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(The Queen of the Dead #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,955 ratings  ·  294 reviews
The haunting beginning to Michelle Sagara's young adult paranormal trilogy, Queen of the Dead.

It began in the graveyard...

Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that's all it was. For Emma, life had stopped
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by DAW
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Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) Michelle Sagara makes her young adult debut with Silence, a spooky and emotionally moving urban fantasy. The heroine, Emma, is mourning her boyfriend Nathan, who died in a car accident. She feels most at peace when she visits the cemetery in the evenings — until one night she has an uncanny encounter on the grounds. And the weirdness doesn’t end there. Now Emma can see and touch the dead, and may be able to affect these spirits in other ways as well…

Emma is a well-rounded character w
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: umm - everyone? You need to like quiet friendship and grief, too, though
Recommended to Estara by: It's MSW and I try anthing by her once - only had problems with The Sundered so far - doing YA Gothic? Something like that?
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
In a Sentence: Though the writing style left me feeling a little disoriented at times, overall, I was impressed by Silence, and I definitely plan on checking out more by Michelle Sagara in the future!
My Thoughts
I usually consider myself to be pretty up-to-date on upcoming young adult releases, but Silence was one of those books that managed to completely slip by me. When I found a copy in my mailbox, I honestly had no idea what the book was about at all, and I hadn't heard of the author before
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

This is going to be a tough review for me to write, mainly because Silence is one of those books I just couldn't get into, but when the time comes to describe the reasons why, I am at a loss. I mean, it's not like there were a bunch of faults I could point to, or even any single factor in the book which I vehemently disliked. At the same time, nothing about it stood out for me either. As a whole, it just left me feeling
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent start to a new series!

“Silence” by Michelle Sagara is a mesmerizing young adult book that is the first in her ‘Queen of the Dead’ series. Emma Hall has had a lot of tragedy in her life, most recently losing her boyfriend, Nathan to a fatal car accident. Getting through the eleventh grade is hard enough without everyone constantly checking to see how she is doing but her life’s about to get even harder. Her default answer is ‘fine’ even when her head seems to be falling apart to the ext
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing little gem this was. I wasn't so sure that I was going to be crazy about it in the first few pages because of the writing style, but I dug my heels in and adapted about 10 pages into Silence and I am so very happy that I did. This is one of my favorite reads of this year so far. Thank you Michelle Sagara for this amazing read. I was blown away throughout the whole book, and even now, a few hours later, I am still feeling the blow.

Review to come.....
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-emmy
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The first installment in The Queen of the Dead series lays out all the relationships that will push the plot forward. It’s a fast, engaging read that brings ghosts and Necromancers into colliding with the reality the rest of us live in.

Opening Sentence: Everything happens at night.

The Review:

Emma’s experienced a lot of loss in her life. Her father, years ago, and then just last summer her boyfriend Nathan died in a car accident. Her first lo
I really wanted to like this book but it just didn't gel with me.

The premise is really cool, and I was drawn in by the first quarter or so of the book, but once Eric is introduced, there is so much left unexplained. It comes in pretty early that Eric is supposed to kill Emma, but there's... no reason given. He and Chase TELL her that they're going to and only give the vaguest explanation -- because she's a Necromancer.

There's a scene with a rival Necromancer, but it isn't really shown why he is
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Virginia by: The Big Idea
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ooof this was hard-hitting and very well done (trigger warning: death of a child, painted in a very realistic and compassionate way). I love Emma and her friends, and the interactions between them--they make this feel so very grounded and real.

Didn't like it. It wasn't completely awful but there was far more bad elements than good.

-Most of Silence was cliched. It had the run off the mill heroine (Emma) who all of sudden had super speshul powers, and then there was the hot-new-mysterious-guy (Eric) who showed up and threatened the heroine. Ugh.
One thing I did like was that Emma and Eric didn't fall in insta-love and start acting like nothing else but their love mattered. But I guess that'll happen in the second book.

