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10 thoughts on “Dawns Promise (Silent Wings, #1)

  1. says:

    I FINALLY have a new series coming next year I know it s been years since I did something new This one was inspired by seeing Crimson Peak last year, which reminded me how much I loved gothic novels as a teen This series is my wee nod to the gothic There s tragedy, an innocent heroine in peril and strange goings on


  2. says:

    Lovely and poetical


  3. says:

    Another great story by Ms Exley I am going to try not to give away any spoilers This book was sort of a grown up Secret Garden for me The whole book is set in a garden, which is a lovely thing to read on a winter s day I also enjoyed watching Dawn, the lead, navigate her way through the tragedy that life brings her, see how that frees her up for adventure and change sort of like the Boxcar Children and watching her transformation Sorry for all the kids books references, but I am a mom This is a really fun book to curl up with and I am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series.


  4. says:

    I am a huge fan of A.W Exley, and was excited for a new series Her new series is set in Victorian era Great Britton, and centers around Dawn When tragedy strikes, she has no other choice, but to set out on an adventure that she would never otherwise take Dawn sets out with an affinity for gardening and very little else Her adventure has all the makings for a great mystery magic, a jealous ex, unexplained accidents, an estate full of secrets, and a chance at love if she will take it.


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    Dawn s Promise is one of those books that could have been great, but a single plot point just destroys the novel Right up until the third act the book was quite enjoyable, but how a scene of terrible trauma was handled just made me recoil in horror view spoiler The story s protagonist is Dawn Uxbridge, a girl born with a weak heart that has lived her life sheltered in the home of her parents Her one outlet is gardening and spending her days with her beloved plants for company Dawn is raised with the grim expectation that her parents will outlive her, which is why the shock of their unexpected deaths joins her grief and despair in losing them to a tragic accident.Few jobs are available for women of the 1880 s, and fewer still are options for a woman of frail health After many job refusals and her home soon to be sold out from under her, Dawn manages to find work as a gardener through a wanted ad in the paper At first, Lord Japer Seton wants to send Dawn away when he realizes his assumption that she was a man proves false However, Dawn argues that the ad stated the job would be given based on merit, not on gender This argument and the fact that the train that brought Dawn to the estate would not return for another week convinces Jasper to allow Dawn a trial run of seven days to evaluate if she s good enough for the job.Turns out, the reason Jasper was looking for a gardener wasn t just because the landscape of his estate is in dire need of renovation, but because he and his family are magical beings called Elementals that are being tormented by an Elemental from a rival family The plot from this point is a bit too complicated to fully cover brief summary, but essentially this woman Ava represents the heart of the estate because she tricked Jasper s brother into giving her the position She then killed and drained the life out of him before using her power to trap Jasper on the grounds of the estate In her attempt to seize power, Ava grew large, black vines covered in thorns that do far than kill the plants growing on the grounds the estate Their true purpose is to kill the family s sacred tree the Ravensblood tree which would in turn kill Jasper and his family.The only way to save the family is for the heart to be replaced Dawn, who discovers that she too is an Elemental, has a chance to replace Ava and save Jasper s family She has also been falling in love with Jasper in the short week she s been on the estate though she struggles rightly in deciding if her feelings of interest towards Jasper are truly love A mysterious magical vine called the Cor vitis has been appearing whenever Dawn and Jasper have skin to skin contact, and apparently this means the two are soul mates destined to be together Ava learns of this somehow and seeks to drive Dawn away byhaving her watch as she rapes Jasper.This is the point where the promising story went into a sudden free fall Dawn is lured into the center of the maze where the Ravensblood grows, and then Ava who at some point over the years turned into an evil tree woman calls Jasper to her Because Jasper is an Elemental, he can turn into a gargoyle, which he does now both to fly to Ava and to attempt to battle with her He loses that fight when Ava calls the vines to entangle him and hold him captive Then, while Jasper struggles to fight back or escape, she rapes him in front of Dawn However, Dawn does not see this union as rape, but evidence of Jasper secreting loving Ava and only pretending to love her.The reader is then subjected not only to Dawn feeling sad and heartbroken for lost love in the next two chapters, but the whole scenario is written as if we are meant to feel sorry for her I cannot comprehend why the author would think Dawn is the character readers should feel bad for Dawn may be a sheltered virgin woman from the 1800 s, but even in that time period virgin women are not idiots Any adult would be able to recognize the struggle and fight Jasper puts up against Ava demonstrates that something is wrong Just because you add sex into the mix does not make what s happening turn into a sudden confusing mystery Even if it is possible a woman from the nineteenth century would not believe her own eyes, no one reading this book is from the nineteenth century No modern reader would mistake rape for consent in this scene, yet the author spends an agonizing amount of time trying to make the reader feel sorry for poor, heart broken Dawn.To make things even worse, when Jasper is forced to clarify to Dawn not only that he has been raped, but that he has been repeatedly raped by Ava over the past years, Dawn never apologizes for the way she treated him when she thought he was lying to her Instead, the issue is treated as though Jasper should be sorry that he s been the victim of Ava While he does explain that he ultimately yields to Ava to prevent her from summoning Jasper s nephew and raping him instead, this does NOT turn his actions into consent.After this terrible scene and the terrible way this plot point was handled, reading the rest of the book was like pulling teeth It ends with Dawn and Jasper getting together, they defeat Ava and kill her rather brutally by chopping her tree body into pieces and then setting her on fire, and finally there s hint of there being controversy in the death of Dawn s parents, leaving room for a sequel.The author of this book clearly has talent in writing a story Characters have very good physical descriptions as do the various settings the story takes place in Dawn especially was a well developed character, and her continual thoughts circling the idea of death are both sad and understandable for someone in her position There were a few clich s that I wish had been avoided, such as the protagonist s parents dying in order to push the plot forward and the ever frustrating soul mates trope.However, the story itself is where the flaws appear After the way Dawn was written to respond to Jasper s rape, nothing could redeem this book Honestly, the way everyone was written to react to this attack was horrifying Jasper even says to Dawn after she had forgiven him that It is enough that you do not hold events against me Not only did Dawn blame the victim and never apologize for doing so, the victim too is written to behave as if he should apologize hide spoiler


  6. says:

    Great start to a new series I never wanted to put the book down I cant wait to read Day s Patience.


