Synopses & Reviews
The stunning historical fantasy series that began with the Nebula finalist Ironskin
continues in Tina Connolly's Silverblind
Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shape-changing fey powers — to disguise herself as a boy.
While hunting for wyvern eggs, she saves a young scientist who's about to get steamed by a silvertail — and finds her childhood friend Tam Grimsby, to whom she hasn't spoken in seven years. Not since she traded him to the fey. She can't bear to tell him who she really is, but every day grows harder as he comes to trust her.
The wyverns are being hunted to extinction for the powerful compounds in their eggs. The fey are dying out as humans grow in power. Now Tam and Dorie will have to decide which side they will fight for. And if they end up on opposite sides, can their returning friendship survive?
"Dorie Rochart, the half-fey child from Connolly's debut, Ironskin (2012), returns as a college graduate in cryptozoology, seeking employment in an alternate 1930s England prejudiced against both her non-human race and her sex. Disguising herself as a man, she becomes a hunter of wyvern eggs, teamed up with Annika, a Crown loyalist, and Tam, a cousin with whom Dorie shares an uncomfortable history. As Dorie's stepmother, Jane, fights for female workers' rights and Crown agents arrest dissenters, Dorie uncovers the reasons behind the fey's disappearance and how the reappearance of basilisks, their mythic nemeses, can save them. Connolly offers some playful takes on gender and appearance and gently explores a variety of sexual orientations, placing subtle clues to the nature of her universe in her chapter headings. Her sympathies, however, remain more with the ecology of her magical setting than the tale of rag-tag bohemians fighting the rise of fascism." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
TINA CONNOLLY lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, in a house that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic. Her stories have appeared all over, including in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is a frequent reader for Podcastle, and narrates the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. In the summer she works as a face painter, which means a glitter-filled house is an occupational hazard.