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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: DAW Hardcover; Auflage: 1 (1. Mai 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0756407427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407421
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,9 x 2,7 x 21,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 393.892 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Brilliant storyteller Sagara heads in a new direction with her Queen of the Dead series. She does an excellent job of breathing life into not only her reluctant heroine, but also the supporting players in this dramatic and spellbinding series starter. There is a haunting beauty to this story of love, loss and a teenager’s determination to do the right thing. Do not miss out!"
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Michelle Sagara has published numerous short stories and fantasy novels, including the successful Cast (The Chronicles of Elantra) novels and her Queen of the Dead series. Michelle Sagara lives in Toronto with her husband and her two sons, the oldest of whom has finished high school. She started working in bookstores at the age of sixteen, and never stopped, although she also held full-time summer jobs at IBM. She reads, reviews the occasional book for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and works at a bookstore, part-time. She can contacted via her website,

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This was actually pretty good!
The author has a very fine touch with handling grief (I really shouldn't have read this on public transport), making her protagonist's emotional turmoil both believable and touching. While the plot development feels a little odd, it all adds up nicely and makes sense. Her cast of characters is very strong and well rounded too – and I applaud the choice to include an autistic character. There is no 'in your face' romance taking over the story, Emma is a charistmatic and proactive lead, and the hints for backstory and things to come fit in nicely and help flesh out the world.
I really didn't expect this to be so good, but I enjoyed it very much and can easily recommend it.
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Bravo! A new Sagara series to enjoy! 1. Mai 2012
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"Silence" by Michelle Sagara is a mesmerizing young adult book that is the first in her `Queen of the Dead' series. Emma Hall has had a lot of tragedy in her life, most recently losing her boyfriend, Nathan to a fatal car accident. Getting through the eleventh grade is hard enough without everyone constantly checking to see how she is doing but her life's about to get even harder. Her default answer is `fine' even when her head seems to be falling apart to the extent that the new guy in her class, Eric, takes her to the hospital for an MRI after having been present the night before when something extraordinary occurred to her while she was walking with her 9 year old Rottweiler in the cemetery. Luckily for Emma, her support system includes her steadfast best friend Allison who knows how to pack a wealth of information into a minimum number of words and her friend Michael who likes his life extremely orderly and sees the essence of things because he is unfettered by the polite evasions that most people employ. It turns out that Eric may be there to prevent Emma from accessing the mysterious gifts that she has suddenly acquired, even if he has to kill her. Naturally, Emma would prefer to avoid that solution but she has an agenda of her own and Eric may have to rethink his priorities.

A fantastic read that has a wonderful melange of characters (including a Rottweiler with the unlikely name of Petal and an engaging young man named Michael) who tumble from one improbable yet remarkably believable situation to another even more incredible and tension-filled challenge. The combination of typical teen concerns (school, popularity, conformity, parties) juxtaposed with the weighty concerns of death, afterlife, and survivor's guilt are presented using those who distill complicated concepts into a simple purified question of love, sacrifice and survival. Ms Sagara has an enviable ability to draw a reader into a realistic world peopled by amazingly uncanny people who display unforeseen depths. Her tendency to center her tales on a young woman who rises to the challenges presented despite great adversity and her facility for creating a cast of characters who immediately become real to the reader is the reason I greatly enjoy this author's writings. Keep a tissue handy and make sure you have plenty of time to read this exceptional tale because once you start reading, you're not going to want to put this book down and then, like me, you will be impatiently waiting for the sequel.

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Eventually, someone is going to have to start explaining things. 28. Mai 2012
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Death has surrounded Emma for most of her relatively short existence. Having suffered the loss of a family member and her boyfriend, she is no stranger to the pain and loneliness that follows the death of a loved one. Every evening she seeks what little comfort and closeness the solitude of the cemetery can afford her. When her nightly visit is interrupted by the new boy from school and his elderly companion, Emma finds herself in the middle of a meeting she wasn't meant to encounter. Something about the old woman isn't quite right, as if she doesn't really if she isn't really there. Before Emma can even begin to imagine the danger she might have stumbled into, the old woman greets her with a frighteningly icy kiss.

From the start, this book pulled me in. You can't resist the draw of that creepily gorgeous cover and the very first paragraph just sealed it further. I just knew I had stumbled upon something brilliant here. And we went along like this for nearly a quarter of the book. The graveyard scenes were wonderfully eery and Emma's melancholy life just screamed for something great and sinister to enter into it. It was a go up until that point but then, quite suddenly, the tone of the story changed direction entirely. Instead of beautifully descriptive paragraphs graced with a subtle overlay of magic, I found myself wading through 95% dialogue in an effort to hold on to the slippery 5% of remaining story. It was an exercise in futility as at this point there really wasn't much story left.

Some of it was just silly. I lost count of how many times Eric threatened to kill Chase (be it jokingly, half-jokingly or seriously). I was frustrated at the lack of explanation for Emma, her gifts, WHAT WAS GOING ON, and everyone's blind acceptance of the circumstances. Say you suddenly see dead people, and you share this with everyone and they say "Hey! We see the dead people too!" one is questioning this? And Emma, dear girl, not every boy that threatens to kill you turns out to be your hero. Sometimes he's just a guy threatening to kill you.

I have a small sad because of this.

