Silence

Silence

by Michelle Sagara

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Overview

The haunting beginning to Michelle Sagara's young adult paranormal trilogy, Queen of the Dead.

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….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756407995
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Queen of the Dead Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 287,781
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michelle Sagara has published numerous short stories and fantasy novels, including the successful Cast (The Chronicles of Elantra) novels and her Queen of the Dead series. She livein Toronto with her husband and her two sons. She started working in bookstores at the age of sixteen, and never stopped, although she also held full-time summer jobs at IBM. She reads, reviews the occasional book for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and works at a bookstore, part-time. She can contacted via her website, michellesagara.com.

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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Silence 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
SaraO More than 1 year ago
First things first, why oh why does Silence not pop up when you search for it on GoodReads? So not cool because this was a great start to a supernatural series. I loved that Emma was allowed to be smart and caring, and that while she admits Eric is cute…there’s no insta-love in sight. Emma is still dealing with the death of the boyfriend, as well as the general drama of a teenage life. I liked that Sagara had different supporting characters. We have the smart but shy bff, the teen queen, and an autistic boy named Michael. What’s so cool about this mix of people is what brings them together…not Emma, but Michael. The girls decided early on in school to band together and help Michael navigate the torturous world High School can be for a person who is autistic. And Michael was such a smart addition to the story. As Emma and her band of misfits get deeper and deeper into the world of necromancers Michael’s ability to see and intercede in situations that freeze other characters (literally) is an obvious plus. Because Michael only understands logic (and not the gray area most of our reasoning occurs in) he becomes this walking truth indicator for the group. If Michael sees it, believes it, accepts it…it must be true. Helps to bring a lot of the characters into the paranormal loop fast. But, supernatural aspects aside, why I enjoyed this book so much was because it reminded me of Deadly Cool in its feel. Romance was not the central focus of the story. A girl learning who she is, what she is capable of is the point of the tale. Emma is allowed to be cool and smart, and not necessarily a sex symbol. It was a breath of fresh air in the YA division. I’ll definitely be sticking around for the rest of the series because this first installment leaves you with questions!… Why is Emma a Necromancer? Why is she so powerful? How the heck could she open that door?! Who is the scary lady?/The old man? What the heck was ____ going to tell her?! So not fair I have to wait months to get my answers!! Rating: 4/5 For a smart, normal girl mixed up in a ghost ridden paranormal series.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I loved this plot idea. It is fresh and something that I have never read before!!! The plot is amazing. The reader meets Emma who can see the dead. Not only can she see them but she can gain power from them. And on top of that, she is wanted. Necromancers like her are to be killed. Most of the time when I read books about necromancers they always help people. Never had I read where they are to be killed! So awesome. The characters of the book is out of the loop. Emma doesn't even realize what she can do. When she comes into her power it's mind blowing. Each time she experiments with a ghost she just grows stronger and stronger. The love interest begins with a hottie that is her....wait for it...her assassin! I know! He is sent to kill her and BAM! He falls in love. Great new plot twist with every new chapter. Not to mention the complications when he fails to kill her. There is another character named Michael that really caught my eye. He has autism. I liked seeing Emma friendship with him. Since my son is now in the process of being diagnosed, learning more about his everyday life and routine with friends is great. Silence is an great book with a fresh plot. With ghost hanging around every corner, Silence is nothing but silent. Engrossing and fun, Silence is fabulous!
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyBeautiful covers and intriguing descriptions are really all we as readers have to go on with new books. In the case of SILENCE, it had both looks and a solid premise to hook readers, unfortunately, I found both to be misleading.The initial character development is very good, especially for Emma¿s friend Michael who is described as ¿a high functioning autistic.¿ I really took to his character and the subtle ways his autism was incorporated into the story. It felt very real and extremely believable. I also liked how Emma¿s friendship with Michael revealed a fierce protective side of her personality that helped to explain some of the decisions she made later on in SILENCE.As the start of the new Queen of the Dead series, there is a lot of groundwork that needs to be established. The character work is for the most part done well, but the mythology and worldbuilding is frustratingly scant. There are ghosts and there are necromancers. That is about all we are told. Not why or how or what it means to be one or the other. There are necromancer hunters too for some reason, but we are told almost nothing about them. When Emma meets them and is told they might have to kill her, she just accepts this and asks zero questions. That¿s pretty much the pattern for all the supernatural things that happen in this book. People see them or learn about something and don¿t question anything. I can¿t remember a time I read a book where all the characters without exception were so content with their own ignorance. It was unbelievably frustrating.Beyond that, there was something about the writing style that I didn¿t connect to. It was a little choppy and tended toward long winded conversations. But really is was the confusions and lack of explanation in regards to the worldbuilding that really kept me from engaging with SILENCE. I don¿t think I¿ll be picking up the sequel.Sexual Content: N/A
