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The Silver Bowl [Reading] ➷ The Silver Bowl By Diane Stanley – Thomashillier.co.uk Unwanted at home, Molly goes to work for the king of Westria as a humble scullery maid She arrives at the castle with no education, no manners, and a very disturbing secret She sees visions, and those Unwanted at home, Molly goes to work for the king of Westria as a humble The Silver PDF/EPUB ² scullery maid She arrives at the castle with no education, no manners, and a very disturbing secret She sees visions, and those visions always come trueOne day, while she s working in the king s great hall, young Prince Alaric passes by Molly finds him unbearably handsome but also unbearably rude But what does it really matter She ll probably never see him againIn time Molly is promoted to polishing silver and is given a priceless royal treasure to work on the king s great ceremonial hand basin But there s something odd about it The silver warms to her touch, a voice commands her to watch and listen, and then the visions appear They tell the story of a dreaded curse that has stalked the royal family for years There have already been deaths soon there will beAs tragedy after tragedy strikes the royal family, Molly can t help but wonder Will the beautiful Alaric be next Together with her friends Tobias and Winifred, Molly must protect the prince and destroy the curse Could a less likely champion be found to save the kingdom of Westria.


10 thoughts on “The Silver Bowl

  1. TheBookSmugglers TheBookSmugglers says:

    Originally Reviewed on The Book SmugglersThe youngest in a large, poor family, Molly has never been truly wanted by her father It doesn t help that she starts developing a strange ability while playing tag with some of the local villagers, Molly has a vision of a neighbor dying tragically A few days later, when that vision comes true, the entire village sees her as a witch and a curse like her mother before her, who has been locked away from the world and called mad by Molly s father, Moll Originally Reviewed on The Book SmugglersThe youngest in a large, poor family, Molly has never been truly wanted by her father It doesn t help that she starts developing a strange ability while playing tag with some of the local villagers, Molly has a vision of a neighbor dying tragically A few days later, when that vision comes true, the entire village sees her as a witch and a curse like her mother before her, who has been locked away from the world and called mad by Molly s father, Molly has a rare gift of seeing the future So, at the age of seven, when her family s fortunes are at an all time low, her father finds the perfect reason to get rid of his unwanted child Molly is hauled off to the castle where she is put to work as a scullery maid in the kitchens hard, long labor that at first is a tough fit for the headstrong and very vocal Molly As the years pass, though, she finds her place at the castle, making friends especially with the so called Donkey Boy Tobias and fellow maid Winifred , and eventually getting a position polishing silver outside of the kitchens.Her new job, however, has her polishing a beautiful silver bowlwhich immediately begins to show her terrifying visions of the past, and of the grim future that awaits the King As it turns out, the royal family is cursed, and Molly alone has the ability to foresee and change the future.When I started this book, I was looking for a diverting, adventure filled YA fantasy read and I am pleased to say The Silver Bowl did not disappoint Reminiscent of middle grade young adult fantasy novels Patricia C Wrede, The Silver Bowl is a sweet adventurous tale with a wonderful, plucky heroine In fact, though this book was published in 2011, it feels muchlike one of the books I would have devoured and loved as a middle schooler like Cine s adventures in Searching for Dragons, or Harry s adventures in The Blue Sword The tone of the novel and its prose are beautifully rendered, and I love that Diane Stanley is not afraid to show the darker elements of the story curses in the form of monsters, bloody battles and injury, to name a few but it is the elegant style in which the book is written that gives it the feel of a McKinley, or Wrede, or McKillip Of course, the true standout of the book is our heroine, young Molly and her singular ability to cut to the heart of any problem and take matters into her own hands I love that she, unlike the usual heroines that seem so prevalent in today s fantasy fiction for young adults, is charmingly ignorant and un educated Instead of being the peasant girl that has had the loving family that has, inexplicably, educated her far beyond the station of her time, Molly is refreshingly ignorant She s not polished She s not princess beautiful She s not literate But that does not mean she isn t brilliantly smart Molly has gumption, beyond her station in life and that is pretty freaking amazing I also love that there is a romance angle to this story, and it s not one that features the peasant girl becoming the prince s bride From a story perspective, the underlying conflict of The Silver Bowl is somewhat simplistic and somewhat predictable, once the villain is revealed , but that does not translate to a poorly told or boring story Stanley s writing style, the touching interchanges between her characters, the magical abilities and curses of this world they are all fantastically done The Silver Bowl is a book that I would whole heartedly recommend to anyone looking for a quick, nostalgic fantasy novel and I will be checking out Diane Stanley s backlist very, very soon