  7. says:

    First 2 3 4 starsThe other 1 3 0 starsThe first part of Dawn s Promise was haunting and atmospheric in the tradition of classic Gothic novels like Jane Eyre A young woman with a fatal heart condition is tragically orphaned when both of her parents are killed in a carriage accident She is also destitute from her father s poor investments and has no alternative except to work for her living Her poor health will not permit her to take on any job that is physically taxing and no one will hire her for the job she is most qualified for gardening.After numerous rejections, she draws up plans for a garden layout and sends them off with a job application letter She deliberately chooses to omit all mention of her gender, identifying herself only as D Uxbridge To her surprise, she receives a train ticket and a letter in response, accepting her for the position of head gardener to a very old and neglected estate.Unfortunately, the last 1 3 of the book introduced plot devices that did not fit with the earlier tone or progression of the story I feel as though it would have been a better book if it had contained less fantasy and realism.


  8. says:

    Dawn Uxbridge was born with a fragile heart and not expected to make it past her teen years Now in her twenties, she finds herself alone and penniless after a tragic accident takes the lives of her parents Armed with her love of landscape and gardening, she accepts a position as the head gardener at a remote manor in historical England.Lord Jasper, the Earl of Seton, isn t sure what to think of his new gardener, expecting a man instead of a feeble female Yet he is drawn to Dawn and gives her one week to show progress on his unruly gardens As Dawn spends time on the estate, she suspects the problems with the garden are not earthly in origin, and her new employer may be than he appears After just one week, Dawn and Jasper find themselves in a fight of good versus evil, with at stake than the survival of the garden Dawn s Promise was a delightful surprise to this listener Combining a sweet historical romance with unique fantasy, the story is reminiscent in feel to the Chronicles of Narnia It is whimsical yet dark, exploring the fanciful secrets hidden within the landscape Dawn has lead a sheltered life, understanding very little of the adult world and romance There was no need to learn these things when she thought she d be dead by the time she was twenty Yet now that she s on Lord Jasper s estate, she seems to find new vitality and a joy in living I loved watching Dawn explore the mysterious world around her, both learning to live and also trying to solve the mysteries hidden within the maze of the garden The narration started very whispy, weak, and hushed But as the tempo and location of the story changed, the dreamy wistfulness became solid and excited At first, the narration seemed annoying, yet in hindsight, it truly fits the tale Dawn was weak and sad before moving to Raven s Blood, but the new location brought her a new energy Ms Sarah is an ideal fit for the naive and sheltered Dawn growing and changing with Dawn, yet always maintaining the gentle and nurturing quality of her character The male voices, while not overly masculine, fit the setting, especially since we hear the story through Dawn s perspective.I truly enjoyed my foray into this unique and interesting world The story and narration had a whimsical feel It build methodically, the vines weaving together and pulling the story together I look forward to listening to the next story in Ms Exley s Silent Wings series.My Ratings Story A Narration A Review copy provided by Tantor Audio.Originally Posted at That s What I m Talking About


  9. says:

    Dawn s Promise is set in England in 1880 The novel centres around Dawn, who has been restricted in life by a weak heart but finds solace in her home garden until tragedy strikes and she loses everything But when one door shuts, another opens or in this case, when one garden is forbidden, another garden awaits.Dawn is great as the heroine She may have a weak heart, and has little social or world experience, but she is not weak willed and is ready to stand up for herself even if it pushes conventions of that time I enjoyed reading about Dawn s journey, she considers everything carefully before stepping into any situation and even though she may lack experience in many things, she is not naive and doesn t act like a child.This is the first book I have read by Exley and it certainly won t be the last Exley knows how to balance dialogue and body well Her writing style flows gracefully along the pages, without flaws or distractions The hints about what Dawn and Ravenswing really are, are there from page one which help add aspects of mystery And Exley has effortlessly blended historical fiction in with dark fantasy to create a thrilling tale of tragedy, love and magic.I highly recommend Dawn s Promise to those that enjoy historical fiction and fantasy I will be purchasing the next book in the series as soon as it is released and in the meantime will explore Exley s other works.


  10. says:

    Readers talk about one click authors These are the authors that you want to one click on , no matter what their book is about For me, A.W Exley is one of those As you may have noticed from my reviews, she pops up a lot And with good reason She is awesome I love the way she thinks and her passion for each of her books There are two reasons I love her books her character development and world building This book is hands above fist, my favorite It is incredible I read it in two days and completely forgot I had a family In fact, I was so engrossed in this book, I forgot there was a world outside of this strange garden Her descriptions of various garden plants and flowers fascinated me I can t even imagine the amount of research that went into this However, she did a terrific job of balancing information sharing with entertainment I never once felt like it was too much or massive info dumps I ve read a lot of books and the basic idea, a young seemingly helpless girl saves everyone, is familiar, the context of this story was not like anything I ve read before The plot twists were as intricate as the magical vines in the garden The love story moved me to tears than once.


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