Spotlight + Review + Blog Tour: World of Silence by Kaytlin Phillips

Silence. Complete silence. That was all I heard.

Fledge Owenby is a deaf archer struggling to be seen for his potential instead of his disability. When forgotten and left behind during a dragon attack, he thinks it is the chance to prove himself that he has been waiting for. But who knew one trip out of the bunker would change everything?

Saved from evil dragons by a dragoness, Fledge wonders why she would help him and soon discovers how similar they are. He is deaf and she is without fire. Drawn together by a bond, not even he can understand, Fledge and Galexia are unwittingly pulled into adventure.

Betrayal of the highest level, deception, and a war that never should have been. Fledge must find a way to end it all while trying to be seen as the boy he is, instead of the disability he has. 

My Review

World of Silence by Kaytlin Phillips

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

What a lovely debut novel! I’m not typically a huge fantasy reader, but these last few fantasy books I’ve been reading are going to convince me to read more fantasy.

Characters: There was one POV throughout this entire story, and while some books really need at least two POVs, World of Silence worked so well with just Fledge’s perspective! Fledge was a pretty relatable characters (except for his amazing archery skills – dude was spectacular with a bow and arrow!), and I loved the way the author presented his disability. For one, most characters don’t have to deal with disabilities, or even more annoyingly, they’re somehow healed of whatever they’re struggling with and everything’s suddenly perfect. Although people can definitely be healed, many times in life we have to work through our difficulties and discover ways to deal with them. That’s exactly what Fledge went through, and it was quite well done on the author’s part. As for other characters, I can’t keep from mentioning one of my most favorite dragons ever – Galexia! She was so sweet to Fledge, and I loved how they bonded over difficulties they both had. The other side characters were also interesting and rounded out the cast!

Setting/Writing Style/Plot: The setting reminded me very much of the Middle Ages, but of course with dragons and some other fantastical elements. I will say, however, that this didn’t include any magic – definitely a plus in the fantasy genre! The writing style felt very appropriate to this book (more of a middle grade novel, I think.) And the plot – wow, that was action-packed! Poor Fledge went through a lot, but that made the ending just even sweeter. There was definitely no dragging in this plot, so hold on tight!

Moral/Theme: As mentioned above, this book dealt a lot with Fledge’s deafness. He felt as if he had to prove to himself and others that he could live just like anyone else, but by the end of the book, he realized that was it okay to ask for help and to allow others to help him. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t also extremely capable – he was more people than most people would give him credit for! (Like the part where he ended up being able to read the dragon’s lips? So cool how his deafness made him able to do such good!) So it was lovely to watch Fledge as he learned something about himself (and had to be a little humbled), and the people around him also had to learn about him. As for mentions of God, this book didn’t really include any, which is something I would’ve like to have seen. However, I really appreciated the thoughtful theme that was obviously based on Biblical principles.

Overall, this was a wonderful debut from Kaytlin Phillips, and I’m looking forward to reading more by her in the future. Be on the lookout for this author!

About the Author

Kaytlin Phillips is a homeschool grad who spends her days praising her Savior, reading, writing, blogging, and annoying her sisters with random thoughts. She is the fifth child out of seven and resides in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Her favorite hobbies include writing, reading, hiking, theology, history, blogging, ASL(Of which she 0nly knows the basics but has good intentions of learning more), crocheting, doodling, wild orchid hunting, and anything she does with her sisters or family.


Monday, May 16th

Sisters Three – Blog Tour Launch Announcement 

The Sword of the Penmaiden – Guest Post and character interview

Vanessa Hall – Spotlight and Review

Tuesday, May 17th

Kristina Hall – Review and Sneak Peek

Wednesday, May 18th

Saraina Whitney – Review

Tasha Van Kesteren – Interview

Thursday, May 19th

The Introspective Introvert – Interview

Friday, May 20th

Abbigail Befus – Facebook Review

Teen Writers’ Nook – Review

Bookish Productions – Review

Saraina Whitney – Behind the book Interview and Sneak Peek

Saturday, May 21st

Sisters Three – Character Interview

Sunday, May 22nd

Sisters Three – Fan Art

Monday, May 23rd

Saraina Whitney – Character Interview

Vanessa Hall – Interview

Tuesday, May 24th

Bookish Productions – Behind the book interview

Into my Writing Journey – Spotlight

Release day!

Wednesday, May 25th

Sisters Three – Launch announcement and Winner of the Short Story contest annoucement!

The Introspective Introvert -Sneak Peak – Lillian Keith

Kristina Hall

Saraina Whitney

Vanessa Hall

Tasha Van Kesteren

Abbigail Befus – Facebook

Into my Writing Journey – Issabelle Perry

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