Reader Reviewed Reckoning The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy Book 1 by Kerry Wilkinson

Reckoning The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy Book 1

Written by Kerry Wilkinson
Part of the Silver Blackthorn Trilogy Series

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June 2014 Debut of the Month ***Suitable for 16+ due to strong content A powerful story of the teenagers who are chosen at the Reckoning. It is a coming-of-age ceremony in a society in which everyone’s thoughts can be all too easily heard. Silver Blackthorn is chosen as an Offering at her Reckoning. Is it because she has always been a rebel and is intent on finding ways of circumnavigating the technology which monitors her life? No one knows what happens to the offerings once they have been sent to Windsor Castle. Soon Silver is trapped behind the locked doors of the enormous building. Who can she trust and will she ever find her way out?

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  • Millie Windeler, age 15 - 'Reckoning is, by far one of the most interesting books I have ever read...The plot is ingenious, the characters are witty, and I cannot wait for the second book.' Read full review >
  • Xanthe Waite – 'A compulsive, page turner that transports you to a world where medieval castles meet futuristic technology.  Sinister and addictive.'  Read full review > 
  • Rosa Boran, age 14 - 'I really liked this book. It was so good and I can't wait for the next one in the trilogy.'  Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton- 'This story was just amazing, I COULD not put this book down, each time I did I just had to pick it straight back up again. WOW!! Read it NOW!'  Read full review >
  • Ian Harvey-Brown – 'A book sizzling with expectations. A compelling 'against all odds' plot.'  Read full review >
  • Lee McKenna, age 14 – 'Another exhilarating fiction by the marvelous Kerry Wilkinson. Reckoning is the story of Silver who fights to escape from a tyrant king. A satisfying start to a new and anticipated trilogy.'  Read full review >
  • Sophie Bridges, age 11 - 'Reckoning was very good because it is a good book and suitable for my age because it is not too scary but just right.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Murray, age 15 - 'WOW! This book is just incredible and up there as one of my favourite dystopian novels ever. The world is crazy and that ending! Anyone who even mildly likes the odd dystopian novel will love this book! It is a must read!'  Read full review > 
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'A must for Hunger Games fans who are missing the thrills of a good adventure. Silver Blackthorn is a girl unwilling to accept the norm and will have you willing her on.'  Read full review >
  • Mary Murphy age 14 - 'The beginning of the book had the feel of the ‘Hunger Games’, but as I got more into the story it developed into a really unique storyline of its own.'  Read full review >
  • Kacy Capes, age 14 - 'this book is purely amazing and I didn’t put it down after I got it.' Read full review >


Reckoning The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy Book 1 by Kerry Wilkinson

In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society - Elite, Member, Inter or Trog - but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor. But these are uncertain times and no-one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide? Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out ...

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'I was hooked plain and simple'

'Reckoning is addictive ... Most certainly a strong contender to The Hunger Games - I have a feeling this trilogy will be just as popular and talked about' 'This was an incredible book, I flew through it, and I cannot wait to see where Silver takes us next 'I finished this one, came out of the book daze, looked around me and realised I'd have to wait to find out what happens next ... WAIT?

About the Author

Kerry Wilkinson

Kerry Wilkinson was one of two things as a child. If you ask him, he was a well-meaning, slightly hyperactive young man with an active imagination. If you ask his mother and/or teachers, he was a bit of a pain in the bum. Before the age of flat screen televisions, laptops, mobiles phones, hover boards and the internet, there were BBC B Microcomputers and there were real books with actual paper pages. Really! Kerry grew up playing ropey-looking computer games that you needed a keyboard for, being rubbish at football, and reading science fiction and fantasy novels. The Silver Blackthorn trilogy is Kerry's first fantasy work. His other series, the Jessica Daniel crime books, are also published by Pan Macmillan. He is also definitely not a pain in the bum.

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384 pages


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Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

22nd May 2014




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