Silence: The Queen of the Dead, Book 1
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Silence (the first book in the Queen of the Dead series) is an intense story of paranormal intrigue, featuring a protagonist who can communicate with the dead. There's a fair amount of profanity ("f--k," "a--hole"), some violence, and a lot of supernatural action. Characters interact with various ghosts, some of whom died in horrible circumstances, and there's a harrowing sequence featuring a 4-year-old ghost still trapped in a burning building. One character's college-age brother shows up drunk at a party, but he's also under the influence of magic. Silence is especially sophisticated in its portrayal of a supporting character who has Asperger's.
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What's the Story?
In SILENCE, a strange encounter in a cemetery leaves high school student Emma with the ability to communicate with the dead. Soon she's able to see her departed father, but she also receives frantic messages regarding a ghostly child trapped within a perpetually burning building. As she learns to use magic, Emma grows ever closer to becoming a Necromancer, a state of affairs that might require one of her presumed allies to kill her.
Is It Any Good?
Silence has an interesting, suspenseful premise and an engaging cast of characters. Unfortunately, the narrative is a little talky, with characters frequently engaging in long, vague conversations about how Emma's powers are supposed to work. When it shows action and character development, Silence is effective, but it occasionally breaks its own spell with too much telling.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what it might be like to be able to communicate with a loved one who has died. What would you say/ask?
Which other ghost stories have you read or seen in movies? What makes a good one good?
How do people with Asperger's or autism perceive the world differently from most other people?
- Author: Michelle Sagara
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, High School, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: DAW Books
- Publication date: May 1, 2012
- Number of pages: 292
- Available on: Hardback, Kindle
- Last updated: September 15, 2015
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