Ashlin Smith is incredibly bored with his job as supervisor of the Royal Badger Survey.
He wants nothing more than to quit and go back to being a blacksmith like the rest of his family wanted.
However, due to politics, prophecy, and an inexplicable plot set in motion decades before, his job is about to become a lot more interesting, and not in a good way.
About the Author
Geographically, I've lived in Scotland for most of my life, and I've lived in books for nearly as long. I think being a writer is the first job I remember wanting to do. Economically, that has always been very unlikely, and I've made a living as various kinds of computer programmer and software engineer. I write mostly for fun; let nobody pretend that writing isn't about the most fun you can have for about the least physical danger (in a free country anyway). It would also be cool to be a volcanologist, I suppose, but the odds aren't as good.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review The Silk Mind begins with our protagonist, Ashlin, who is preparing to resign from his post because it is boring and pointless. He wants nothing more than to become a blacksmith, find a pretty girl, and settle down. When he attempts to turn in his resignation, Dr. Grey ignores it and sends Ashlin and his co-workers on a journey to survey an unusually large badger. The first clue that readers are given about the Survey's true purpose is when the team meets with the local pastor who sent word about this unusual badger. It did not take me too long to divine the Survey's true purpose; however, there was more going on than I had initially discerned. Readers discover that the description of the book makes the plot sound simple, but it is not. Behind its simple facade lies a rich landscape, an intricate sociopolitical system, fascinating characters, and perilous adventures as Harris unites Grimm-style fairy tales and fantasy to create a truly remarkable world. While The Silk Mind is a quick read, it is a complex and rich story that I hope to see more installments of. It is a must-have for readers who are looking for a fantasy fix, but are not interested in a long, drawn out epic.