-Emma was r
Maurynne  Maxwell
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
At first, I confess, I was reading this thinking,why has M. S. jumped on the ya urban fantasy seeing dead people bandwagon? Everything else she's written has such originality. Then in her inimitable fashion, she sucked me in all the way. And, whereas I was easily able to give up certain other author's forays into ya, I will keep reading these. Part of Sagara's gift is to gift her outsiders community, and this is what's so seductive to me as a reader. All us outsiders long for community, if we li ...more
Alice Liu
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fun and unique read with unlikely heroes. I was absolutely thrilled by Michael, the high-functioning autistic boy. Because Emma and her friends grew up with Michael, they adjusted their behavior around him and that behavior became the new norm. It shows how open and flexible children can be (both the popular and unpopular). Being around Michael also makes it possible for the characters to accept the supernatural as it happens: They accept what is true for them and focus on the sol ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Emma and her loyal dog Petal (an incongruously named rottweiler) are on their usual evening stroll through the neighborhood cemetery. After the death of her boyfriend, Nathan, in a fatal car accident the prior year, Emma has taken to visiting the graveyard, wrestling with her solitary grief in the long, quiet hours of the night. On this particular night, however, things are neither solitary nor quiet, as Emma runs into the charming new guy in school, Eric
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: friends, family, and fellow bloggers
Recommended to Susan by: This book was received for review on my blog via the publisher.
Shelves: books-read-2012
Silence is a beautifully written paranormal with intriguing mystery, charming and charismatic characters, and an enticing flare for originality. The world Michelle Sagara creates is both interesting and complex, brimming with thrilling imaginative creativity, gorgeous prose, and a brilliant and cleverly written nod to the history of necromancy. The plot is dark and driven, yet has an insanely amazing way of keeping readers on the edge of their seats with the anticipation of what's to come next ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-books
I was excited to read Silence, mainly because it is refreshing to find necromancy in YA; a subject I love, but don't come across very often. I was excited to read Michelle Sagara's take on it, and began this book shortly after receiving it.

The story in these pages is full of thrilling moments that kept me reading on. It contains mystery, action, and a little romance. Oh, and a touch of that slightly darker stuff that is *necromancy goodness*. I was enticed by some of the characters, and I wanted
I won this book as a giveaway.

I really liked the concept behind the story, but something was just a bit off. For starters, there was just not enough information given out about what was going on.
One night in the graveyard, Emma discovers she can see dead people. The new boy at school, Eric, is really someone sent to kill her before she can turn into a necromancer.
It was never explained who Eric is or why he kills necromancers. For another unexplained reason, he refuses to kill Emma, and instea
Rachel Neumeier
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I’ve only tried one other book by Michelle Sagara West, HUNTER'S OATH, and it was just okay for me. I liked this Queen of the Dead series a great deal better. It’s entirely different: contemporary YA with mostly one protagonist. Switching pov was something that didn’t work for me in the earlier Sagara West book, but the occasional scenes from other pov characters in this series were fine. Even the second-person prologue in the second book, which is certainly a tricky kind of thing to pull ...more
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Favorite Quote:
“I’m surprised she’d ever want to speak to me again. She almost died there.“
“You almost died there as well.”
“Yes, but I can’t get away from me.”

Emma is your average normal teenager who has had more than her fair share of grief. First her father passes away, then she loses her boyfriend in a fatal car accident. Emma tries to gain some sense of peace by visiting the cemetery every night with her dog Petel. One visit bring
Jennie Damron
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I appreciated her writing and understanding of grief in all its forms. Beautiful and emotional storytelling.
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Review from: Once Upon A Book

I picked up Silence quite randomly and I am absolutely unfamiliar with Michelle Sagara's writing, so I had only a few expectations. I suspected teenage fluff perhaps; however that's as far as it went. I've been on a streak of good finds lately so I was preparing for a not-so-good one to hit me soon. Not that I am complaining, but there are times a good book can be hit or miss. So when reading found me engrossed in a thoughtful novel with sturdy characters. I cheered
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012

I happened to be browsing around Chapters when I stumbled upon this book. At the time, I had far too many to buy and far too little money so I had put it back on the shelf and walked away. I went back and got it the next day because I regretted it. I love a good necromancy story and there aren't many out there in the YA sphere. The only other one that even came to mind was Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series.

