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

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Lanen Kaelar has spent her life being told just how wrongheaded and foolish she is by her entire family. When Lanen's father dies, she chooses to leave her abusive relatives and search out the great dragons she has always dreamed of, though she knows what she seeks may not be real.

But those who hold true power know that prophecies have been told of Lanen Kaelar since befo
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Paperback, 401 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1996)
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Jabberwocky
Jun 09, 2009 Jabberwocky rated it really liked it
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
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Natasha
Mar 08, 2012 Natasha rated it it was amazing
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
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
So many books, so little time! I think I am done with this one, not so much because after 70 pages very little had happened as because the protagonist is just too stupid to live. She finds out that she might be the daughter of a guy who's promised to sacrifice the life of his firstborn child in exchange for power. Mere days after this revelation, she decides it would be a good idea to hang out with a strange older man who seems unduly interested in her (we've already established that she's not t ...more
Janet
Sep 10, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
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
Jeffrey Grant
Apr 04, 2013 Jeffrey Grant rated it it was amazing
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
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Kelly D.
Apr 29, 2007 Kelly D. rated it it was amazing  ·  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.

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Anya
Jan 01, 2014 Anya rated it really liked it
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
This was a Guest Post over at Once Upon A Time and I’m reposting just in case you missed it :)
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
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Neil
Jan 04, 2013 Neil rated it really liked it
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
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Amanda
Jul 25, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it
i stopped reading this book after a few pages because, frankly, it bored me. i did not have the attention span to finish reading it. maybe if i wholeheartedly applied myself i would like it more, but for now i'll just leave it unrated.
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Jun 19, 2008 St[♥]r Pr!nc:$$ N[♥]wsheen pictures, pictures, pictures ||| ♥ Zin Uru ♥ |||| rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: me
Recommended to St[♥]r Pr!nc:$$ N[♥]wsheen pictures, pictures, pictures by: me
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
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)
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Victoria
May 08, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it
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,
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Siobhan
Mar 04, 2016 Siobhan rated it liked it
I first read this book back when I was 12 and I did not remember this book at all (okay so that's not such a shocker, but I feel kind of amazed that I imagined things completely different). I picked this book up again because like....DRAGONS!!!!

Yes this book is full of dragons! And they do not disappoint! You get a small little glimpse into their culture (I really wish it was more, it could have been an amazing read!) and how they show emotion and how they speak. It was interesting. It's unfort
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Angie
Apr 05, 2016 Angie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
So, this book is.... different. I wasn't a big fan of the writing, but it had a little bit of a Mary Sue for the main character. I saw the ending coming from a mile away, otherwise we would have been stuck with a book about bestiality. Which is another uncomfortable topic in this book as infallible and super-lucky Lanen of COURSE encounters dragons like she wanted and of COURSE she bonds with the king of the dragons and they fall in love and then angst about the fact that they aren't the same sp ...more
Jenelle
Nov 07, 2016 Jenelle rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I started out not knowing what this book even was, it was a freebie from my boyfriend's co-workers girlfriend. Or something.

and then I really liked it! The main girl was interesting and she started out on a fairly normal girl quest. Then DRAGONS!

then it turned into a romance?? True love between girl and dragon?? I thought it was weird.

totally gonna read the sequel
Michelle
This is essentially Twilight with a dragon instead of a vampire. Yes, really. If that appeals to you, then you'll like this, but if not, you should probably avoid this novel. Lanen is a dull author's pet, her dragon love interest is equally bland, and the plot is full of cliches. Worldbuilding's okay, though.
Alassea Telrunya
Oct 31, 2014 Alassea Telrunya rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, stupid-books
One of the worse and stupidest fantasy books I ever read. Both the protagonists go so sue and stu, I almost burned the library copy. Heroine was seriously irritating and Heroine's mother has got to be one of the stupidest woman I ever read about.

Only character I liked was the dragon's unfortunate female admirer. What she sees in him, I will never understand though.
Zsofi
Dec 30, 2010 Zsofi rated it it was amazing
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.
Lesley
Sep 22, 2011 Lesley rated it did not like it
Weird writing style. But more importantly, a human and a dragon falling in love at first sight? I just couldn't get past that one.
Susan Barlow
May 13, 2009 Susan Barlow rated it did not like it
This might be one of the worst books I've ever read! this is why you don't blindly take recommendations from friends of friends of coworkers.
MJ
Jun 22, 2011 MJ rated it did not like it
The idea for this book was quite interesting, but the writing was just boring - and then in the middle of the book the headlines on who the narrative belonged to - that was just tacky.
Kimberly Jaeger
May 17, 2013 Kimberly Jaeger rated it did not like it
Honestly could not get past page 150- was bored with it.......can not recommend this book.
Shamela
Apr 15, 2013 Shamela rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I actually forgot I was reading this. A sign to move on to something else I think.
Gemma
Feb 28, 2017 Gemma rated it really liked it
Revisiting an old friend :)

Probably more 3 than 4 stars, however I gave it the 4 stars due to it being a book that has always remained with me. As a young reader I loved everything about it, and spent many hours dreaming of dragons. Years later, and I can still appreciate the escapism, and the happy feelings I felt upon first reading this novel are again revived.

Heather
May 23, 2017 Heather rated it really liked it
This was good. Quite different. I liked the characters and the world. Dialogue was really good. Intriguing plot line.
Alexis
Jul 01, 2014 Alexis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic-for-teens, ya
Lanen is a girl who has always known she was meant to travel. When her father dies she discovers that he was not in fact her true father. This question of her father's identity is a thread that is woven throughout the book- mostly accompanied by the question of if she has a villain's blood in her veins or that of a good man. Lanen departs from her father's farm and starts on a journey to find the Dragons- the Greater Kindred, not the small horse-sized Lesser Kindred that are so common in her lan ...more
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 Chip Hunter rated it really liked it
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. After letting it collect some dust on my "to read" shelf for a couple of months, where it didn't look too thrilling and I must admit that a number of other books skipped ahead of it in the queue, I finally picked it up for a long plane ride. Unfortunately for me, I found myself pretty much engrossed right from the beginining and didn't get any of the sleep I was hoping for on that trip.

The characters are engaging and the plot is unique an
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Zaelyx
Aug 16, 2013 Zaelyx rated it really liked it
In case it wasn't already obvious to those who know me, I'll state it outright: I've always had a very special place in my heart for dragons. To me, they are the very quintessence and pinnacle of fantasy. I particularly enjoy when the creatures are endowed with an intellect equal to or greater than their human counterparts, and it's nice when they lack the capricious brutality all too commonly attributed to them.

I certainly identified with Lanen early in the story. She dreamt of dragons and poss
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Laura
Nov 05, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Song in the Silence is a great simple fantasy novel. There are different kingdoms, but they aren't overly complex or hard to understand. There are bad guys and there are good guys and though there are surprises that someone isn't what they seem - there isn't a lot of political intrigue to wade through. Which is a breath of fresh air.

The storyline is simple to understand. Lanen has always dreamed of meeting the dragons. Of speaking with them. And so she sets out for the Dragon Isle with a group l
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Hazel M Bear
Mar 05, 2014 Hazel M Bear rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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The Tale of Lanen Kaelar (3 books)
  • The Lesser Kindred (The Tale of Lanen Kaelar, #2)
  • Redeeming the Lost (The Tale of Lanen Kaelar, #3)

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