Silence

Silence

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by Michelle Sagara
     
 

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It began in the graveyard… 

Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night.  During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was.  For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death.  But tonight

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It began in the graveyard… 

Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night.  During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was.  For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death.  But tonight was different.  Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery.  There were two others there—Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags.  And when they saw Emma there, the old woman reached out to her with a grip as chilling as death….

Emma was not quite like others teenagers. It was true that other girls had experienced grief.  Other girls had also lost their fathers, or had their boyfriends die in a senseless accident. But though she hadn’t known it till that night in the graveyard, unlike those other girls, she could see, touch, and speak with the dead.  In fact, Emma could draw upon the essence of the dead to work magic.  That was what Necromancers did. But Emma had no desire to be a Necromancer. She just wanted to help the ghosts who walked the streets of Toronto, unable to escape from the land of the living.  And that was just as well, because had she chosen the path of the Necromancer, Eric would have had to kill her.

Instead, Eric and his fellow Necromancer hunter Chase found themselves violating every rule they were sworn to follow, becoming part of Emma’s group, helping her to stand against those who preyed upon the dead.  But whether Emma and her friends could survive such a battle was anyone’s guess.  And whether Emma could learn to use the magic of the dead against her enemies without herself falling victim to the lure of such power remained to be seen.  Eric seemed to think she could, and her living friends would never abandon her.  But only time would tell what Emma’s true destiny was….

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Brilliant storyteller Sagara heads in a new direction with her Queen of the Dead series. She does an excellent job of breathing life into not only her reluctant heroine, but also the supporting players in this dramatic and spellbinding series starter. There is a haunting beauty to this story of love, loss and a teenager’s determination to do the right thing. Do not miss out!"
Kirkus Reviews
A girl in mourning for her dead boyfriend learns that she has a power over the dead that may endanger her own life. Emma visits her boyfriend's grave in the cemetery often. While walking her dog one night, she meets Eric there and has a terrifying encounter with a ghostly crone who kisses her. Thereafter Emma can see the dead, and if she touches them, others can see them too. Eric and his friend Chase work for an agency that tracks such beings, and they believe she has become a necromancer, one who can steal power from ghosts. Chase elects to kill Emma, but Eric, although he agrees, opts to wait. Meanwhile, Emma has sensed the ghost of a little boy who died in a fire, and she insists on rescuing his spirit from that ongoing hell. Sagara concocts an interesting and original premise but seems most concerned with explaining precisely how Emma's paranormal powers work. She tends to philosophize or to indulge in such extensive detail during the suspense scenes that she creates diversions from the action. Thus, the suspense often takes a back seat to exposition. Nevertheless, a few tension-filled scenes involving ghosts and an evil necromancer hit their target. She inserts an effective chick-lit element with Emma's friends, broadening her novel's appeal. Promising if not yet fully realized. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)
RT Book Reviews
"Brilliant storyteller Sagara heads in a new direction with her Queen of the Dead series. She does an excellent job of breathing life into not only her reluctant heroine, but also the supporting players in this dramatic and spellbinding series starter. There is a haunting beauty to this story of love, loss and a teenager’s determination to do the right thing. Do not miss out!"
RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
"Brilliant storyteller Sagara heads in a new direction with her Queen of the Dead series. She does an excellent job of breathing life into not only her reluctant heroine, but also the supporting players in this dramatic and spellbinding series starter. There is a haunting beauty to this story of love, loss and a teenager’s determination to do the right thing. Do not miss out!"
Sarah Rees Brennan
“It's rare to find a book as smart and sweet as this one.”
Tanya Huff
“The strength of SILENCE lies not only in the way Sagara seamlessly integrates the paranormal into the lives of her characters, but in how very real those lives are. Sagara captures the way teenagers feel everything more intensely—love, hate, fear, wonder—and uses that to capture the hearts of her readers.”
Janni Lee Simner
"I've been a fan of Michelle Sagara West's writing for years, so I was thrilled when I heard she was writing YA. An evocative and thoroughly compelling story."
From the Publisher
"Brilliant storyteller Sagara heads in a new direction with her Queen of the Dead series. She does an excellent job of breathing life into not only her reluctant heroine, but also the supporting players in this dramatic and spellbinding series starter. There is a haunting beauty to this story of love, loss and a teenager’s determination to do the right thing. Do not miss out!" — RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

“It's rare to find a book as smart and sweet as this one.” — Sarah Rees Brennan, author of THE DEMON'S LEXICON

“The strength of SILENCE lies not only in the way Sagara seamlessly integrates the paranormal into the lives of her characters, but in how very real those lives are. Sagara captures the way teenagers feel everything more intensely—love, hate, fear, wonder—and uses that to capture the hearts of her readers.” — Tanya Huff, author of THE WILD WAYS

"I've been a fan of Michelle Sagara West's writing for years, so I was thrilled when I heard she was writing YA. An evocative and thoroughly compelling story." — Janni Lee Simner, author of BONES OF FAERIE

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407421
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
630,097
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Sarah Rees Brennan
“It's rare to find a book as smart and sweet as this one.”
Tanya Huff
“The strength of SILENCE lies not only in the way Sagara seamlessly integrates the paranormal into the lives of her characters, but in how very real those lives are. Sagara captures the way teenagers feel everything more intensely—love, hate, fear, wonder—and uses that to capture the hearts of her readers.”
Janni Lee Simner
"I've been a fan of Michelle Sagara West's writing for years, so I was thrilled when I heard she was writing YA. An evocative and thoroughly compelling story."

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