I was hooked from the start. These days it's rare fo
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Death has surrounded Emma for most of her relatively short existence. Having suffered the loss of a family member and her boyfriend, she is no stranger to the pain and loneliness that follows the death of a loved one. Every evening she seeks what little comfort and closeness the solitude of the cemetery can afford her. When her nightly visit is interrupted by the new boy from school and his elderly companion, Emma finds herself in the middle of a meeting she wasn’t meant to encounter. Something ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-favorites
Silence is one of those books I really enjoyed even though it didn't impress me all the way through. The story was good, characters interesting, but the book was just so inconsistent and had terrible flow. Actually, it sort of reminds me of a mosaic or collage, because it's pieced together from a lot of individual scenes without the best transitions between them, some well written, pretty amazing even, others not so much, giving the whole thing a sort of stitched together feel.

If you need an ex
Book Sp(l)ot
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, series, 2012-release
Emma Hall has been visiting the graveyard - and more specifically, one particular grave - during her nightly walks of her Rottweiler Petal since her boyfriend, Nathan's death over the summer. Usually, the graveyard is a quiet place, but on one of their nightly walks, not only does Petal run off and cause a bit of a disruption, but Emma sees the new guy from school, Eric.

Only, it wasn't just Eric that Emma saw. She also saw a woman, who looked more than ancient, standing beside him. A woman Eric
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Based on the short blurb I read about Silence when I received it, I thought it was going to be about a teenage girl who visits the graveyard to talk with her ghost boyfriend. I was wrong, Silence is so much more.

Yes, in Book One of The Queen of the Dead series, Emma visits the gravesite of her deceased boyfriend, Nathan, almost nightly. But it's while she's there that she runs into the new boy from her class, Eric and a mysterious old lady who tries to give her a strange gift. Soon after she's s
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Michelle Sagara reminds me of high school, of not having enough money to buy an entire series as once, of saving up my less-than-minimum-wage paychecks to purchase one book at a time. My local library and bookstore didn’t stock Sagara’s Sun Sword series in its entirety, so I bought a book online for the very first time. I was pretty sure that I was going to have my identity stolen, and I was okay with that for the chance to read the next book.

Fast forward to a couple of months ago, when I saw a
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like everyone in this book. That's kind of insane. For all that the characters are somewhat understated, there is just something immensely likable about them, even if they're not trying to be likable. They have this edge, a sort of "Right. And so?" They don't waste time with hysterics or not believing and, okay, it's not all that realistic, but you really can't help but like them anyway. Or at least I did.

Silence is a quiet book (pun unintended). No real loud emotions, but it moves and you're
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
First things first, why oh why does Silence not pop up when you search for it on GoodReads? So not cool because this was a great start to a supernatural series. I loved that Emma was allowed to be smart and caring, and that while she admits Eric is cute…there’s no insta-love in sight. Emma is still dealing with the death of the boyfriend, as well as the general drama of a teenage life.

I liked that Sagara had different supporting characters. We have the smart but shy bff, the teen queen, and an a
Amy Acosta
Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Emma’s life isn’t the same since her boyfriend died. Life seems bleak, and though she still has friends, she no longer cares about anything much. One night while taking her usual stroll to Nathan’s grave, she meets Eric, the new boy at her school. With him is an ancient looking woman who gives her a lantern and kisses her, making her black out. When she wakes up, Emma discovers that she can see the dead! Eric seems to know a lot about her powers, but he seems reluctant to enlighten her. It'll b ...more
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Michelle Sagara West
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Michelle is an author, bookseller, and lover of literature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels as both Michelle Sagara and Michelle West (and sometimes as Michelle Sagara West). You can find her books at fine booksellers.

She lives in Toronto with her long-suffering husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs.

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The Queen of the Dead (3 books)
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