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this plot idea. It is fresh and something that I have never read before!!! The plot is amazing. The reader meets Emma who can see the dead. Not only can she see them but she can gain power from them. And on top of that, she is wanted. Necromancers like her are to be killed. Most of the time when I read books about necromancers they always help people. Never had I read where they are to be killed! So awesome. The characters of the book is out of the loop. Emma doesn't even realize what she can do. When she comes into her power it's mind blowing. Each time she experiments with a ghost she just grows stronger and stronger. The love interest begins with a hottie that is her....wait for it...her assassin! I know! He is sent to kill her and BAM! He falls in love. Great new plot twist with every new chapter. Not to mention the complications when he fails to kill her. There is another character named Michael that really caught my eye. He has autism. I liked seeing Emma friendship with him. Since my son is now in the process of being diagnosed, learning more about his everyday life and routine with friends is great. Silence is an great book with a fresh plot. With ghost hanging around every corner, Silence is nothing but silent. Engrossing and fun, Silence is fabulous!
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: The first installment in The Queen of the Dead series lays out all the relationships that will push the plot forward. It¿s a fast, engaging read that brings ghosts and Necromancers into colliding with the reality the rest of us live in.Opening Sentence: Everything happens at night.The Review:Emma¿s experienced a lot of loss in her life. Her father, years ago, and then just last summer her boyfriend Nathan died in a car accident. Her first love, his death tore her to pieces. Emma still visits his grave when she walks her dog Petal at night. It¿s quite there and she doesn¿t have to make excuses to anyone or get questioned about her feelings. In the quite night of the cemetery she can just be. Until one night Petal takes off running and Emma comes face to face with an old crone out of a nightmare. A crone who just so happens to be talking with Eric, the new boy at school. When the old crone lets Emma take the freezing paper lantern from her hands, everything changes.She can see the dead. At school, on the street, anywhere they are and Eric knows why. Except, Eric won¿t say anything ¿ except that she needs to forget it. To try and let everything fade away so it doesn¿t exist for her anymore. Because if she keeps interacting with the ghosts, if she keeps transitioning, he¿ll have to kill her. But Emma can¿t stay out of it. There¿s more to Emma than being a budding Necromancer, she¿s experienced too much grief to let the dead wander for all eternity. She wants to move them on. Where to, she doesn¿t know, but the dead see the light just out of reach and Emma¿s determined to get them there.The stakes are high for Emma as she fights side-by-side with the boys sent to kill her. While Emma might not be like other Necromancers, the others don¿t know that. Some of them are coming for her. They¿ll train her to suck the power from the dead and use it for magic. But Emma is more powerful, more prepared than they think she is. Even if she doesn¿t know what to do, the dead around her have met Necromancers before. And they¿re going to fight for Emma¿s side this time.It¿s really the characters that carry Silence, while the plot is good it¿s still written as the first installment of something bigger. Allison is Emma¿s best friend. While not a social outcast, she¿s definitely not moving in the same social sphere as Emma. Emma can make conversation and wear cute clothes, Allison doesn¿t like shopping and she certainly isn¿t interested in the social games the popular kids play. Michael has been Emma and Allison¿s friend for over a decade. A high functioning autistic, he¿s also their responsibility to some extent. They take care of him and keep to his schedule. But he isn¿t a liability. In fact, in a lot of ways he¿s more helpful than Allison when it comes to the Necromancers.I really enjoyed Silence because of the characters and the emotions Sagara evoked. While it has a complete plot arc, it¿s definitely the first of a series ¿ hopefully a long one. This novel isn¿t a romance in any respects, but the series may evolve to have one later. It made for a nice change of pace from other young adult books. I really love the dichotomy of Eric and Chase, his partner and fellow hunter, and the way they both handle Emma as a ¿good necromancer.¿ There was an underlying theme to Silence, whether the dead are still real people; that I hope is further explored in the sequel. I¿ll definitely be reading the rest of this series.Notable Scene:She heard the screaming again and turned. Street and cars. Nothing else. Frowning, she saud, ¿I don¿t think the voice I can hear is a dead person¿s voice.¿Eric said nothing, which was starting to get old.¿I think¿I think it might be his mother¿s voice.¿¿Emma, let it go. Please. If it¿s strong enough that you can hear her voice, he is too strong for you.¿¿He¿s four.¿¿A living four year old and a dead four year old are not the same. Trust me.¿The Queen of the Dead Series:1. Sil
