The Song of the Orphans : Silvers

  • by Daniel Price
  • Narrated by Rich Orlow
  • Series: Silvers
  • 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The second book in the genre-bending Silvers series - an io9 "can't miss" science fiction pick - about six extraordinary people whose fates become intertwined on an Earth far different from our own.
After their world collapsed in a sheet of white light, everything and everyone was gone - except for Hannah and Amanda Given. Saved from destruction by three fearsome and powerful beings, the Given sisters found themselves on a strange new Earth where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances. There, they were joined by four other survivors - a sarcastic cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, a brilliant young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had, and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their companions began a cross-country journey to find the one man who could save them.
Now, only months after being pursued across the country by government forces and the Gothams - a renegade group with similar powers - the Silvers discover that their purpose on this unfamiliar Earth may be to prevent its complete annihilation. With continually shifting alliances and the future in jeopardy, the Silvers realize that their only hope for survival is to locate the other refugees - and determine whether they can be trusted or not.

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I hope we don't have to wait 3 years for the next!

I stumbled on The Flight of the Silvers (first book in what appears to be a trilogy). It was one of the few books I gave 5 stars to that year—I listen to/read a couple hundred a year. In fact, I listened to it twice! So after a 3 year wait, I got The Song of the Orphans right away. I knew it wouldn’t be a 5 star (the second book never is) but I was hoping for 4. Alas, it’s 3 stars for me—I liked it.

It escaped 4 stars because unlike book 1, the balance between character development, battles, and time spent with the characters as they try to figure out what’s going on, trying to figure out their new powers, world building, etc. was too unbalanced.

In this book, there were plenty of new characters that Price could have developed, but he only does with one—and it still wasn’t enough. There were two characters in particular I really wanted more development of but it just wasn't there.

This book was way too heavy on the epic battle scenes. Sigh. I think one of them went on for over two hours, probably the longest action scene I’ve ever listened to. So I asked why, after the thousands of books I’ve read over the years does this book have such egregiously long action scenes? The fact that it took me some thought to figure it out lets me know that Price does it well, but I got bored during those scenes—even on 1.25 speed. So how does he do such long action scenes? Instead of a third person POV that’s in one person’s head (or just a few heads) he’s in more heads than I’ve ever read (except for other epic sci-fi like The Stand or Justin Cronin’s The Passage trilogy). So if he’s in fifteen different heads, it can be 15 times as long as if we just saw if from one person’s POV.

Still, I liked the book and look forward to the next!

As for the audio narrator: 4 stars for Orlow.
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- NMwritergal

Been waiting for this!!

I loved the first book. I love how different the "magic" system is, considering it's not really magic...

This book had a few sophomore slump sections, but overall, it moved the story along very well. The character development that engaged me in the first book, continued.

The biggest twist actually caught me off guard--because the author had me second guessing myself throughout.

I love these books, and I believe this one was well worth the wait.
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- MissRed

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-04-2017
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc.