The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey

Posted January 7, 2017 by love2dazzle in Middle Grade, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Katherine Tegen Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Silver Gate by Kristin BaileyThe Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 10th 2017
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Katherine Tegen Books

In shepherd boy Elric’s tiny village, people think children like his younger sister, Wynn, are changelings-left by fairies and doomed to curse all around them. As a baby, Wynn was born with developmental delays, and according to the rules, she was supposed to be abandoned in the woods.
Instead Elric’s mother saved his sister and hid her away for eleven years. They live in secret and fear of being discovered, yet their home is full of love, laughter, and singing. Wynn and Elric’s favorite song is about the Silver Gate, a beautiful fairy realm where all children are welcome.
But when their long-absent father returns to sell Wynn to the Lord’s castle as a maid, Elric realizes that folk songs and fantasies can’t protect them from the outside world. They have to run away. Still Wynn believes there’s only one place they’ll ever be safe, and it lies beyond the Silver Gate.
The road to freedom is long and treacherous. If they have any hope for survival, Elric and Wynn must learn to depend on each other above everything else-and discover the magic that always reveals itself when it seems like all is lost.

The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey is about a brother and sister that go on a quest to survive. Their mom has died and their dad wants to sell Wynn, the sister. Elric, the brother, wants to keep Wynn safe. He promised his mom that he would take care of her.

Elric tries to take Wynn to a convent but because of Wynn’s issues, they believe her to be a changeling and turn them away. Elric doesn’t know what to do. Wynn believes they are going on an adventure to find the silver gate that leads to the fairy queen.

I found myself becoming a bit bored with the story. Elric was a terrible character. I can understand his frustrations but at the same time, he never did anything nice. Elric was always on my naughty list.

Wynn could have been a great character but she wasn’t. There are a few things, one Bailey went overboard with trying to make the read feel sympathetic towards Wynn. Bailey tries so hard when she didn’t need too. The second thing, Wynn comes across like she doesn’t know anything but really she is very smart. I feel like Wynn’s character could have been better.

The Silver Gate would have been great as a standalone novel but I believe it has been set up for a sequel. Check out The Silver Gate and let me know what you think in the comments.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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