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Song In The Silence: The Tale of Lanen Kaelar (Tales of Kolmar) Mass Market Paperback – May 15, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Tales of Kolmar
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; 1st edition (May 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812550443
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Abandoned as a baby by her mother, orphaned at 23 by the cold man she thought was her father, Lanen Kaeler leaves home to find Dragon Isle of which she has long dreamt. This adventure fantasy by a gifted storyteller belongs on most fantasy collection shelves.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Every time it looks as if dragons had been done to death, along comes a yarn like this to revive them. Lanen Kaelar has always dreamed of dragons. Now she sets out on a long, perilous, winding road to find them. As she proceeds, magic seems to be pursuing her; perhaps that is because she may be the child of a father who promised his firstborn to demons. The dragons she seeks are ultimately not the ones she has dreamed of, for they are divided among themselves over whether the best way to preserve their ancient culture is to deal with humans or to shun them. With excellent narrative technique, wit, and intelligence, Kerner weaves these strands into a brisk story capped by a plausible happy ending. Her very superior debut deserves its place in most fantasy collections. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

It is very romantice, and full of great character development.
I got this book years ago and I still pick it up today and enjoy reading.
Colleen E. Lubs
Lanen is a strong female character, with a mind and will of her own.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christine Campbell on December 1, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Song in the Silence is one of the best fantasy books I have ever read, and I have read many! The book is primarily about the relationship between a woman, Lanen Kaelar, and a dragon. The setting is in another world that has an almost medieval feel to it. The author's writing style is superb and the book begs for a sequel. It is hard not to fall in love with the characters. Lanen is very strong willed and goes up against many dangers and terrible odds just to fulfil her dream of meeting real dragons. The book is a must of all who enjoyed Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series. A pure joy to read. Delightful and entertaining. Romance and fantasy are skillfully interwoven in this brilliant book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "sistermoon1" on February 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Thank you Elizabeth Kerner! I am so tired of dragons being portrayed as angry, blood-thirsty killer beasts with no concious thought. Dragons are noble, wise, ancient, and fantastic creatures and here Elizabeth Kerner has captured these aspects with a new resounding flare.
When I began this book, the story was understandable and well thought through. The scenes and descriptions were vivid and thouroughly enjoyable. However, first person POV can be difficult for many people,(mainly because few authors write in it) and this book has many first persons - but I recomend patience and persistance. For thos who don't have patience, try to find some (you will be well rewarded), soon after the POV shifting began and I had accepted it, it no longer became a struggle to read, but actually brought a new depth to the story.
I recommend this tale (and *The Lesser Kindred*) to all women. Lanen is a Phenomonal and strong woman, to whom all women can relate and see something of themselves (past, present, and future) in her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By elanorh on June 3, 2003
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Well, not really new, since I didn't discover this book until recently!
The world Kerner builds and describes for her readers is convincingly done - I love the description of the different races and their choices at the beginning (it felt a little abstract at first, but becomes very clear in its importance later in the book, and in the sequel as well).
As someone who discovered McCaffrey's dragon books at a young age, and loved them -- it was refreshing to find a new description of the personalities and functions of dragons. Many authors seem to either 'copy' McCaffrey, or else establish dragons as medieval bloodthirsty monsters. This is a new twist on a long-time mythological creature and I applaud it.
I would place Kerner on the same level as Anne McCaffrey, LeGuin, McKillip, etc. Very well-written characters and novels. She's going to be a well-recognized author within this field for quite some time (and I say this as someone who was introduced to fantasy by Tolkien's books, and who maintains him on an entirely separate plane because his works are so well done) -- I have consistently been disappointed with many fantasy authors, who often have copycat plotlines, poor characterization, unbelievable worlds and languages, etc. -- but Kerner has managed to break through those barriers with a novel which really was a wonderful read.
Some have commented on the love story - yes, there is a love story. I think for some people, that will color their interest in the book and how they assess it, especially if they're used to the 'love story' being an incidental part of the action, only really addressed at the end of the book. But I thought it was well done (and yes, there are people who do have 'love at first sight' type experiences, at the friend level and at the romantic level - I may not be one of them, but I've known couples who've been married 50 years and more who *did* meet that way. Far be it from me to contradict the validity of their experience!).
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53 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Anadrel on December 11, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's not that bad a book.
Of course, it's not that good a book either.
First of all, the good parts (because, after all, quite a few people like this sort of thing, and for all I know someone would like the book for this): The description of the dragons is fairly interesting. For some reason, the book's opening captured me, perhaps because the romantic in me likes to think of a character looking back on her adventures after all's said and done. Wonderful lyricism when she spoke of dreams of dragons. Night scenes in the book that were simply wonderfully described.
And then there are the Unfortunate Diseases it suffers from:
TLAFSS (True Love at First Sight Syndrome): There are people who don't fall in love at first sight. I find them much more realistic than Lanen and Akhor. Yes, she has a grand destiny, we know that. Does she _have_ to have a true love in a few days? While I enjoyed the unusual aspect of an interspecies romance, it didn't last all that long, and was severely undercut by the TLAFSS part.
UFS (Unfortunate Feminist Syndrome): It's yet another spunky heroine! See her prove she's just as good as the boys! See her get underestimated. See her have a perfect love affair with a male who just adores her.
I probably wouldn't mind this story if I hadn't seen it a hundred other times, and if it wasn't for the genre. It's _fantasy_. Authors can create their own gender-equal (or gender-free- even more fun) societies if they want to, and move past the tired old tropes. Getting banged over the head with a message is getting tiresome.
UDS (Unfortunate Demon Syndrome): Why do there have to be demons? Why? Make up something new! Please! This author has proven she can describe dragons breathintakingly; make up a new race and describe them breathtakingly.
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I was born in 1958 in Florida, and have spent much of my life since getting away from hot weather. As a Navy brat I never did know where home was, but have now settled as an American living happily in Scotland.
I've always been in love with fairy tales, mythology, legend - and dragons. The Oriental dragons, who could take human form, were especially mysterious and wonderful. For years I hunted for the perfect dragon story, until - sorry about the cliche - I eventually realised that I was just going to have to write it myself. Song in the Silence and its sequels are the result. And to whet your appetite, I am currently working on the next series of Kolmar novels featuring Lanen and Co. - the first is due out in April 2011. Watch this space!

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