  2. Seanean Seanean says:

    Molly has been independent and willful ever since she was a little girl When she gets in trouble one too many times, her father sends her to Dethmere Castle to be a scullery maid As she leaves, her mother gives her some good advice never let people know what you can see.Molly, and her mother, have the gift of sight They can see the future and the past If anyone ever finds out, Molly could be branded a witch.So Molly heads out at just seven years ol Molly has been independent and willful ever since she was a little girl When she gets in trouble one too many times, her father sends her to Dethmere Castle to be a scullery maid As she leaves, her mother gives her some good advice never let people know what you can see.Molly, and her mother, have the gift of sight They can see the future and the past If anyone ever finds out, Molly could be branded a witch.So Molly heads out at just seven years old to work at the castle In the beginning, she gets in as much trouble as ever But slowly, she learns her place in the world and becomes a respected member of the staff She s even trusted with polishing the King s silver, which only one other person in the castle is allowed to do.However, Molly s trouble really begins with the silver bowl that she must polish and the secrets it holds within Can she, a lowly scullery maid, save the kingdom from its curse Final thoughts It was an interesting premise, but it was just poorly done There s no consistency to the timeline at all You can go from a minute by minute description in one paragraph and suddenly find yourself 3 months later in the story Things just speed up and slow down with no warning The prince s change of heart regarding Molly is just too sudden One moment he s criticizing her and the next he s calling her his good luck charm And the relationship with Tobias was just completely dull There was no personality from anyone in the story, least of all Molly herself Mediocre read at best


  3. Claire Claire says:

    When I finished this I thought what a sweet book But really, ancient curses, mass murder, ugly family jealousy, double crosses, horrible fathers.Still sweet, go figure.Set in feudal times, Molly is 6 years old in a large family that her drunken father cannot support and Mother cannot care for as she is ill Anne, the oldest daughter takes care of Mother The oldest son assists Dad The rest of the kids are farmed out ASAP When Molly is six, she sees a vision of a neighbor getting hurt Dad When I finished this I thought what a sweet book But really, ancient curses, mass murder, ugly family jealousy, double crosses, horrible fathers.Still sweet, go figure.Set in feudal times, Molly is 6 years old in a large family that her drunken father cannot support and Mother cannot care for as she is ill Anne, the oldest daughter takes care of Mother The oldest son assists Dad The rest of the kids are farmed out ASAP When Molly is six, she sees a vision of a neighbor getting hurt Dad knows this is trouble and immediately takes her away but not before Mother reveals that Molly has inherited family magic and gives her a talisman to aid her when she struggles with the visions Off Dad drags her on a two day walk to the castle, where she learns, with the help of Tobias to blend with other kitchen help until she is tasked with polishing the silver for the King s table Now the plot thickens, the visions start and Molly, now older and a tad wiser but no less brave finds she alone must save the royal family from a legion of deadly curses She is a charming hero with plucky, faithful companions The story satisfies in the end


