Song in the Silence (The Tale of Lanen Kaelar, #1)
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Song in the Silence (The Tale of Lanen Kaelar #1)

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Lanen Kaelar has dreamed of dragons all her life. But not just dreaming, for Lanen believes in dragons.

Her family mocks her that dragons are just a silly myth. A legend. But Lanen knows better. And she means to prove it. One day she sets out on a dangerous voyage to the remote West to find the land of the True Dragons.

What she discovers is a land of real dragons more beau...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1996)
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Jabberwocky
This book is a total fluff book. And I love it to pieces.

As a young teen, I scoured the library for every fantasy book involving dragons. I loved dragon fantasies like some other people like werewolves or vampires (I'm looking at you, Twilight fans!). And some of these books were very silly and fluffy. But they usually didn't have too much romance, because I thought romance was altogether too gooey and distracted too much from the much more important business of fighting monsters and having adv...more
Natasha
All of you who love science fiction, a fantastic plot, a tear jerking love story, and beautiful imagery and writing all rolled into one... look no further. This series has it all, and Elizabeth Kerner had me hooked within the first page. The tale of Lanen as she follows her dreams to the dragon isle is one that I revisit often. It never fails to invoke the same emotional reaction it always did, appealing to me both as a young adult(when I first read it), and an adult(When I read it the second......more
Jeffrey Grant
This book had kind of a slow start, but once it got going it was an absolute joy to read.
It put me in mind of Mercedes Lackey's early Valdemar books or The Fairy Godmother, tending toward the tone of the latter; there's a mix of conversation, mundane "living life" moments, and fantastical action. Also, like the books I mentioned, a romance story features as central to the plot and a lot of time is spent on it, though it doesn't become the whole story like in Romeo and Juliet.
The ending may com...more
Janet
Song in the Silence is a straightforward pursuing-a-dream journey story that avoids the chest-thumping conventions of typical epic fantasy capital-Q Quests. Kerner's heroine has feminine goals and strengths, rather than succeeding like a male hero would. Perhaps when writing this story in the early 1990s, Kerner was sick of fantasy women warriors who, no matter how skilled, were still inevitably portrayed as busty sex goddesses in leather lingerie, and wanted to create a different kind of female...more
Anya
Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner is a bardic high fantasy about a young woman believing in legends and finding much more than she ever hoped possible, including adventure, demons, dragons and love of an unexpected variety
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When I was at the library a few months ago I saw a pamphlet celebrating Dragon Week and squeed with delight. OMG all I LOVE dragons :D. So I decided to look for one of the titles...more
Wyrdness
I found this story to be somewhere between the usual type of dragon filled fantasy and a fantasy romance with dragons. There's the signs of a far reaching Quest to Save the World, but for the most part things seem to revolve around the budding and bizarre relationship between Lanan and Akhor.

I say bizarre because she's a (fairly) regular woman, even if everyone around her seems to think that being tall and strong makes her freakish, (view spoiler)...more
Victoria
There are a lot of dragon stories out there; tons of fantasy and sci-fi fiction about people and dragons, magic, sorcerers, demons, quests. It's pretty basic. But this novel stood out, maybe because I hadn't heard about it before or since I read it. And I really, really liked it.

