About the book:
Title: A Bargain in Silver
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Published: January 3rd 2015
Source: received from the author in exchange for a review
A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.
A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offers a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and savior begins to blur.
After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.
But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.
As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?
I love vampire books! I started my reviewing activity with vampire books. I reconnected with my Passion for reading after devouring “Vampire Academy”. So when the author approached me to read and review “A Bargain in Silver”, I was so excited! My apologies to Josie Jaffrey because my review is long overdue!
I was expecting a lot because I was missing reading about strong vampires, with strong feelings, that love and protect their soul mates. However, the first book in the “Solis Invicti” series delivered only a part of those expectations.
The story opens with the world being taken over by vampires, good and bad ones. Our main character is saved by one of the good guys and introduced to the new protectors of human kind. Emmy has to find her lace surrounded by beings who want her blood, but also by people who envy her for closeness not only to the leader, but also to his second in command.
We have here a love triangle, although I am not sure if he is in love with any of these guys. Sol, the leader, has the allure of power and mystery. Under his protection she is untouchable. Drew, the Secundus (and leader of the Solis Invicti) is in over his head, crazy in love with a woman who may or may not be his. As for Emmy, I completely disliked her attitude. She is hot and then cold. She believes one then fears the other or vice versa. I did appreciate her will to survive and be independent at all cost, but she pushed a lot of limits and played with hearts a lot.
The writing was not bad at all. The world building is amazing and the idea of two type of vampires fighting for food (one in a practical way and the other in a chaotic manner) is interesting. There is a political intrigue that is not well developed in this book, but I hope to read more about it in the other ones. It felt a little weird how all characters were on short name basis so quickly, but I can get over it.
With all these items, I will give “A bargain in Silver” 3.5 stars (rounded to 4) with my hope that the next book will be even better. Let me know your thoughts if you have read it or not in the comments below. Happy Reading!
About the Author
I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).
As a new author, I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through my website or via Twitter.