  4. Nancy Meservier Nancy Meservier says:

    At the age of seven, Molly is sent to be a scullery maid at Castle Dethemere It s here that she discovers that she has the ability to see visions, the most disturbing of which appear in a silver bowl Here, Molly learns about a curse on the royal family she serves, but before she can do anything, the castle is attacked Molly and her friend Tobias are able to escape with the young prince Together they must find away to break the curse and keep the prince safe.The Silver Bowl is one of this yea At the age of seven, Molly is sent to be a scullery maid at Castle Dethemere It s here that she discovers that she has the ability to see visions, the most disturbing of which appear in a silver bowl Here, Molly learns about a curse on the royal family she serves, but before she can do anything, the castle is attacked Molly and her friend Tobias are able to escape with the young prince Together they must find away to break the curse and keep the prince safe.The Silver Bowl is one of this year s nominees for the Maine Student Book Awards, and as a Maine librarian that works with kids, I like to keep up on these particular titles as they are often great sources for recommendations Unfortunately, this will not be a book that I will be recommending to many children, The Silver Bowl may have its bright moments but there is ultimately too much holding it back.Molly is a tough and capable heroine that s easy to root for, and I really enjoyed how this book explored what the life of a servant in a castle might be like The Silver Bowl is written in a brisk manner that makes it very easy to read, which is great for a book aimed at children Unfortunately, I often felt that this quick pace often ends up being just as much as a hindrance than a help to my enjoyment The book plunges ahead with such speed that important aspects, such as character development, can be left behind The book doesn t fully explain what motivates characters, so it often feels as if their actions only exist to move the plot forward This results in a cast that can feel very shallow This is the most obvious with the prince character The book also features several large jumps forward in time, which ended up making the novel feel choppy There were times when I felt that the dialog felt stilted and unnatural, and the climatic sequence at the end feels incredibly rushed as characters somehow find themselves transforming into warriors in order to defeat the enemy, despite the fact that they are otherwise not very experienced in combat.I feel as if I m being a little harsh with The Silver Bowl because there were a handful of moments when the book was really enjoyable, such as a touching scene between Molly and Tobias where Tobias speaks of his family Unfortunately, due to the underdeveloped characters and at times rushed plot, the novel came off feeling almost half baked If the author had just taken a littletime developing her story, the results would have been muchenjoyable Granted, I am not in the target audience so perhaps a child won t have the same issue I did Still, I cannot recommend this books to others and will not be reading any of the other planned books in this series


  5. Arashi Arashi says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This will probably just be ranting Lots of redundancy _ First off, I realize that this is written in first person view, but there is JUST TOO MUCH NARRATION The text and dialogue were plain, uninteresting, and made the whole book a dull read Characters also, were plain and dull Where was the excitement The thrill The suspense I agree that the premise was interesting, but it was just so poorly executed that I didn t care for it At all really Time skips everywhere I very much disliked This will probably just be ranting Lots of redundancy _ First off, I realize that this is written in first person view, but there is JUST TOO MUCH NARRATION The text and dialogue were plain, uninteresting, and made the whole book a dull read Characters also, were plain and dull Where was the excitement The thrill The suspense I agree that the premise was interesting, but it was just so poorly executed that I didn t care for it At all really Time skips everywhere I very much disliked that she d skip everywhere so much One minute, you re in this time period, next she skips a freaking year orPlot was uninteresting and anticlimactic I mean, she talks about going to the castle, polishing silver, the only real interesting scene being with the wolves, then the church and back to the castle Everything is easy peasy for them Everyone just ADORES their royalty, even if they are pompous, and the antagonists appear briefly, and lose just as quickly The prince changes WAY too fast, the relationships between everyone are dull and plain boring, and many other flaws that I am having trouble remembering because I am sleep deprived.Anyways, I can confidently say, I DO NOT LIKE THIS BOOK, and would not read it again I don t remember the last time I could say anything of the sort Maybe if it was written better andinterestingly, I would reconsider


