5 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided a copy of Silk Over Razor Blades by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
With only weeks to go until her wedding, Lenina Miller has plenty of issues to deal with. But being followed and attacked in the park near her home puts thoughts of her upcoming nuptials out of her mind. Her attacker bites her neck, but Lenina fights back, biting the hand he uses to keep her quiet. The ingestion of his blood causes changes in Lenina—dreams of a man on the battlefield in ancient Egypt that feel real and a thirst for blood she can’t control.
When Lenina’s attacker comes back to finish her off, she finds she’s not only stronger than ever before but she also has a strange link to the grubby man. Her attraction to one of the investigating officers confuses her even more. As her dreams intensify, the pieces begin to fall into place. Lenina has inherited the soul of a man named Saar, and Saar plans to use her body to fulfill his own agenda. Lenina will need to fight hard to control Saar and take down those who oppose Saar’s return.
Silk Over Razor Blades is a fabulous debut novel by Ileandra Young. It is a strangely wonderful mix of urban fantasy, historical, and paranormal. The base of the book is set in present day London, but through Lenina’s dreams we are taken back to 30 BC as the story of Saar unfolds. The addition of vampires—though they call themselves “God-gifted”—adds a distinct twist because they are nothing like what you’ve seen before. This story also isn’t your typical hero/heroine formula. In fact, who is good and evil is difficult to determine.
I was drawn into this book right from the start, and the twists and turns kept me on my toes and intrigued throughout. The story is extremely well written, bringing the reader right into the scene with the characters. I was able to feel the confusion, the pain, and the wounds right along with Lenina. I enjoyed the way we learned only bits of Saar’s life at a time, and the reverse order of his revelations fit perfectly into what Lenina needed to know and understand.
This book was written using British English, so American grammar nerds like myself will have to adjust to the use of single quotation marks, but it is well worth it. There were only minor editing and formatting issues, certainly not enough to detract from the reading experience. The dialogue was very well done with a natural feel to conversations and no confusion over who was speaking.
Silk Over Razor Blades was a truly fantastic debut novel. I look forward to reading more by this author, including book two of the series. There was no cliffhanger ending to book one. It ends with most issues resolved, yet leaves enough plot left to follow these characters into the next book. I highly recommend this book.