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Argenterra: The Silverlands- Book one by [Hanson, Donna Maree]
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Argenterra (Silverlands Book 1)

Sophy is not looking for a talisman: she is the talisman!

Sophy is snatched from our world during a ghost tour. Landing in the lush world of Argenterra, she’s the odd one out. She can’t use the land’s native magic, the GIVEN, even though her friend Aria, and everyone else, can.
Worse still, she’s a faded version of herself and doesn’t fit it at all.

Abandoned by Aria who marries a handsome prince, Sophy travels the land with Oakheart, the high king’s ambassador, to explore the mystery of why there is a crystal leaf growing inside her.

Then the accidents start to happen and she realises a dark force wants her: alive or maybe just dead...

The Silverlands Series Overview

In a land where oaths can’t be broken be careful what promises you make.
To break the binding oath is to risk the very magic of Argenterra.

Vorn and the first comers fleeing death and destruction came to Argenterra through the Crystal Gate. On arrival, they made a binding oath to not kill and in return the land gave them the given, a native magic. For over a thousand years they have prospered but now the ancient evil seeks Vorn’s descendants and reaches a hand into the land.

Oaths are bound with the given and every promise must be kept or the land’s magic will compel completion of the oath or prevent its breaking. Only a murder can sunder the binding oath. In his later years, Vorn prophesied that a time would come when the land would be ungiven. That time is near.

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  • Print Length: 573 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DUFTUBQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Argenterra is the first in Donna Maree Hanson's new series, Silverlands. It brings an alternate fantasy world which is both unforgiving in its beauty and pure in its treachery and dangers together with a solid friendship story as we follow Sophy and Aria through their combined and individual challenges with their new lives in Argenterra.

Argenterra's magic, the given, permeates everyone and everything in the land. It's used in everything from building and cooking to healing and holding the people to their oaths. I liked how the given not only weaves through the lives of the characters but through the story itself. The given has its own history, champions and enemies. The given lives through the story as a character in its own right, complete with unique relationships with other characters and a life changing challenge.

For me, characters and their fellowships (among other things) bring Argenterra to life.

I appreciated and felt how close Sophy and Aria were. It didn't matter what else was going on, I could always count on solid affection and support between the two. *Sucker for buddy stories here* There relationship was well put together and supported and left me genuinely anxious when they weren't together.

My favourite character, besides Sophy/Aria is Oakheart (in spite of my Kindle text to speech calling him Oh-Eckhart, silly Kindle.) As much as Dellbright came off as too good to be true (which he was), Oakheart is *that good.* For me, he is the pure hero of Argenterra.

I also liked how each castle and land was distinct and appreciated the care Hanson took hi-lighting both their faults and reasons to shine. Loved the forest people and Lillia and the screavers (scary, scary, scary.
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Even since I started reading fantasy books I have loved portal stories. The idea of being transported to a new and magical land has always fascinated me so I was excited to read Argenterra and was pleased I did. I really enjoyed the story of the two girls and how their experiences were so different, one welcomed with open arms and the other greeted with suspicion. I got mad on Sophy's behalf as she was treated badly by those around her, and waited for Aria's rose coloured view of their new home to be shattered.
There are twists and turns, romance, action and suspense, making this a story I could not put down. It has a lot of heart and would resonate with anyone who has ever had trouble fitting in. I did not want it to end and am looking forward to finding out what happens next. Hurry up and bring on the next book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars At one stage I thought about a higher rating but though I loved the plot and the characters definitely have potential there ... 14 January 2017
By BarbarinaS - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a bit torn with this. At one stage I thought about a higher rating but though I loved the plot and the characters definitely have potential there were some little things that bothered me particularly in relation to those same characters.
I know this is for a YA audience but too often both girls Aria and Sophy seem lacking in substance. Youth doesn't mean a lack of common sense. Their relationship seems to be strong but the evidence is hard to find for this. They don't act at all like friends. We are told they are and do get some bits and pieces but not enough so it stops a strong connection to them. There are obviously some strange things going on and yet they both accept, and barely question things or do and let it go. However they do get moody with each other and lack honesty in their discussions. A little more insight into their mind and struggles would have given the two girls more depth.
I worried that Aria could feel she had been raped and move on so easily with just a little thought here and there. If you recognise it as rape there is no coming back. It didn't make sense.The men lack also lacked development at the beginning and I almost stopped reading. They both came across in a similar fashion, surly and unlikable, and not hero material at all to connect with. This did improve a little.

I didn't stop reading because it does have a good premise and it improved a little from the middle of the book. I like the story very much and I am hoping that the depth is there in the next book especially with Sophy as our cliff hanger is an exciting one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a love triangle, a quest 23 August 2016
By Barb Taub - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dystopian worlds from Star Wars to Hunger Games and beyond have given us a defined group of tropes. There will be a Chosen One, a prophecy, a love triangle, a quest. But what happens when the Chosen One is supposed to arrive but two girls show up? That’s the question asked in the YA fantasy Argenterra.

When Sophy and her foster sister Aria, two young girls on a castle tour, stumble through a portal to another world, neither they nor the ones on the other side get anything they could have expected. Prince Dellbright and High King’s Ambassador Oakheart are expecting the “Gift of the Crystal Tree”, a woman sent as part of the promise of land magic known as the Given.

Sophy, who has always been considered the more beautiful of the two, finds her appearance dulled and plain in the new world. Even worse, because the inhabitants can’t see their land magic (the Given) in her, they fear and distrust her. Her friend Aria, however, is radiantly beautiful in the new world, plus she has a definite flair for using the Given.

