by Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Whisper Hollow #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
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Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I'm Kerris Fellwater, and I'm a spirit shaman. It's my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don't always stay buried.
My best friend Peggin finds herself under a curse after she is almost taken by the Lady of the Lake, and the Unliving are determined to drag her back to the hungry waters. As Bryan—my guardian and mate—and I work to break the hex, we uncover a dark and violent mystery from the past. One the Hounds of Cú Chulainn will do anything to guard—even if they must summon a legion of the dead to destroy Whisper Hollow.
Shadow Silence is the second book in the Whisper Hollow fantasy series by Yasmine Galenorn. While it looks like this is the last book in the series to be published by Berkeley/NAL, Galenorn plans to continue the series and I could not be more thrilled. From the town on Crescent Lake known as Whisper Hollow to the folklore I love this series and its characters.
Espresso review: Beautiful imagery, mythical beings and nail-biting suspense had me flipping the pages of Shadow Silence.
Whisper Hollow: Where spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead.
Shifters, Gods, Shaman and paranormal creatures reside amongst the living in Whisper Hollow. Kerris Fellwater carries the mark, and is the spirit shaman. Her job is to drive the dead back to their graves.She is aided by her protector Bryan and assisted by Ellia who plays the song of the dead. While there is an overall arc concerning the scorned gods and the balance against evil, each book seems to deal with a particular threat or two.
Galenorn quickly pulled me back into this world as events take place a few months after those in book one, Autumn Thorns. Peggin, Kerris’s best friend is cursed by the Lady of the Lake and all hell breaks loose as the unliving try to pull her into the lake’s murky depths. The case was interesting with plenty of action. I enjoyed how the author weaved town history into this story and then linked it to a mysterious object.
While Peggin’s curse was the central theme, we were treated to additional threads that held my interest. The Hounds of Cu’ Chulainn, the silencing of the screaming tree and Magda and her witch bottles. I loved all the spells and rituals combined with lures and supernatural creatures. This tale screams fall and Galenorn brought Whisper Hollow and the surrounding forest to life.
Secondary characters from those belonging to the secret society to Deev, Peggin’s steampunk boyfriend grab the reader’s attention and will have them demanding more details. Deev is unique, and has a strange gift. We learn more about him but these details had me screaming for more. I love Peggin and her retro pin-up girl wardrobe.
The Crow Man continues to delight me with his tongue twisters and the story of the Unliving Queen Veronica was creeptastic and sorrowful. This scene truly highlights this author’s vivid imagination and gave me goosebumps. She adds a sense of realness to these twisted lores and for this reader it’s addictive.
The romance between Bryan and Kerris continues to grow and felt genuine. We gained a little more knowledge about Bryan and his family’s role. I would like to see him take a more centered role in addition to being her protector.
Shadow Silence was a strong, well-developed second novel that delivered answers while teasing about things to come. I for one cannot wait to return to Whisper Hollow. Fans of rituals, gods, and folklore will enjoy this well crafted tale.
Read an Excerpt of Autumn Thorns, book 1
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