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Silence (Queen of the Dead) Hardcover – May 1, 2012

Book 1 of 2 in the Queen of the Dead Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Queen of the Dead (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756407427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407421
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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!"
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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. Michelle Sagara lives in Toronto with her husband and her two sons, the oldest of whom has finished high school. 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,

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Emma was a really great main character, and I loved Chase and Eric.
Emma is very likable, has a strong sense of ethics, and deep loyalty to those she considers friends.
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This book is definitely worth reading, and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Elf2060 on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Silence" by Michelle Sagara is a mesmerizing young adult book that is the first in her `Queen of the Dead' series. Emma Hall has had a lot of tragedy in her life, most recently losing her boyfriend, Nathan to a fatal car accident. Getting through the eleventh grade is hard enough without everyone constantly checking to see how she is doing but her life's about to get even harder. Her default answer is `fine' even when her head seems to be falling apart to the extent that the new guy in her class, Eric, takes her to the hospital for an MRI after having been present the night before when something extraordinary occurred to her while she was walking with her 9 year old Rottweiler in the cemetery. Luckily for Emma, her support system includes her steadfast best friend Allison who knows how to pack a wealth of information into a minimum number of words and her friend Michael who likes his life extremely orderly and sees the essence of things because he is unfettered by the polite evasions that most people employ. It turns out that Eric may be there to prevent Emma from accessing the mysterious gifts that she has suddenly acquired, even if he has to kill her. Naturally, Emma would prefer to avoid that solution but she has an agenda of her own and Eric may have to rethink his priorities.

A fantastic read that has a wonderful melange of characters (including a Rottweiler with the unlikely name of Petal and an engaging young man named Michael) who tumble from one improbable yet remarkably believable situation to another even more incredible and tension-filled challenge.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Jane of All Reads VINE VOICE on May 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Death has surrounded Emma for most of her relatively short existence. Having suffered the loss of a family member and her boyfriend, she is no stranger to the pain and loneliness that follows the death of a loved one. Every evening she seeks what little comfort and closeness the solitude of the cemetery can afford her. When her nightly visit is interrupted by the new boy from school and his elderly companion, Emma finds herself in the middle of a meeting she wasn't meant to encounter. Something about the old woman isn't quite right, as if she doesn't really if she isn't really there. Before Emma can even begin to imagine the danger she might have stumbled into, the old woman greets her with a frighteningly icy kiss.

From the start, this book pulled me in. You can't resist the draw of that creepily gorgeous cover and the very first paragraph just sealed it further. I just knew I had stumbled upon something brilliant here. And we went along like this for nearly a quarter of the book. The graveyard scenes were wonderfully eery and Emma's melancholy life just screamed for something great and sinister to enter into it. It was a go up until that point but then, quite suddenly, the tone of the story changed direction entirely. Instead of beautifully descriptive paragraphs graced with a subtle overlay of magic, I found myself wading through 95% dialogue in an effort to hold on to the slippery 5% of remaining story. It was an exercise in futility as at this point there really wasn't much story left.

Some of it was just silly. I lost count of how many times Eric threatened to kill Chase (be it jokingly, half-jokingly or seriously). I was frustrated at the lack of explanation for Emma, her gifts, WHAT WAS GOING ON, and everyone's blind acceptance of the circumstances.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By pandareads on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Based on the short blurb I read about Silence when I received it, I thought it was going to be about a teenage girl who visits the graveyard to talk with her ghost boyfriend. I was wrong, Silence is so much more.

Yes, in Book One of The Queen of the Dead series, Emma visits the gravesite of her deceased boyfriend, Nathan, almost nightly. But it's while she's there that she runs into the new boy from her class, Eric and a mysterious old lady who tries to give her a strange gift. Soon after she's struck with terrible migraines, which soon turn into an ability see, touch, and speak to the dead. Emma's a Necromancer and that means there are some higher ups who want to see her dead. But all Emma wants to do is help the spirits, particularly a little boy who is stuck in the burning house in which he died.

This book was awesome! The world Michelle Sagara creates within the pages is unique to anything else I've read in the paranormal genre and I really enjoyed it. Sagara takes her time with the novel; we meet Emma and we learn about her life, her friends and slowly we begin to unravel her new Necromancer world along with her. Instead of it being described to us in some background paragraphs, we get to learn about with with her, which I loved. Additionally, Sagara writes a wonderfully detailed scene - I could picture the action very clearly while reading the book.

The characters in Silence were also fantastic. Instead of Emma and her friends all having the same type of personality, they were uniquely different. I really liked seeing Emma, Allison, and Amy work together even though they were from different social circles at school.
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