Saturday, October 13, 2012

Review: Silence (Queen of Dead #1)

Silence (The Queen of the Dead, #1)
Author: Michelle Sagara  

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 289

Date of Release: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Penguin

Rating: 5/10

Summary: 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… -

Review: The long summary was well written and pulled in, making you want to read it. Which is exactly what I did. Though honestly, the book was well written it was just a bit slow, boring, whatever you want to call it.

The book started off pretty good, with her grieving for her dead boyfriend and Eric showing up. But the details of Eric coming was a bit vague. I mean at the beginning, all Eric seemed to do was follow Emma around feeling guilty about having to kill her. Then Chase comes along and puts Eric back on the right road. The events following are a bit confusing.

Right now, typing this, I still don't why those four ghosts were chained up at Amy's House. They proved to have purpose to Emma after she freed them, but I never got a clear explanation about why were there. Which leads on to the woman in the mirror. Who is she? What is she? Eric seems to know her, but it isn't revealed how she will be presented in the series.

Emma is a strong character. She knows what she wants and how she is going to do it. I mean she did convince some guy not to kill her. Pretty awesome! Emma helped free a little boy's ghost from a burning house and helped his mother get over the trauma. Okay, during that part where the little boy is saying 'see you in Heaven' to his mom, I was bawling. Snots, tears the works. Let me tell you, Michelle Sagara sure knows how to write a crying scene. The little boy seemed so mature and was just so cute... in a tragic way.

To say I really enjoyed this book would be a fib. But don't knock to til you try it, eh? Haha. I will be waiting for the second book in this series and I will review it.

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