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Summary

A knightly fairy tale of royalty and dragons, of midwives with secrets and dashing strangers in dark inns. Taking the original French legend as his starting point, The Story of Silence is a rich, multilayered 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 should not, and 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. 

©2020 Alex Myers (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"[Myers’] prose is utterly enchanting. Fantasy and historical fiction readers will delight in this mythical contribution to Arthuriana." (Publishers Weekly)

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What a treat.

Alex Myer’s novel has deservedly been highly praised. It is utterly beguiling, a compelling and enriching read. As to the audio recording, James Macnaughton has an attractive voice and his characterisations perfectly compliment the written word. His audio performance (it wouldn’t do it justice to describe it as reading) is a complete delight and one I shall enjoy relistening to in the future. Full marks to the publisher for choosing an English actor for this recording.