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Tracy and Laura Hickman creat a world so complex and dynamic that the reader will be surprised in every chapter. Readers will anxiously await the next installmetn in this unique, thrilling new series. (RT Book Reviews on Unwept)

Hickman writes with authority, masterfully and powerfully. (Sacramento Book Review)

Hickman creates memorable characters and realms of immense richness, while holding the reader enthralled. (Publishers Weekly)

The scope, detail, meticulous planning, and weaving and winding storyline…are just breathtaking. (R. A. Salvatore on Mystic Warrior)

About the Author

TRACY HICKMAN and LAURA HICKMAN have been publishing game designs, books, and stories for over thirty-five years. In addition, Tracy is a New York Times bestselling coauthor of many novels, including the original Dragonlance Chronicles, Dragonlance Legends, Rose of the Prophet, and Darksword trilogies as well as the seven-book Deathgate Cycle. Tracy and Laura live in Utah.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Nightbirds
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765332035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765332035
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BlueFairy on July 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
New Release! I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley for the purpose of review.

Premise: Ellis wakes up on a train after a terrifying dream. She is sitting across from a woman with a baby, who tells her that she’s been sick, and she is going to stay with her cousin. She has no memory, only a sense that something is terribly wrong.

This is one of those books where the discovery is half the joy. You, the reader, will figure out things faster than Ellis, who doesn’t have the ability to notice references and foreshadowing. I went back and forth while reading the book over which of a few possible reveals I thought it would be, and which I wanted. While I’m not 100% on board with the final reveal, I think the world could go interesting places from here.

The setting, a tiny New England town, is perfectly creepy, and the build slow without losing tension. It helps that the book is rather short. Ellis uncovers one unnerving thing after another, while everyone around her is so happy that she’s back, and so eager to hear about her trip to the city, which of course she can’t recall.

All the details about the town and the people in it just contribute to the mystery, and just a heads up: the tone of the book takes a swing from dark fantasy into horror for the last section.

I really liked Ellis, I liked the way she tried to stand firm as everything around her fell apart, I understood her fear and confusion, I liked where she chose to push and where she chose to conserve her strength.

I wish the book had more of an ending, but this is a ‘real’ series, where you’ll have to read the next one to find out what happens…
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lorna on July 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I am about a week out from finishing this book and already know I am going to have a hard time trying to review this. To say it was different is putting it mildly. For me to say I loved it would be difficult. Did I like it? I am still not really sure. But I will try to explain what I mean.

Ellis wakes up on a train and realizes she has amnesia. This takes place during World War 1- at least that was my take on it-I don't think a year is ever mentioned. She is met at the train station by a man claiming to be her uncle(and doctor) and another man named Merrick. Merrick was very strange from the beginning. You know things are going to be weird when it comes to him. Ellis goes to stay with her cousin Jenny. If I thought Merrick was strange, well Jenny took the prize. Actually all the characters were really strange, and the town was as well. Then we find out that someone is murdering young women in the area.

I thought the premise was pretty interesting, but I found the book to be really slow going until at least the half way point, or more. When things started happening, there was no way to figure out what was really going on. Ellis is as far in the dark, as the reader is. Every time I would think I figured something out, then I would be proven wrong. Of course it's a mystery; who is Ellis, why is the town where she has always lived, so strange, as well as all the townspeople? Why does Merrick treat her like they must have been in a relationship together at some point? And the big question-why won't anyone tell her what's going on?

I thought the writers definitely know how to write. The book was very readable, and I didn't keep putting it down like I do some books, so besides the premise, that was a good thing about reading this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katja Berger on July 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I wasn't totally in love with this book. The plot was kind of slow most of the time but the end was great. Writing was okay, I liked the setting and the dialogs, but the characters didn't really do much for me. They were to flat, and even though I liked the cliffhanger in the end, I'm not sure I will be continuing with this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lexie (TheHonestBookclub) on September 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

What a thoroughly enjoyable, mysterious and gripping read!

Ellis Harkington has no memory of her life before the day she wakes up on a train headed for a small, secluded town of Gamin, Maine. With her is a nurse who refuses to divulge much about Ellis's past, which Ellis soon discovers is something all citizens of Gamin agree upon. With no recollections of her former self, and no clear indication of who she is supposed to be, Ellis becomes preoccupied with finding the answers, all while having to decide who among her new friends and acquaintances is trustworthy enough to help her along the way.

Thus begins a curious game of cat-and-mouse. Except Ellis is the cat, and Ellis is the mouse.

I really can't praise this book highly enough for the level of intrigue and mystery it maintained throughout, and which kept me glued to the pages from start to finish. It's the sort of read when one is always startled to discover how far into the book they are. Time flies by, and the outside world ceases to exist.

And "time" and "the outside world" are two highly relevant concepts in "Unwept". This book is set during WWI, but in America, and in a town which considers itself "separate" from the war and the world in its entirety. It took me awhile to accurately place the period, as I shifted from WWII to the 1800s, based on the tell-tale signs and the overall impression I got from the actions of the characters. In the end, though, I managed to pinpoint the specific time frame. The mannerisms, the behavior, all the little quirks of the era are spot-on.
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