The Story of Silence

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Pub Date 9 Jul 2020 | Archive Date Not set

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A knightly fairy tale of royalty and dragons, of midwives with secrets and dashing strangers in dark inns. Inspired by the original French legend, The Story of Silence is a rich new story for today’s world – sure to delight fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale.

There was once, long ago, a foolish king who decreed that women would not, inherit. Thus when a girl-child was born to Lord Cador – Merlin-enchanted fighter of dragons and Earl of Cornwall – he secreted her away: to be raised a boy so that the family land and honour would remain intact.

That child’s name was Silence.

Silence must find their own place in a medieval world that is determined to place the many restrictions of gender and class upon them. With dreams of knighthood and a lonely heart to answer, Silence sets out to define themselves.

Soon their silence will be ended.

A knightly fairy tale of royalty and dragons, of midwives with secrets and dashing strangers in dark inns. Inspired by the original French legend, The Story of Silence is a rich new story for today’s...


Advance Praise

Praise for Alex Myers:

'Deftly written… original and affecting' Publishers Weekly 

'Remarkable' New York Times

Praise for Alex Myers:

'Deftly written… original and affecting' Publishers Weekly 

'Remarkable' New York Times


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Featured Reviews

I absolutely loved this book! I loved that it was set in Cornwall, and as someone who has been there a lot, it meant that I knew all the places the travelled to! I love the character development in this and thought that the book portrayed some very important messages incredibly well!

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This is like everything I ever wanted from an Arthurian retelling but never knew I needed: preposterous, adventurous, full of heart and with a main character whose difficult circumstances and incredible journey are lovingly described. Myers really captured the feel of tales from this era; it reminded me of a class I took in medieval German literature (which, incidentally, I hated - but that was entirely the lecturer's fault. The actual literature I adored!) with its occasional sheer absurdity. At the heart of it, The Story of Silence is about gender, and it was really fascinating to learn that it was based on a real 13th century tale, discovered in 1911. And the story is, of course, about Silence, whose determination to be a knight, resilience, and sheer goodness were honestly just delightful to read. I gave this four stars because the pace felt a little meandering at times, but overall I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an Arthurian-era tale with what feels like a very modern take on gender.

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