A Bargain In Silver (Solis Invicti #2) by Josie Jaffrey
Publisher: Published for Kindle
Publication Date: January 2015
If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life?
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 offer 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 saviour 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 received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Emmy’s world might as well be coming to end; at least, that’s how she feels. Human beings are turning into zombie-like creatures, and in order to save themselves, they have to submit to the powerful creatures that call themselves the Silver.
At first, Emmy is a bit clueless when it comes to how screwed up of a situation the world is in; and I found her initial resistance to the truth to be rather irritating. Luckily for her, she quickly catches on to the fact that submission to the Silver might as well be a do- or- die affair for every human involved. In the course of the story, I found most of her decisions to be rather rash/ not very well thought out. Fortunately, her faults are a bearable and interesting part of the story; and also a very accurate way to portray her humanity.
Of course, the protagonist isn’t only made up of faults. She’s a very plucky young lady, who shows surprising wisdom when it comes to her unwillingness to easily trust or succumb to the somewhat deadly charms of the Silver. Despite the fact that not everything good seems to be coming her way, she is determined to stay alive (which is the most important thing).
I do like the fact that all the characters are the relevant sort, no matter how major or minor they are. The author’s creativity shines forth in her world building, and I like how inhuman and fascinating- but- scary the Silver are.
In all, A Bargain in Silver is a lovely read that more than met my expectations. If you like suspense, and/or post apocalyptic stories, you’ll like this one!
Guest review contributed by 1-800 Books. Janey provides book reviews, blog tours, cover reveals, and book blitzes.