Title: So Silver Bright
Author: Lisa Mantchev
Release Date: Septemeber 13th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
All Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has ever wanted is a true family of her own. And she’s close to reuniting her parents when her father disappears. Now Bertie must deal with a vengeful sea goddess and a mysterious queen as she tries to keep her family – and the Theatre Illuminata – from crumbling. To complicate it all, Bertie is torn between her two loves, Ariel and Nate.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: The curtain has risen for the final act of the tale of Beatrice Shakespeare Smith and the rest of the players along for the ride with her on her journey to not only find her father, but find herself. We have been with Beatrice for two acts now and her quest to reunite her family comes to a dramatic close in So Silver Bright. I have loved both the previous books in the series, Eyes Like Stars (review here) and Perchance to Dream (review here) and do not think that you could read So Silver Bright without reading either one of them. The reason being, we pick right back up where with left off in Perchance to Dream and there are too many back stories that are woven into the current plot from previous books. I fear a new reader to this series would find themselves lost and in need of information gained from the first two books.
I find myself almost at a loss for words for describing how I feel about this book. It is like a work of art with the rich details and the beautiful language I could easily get lost in. Beatrice’s world revolves around Shakespeare quite frequently and this book flows almost like one of his plays would. It is impossible to read the book quickly, because if you do, you will miss a vital clue or character development. Lisa has written a story that forces you to slow down and soak in every detail of the fascinating world she has created.
As for the love triangle in this book, it is the one and only time I have not had a problem with there being two male love interests. Bertie has formed friendships with both Nate and Ariel and her heart yearns for both of them for different reasons. She is on the path to self-discovery and both of the men fill different places in her heart. It is not until she discovers who she truly is and what she wants out of life that she can choose one of them to stay by her side. I have gone back and forth between Ariel and Nate throughout the books and never quite knew which one I was hoping would win out. While reading So Silver Bright though, my heart went out to Nate with his ability to love so fully and his generous personality. He does not want to control Bertie or tell her what to do, he just wants to stand next to her wherever she goes and be her partner. I admired him for finally easing up on Bertie and that is what kept me in his corner in this book. Ariel is still a great guy, but his heart is torn between Bertie and his freedom from everything. I also did not like the fact that he always seemed to abandon her when she needed him most. I was hoping he might come around, but Ariel lost me in this book and I was not sure where his love of freedom would lead him. You are going to have to read the book to find out the answer to that though, and the answer to who ends up with Bertie as well. 😉
As always, the fairies supply and abundance of comic relief in tense situations and had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. They are bottomless pits for sugar, constantly bickering with each other over everything, but they love Bertie fiercely and their undying loyalty for her was admirable. These stories would not be complete without these crazy fairies flying around in search of sweets and telling jokes. I love that Lisa has written such fantastic secondary characters that not only add an interesting element to the story, but are also very memorable and lovable. While that is true of all the secondary characters in this novel, the fairies just happen to be my personal favorite.
By the time we come to the climax of the story I was just as emotionally drained as Bertie was and found my eyes welling up with tears as her fate unraveled. Lisa concluded all the events so beautifully; I could not help but get attached to every character and invested my whole heart into their stories. Overall, this series is just fantastic and by far one of my favorite in the young adult world. I have never seen a world like the one Lisa has created and I am sorry to see it come to a close, but “all good things, must come to an end” and Lisa has ended it perfectly. It is a tale that will stay with me long after the final curtain goes down and one I will miss dearly. If you are a fan of plays, poetry, Shakespeare and magic, than this is a series you cannot miss.
FTC: Big thank you to the publisher for sending me the ARC to read and review.