  6. Jaina Rose Jaina Rose says:

    This review can also be found on my blog.After my third or fourth reread, I ve decided that this book officially goes on my all time favorites list It s got everything I love magic, royalty, danger, and subtle humor without falling into any of the tired cliches that characterize most books that involve royalty and magic In fact, Molly, the kitchen girl, is the MC not the cute royal prince she rescues I love seeing her roll her eyes at the prince s clueless ness in the real world when th This review can also be found on my blog.After my third or fourth reread, I ve decided that this book officially goes on my all time favorites list It s got everything I love magic, royalty, danger, and subtle humor without falling into any of the tired cliches that characterize most books that involve royalty and magic In fact, Molly, the kitchen girl, is the MC not the cute royal prince she rescues I love seeing her roll her eyes at the prince s clueless ness in the real world when they re hiding like, gee, sure, give them your royal brooch in gratitude for helping you I m sure no one will think they stole it if they try to sell it for, you know, actual money to replace all the food and medicine they just used on you Okay, she didn t phrase it like that like I said, the humor is subtle that s just my paraphrase.Okay, characters As I already wrote, Meg is awesome She s smart, and clever, but not in that really cloying cliche way She s a bit of a wild child in the first few chapters, but we quickly watch her flash forward about ten years Even though she s wild, as soon as she goes to work at the castle at age seven she catches on to the fact that she has to do anything people ask, and not get into any trouble, if she wants to keep her post Her stubbornness is not a tool to show that she s a flawed character but secretly not, because stubbornness just shows strength of character It s a part of her personality, but a part that she knows how to deny when she needs to.Meg also has this mysterious ability to sense the future, which isn t explained much in this book the author delves a lotinto that in the second and third book, both of which are good but not quite as good as this one I love how she s not going crazy with excitement about her powers she actually sees them as a curse, not a blessing, and is deathly afraid of her visions through not only this book but actually most of the entire trilogy She fears the burden that has been placed onto her.Tobias is Meg s best friend, and a great character in his own right A bitcookie cutter, he has all the usual side kick bits loyal, funny, smart, helps the MC catch her bearings in a new place in this case the castle , and has a sad back story to boot However, you can t help but like Tobias He s just so nice The prince doesn t actually get a huge amount of screen time in this book, because Molly the servent girl doesn t really get to interact much with Alaric the prince in the first half of the book, and then later he s pretty wounded and spends quite a bit of time unconsciouse However, the bits that you do see give the bare outline of a compelling character From the moment Meg shamelessly eavesdropping overhears him arguing with his parents as a child, you know that he s not going to be a cookie cutter prince Later, I love how strong he is He still even keeps a bit of his humor I won t go into itthan that, for fear of spoilers.I can t really think of anything else to say, besides read this book Like I said above, this is one of my all time favorite books, and I recently bought it so I could have it forever If you have any questions about the book, post them in the comments below Also, I want to hear about your favorite books Let me know what book you never get tired of, and I might just review it


  7. Amy Amy says:

    The Silver Bowl was so cute I should have recognized it instantly as a work by one of my favorite authors I found the story sweet and delightful, though its full of danger, wicked curses, and evil family members Molly is a charming, spunky heroine who is loyal and brave The story has everything, including a handsome prince, inner magic, and a wicked villain or two The action is occasionally a tad passive but mostly delightful with an ending that leaves you grinning Perfect for middle schoo The Silver Bowl was so cute I should have recognized it instantly as a work by one of my favorite authors I found the story sweet and delightful, though its full of danger, wicked curses, and evil family members Molly is a charming, spunky heroine who is loyal and brave The story has everything, including a handsome prince, inner magic, and a wicked villain or two The action is occasionally a tad passive but mostly delightful with an ending that leaves you grinning Perfect for middle school readers and lovers of a good story


  8. Em - of Everything Books Em - of Everything Books says:

    Just bad Not even good enough for me to write a full review Though I will say the reason I probably didn t like it, was because it was for people younger than me.


  9. The Library Lady The Library Lady says:

    Give this to older girls who have loved Gail Carson Levine and like Robin McKinley or Jessica George It s readable, not pretty pretty and a sequel or two won t be unwelcome


  10. Katharine Ott Katharine Ott says:

    The Silver Bowl written by Diane Stanley and published in 2011 by HarperCollins Listen it said Pay attention There is not much time This cautionary voice alarms Molly as she polishes a carved silver hand basin, but she s not terribly surprised since she s had visions before A prince s life is in danger, and it s up to scullery maid Molly and Tobias, who also works in the castle, to save the day This middle grade story, written by an author I admire, is a perfect fantasy for young re The Silver Bowl written by Diane Stanley and published in 2011 by HarperCollins Listen it said Pay attention There is not much time This cautionary voice alarms Molly as she polishes a carved silver hand basin, but she s not terribly surprised since she s had visions before A prince s life is in danger, and it s up to scullery maid Molly and Tobias, who also works in the castle, to save the day This middle grade story, written by an author I admire, is a perfect fantasy for young readers, with lots of action, intrigue, a bit of magic, and a sweet friendship that promises to blossom into somethingserious There s no big lesson or social commentary, just a comfortable, engaging adventure story


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