on October 27th 2016
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Enter Whisper Hollow at your own risk, for in this town spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead.
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. As Bryan - my guardian and mate - and I work to break the hex, we stumble over a dark and violent mystery from the past. And the Hounds of Cú Chulainn will do anything to stop us from bringing it to light.
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
Shadow Silence is the second book in the ‘Whisper Hollow’ series by Yasmine Galenorn. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but I think I would have understood this book a little more if I had had all the background information from reading it.
This story is about a group of people living in Whisper Hollow. Kerris Fellwater, is a Spirit Shaman, her job is to make sure that the dead stay in their graves, keeping humans safe from them. She found out about her destiny in the first book, and in this book she has to pretty much learn as she goes about what powers she has and how to use them.
Bryan is her boyfriend and a shape-shifter. He is also her guardian and protector.
Peggin is Kerris’ best friend and in this book she finds herself losing her rental home. The only way she could afford a new place was to take one of the old houses very close to the lake. Nobody lives there any more. Everybody is too scared because of the Lady in the Lake whose siren call has taken many lives. Peggin is sure she can stay safe, especially with the help of her supernatural friends who can help ward the place.
Unfortunately, before she even had chance to move in properly, the Lady of the Lake called, and while her friends were helping with moving her things in and unpacking, Peggin ends up being dragged into the lake. Thankfully Kerris is alerted to what is happening and she and the others dive into the lake and drag her from the Lady’s clutches.
It doesn’t end there though, because Peggin has been marked by the Lady. Which means that she is targeted, and through any body of water, she can kill her, even in a bath. Kerris, Bryan, and the members of the Morrigan including Lila, Ivy, and Oriel, have to find a way to remove the Hex.
That in itself is a big enough problem, but at the same time other big problems arise. The evil Hounds of Cu’ Chulainn who have feuded with the Morrigan for all time, have something to hide, something linked to Peggin and her new house by the lake. When she moved in and the friends started to investigate the house, the Hounds had to take action.
Add to that, there are other evils, ones who are sending shadow men after humans, men that thanks to a spell of evil are getting too close to the town. Kerris and her team have to find a way to break the spell and keep the town safe.
There is so much going on in this story, there is never a dull moment. There are twists and turns, danger, and the supernatural aspect of the story is absolutely amazing. The authors descriptions of the scenes really put you in the picture so that you could almost see yourself there amongst the group. At times I have to say that a little less description might have been OK too, such as when we were told just who was eating what, and how much of it, or who was wearing what. A little less of that and the book would have been pretty much perfect. Perhaps a little bit more romance would have been good too. But with Kellis, Bryan, Peggin and Dr D already being paired up, I guess a full on romantic story wouldn’t have been possible. That said, the book was so full on with various good verses evil plots that something had to take a back seat.
The book started out slow for me, and if I am honest, I nearly gave up reading it. But I persevered and am very glad that I did because the second half of the book really ramped up the exciting action and I couldn’t read it quickly enough to find out how it ended.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.