Lanen Kaelar is a helper on her family's farm...until her father dies and she is set free. Off in search of adventure, accompanied by the roguish Jamie, who essentially raised her, Lanen heads for the coast. In her mind,...more
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May 22, 2012 St[♥]r Pr!nc:$$ N[♥]wsheen pictures, pictures, pictures ||| ♥ waking in the snow ||||| ♥ tracing steps to rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: me
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I have fond memory of this reading, so...I bought a copy from this big posh book store on orchard road in singapore . It was called Kinokuniya or something japanese. The author is not very big. But I had been feeling like a good fantasy book to read. This turned out to be my first fantasy full scale novel that I read. I was majorly fascinated to find out that i was a dragon according to chinese mythology, some crap but hey it's the most revered sign of their zodiac and there is even a festival o...more
Neil
I picked up this book second hand from a charity shop. I picked it up, examined it, put it down and walked away from it. But I kept thinking about about, so I went back and bought it. It's magic was already working on me.
What magic? Something about the title, the cover, the map, the beginning of the story, the voice of Lanen. They all spoke to me from the beginning, and I was spellbound.
On page 76 came my Great Criticism. I had soaked Lanen into me, and for 76 pages we had followed her, in her...more
Kelly D.
Apr 30, 2007 Kelly D. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fantasy and dragon lovers
One of my first favorite books recommded to me by a friend. After re-reading it several times, I'm able to pick out the good and the bad. 1.) The characters are absolutely lovable and cherishable. Their personalities shine radiantly through Kerner's writing. 2.) The story is compelling and romantic...though perhaps a little too neatly wrapped up. But a happy ending will please most audiences. 3.) The writing, in and of itself, is not perfect...But this can be overlooked by the former 2 points.

T...more
Cideon
I was proud to have finished this novel in 7 days. Every free moment I had, I just needed to use it for reading! It was written clearly, not simply though, without any time wasted on useless bits that did not work to fulfill the storyline. Lanen's adventures were fascinating and her voice so true to her character. Jaime, Akor, heck all the wonderful characters are themselves rather than just simple placeholders you unfortunately often find in fantasy novels. Even the villain. The world was rich...more
Sadie Mason-Smith
I originally read this in high school, and reread it recently. This book series features some fantastic MOTHERLOVING DRAGONS, but is inundated with the kind of overly-flowery language that tends to show up in teenager's first fanfic attempts and fantasy genre authors who just really really want to be Tolkien.

I love the plot premise and the issues of a cross-species Epic Love for people who aren't Jack Harkness (this relationship totally passes the Jack Harkness rules of "Can we get it on?" - eve...more
Zsofia
Jan 02, 2011 Zsofia rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who likes dragons
Dragons, and a strong female protagonist, what more could I ask for?
A female protagonist is important for me (sorry, I really do not mean to be offensive with that, it's just the way I enjoy the books I read), and friendship between dragons and humans is a winner with me too.
Ali
Apr 19, 2014 Ali added it
I read Song in the Silence when I was thirteen or so. At the time, I loved it for the epic scope and moreover, for Lanen and Akhor/Varien. On a nostalgic whim, I read the first couple pages on Amazon and I realized (with the benefit of a decade's experience) that the prose is terribly purple. It's possible there are some positive traits beneath the excessive description; I hope so, if only because I was convinced of it at one point in my life. I don't have the forbearance to check, however, and...more
Megan F. 8 Rdg
I rated this book 5 stars. (If I could, 10, but sadly I can't. :D)

This book is about Lanen Kaelar, and her journey to the Dragon Isles. What she finds there is behind her imagination and hope, and it will be an adventure she will never forget.

I absolutely love this book because of the plot and characters, and how the author wrote it. The way it was written gave you a chance to see what almost all the characters were feeling sometime throughout the book. This is a MUST read, and by far, my fav...more
Jae
Despite its strange content, this book was amazing and it was my favorite book to read back in high school. It was fast paced and it was fun to read. The characters were believable. I really enjoyed this book and its high fantasy settings. It has strange content though, so read it with a grain of salt.
Tina
This is a great dragon novel! My copy has a lot of whiteout in it to cover up all the swearing, but if you can find an edited version, this book is definitely worth reading.
Tony
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Midnight
Loved the Dragons, loved a determined women on an adventure, but the villain was just not to my preference as far as villains go, a very weak villain type. (Why does every female character's evil villain have to be a perv? Is that really the worst villain for a woman? I find this insulting.)I am hoping the antagonist(s) become greater as the book series goes on. Maybe this one was weak, because it was only the first book of many.