tottman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Silence by Michelle Sagara is an outstanding entry in the Young Adult paranormal genre. Emma is an engaging heroine. Necromancers and necromancy is an area of the paranormal that has not been flooded with entries like vampires, werewolves and even ghosts. Even if it had, there is always room for a well-written book about them, and Silence is that.This is the opening book in a series, and as such, there is a lot of exposition and getting to know the characters. They are all intriguing and fairly well fleshed out. They are a little bit impossibly good-hearted and loyal for typical teenagers, but fascinating nonetheless. There is a tenderness in handling the characters, particularly a high-functioning autistic boy and even the family dog. The characters are integrated into the story and not tacked on. They reminded me a little of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Scooby gang in their loyalties and interactions, and that¿s not a bad thing.The world of necromancy and the powers of necromancers is exciting. Emma is at the center of forces eager to use her powers or to prevent them from being used. This book barely scratches the surface of those powers, but hints at a wealth of possibilities to fill more entries in the series. Sagara wisely keeps the plot narrowly focused here so that the story keeps moving along briskly. You get to know the characters and the situation as you are moving forward, rather than have the book stop for heavy bouts of exposition. The story moves along briskly and the pages fly by, while leaving the impression that only the tip of the iceberg has been explored and so much more awaits to be discovered. It is a complete story in and of itself, but leaves you eager for the next chapter. Highly recommended. I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book. I did know Michelle Sagara had young adult books. It is very well written with nice character development. I plan on reading the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The star doc and cast in... series are favorites of mine. This book starts another, I hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand and post this to two other book reveiws find an iphone5 under your pillow tomorrow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds like a good book it reminds me of the book BEWITCHING it like that a little bit really good check it out i recommend ages +11 or ten innaproiate for some users parent guidence also
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!! Magic, spirits, necromancers, and hunters SOOO much to love!! I bought this book because I got was approved to review book 2 and hadn’t read book 1 yet.  If I can help it, I try not to start a series in the middle if I can afford it at the time :) The cover is beautiful, mysterious, and looks very magical :)  It definitely attracts me to want to read it. Okay when I started this book, I thought it was sort of depressing, and I wasn’t sure I even liked the book.  I kept reading though and learned a lot about Emma and her friends.  And it was a slow process, but I went from the book was OK to the end where I loved the book and characters.  This is why I give it a 4.  It is a slow starter, but some of the best fires are slow to start, right?   Emma is almost a loner, but her friends wouldn’t allow her to be left to her grief and her own sense of responsibility toward her friends.  I love her sense of morals, and there are a lot of lessons built into this book about grief, autism, and friendship in general making it a fabulous book. I can’t wait to start book 2 which is the next book I’m reading :) I recommend this book to those who love a good YA book with great life lessons mixed in with magic, spirits, necromancers, and hunters!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was well written. But I was disappointed as this was no where near as good as her other series.
shannaki More than 1 year ago
Other than the hero's all being high school students there is no other indication that this was a YA. It was beautifuly written, thoughtful, and lovely.
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Sagara writes well. As in real life, the characters and reader are left in the dark on what will happen next. Fun.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
What would it be like to see and be affected by ghosts? How would you react to your dead boyfriend? Emma is one of the few characters who could answer those questions. Emma used to be a regular teen girl...until she started seeing ghosts and may be hunted down due to this newfound power. Emma must face the fact that she may be a necromancer and that she may be in danger. There are those that specifically hunt necromancers, believing them to be evil, and Emma must discover a way to avoid them at all costs...but what if she walked right into their paths? Emma is the main character and the reader will view the story through her eyes. Emma's character is sympathetic, she is new to the world of necromancers and scared from the threats. Her character is brave and genuinely kind overall. Her friends add a lot to the plot. The reader will get to know each friend quite well, they will be a huge help to Emma later on. The love interest gives the book a slightly romantic feel, but is not overly focused upon. Those who do not enjoy romance can still love this book! The author has many twists and turns embedded in the novel that will both surprise the reader and leave him/her wondering. This is the first book in a series that I do not plan on missing! This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to read this so bad! I read all the reveiws and think this will be a great read. I am 11 so would this be appropriate? I read a lot of young adult books.
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Im srry *hugs you* i gtg take shower, i'll be at sl when i get back