The underlying Nancy Drew factor is still rather intriguing and if we can thin out the dialogue a bit then we really have something to work with here. Liberating lingering spooks with necromancy could be an impressive twist if future installments of the series end up leaning more toward mystery. The whole gang loading up into the car to go hunt ghosts? So very Scooby Doo and everyone loves Scooby Doo.
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Promising start to a new series! 1. Mai 2012
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Based on the short blurb I read about Silence when I received it, I thought it was going to be about a teenage girl who visits the graveyard to talk with her ghost boyfriend. I was wrong, Silence is so much more.

Yes, in Book One of The Queen of the Dead series, Emma visits the gravesite of her deceased boyfriend, Nathan, almost nightly. But it's while she's there that she runs into the new boy from her class, Eric and a mysterious old lady who tries to give her a strange gift. Soon after she's struck with terrible migraines, which soon turn into an ability see, touch, and speak to the dead. Emma's a Necromancer and that means there are some higher ups who want to see her dead. But all Emma wants to do is help the spirits, particularly a little boy who is stuck in the burning house in which he died.

This book was awesome! The world Michelle Sagara creates within the pages is unique to anything else I've read in the paranormal genre and I really enjoyed it. Sagara takes her time with the novel; we meet Emma and we learn about her life, her friends and slowly we begin to unravel her new Necromancer world along with her. Instead of it being described to us in some background paragraphs, we get to learn about with with her, which I loved. Additionally, Sagara writes a wonderfully detailed scene - I could picture the action very clearly while reading the book.

The characters in Silence were also fantastic. Instead of Emma and her friends all having the same type of personality, they were uniquely different. I really liked seeing Emma, Allison, and Amy work together even though they were from different social circles at school. Michael was also a great character - it was heartwarming to see some of the more popular girls at school befriend an autistic classmate and it was refreshing to see such a character at all. The only thing I felt was lacking was information about Nathan - we know Emma and Nathan were in love, but why? I'm looking forward to reading more about Nathan in future novels.

In short, what I really loved was Silence deeper than other mainstream YA out there. Sagara doesn't talk down to her YA audience, which is appreciated. Instead, she draws them into an interesting new world and involves them.

Four stars! The last two pages of the book have left me salivating for Book Two, which as far as I know has no title or release date scheduled yet. Nevertheless, I cannot wait to continue on with this series, which I suggest you read because I'm sure it's going to be a hit.
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enthralling Canadian urban fantasy 1. Mai 2012
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Anyone in Toronto seeing Emma in daylight would believe she is contented with her life; however at night she, accompanied by her dog, goes to the cemetery to visit her late boyfriend Nathan who died in a car accident. On one particular evening while visiting his grave, Emma notices two other people on the bench; an elderly woman seemingly made up of rags and Eric from school. They turn towards her and the woman touches her which leaves Emma scared and cold.

Eric receives a call asking if he found the necromancer. He says yes, but has not kill her yet as he has a week to complete the mission. However, Eric knows if he falters, Chase is nearby to complete the assassination assignment. The pair quickly like and admire kind Emma and realize she is not a necromancer, but something else. Instead of taking power from the dead for dark spells, she helps ghosts who for whatever reason walk the city streets. She tries to rescue the lost little boy who is enflamed in fire for eternity unless they get his mother to rescue him. Aware of Emma and her power, the Necromancer wants her power to use for his dark deeds.

Michelle Sagara writes an enthralling Canadian urban fantasy tale filled with action inside of an allegorical good and evil storyline while readers anticipate the confrontation. The first book of the Queen of the Dead contains a dark eerie atmosphere, which should surprise no one who ever visited a cemetery at night. However, it is Emma who holds the storyline together as Eric and Chase know first-hand she makes loyal friends (including the deceased) wherever she goes, which is fortunate for her as she will need them to survive the ordeal.

Harriet Klausner
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Great start to a new necromancer series 15. Juli 2012
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Silence by Michelle Sagara is an outstanding entry in the Young Adult paranormal genre. Emma is an engaging heroine. Necromancers and necromancy is an area of the paranormal that has not been flooded with entries like vampires, werewolves and even ghosts. Even if it had, there is always room for a well-written book about them, and Silence is that.

This is the opening book in a series, and as such, there is a lot of exposition and getting to know the characters. They are all intriguing and fairly well fleshed out. They are a little bit impossibly good-hearted and loyal for typical teenagers, but fascinating nonetheless. There is a tenderness in handling the characters, particularly a high-functioning autistic boy and even the family dog. The characters are integrated into the story and not tacked on. They reminded me a little of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Scooby gang in their loyalties and interactions, and that's not a bad thing.

The world of necromancy and the powers of necromancers is exciting. Emma is at the center of forces eager to use her powers or to prevent them from being used. This book barely scratches the surface of those powers, but hints at a wealth of possibilities to fill more entries in the series.

Sagara wisely keeps the plot narrowly focused here so that the story keeps moving along briskly. You get to know the characters and the situation as you are moving forward, rather than have the book stop for heavy bouts of exposition. The story moves along briskly and the pages fly by, while leaving the impression that only the tip of the iceberg has been explored and so much more awaits to be discovered. It is a complete story in and of itself, but leaves you eager for the next chapter. Highly recommended. I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book.
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