The narration was very unique in this book, first time I came acros...more
Elyza
I'm not sure why I picked up this book. Usually I find fantasy books of this size daunting and over my head. Not so with "Song in the Silence". It starts deceptively slow but picks up quickly, so that I found it hard to put down. I loved this new take on dragons and could tell the author worked hard on her details. I especially liked the dragons names and their opinion of gold. The romance in the story was lovely and surprising. Although the love declarations were a little melodramatic. I hope...more
Gardavson
Very nice book. Perhaps not the deepest as far as plot goes, but absolutely entertaining none the less. There were moments of brilliance, of literary "thoughtful moments" which I adore. It's next to impossible to believe that this is the author's first published work. The writing and voice was superb. I was slightly disappointed with the turn taken at the end of the book. I could see it coming, and was saddened by it. Love dragons, humans...eh. Can't say more. But, it largely will effect the nex...more
Elise
A woman goes on a journey in search of the land of dragons she heard so much about as a youth from stories. She finds them and falls in love with one of them, but at the same time there is tension among the dragons about their relationship. Not to mention she also has to deal with a demon summoner who wants nothing more to destroy her and take possession of the treasures the dragons keep. It's kind of a romanticised tale, but I really loved it. It's a very good story and I loved the relationship...more
Anna Tan
Oh, dragons. <3
Laura
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Marin
This was a cool book, and I stayed up way too late reading it. I plan to read the sequels.

I don't read a ton of this genre (dragon fantasy), so I don't have a lot to compare it to, and I'm afraid my review won't be that useful. I was a little annoyed by the stilted language, but I realize that many readers love this genre for precisely that element. The characters were also a little too simplistic for my taste (again, something that fantasy fans love). The plot and the overall concept was fantas...more
Jenny
So, the ONE thing I didn't like was the romance being way over the top fast. I mean, think Disney Princess fast. Wow. But, otherwise a fascinating book with great bad guys, even scarier bosses of bad guys and so much potential for the future books. I'm awful with series, so I'm betting I won't read the rest (2 more, already published). I also didn't like some things about how it all 'works out', but that's personal preference - I'm guessing most people love that part.
Anyways, B+. Excellent fanta...more
Jessie
Although this book has gotten a lot of great reviews I didn't really enjoy it. Dragon lovers will probably like it.

Pro ~ Interesting and original mythology and back-story; switching p-o-v between characters helpful plot device

Con - Lots of talk and exposition; introduction of major plot points late in narrative to cover holes in plot; clutter; speeding up switching pov as climax nears is irratating.

Because this writer was so well reviewed I decided to give the whole trilogy a read. Waste of time...more
Maria Dar
I admit - I totally loved this.

In a time where I was obsessed with dragons, and looking for a great dragon novel to read, this one came up and I took it and devoured it.

Yes, I even ended up buying a copy of the book years later.

I haven't read the following books, but on it's own I really heart it to pieces. Sure, that part where Lanen was assisting the dragon give birth...

But I loved it. I still do, I think. I'll have to pull it out of my bookshelf to read it again when I get a chance.
vylit
Oh god. I remember loving this book when I was a teenager, so of course I had to read it again as an adult. The prose is purple and it is ridiculously melodramatic, so over the top that I had to laugh at a few parts. However, for all that, I think it's a hell of a fun read. Lanen is likable and smart, and Akhor was charming. I think the world she imagined for the Kantri was interesting and beautiful, and I found the secondary characters, particularly the dragons, to be really likable.
Krystin
Dec 30, 2007 Krystin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone starting out in the fantasy genre
Up until my junior year in high school I normally read chick-lit or historical fiction. That is, until I read this book which has become one of my favorites. Lanen is one of my kick butt females because she throws caution to the wind and shows amazing courage in the face of serious danger. The author fills this book with imaginative and thoughtful details about the character's world. Even if you normally do not like fantasy books this is one that anyone can read and get into.
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Elizabeth Kerner (1958–) is a fantasy writer. She is the author of Song in the Silence, The Lesser Kindred, and Redeeming the Lost, the initial trilogy of a series based upon humans re-establishing contact with dragons, who fled mortal lands thousands of years ago for reasons unknown.

An American by birth, she moved to Scotland in 1976 to attend the University of St. Andrews. She obtained an MA (Ho...more
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