If I could rename The Silver Sickle, I would probably call it "The Unfinished Silver Sickle Kiss," mainly due to the reason that the story focuses on a silver sickle and an unfinished kiss between 2 of the 3 main characters: Zel and Farissa.
To be honest, I was expecting cyborgs and blood and gore, even then I knew that this is a steampunk novel, not horror. Really, I was. That robot on the cover? Cyborgs. That sickle (essentially a farming tool)? Lots of killing. Perhaps cyborgs are taking over the world, which technically isn't that far off from the actual meaning... but half the time I was wondering where Captain Hook was at.
As mentioned earlier, The Silver Sickle follows 3 views (le main characters): Zel, Farissa and Gira. That was probably a really good idea, because if it were only in Farissa's view, I most likely would have thrown the book at the wall. Despite the fact I like her personality, she spends most of her time worrying about Zel – and vice versa, but Zel was less (really, the suicidal mention? Me no likey. I probably would have DNFed if it were just Zel and Farissa. Gira makes things INTERESTING.) – and trying to avoid getting taken by the Arum. Sheldon Cooper approves. Of book throwing that is.
Or maybe it isn't because the humans – who I were so hoping were cyborgs but aren't – don't care about alien looks. I would have ran screaming my head off, thus landing myself in the harem most likely, which tends to be the case with Farissa, and it's around later that Farissa becomes a bit more interesting. She finally stops worrying so much – well, she IS in the harem. It's not like worrying about being taken when you're already taken will improve anything – and actually tries. Hoorah! I still think worrying about Zel needs to be toned down a little, but at least she's not thinking he's "sexy" 24/7.
Despite the creepiness and technicalities – posh. That tends to be the case with all steampunk books usually – of it all, I did enjoy The Silver Sickle. It's a unique version of aliens – at least they're not handsome (what a plus! I'm done with a bunch of Daemons running around. DONE) – invading in a steampunkish world. The sickle was pretty creative in my humble opinion, but please. The worrying of love interests does need to be brought down a notch.
Random Thought: This just describes math PERFECTLY. *hugs Ellie Ann*
Today they groaned and smashed their heads together, not making a lick of sense.
I was born in the jungles of Thailand, was raised in a small farming village in Iowa, lived in the middle of a Texan desert, and now abide in the Ozarks. I like writing fairy tales, tall tales, thrillers, science fiction, and am seriously interested in transmedia storytelling.
I’m a creative editor for Stonehouse Ink. I’m a producer of interactive books at Noble Beast.
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