Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review - Silence (The Queen of the Dead #1) by Michelle Sagara @msagara

The Queen of the Dead #1
by Michelle Sagara

Goodreads blurb:  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….

About the Author:  Michelle is an author, book­seller, and lover of liter­ature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West (and some­times as Michelle Sagara West). You can find her books at fine booksellers.

She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

Reading is one of her life-long passions, and she is some­times paid for her opinions about what she’s read by the venerable Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. No matter how many book­shelves she buys, there is Never Enough Shelf space. Ever.

She has published as Michelle Sagara (her legal name), as Michelle West (her husband's surname), and as Michelle Sagara West (a combination of the two).

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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!

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!!!

Interested in reading??

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