Title: Silver Tongue
Author: AshleyRose Sullivan
2015 – Historical Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
The Story: After the colonies lose the Revolutionary War, the land is divided into three territories – New Britannia, Nueva Espana, and Nouvelle France. Now it’s 1839, which is going to prove a year of upheaval and change for Claire Poissant and her friends Phileas and Sam. First, there’s Claire’s magical gift of persuasion, which can cause others to follow her will. Then there’s Phileas, who opposes his family’s expectations and is bullied because of his sexuality. And Sam is cursed, an inherited curse that changed the very course of history. The three friends embark on a journey of adventure and revenge, meeting new friends and allies along the way that will change them forever.
Thoughts: Anyone interested in reading this novel should realize that this isn’t your standard historical fiction. This is alternative history, set in a world where the United States never existed. It’s in this divided world that our main characters must navigate an assortment of challenges, personal setbacks, and more. Although the alternative history isn’t played up as often as in other books of the same type, the subtleness of it all was just right.
I really loved the characters, main and otherwise. Our three main characters each have completely unique personalities and challenges to overcome, and there are events that definitely test their friendship. So it was completely realistic in that aspect. In fact, it was super relatable – it made me think about the fights I have with my roommates, who are my best friends. Even when we have a bad argument, I know that our friendship will emerge all the stronger for it. So I loved the depictions of their friendship. The other characters were all strong as well. Whether an ally or villain, the characters were dynamic and believable.
Speaking of those supporting characters, there were a number of cameos from some famous names throughout history. Claire and friends meet P.T. Barnum on their journey, where he tries to convince Claire to join his traveling show. She declines of course, having her own personal agenda to deal with. The group also befriends William Frankenstein, who struggles with the definition of what it means to be “human.”
I read the book pretty quickly and enjoyed it all the way through. For fans of YA historical fiction with just a touch of the supernatural, this book should fit the bill nicely!