by Joy Nash

November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-505-52717-2
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Mass Market Paperback

Rhys returns to Avalon much to the delight of its citizens, especially to one in particular. Breena now lives on the magically hidden isle along with her brother Marcus and his wife, Gwen. Every day of Rhys’ absence felt as a lifetime to Breena. There are none happier than she to see him set foot on his beloved Avalon.

Cyric, grandfather to Rhys, charged his grandson with the duty of insuring the druid way of life continued. Never again would Rhys live freely on the sacred isle. He is destined to walk the land in search of others of their kind. Rhys felt betrayed. He had always believed he would be the next guardian of Avalon. Instead Rhys’ destiny sent him away and Gwen became guardian after Cyric passed away. Later it develops into a convenient excuse to stay away from Breena and the attraction he feels for her. Breena, however, is not inclined to give Rhys a pass.

She has loved him forever. At least, it feels so to Breena. Rhys has never encouraged her feelings, on the contrary he tries to make her see reason. His reason, that is. Finally he succeeds and privately Breena goes to seek divine help to stop loving Rhys. While at the druid’s holy place she meets the wizard Myrddin. He has come from 350 years in the future to seek Breena’s special Seer powers. Britain is trapped in a dark age and evil is trying to keep the prophesied birth of King Arthur from ever happening. In this time, Igraine, the last surviving daughter of the Lady is hostage to the darkness trying to destroy the future of Britain. Her powers are caged, disabling any effort she may make in reaching her soul mate, King Uther. Breena has seen Igraine before in her visions. Things that once confused her about those visions now fall into place. Saving Igraine is Breena’s destiny.

When Rhys finds out Breena has disappeared, he tracks her to the druid shrine. He feels the forbidden magic which was used to take Breena and follows it to an unfamiliar and savaged Britain. There he also finds a different Breena. She has a new confidence and is strong in her determination, not letting Rhys sway her from her cause. But an unknown source of dark magic has felt Breena’s power and has focused on eliminating her. Rhys is forced to examine his feelings for Breena, but is it now too late?

Silver Silence is the third book in the Druids of Avalon series by Joy Nash. If you have not read the first two books it is likely you will feel lost in this story.

Ms. Nash’s love for Arthurian legend is evident in this thorough retelling of the history of the mystical once and future king. Breena and Rhys’ relationship is not the main focus of Silver Silence much to my disappointment. Rhys was never a favorite character of mine in this series and I hoped I would come to like him better in this story. I don’t feel that happened. Still, I am a big fan of Arthurian legend and I enjoyed this author’s version very much. There was a twist at the end I didn’t see coming.

Don’t forget Joy Nash’s extra goodies about the Druids of Avalon at her website.

Reviewed in December 2009 by Rho.

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