Published: 3rd January 2015
Author: Josie Jaffrey
If the price of safety were slavery, would you bargain your life?
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?
A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.
Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with zombies. In this book they call them Weepers but you are still going to want to run away from them all the same!
A lot can happen when no one really pays attention. When the strange and unbelievable becomes believable you have to wonder what else could happen in such a short amount of time. Everything changes and soon when you thought you were the top of the food chain you realise that you are no more than lunch. When this happens it helps to have someone on your side, you just have to be careful of who you trust. Something that Emmy is finding out when she, along with the rest of the world, finds out that zombie like creatures called Weepers are hunting them and only vampire like creatures called the Silver can help. Help doesn’t come free though so you have to make a choice. You live to serve and donate or you die – not much of a choice but it’s all human’s have.
After leaving her bar shift at Parker’s Emmy finds herself in a bit of trouble. Streets are dark and creepy at the best of times but when three strangers come at her it goes from bad to worse. Especially when she notices the amount of blood and gore on them. Good job someone happens to be out to help. Her would be saviour Drew might have a few things to explain though as there’s more than meets the eye. Eye being the right word as his seem to be threaded with silver.
Time to get off the streets and back to the safety of his penthouse flat. She might be freaking out a bit by what is happening but that doesn’t stop the strange connection she feels with him. In the safety of his home he shows her what she clearly has missed. A message was broadcast out for all to see from Soloman, for all intents and purposes the new man in charge. The world is under attack by something humans just can’t fight, luckily for them the Silver can. For people of both kinds to survive in the wake of the Weepers humans had to come to an agreement. The Silver will protect them and rebuild around the destruction the Weepers have caused and in return they will work where assigned and donate blood monthly. Not much of a choice but the only one that will mean survival. Hearing this just makes Emmy want to get away the first chance she can get. A bit tricky when she finds out Drew is Solomon’s right hand man.
When her moment arrives she wastes no time in getting away, heading for the only place she feels safe, Parkers. She’s glad to find her friends Jeff, Sarah and Danny inside and so together they create a plan to try and get out of town before they are found. From the messages broadcast across all channels they know the Silver are going to be looking for people to round up and go to the ‘safe’ houses but they don’t partially feel safe about that. They just don’t know what to fear most, the Silver or the Weepers. Comply or die seems to be the moto for the Silver and it’s something Emmy and her friends don’t want to do. How long before they are found and what fate beholds them when they are?
She should have known that they couldn’t stay hidden for long and that her role in this new world was about to change. Caught and not given much of a choice she is asked by Drew and Sol to give them a week to see how she fits in. I’m thinking if she still wants to get away then death will be coming for her, she just won’t know from what side. With being caught she gets protection, not just from Drew who is overly protective of her, but also from Sol. Seems he finds her intriguing enough to claim her as his own, not that she knows this right away. With his mark on her she is untouchable. She won’t need to donate and anyone who tries to feed from her will answer to him. Protection always comes at a price, so what are his true motives?
So Emmy finds herself caught in the middle of an intense triangle. She isn’t sure of her own feelings as a Silvers touch or kiss can create certain reactions. Fitting into this new world is tricking, more so when she finds herself between the two most powerful players, both vying for her attention. Drew I think has more true feelings towards her at the beginning, whereas Sol is more intrigued by her, a breath of fresh air for both. This just causes a bit of tension and trouble and not just from those directly involved. Others are trying for a power play and seems Emmy is in the middle of a plan to see it through. Dangers at most doors but who is she going to turn to when she needs to feel safe? Which choice is the better one?
An interesting start to a series that manages to create an intriguing dystopian, post-apocalyptic London now that the Silver and Weepers are out in the open. Well drawn out characters but did find Emmy a bit annoying at times with how easy she could be manipulated into thinking differently. Ask a dam question and things might have worked out differently! Interesting side characters that are part of the Solis Invicti and friends – well most are – of Drew. Ben, Cam and Thomas are all members of the Solis Invicti, top men in Solomon’s leadership. Cam is a sweetie just wanting to make everyone happy, Thomas is loyal to Drew but Ben I fear has an ulterior motive so not to be trusted. Either way will be interesting to see how things play out from there on and who she will end up with, it might not be who you think.
4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.