Silent Hall

Silent Hall

Book - 2016
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Five bedraggled refugees and a sinister wizard awaken a dragon and defy the gods.

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything - and anyone - to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe.

With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves - and Psander's library - from the wrath of the gods.

All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world.

How hard could it be?

File Under : Fantasy [ Ravens of Revenge / The Great Flood / Dragon Boy / You're the Prophecy ]
Publisher: Nottingham, UK :, Angry Robot,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780857665676
Characteristics: 522 pages ; 18 cm.


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Dec 02, 2017

I got most of the way through this out of sheer willpower. It was recommended by someone whose taste I don't trust and yikes, I will continue to not trust them. The marginally interesting departures from the traditional high fantasy setting (the gods are basically super-humans and can be killed, elves are Celtic mischief-makers and bad guys, not Tolkienian good guys) kept me going for a few chapters but couldn't save the book from itself. The prose is so pedestrian that it belongs in the crosswalk. The characters were cardboard cutouts (the fighter! the mage! the cleric! the brain! the druid!) whose relationships started out odd and never got any more believable, despite plenty of time wandering around together, for unfathomable reasons. This book basically reads like a poorly-transcribed D&D campaign run by a 14-year-old.

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