Friday, 8 May 2015

Review: Renegade [Silver Blackthorn #2] by Kerry Wilkinson

Title: Renegade
Author: Kerry Wilkinson
Author Info: Website|Silver Blackthorn Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Silver Blackthorn #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 7th May 2015
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
Silver Blackthorn is a fugitive from the law.
Silver Blackthorn has committed treason.
She is dangerous. Do NOT approach her.
A large reward is on offer. Report any sightings to your nearest Kingsman.
Long live the King.

Silver Blackthorn is on the run. She fled Windsor Castle with eleven other teenagers, taking with her something far more valuable than even she realises: knowledge.

With the entire country searching for the missing Offerings, Silver must keep them all from the vicious clutches of King Victor and the Minister Prime. Until now, no one has escaped the king and lived to tell the tale.

Or have they?

With expectations weighing heavily on the girl with the silver streak in her hair, will she ever find her way home?
My Thoughts
Renegade has been on my to-read list since I finished Reckoning, and when the day finally came for it's arrival to my house I could not have been more excited. I could not wait to jump back into this world and see what Silver and the rest of the Offerings are up to, are they safe? Have they found their families yet?

Renegade picks up with Silver and the Offerings as they have escaped the castle, but their escape wasn't so easy, and the Kingsmen are out searching the woods to find them all and take them back. Their journey has only just begun but it's already fraught with danger, and the longer they spend looking for the small resistance camps, for people who will help Silver stand and fight against the king and his reign of terror.

This world that Kerry has created is not the happiest one, yet I am so in love with it. I love getting to visit Silver and see how strong and resilient she is, willing to put her own life at risk if it means that the rest of the country, her family, and her friends are safe. But she is also an unlikely leader, and the lengths she goes to in order to keep her small group of friends safe is truly astounding. The world and character building make is easy to love and hate the characters with a passion, and there are plenty of shocks and surprises in store for the readers, as well as Silver.

The twists and turns throughout the pages of Renegade kept me guessing over what would happen next, and I lost count of how often my heart was in the pit of my stomach from the worry alone of what was going to happen to a character. Renegade is a great addition to this series and it not only lives up to it's predecessor, but also shines on it's own. Reckoning gave us a lot of back story for this new world, but Renegade gives us the details that weren't shared, what really happened and why the Reckoning was put into place, what really happens with the towns food they receive but also send out, and the cruel punishments for being to successful.

Final Verdict
Renegade is a shining example of how to keep your readers, reading, but also guessing. I loved Renegade just as much as Reckoning, and I am counting down for the next installment already.

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