Review: Rising Silver Mist by Olivia Wildenstein

About the book:


First, I would never kill another person. But when a family friend murdered my father, I destroyed her with a power I didn’t even know I possessed.

Second, I would never strike another bargain. But faeries could bring the dead back, so when Cruz offered to revive my father, I accepted.

Third, I would never marry an enemy, but every bargain comes at a price. The price of mine: I had to marry Cruz and move to the faerie isle.

For the first time in my life, I wondered if death wouldn’t be a kinder end.

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Review by Katy Haye:

I enjoyed Rising Silver Mist, but not quite as much as I did the earlier books in the Lost Clan series. Cat was glorious as ever. I loved her dilemma as she tried to come to terms with all the different elements of herself – and what she was capable of. And the folklore of hunters and faeries was sumptuous. We got to see Nevarra in this book, and that’s where my problems started.

I want the fantasy worlds I read about to be places I’d want to go and visit, and Nevarra I’d run a mile from. Maybe it’s just an unfortunate coincidence that I’ve read several fae books lately, and all of them were worlds presented as being thoroughly sexist and misogynistic. We didn’t get to see it (thank goodness), but in Nevarra rape is perfectly acceptable, so long as it’s a higher-status male attacking a lower-status female. I’m a woman, and of course I know that sexism and gender inequality are important issues, and exploring sexism and its effects in literature is a good thing to do. But I really don’t like reading about it. I’d much rather be uplifted in fiction. I’d rather stories gave us patterns of places where sex and gender and other human inequalities aren’t an issue – show me worlds where we can get on without demeaning people based purely on a chance difference in chromosomes.

But I’m getting a little adrift. Sexist world aside, Rising Silver Mist was a solid and satisfying end to Ace and Catori’s story. I’m delighted Cat got to understand and use her abilities, I just wish she hadn’t needed to go to Nevarra to do so.

Katy Haye writes speculative fiction for young adults. Fantasy, The Last Gatekeeper, is available now.

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