Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SILVER: Acheron by Keira Michelle Telford: Excerpt and Review: FMB Tour Stop



<!--[if gte vml 1]> eira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the UK. She spent the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to Wales where she lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Canada. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and 9 guinea pigs.



Title: SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain)

Series: The SILVER Series #1

Author: Keira Michelle Telford

Genre: Dystopian SF

Publisher: Venatic Press (author's imprint)

Format: Ebook and Paperback

Length: 40,000 words 

Purchase: Amazon 

Book Description: 


2342 CE 

Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.

Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division's invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate--death.

Unfortunately, Silver doesn't realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests--they need someone to pull the trigger. They need an executioner. 


SILVER: Acheron is the first book (a 40,000 word novella) in a 10-book series featuring the character of Ella 'Silver' Cross. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the Silver Series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera--genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.

***Content advisory: Contains graphic language and violence.***

In the Fringe District, morning is often heralded by the wail of a Police Division siren or a gun fight. After months or years of this routine, supposedly, you become immune to the racket.
Not today.
The dawn of day two.
Silver lies awake in bed, her heart thumping inside her tight, anxious chest. She had dreamt of the Sentinel District; dreamt of home and all of its familiarities. Clutching at the dog tags around her neck, she pushes those thoughts aside and becomes aware of an unusual warmth behind her.
Curled up in the crook of Silver’s legs, Alice is peacefully oblivious to the sounds of destruction echoing in through the open window. She only stirs when Silver rolls away from her and gets to her feet, stretching out her joints with various snaps and pops.
Hungry again, Silver forces her body to ignore its pangs for food. She has enough money to buy more meat for now, but that’s just a temporary measure. Something more permanent needs to be forged, so she elects to dip into that reserve fund only if it becomes absolutely vital. Consequently, the first thing on the menu for today is the search for employment.
“You’re leaving?” Alice enquires from the red velvet sheets.
“Get used to it. This is going to happen a lot.”
“I can’t come?”
“Not without the basics. Proper clothes and a tag, for starters. Both of which come at a price, and neither of which are a priority. You understand?”
Silver runs her tongue over her filmy teeth.
Now, that’s a priority.
“I’ll be back before dark,” she promises, badly underestimating the task at hand.
Skip ahead five hours, and she’s already running out of ideas. Most of the bars are run by Handlers, and their girls take turns waiting tables and spreading their legs. Butcher shops need bouncers, but they’ll only hire men.
Silver wasn’t trained for this. For the first time in her life, she feels utterly inadequate.
Tired and angry, she finds herself in an Old World playground. Now just a collection of dangerously rusted metal poles, only one swing remains. Tenderly reconstructed by neighboring residents, it sways gently in the breeze, beckoning to Silver’s aching feet.
It creaks when she lowers her adult frame down upon it, but it bears her weight without further complaint. Winding the chains around her wrists, as she did when she was a child, the coarse metal scrapes against her stitches, tearing one of them open.
“Great …” she sighs.
Blood seeping back through the open wound, she looks around for anything that might help. All she can find nearby is a soiled pair of children’s panties, which isn’t quite the band-aid she was hoping for. Instead, she opts for something moderately more sanitary.
The Gunnera plant, though fragile in the winter months, has proven to be quite evolutionarily successful and is abundant all over the eastern coast of North America. Tearing a leaf in half, she wraps it around her wrist and ties it there with a thin strand of hemp twine. Hemp twine can be found anywhere; it’s a by-product of the textile industry. Inferior quality hemp is made into twine and can be used for almost anything, like holding up your pants or tying a bow around a parcel—or fixing a Gunnera leaf to your bleeding wrist.
Across the street, a small explosion makes her jump, and she looks up to see a unit of Police Division Agents raiding a ramshackle old school building. Eternally drawn to chaos, and with little else to do, she goes to investigate.
Sneaking in through a back doorway, Silver finds herself a safe vantage point on a small balcony overlooking the stage in the performance hall, where an arms deal has just been thoroughly busted.
Though she has to squint, she can just about make out the names on some of the Agents’ Kevlar vests, and a small spark of hope ignites within her.
Amidst the crowd, a friend.
Luka Kinsella.




Silver is an extremely complicated character. A few times I got a glimpse of the person she once was but, now, banished, ripped from her lover’s arms, and all-but broken mentally from the travails she has endured, Silver has hardened her heart and carries around a huge chip on her shoulder. I tried to be sympathetic to her plight and to her situation but, honestly, she makes it incredibly difficult.  However, the few times she lowered her guard a little bit, especially with the mysterious Alice, I know there is a likable person barricaded behind all the steel and contrariness. Silver exists.  She does what has to be done to fend for herself and for Alice, but, oh! the toll it takes!


I was fascinated by Silver’s world.  The author paints vivid pictures with her words.  A few times the images shown are just disgusting and gross.  I personally would have preferred a bit less description in a couple of scenes.  However, the ugliness exists and Ms. Telford shows us the underbelly of a society barely hanging on.  This is the opening episode of a planned multi-book saga. This is a dark, grim world that I am anxious to explore further.


This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.


Reviewed by Laurie-J


Tour Schedule:

Jan. 22nd- Kaidans Seduction (Book Soundtrack Post/Giveaway)

Jan. 24th- Simply Ali (Book Soundtrack Post/Giveaway)

Jan. 27th- Love in a Book (Author Guest Post/Giveaway)

Feb. 4th- Books & Beauty (Excerpt)

Feb. 5th- 1889 labs (Character Guest Post)

Feb. 12th- Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews (Review)

Feb. 17th- I am, Indeed (Book Soundtrack/Giveaway)

Feb. 18th- Musings of a Writing Reader (Extended Excerpt Post/Giveaway)

Feb. 26th- Deal Sharing Aunt (Author Interview/Review)

Feb. 27th- The Avid Reader (Review)

Feb. 28th- Paranormal Romance Fans for Life (Author Guest Post/Giveaway)

Mar. 1st- Books Amour (Character Guest Post/Giveaway)

Mar. 6th- Cabin Goddess (Review/Author Interview)

Mar. 6th- Cabin Goddess (Author Interview)

Mar. 8th- A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books (Review/Giveaway)

Mar. 9th- Happy Tails and Takes (Author Interview)

Mar. 16th- Sweet n' Sassi (Review/Giveaway)

Mar. 20th- Happy Tails and Takes (Review/Giveaway)

Mar. 21st- I am, Indeed (Review)

Mar. 23rd- Simply Infatuated (Book Soundtrack Post)

Mar. 24th- Tamara's One Stop Indie Shop (Author Interview)

Mar. 25th- Bookluvrs Haven (Review/Giveaway)



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Terri Rochenski said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I'll be reading it even if I don't win a copy.


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Rachel Ramos said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :)