A Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey (Solis Invicti #1)
356 pages | Published August 2nd, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.
After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.
But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.
As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?
Firstly, I’d like to thank the author for sending a copy of her book my way in exchange for an honest review.
I picked up A BARGAIN IN SILVER on Tuesday night and stopped at page 50-something. On Wednesday evening, I picked it back up and did not stop until I turned the last page at around 2AM. I was absolutely hooked, could not put it down. I hadn’t stayed up this late finishing a book in a loooong time, so that alone says a lot!
A BARGAIN IN SILVER is a sort of post-apocalyptic story, narrated by Emilia, the main character. She tells us the human race has been subjugated by the Silvers – who are, essentially, vampires. They took over the world under the promise that they would get rid of the Weepers – a type of Silver, much less humane and more zombie-like. Once they feed on a human, that human will carry the Weeper plague and, consequently, turn into one of them. The Silvers only ask for one thing in return for their protection: blood donations, to ensure their survival, as well as the human race’s. That’s the bargain: side with them, or be killed/turned into a Weeper. The story takes place in London, where thousands of people have been turned into Weepers after the plague traveled there all the way from the USA. Before she knew about all that was going on, she almost got attacked by Weepers as she left work, only to be saved by Drew – a Silver himself, but one of the good ones. After he saves her, we follow Emilia as she tries to fight against this new reality but ultimately realizes that, unfortunately, there is no going back to how life used to be. She must accept this new reality and figure out who she can trust.
I am very much a character person and I was very happy to find that A BARGAIN IN SILVER is a character-driven story. Although the plot is a big part and plays a central role in the story and how the characters act, I found that it focused way more on the characters and the interactions between them. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Emilia’s internal struggle as she tries to figure out what to do. She’s a feisty one, Emilia, and she will make you laugh, that’s for sure. I love how stubborn she is, it’s very relatable 😄 The character-focused narrative was one of the main things that kept me reading, as well as the fact that it is such a fast-paced read.
Jaffrey’s writing is so easy to fly through, so flowy that you keep reading and, suddenly, you’re halfway through her novel. I hadn’t read a book this fast in a while, let alone one that I enjoyed this much. I was hooked from the very beginning!
The setting in A BARGAIN IN SILVER is terrifyingly close to our world, as it is based on modern-day London. Except there are infected Weepers walking around and trying to drink people dry. The author’s take on the traditional figure of a vampire is very interesting and much more appealing, in my opinion. I really like what she did with the concept and how she came up with this whole catastrophe and the bargain that came along with it. A very captivating world.
This was a rather erotic read. I didn’t expect there to be so many sex/sexy scenes, but boy did I enjoy them!! I’m not an avid erotica reader, but these scenes were very well-written. There’s no way you wouldn’t enjoy them, honestly 👌🏼 Also, can we talk about the men in this series? Goddamn! 😍 They’re all so appealing and have all the qualities I like in guys, which I always appreciate in books. I enjoy fictional relationships way more when the guy meets my own interests. That was definitely the case with A BARGAIN IN SILVER, as I loved pretty much every guy in this novel. Also, the romantic relationships are top-notch. How did the author get me so invested in these characters??? 🤷🏻♀️
Overall, A BARGAIN IN SILVER is a captivating, fast-paced read, in which the characters capture the reader in such a way that they cannot put the book down. Simply addictive. Absolutely want to continue reading the rest of the series!
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