Soon Aria is in love with and married to Prince Dellbright. But Sophy can’t seem to find her place within the restrictive medieval confines of Argenterra, and is sent away with the reluctant Oakheart. Something malevolent is stalking Sophy, and her life is threatened on several occasions. As her assigned protector, Oakheart struggles to balance his instinctive distrust with his chivalrous duty.

While Sophy and Oakheart slowly learn to look past their physical appearances, Aria is doing the same as her fairy tale prince, Dellbright, is not living up to the Disney happily-ever-after scenario. With a baby’s life in the balance, the question of which woman is the true Gift of the Crystal Woods remains unclear.

There were so many things I liked about this book. The medieval-type world of Argenterra is beautifully constructed and easy to picture. The writing is descriptive and the pace builds steadily.

But I have some issues as well. Sophy and Aria were supposed to be eighteen, but somehow they seemed much older. I would have loved to see them think and behave like teenagers, and then see their characters and emotions mature. Also, they are both products of a much more modern era, but each young woman (Aria in particular) seems perfectly willing to surrender her concept of a woman’s rights and independence. In particular, I found it troubling that Aria sees herself as completely in love with her husband, despite his behavior which includes claiming control over her thoughts and friendships, and even his right to rape or assault her. Frankly, I couldn’t see much point in having modern young women show up in a medieval society if they then don’t assert their more modern thoughts or behavior, if only to recognize internally when something has gone very wrong.

And then there’s that cliffhanger. Now, I like a good series as much as anyone else. It’s fun to get to know the characters and setting, and to see the story develop. BUT…each book in the series needs to have it’s own story arc that gets resolved. Sure Voldemort is still out there. Luke still has those Daddy-Darth issues to resolve. But each book or movie resolves its main storyline each time. Leaving every member of the cast in fairly dire peril is just annoying. And unnecessary.

Overall, Argenterra is still a book I’d recommend. I like the way the usual tropes are turned on their side. The ‘ordinary-looking’ heroine is used to being considered the pretty one in her own world. The ‘love triangle’ includes a being capable of manipulating feelings and emotions. And the ‘Chosen One’ might be two—or neither. Plus the writing is descriptive and colorful, and the world of Argenterra is beautifully built and cohesive. If you like portal SciFi fantasy with plenty of action and light romance, you might enjoy Argenterra.

***I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
1.0 out of 5 stars A cliff hanger, just questions without answers. 10 April 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I did not care for large parts of this book. Women are raped and abused and no one cares? Women seem to have no rights in this story. In the parts that I did like, it was just a cliff hanger. Lots of questions and build up then? THE END! Buy my next book..... l have never written a bad review here before. I have read lots of cliff hangers that only answered 70 or 80 percent of the questions and am ok with that. This was more like an unfinished book, missing the last chapter. This book answered none of the questions? None of the issues in the parts I did like are resolved in this book. All I got was hints of what the story may be about.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this fantasy! 22 May 2016
By Liz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Argenterra is the first in Donna Maree Hanson's new series, Silverlands. It brings an alternate fantasy world which is both unforgiving in its beauty and pure in its treachery and dangers together with a solid friendship story as we follow Sophy and Aria through their combined and individual challenges with their new lives in Argenterra.

Argenterra's magic, the given, permeates everyone and everything in the land. It's used in everything from building and cooking to healing and holding the people to their oaths. I liked how the given not only weaves through the lives of the characters but through the story itself. The given has its own history, champions and enemies. The given lives through the story as a character in its own right, complete with unique relationships with other characters and a life changing challenge.

For me, characters and their fellowships (among other things) bring Argenterra to life.

I appreciated and felt how close Sophy and Aria were. It didn't matter what else was going on, I could always count on solid affection and support between the two. *Sucker for buddy stories here* There relationship was well put together and supported and left me genuinely anxious when they weren't together.

My favourite character, besides Sophy/Aria is Oakheart (in spite of my Kindle text to speech calling him Oh-Eckhart, silly Kindle.) As much as Dellbright came off as too good to be true (which he was), Oakheart is *that good.* For me, he is the pure hero of Argenterra.

I also liked how each castle and land was distinct and appreciated the care Hanson took hi-lighting both their faults and reasons to shine. Loved the forest people and Lillia and the screavers (scary, scary, scary.)

Hanson reveals Argenterra to us through her characters' experiences, particularly those of Sophy and Aria which I enjoyed because I felt like I experienced Argenterrra first hand through their adventure.

And I'm very grateful for the sample of book two, The Crystal Gate. Not only did it reassure and soothe my delicious worry at the end of book one, it also twisted my engagement to the story up several notches and I'm very eager to move in to book two.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy 19 July 2016
By Shell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Even since I started reading fantasy books I have loved portal stories. The idea of being transported to a new and magical land has always fascinated me so I was excited to read Argenterra and was pleased I did. I really enjoyed the story of the two girls and how their experiences were so different, one welcomed with open arms and the other greeted with suspicion. I got mad on Sophy's behalf as she was treated badly by those around her, and waited for Aria's rose coloured view of their new home to be shattered.
There are twists and turns, romance, action and suspense, making this a story I could not put down. It has a lot of heart and would resonate with anyone who has ever had trouble fitting in. I did not want it to end and am looking forward to finding out what happens next. Hurry up and bring on the next book.

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