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Paperback Silences of Home Book

ISBN: 0143016814

ISBN13: 9780143016816

Silences of Home

It is a time of bounty in the Queensrealm, thanks to Queen Galha, whose wisdom and power are legendary. Her scribes record the glorious events of her reign, but beneath these words lie others--shameful, heartbreaking, and true--that threaten to destroy the realm. This magnificent prequel to A Telling of Stars is a saga of epic sweep, deeply realized characters, and page-turning suspense. The Silences of Home explores the gulf between official and...


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A Beautiful, Thought-provoking, and Exciting Book

I read this book after Sweet's first book, A Telling of Stars. The Silences of Home is written in a different style than that book--multiple viewpoints instead of one, a fast-moving plot instead of dense lyrical prose--but this one is still just as compelling.It is an enchanting book, and I admit that once I got to the halfway point, at which a suspenseful attack scene occurs, I could not put it down. I have sorely neglected my housework over the past two days in order to finish it--I simply had to find out what happened, not only because the story was exciting but because I cared so much about all the characters.The characters of the book are likeable and flawed, as well as extremely complex, like real people, and they act in unpredictable ways. The first half of the book I kept thinking that I was reading foreshadowing of dire events, but halfway through I realized that nothing was going to happen like I thought. And I was right. As I read on the author surprised me again and again. Sometimes the surprises were sweet, sometimes bitter. Just like real life, I could never predict what anyone was going to do.The theme of written history possibly being lies was an interesting one. It was fascinating after reading A Telling of Stars, and learning of the legend of Queen Gahla, to learn in this book what really had transpired during her reign. And to have the characters themselves discussing how these events were to be recorded was an interesting twist! In this way The Silences of Home gave me a great deal of food for thought.In the end I felt that the characters met a fate that they deserved. The ending was not neat and tidy, it was not all happy--some parts were quite sad--but it was right and just.I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a stand-alone fantasy novel which is a little bit different--a little more literary than most fantasy, a little more character-driven, a little more complex. Don't be fooled that this story is only one book instead of a trilogy--so much happens in the story. It's a satisfying book that, once you pick it up, I promise you won't be able to put down.

Takes Fantasy to New Level

I have been an avid fantasy reader for years, but have become disillusioned in the past few years as so many writers have left me feeling no connection to the characters and plot, and feeling as though the writing and language was targetted at a junior reader. But I still had hope that somewhere, someone would write literate fantasy. Enter Caitlin Sweet with her new book "The Silences of Home". She engared my interest in both characters and plot from the first page, and kept me glued to the book until the very end, including 2 nights til 4 AM! She did this with beautiful language that would subtley shift as she moved to different species. She did this with complex characters, all of whom clearly struggled with their shadow sides. She did this by not resolving any of the story lines in easy "and they all lived happily ever after" fairytales. She did this by making characters seem real, facing issues we all face, but doing so in a fantastical way so that we could explore issues for ourselves. She did this with compassion and understanding for her characters, even the ones in the end that chose less that noble paths. I loved this book, and believe that Sweet is the vanguard for a new style of literate fantasy writing, so that the genre can finally come out as 'real fiction". Thanks Caitlin for giving me so many pleasureable hours, and so much to think about and learn from.
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