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Lily the Silent (The History of Arcadia #2)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  8 reviews

"Look inside this world and find wonder."—Kate Bernheimer, editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me

Lily leads a serene life in Arcadia until the forces of Megalopolis invade. Rescued from slavery by a prince of Megalopolis, Lily is sent to retrieve a very important key. Aided by her friends, her dog Rex, and even Death herself, Lily's adventures take her from
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Exterminating Angel Press (first published October 16th 2012)
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Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Like many others, I did not realize this was a second book in a series; however that really did not impede my reading of it. I enjoyed the story that Ms. Davies concocted. It was full of interesting elements that would draw the reader in. I think the difficulty was that the story was very detail oriented and I found myself having to re-read many portions to make sure I understood who, what, and why things were occurring.
On another note, I found it every enjoyable that the premise of the tale is
Ashlea (
This book is quite beautiful - both the ideas in it and the art deco style illustrations. It is a fairy tale, sort of. Perhaps a better description is a myth. The author has created a story that looks back at a golden age, and the destruction of that age, from a time after that tries to pick up the pieces.

As I said, the ideas in it - living in small communities, harmony with nature, rejecting consumerism, a culture choosing a measured life with reluctant leadership who accept their responsibili
In her latest novel, Davies continues to weave the language of legend with that of scholarly work to examine how history is created and colored by different perspectives. Lily will capture your heart as you learn her story through her daughter Sophia's investigation into the history of the kingdom of Arcadia. Through adventures wondrous and horrifying, Lily becomes a heroine with reserves of strength to fight for the greater good even when it means breaking her own heart. And in the end, Sophia ...more
Lily the Silent reminded me of works by authors who blur the line between fable and emotionally realistic, less overtly symbolic (if still fantastic) narrative, like Angela Carter, Rachel Pollack, and Kelly Link. There's a lot I admire about it. It's unambiguously, but not heavily-handed, feminist. It explicitly opposes the conventions of Tolkein-derivative heroic fantasy. At its best, it slips between figurative and literal descriptions with dreamlike fluidity.

But I can't say I enjoyed it much
Moze (SmartFolksRead)
Lily the Silent is one novel that I found not only ridiculously fun to read, but also amazingly lovely in and of itself. Reading like a mix between a history lesson, a story my grandmother would tell me as a child and a myth, Lily the Silent had me captivated form the Editor's Note. The author makes us believe that he is not actually the author, but one who has been trusted by the ghost of Sophia of Wise to tell us the story of her mother, Lily the Silent, the first queen of Arcadia. Between the ...more
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
The writing in this book is splendid and the fairy tale is extremely detailed. The artwork is beautiful and deserves it own praise. This book reminded me of reading the Lord of the Rings (the style, not the content). I think anyone who loves a truly good and well-thought out fairy tale will enjoy this book.
Lily the Silent reads like a mix of Celtic legend and dystopian fantasy, with charming Art Nouveau illustrations. It is rather like Chronicles of Prydain meets Hunger Games. It is also a clever and well executed alchemical allegory so five stars all around!
It's probably my own fault for not knowing this was the second book of a series until I had almost finished it, but I found this book barely readable—it was boring, meandering, and inscrutable.
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Tod Davies is the author of Snotty Saves the Day and Lily the Silent, both from The History of Arcadia series, and the cooking memoirs Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You’ve Got and Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not Be Catered. Unsurprisingly, her attitude toward literature is the same as her attitude toward cooking—it’s all about working with what you have to find new ways of looking ...more
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