It began in the graveyard. Ever since her boyfriend Nathan 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. 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…
This premise is has something dark and alluring don’t you think? Necromancy, Cemetery, Ghosts! Sounds like a scary and great paranormal read, unlike the ones I read in the past!
Dark and Creepy – Silence has a gripping story line
The one I liked most about Silences was the story itself. Together with Emma, we are slowly introduced in the world of ghosts and necromancy and step by step we learn the rules and basics. It was a rather fascinating concept, which peaked towards the end, where more and more necromancer abilities are revealed. Details were sometimes beautifully described! The story starts out slow, but the more we get into the story the more fascinating the whole idea becomes, up until a point where the story truly sucked me in…
Colorful set of Characters
Emma was slightly tragic at the beginning, but having lost her boyfriend is something no teen can survive that easy. I felt for her, understood her pain and loss… But Emma is strong and slowly tries to get back her life, although it won’t even be the same… Eric was a very intriguing and mysterious character and I would have loved to see him more flashed out. I especially loved the mystery behind this boy. When we get to know him we have no idea if he’s friend or enemy and it’s fascinating to discover the truth!
Apert from these two who I would consider the main characters there are also Emma’s friends and Chase. Truly, Michelle Sagara flashed out even the secondary characters which is always a plus!
Lack of Romance *sad face*
My main complain is the lack of romance. Truthfully, with Emma having lost her boyfriend it seemed like too early – but I would have loved to see Emma fall in love again and realizing that falling in love after you lost someone is not wrong but totally right! I believe it would have helped her. Since, I am unfortunately speaking from experience I always hoped to see a little love story blooming. But, I am sure that the romance will be an issue in the next books, still the lack of love and butterfly kissing was something I deeply missed.
Silence by Michelle Sagara created a very unique paranormal tale with genuine characters and an amazing story line. The paranormal angle was dark creepy but utterly fascinating! The Queen of the Dead will be an amazing series I will be eager to follow during the next books. Unfortunately, the lack of love dulled a little my experience with the book.
Although this author was new to me, Michelle Sarga has published tons of works under the name Michelle West. Mainly, adult paranormal and fantasy! If you are interested be sure to check her out!