Two Peas in a Pod (4): The Silver Child by Nancy Norbeck

Posted July 2, 2016 by BAMF in Features, Reviews, Two Peas in a Pod Review // 0 Comments

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One of the features here at Books Are My Fandom is our Two Peas in a Pod Review. We will read and review a book as a team. We are choosing books we each haven’t read that sound good to us. Feel free to email us at hello@booksaremyfandom.com with your suggestions for books that Dani and Jamie should read!

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Two Peas in a Pod (4): The Silver Child by Nancy NorbeckThe Silver Child by Nancy Norbeck
Published by Nancy Norbeck on November 26th 2015
ISBN: 151773150X
Pages: 370
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Maia Starfield is on the run, having successfully hidden her ability to create silver just by singing—until government thugs arrived to take her away. Her mother sent her out the door just in time, giving her only one piece of advice: Find Dr. Martus.

Albert Martus has no idea why Maia was sent to find him—the doctor who delivered her 17 years ago. But from the moment she turns up, his story becomes intertwined with hers…as it has been since before she was born.

Follow this unlikely team as they discover the truth about the past and their present, the regime known as the Brotherhood, and the magical and ordinary power they each carry deep inside.

“Nancy Norbeck's THE SILVER CHILD shows us a fantasy world that is all too real, ruled by a modern Inquisition that seeks to control minds and wipe out history.  Maia, the Silver Child of the title, is a natural magician who has only the faintest awareness of her powers.  More important, she is alive, a vividly drawn teenage girl who must discover who she is in a time of terror.  The story is big, the characters both heroic and sweet.” ~Rachel Pollack, World Fantasy Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novelist


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Dani’s Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for review. This does not affect my rating or the content of the review.

DNF’d @ 10% because I was having to force myself to read.

I don’t know what to say, guys. There was plenty of potential here, but I think this book could have done with some tighter editing. So much should have been explored more.

The book starts off 17 years in the past, when a young doctor delivers a baby, whose mouth is filled with solid silver. The doctor took the silver out and left the baby and new parents to it. Over the next couple decades, the baby becomes a teenager and the society becomes increasingly controlled by a one-party religious state. Think 1984 levels of control. For some reason, the government spontaneously decides to investigate the girl with silver in her mouth. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It then proceeds to alternate chapters between the doctor and the teenager.

I think the story completely lost me when Martus, the doctor, decided that finding a piece of silver in the mouth of a newborn was not worthy of further investigation. Telling someone that the baby was healthy when they were born with a foreign object inside them is just… nonsensical. But the baby had to have it for the story, and the doctor had to say it for the story.

That actually sums up what reading the first 10% felt like. Things didn’t happen naturally; everything read as forced to push the story along.

I also didn’t connect with either of the narrators. Time was passing and things were happening, including people potentially dying, but the two seemed very unphased by it all. There should have been a lot more emotion involved, especially in Maia’s case. She was suddenly sleeping rough and had lost her home, and yet her feelings were barely touched upon! Also, it felt like I was told she was going through these things, but I didn’t feel like I was there. Her experiences were just washed over, like it’s so easy to survive your first month living on the streets.

Like I said, I think there was potential in the idea, but I think the story needed to go through some more stringent editing, possibly changing it to a single POV (Maia; the doctor was boring) and delving into her experience on the streets more.

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Jamie’s Review

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

DNF @ 27%

I was having a really hard time with this one. The sentences are bulky and quite repetitive, the plot is not really progressing in a timely fashion for me, and there was so much confusion only to have it cleared up with a info dump a couple pages later. The plot was interesting but awkwardly paced and I found myself skimming to get ahead so I didn’t have to read the same things over and over. Also, it seemed weird that the Resistance would be such common knowledge that people would almost talk about it in passing? Shouldn’t it have been more hush hush so that the Brotherhood didn’t destroy them?

At 27%, I felt like there should have already been more to further the Silver Child plot (other than reading the exact passages they needed in ancient texts except for ONE PART THAT WAS RIPPED OUT) and because of this I am not going to finish it.

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