite, Member, Inter or Trog roles. But there’s one caste people know little about: Offering. Those sorted in this way disappear into Windsor Castle, supposedly to serve King Victor, and never return. In Martndale, everyone assumes being and Offering is a great privilege that will lead to a life of courtly luxury, but when Silver becomes one, she learns the reality is much different. He world of Windsor is terrifying, King Victor is crazy and cruel, and only 3-4 Offerings last longer than a year. Silver becomes certain of just one thing: She must escape.
RENEGADE picks up right where RECKONING leaves off – with Silver’s near assignation of psycho King Victor and her escape with 11 other Offerings. There’s a bit of King Victor’s back story, a bit more of the developing love triangle between Silver, Imrin and Opie and a lot of the Offerings running for their lives through the Windsor countryside.
Which brings us to RESURGENCE. It’s hard to summarize the plot without giving too much away, but generally speaking Silver finds herself the reluctant rallying figure for fractured groups intent on opposing Minister Prime and King Victor’s Kingsmen.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
An entire country has been lied to. Silver Blackthorn was supposed to be one of the privileged few, chosen to serve and help rebuild a shattered nation. Instead, she is a rebel.
Tales of her defiance have spread across the land. King Victor and the Minister Prime want her dead, the resistance groups are desperate for her help. But Silver’s friends and family are in dire jeopardy; hiding is no longer an option.
As her travels take her into the far reaches of an unknown land, she is forced to make new friends and hunt for new allegiances. Final battle lines are being drawn. The time has come.
Then there’s the hardest choice of all: Opie or Imrin.
This is definitely the finale that fans want and will appreciate. For me, the fact that the series is essentially following the HUNGER GAMES plot arc is an issue here just as it was with the prior books. I wasn’t surprised to find Silver as the leader of an erstwhile resistance much as Katniss Everdeen is at war in MOCKINGJAY. That being said, there’s definitely lots to love about RESURGENCE. Readers who have been rooting for Silver Blackthorn since page one of RECKONING will be thrilled at the way her story finishes. And while some of the elements of the series have not always been the most original, there is something unique and special about the way Kerry Wilkinson combines them. I’ve especially always enjoyed the way that techie elements are fused with a neo-medieval English setting. The pacing of this book keeps the pages turning and its hard to find a good place to stop and put it down. It’s a roller coaster ride right until the end.
I will also add that Silver is one of my favorite SF/F characters in recent memory. Maybe because of her daring or initial reluctance to be a hero, she remains a relatable heroine that readers will be cheering for up until the very end.