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A Hymn in the Silence

(Dark is the Night #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  39 reviews
"You are what makes me want to be a better man."

Since graduating from Whisperwood School for Boys, William has found a sense of normalcy in his life with James. He has a steady (albeit secret) relationship, a home, and a job—even if it doesn’t pay the greatest. Nevermind that he lacks James’ reckless bravery when it comes to dealing with spirits; he does his best and it ha
Paperback, 291 pages
Published October 26th 2018 by Independently published
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While I liked this, I didn’t like it as much as the first book. And I know exactly why.

The first book is told from the 1st person POV of James. James’ head was quite a joy to be in. He was happy and an overall positive person. Now this second book is told from Willam’s POV, and while I really liked him in both books, it was quite exhausting being in his head.

William had a laudunum addicion, and he hadn’t been able to quit yet. The reason for this was because he was such an anxious person. He had
Kaje Harper
In this second historical-paranormal-mystery, James and William have graduated and found themselves a good situation - they're living together in a house far enough out of town to allow their secret relationship, and working for a psychic whose clients will pay for their ghost-hunting talents. Their job hasn't been safe, but it has been interesting, and earned enough to live on. Their mentor is supportive, and their mistakes haven't killed them yet.

A new case of bizarre and bloody murders at a r
I think there’s a common misconception about books in that if you take a long time to finish them, that must mean you don’t like them.
That may be true for some stories, but it absolutely was *not* the case for A Hymm in the Silence. I apologize for taking forever in getting this review out, but I love this series and the characters so much, I purposely read it slowly (maybe a little too slowly... whoops) because I didn’t want to let it go. 😭
I said a similar thing upon reading book #1, but this s
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I don’t know if I have ever read such a perfect story for Halloween on actual Halloween before. This was it!
Set around three years after the events of the first book this one is in William POV.

Ok folks I adore these two - James and William are now in my top ten cutest ever couples. I love seeing established couples facing stuff together, in this case the (view spoiler)

The paranormal happenings in this installm
This book was perfection! I fell in love with James and William in A Light Amongst Shadows (one of my favorite books of the year!) and was so happy to learn that we’d be getting more of their story, as I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I had no idea, though, that A Hymn in the Silence was the book I needed! And that I needed it in William’s point of view. Oh how I loved being inside his head.

As he and James take on the biggest job of their short career as spirit hunters, nothing could have prepare
Brie ♡••
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Dnf @ 70%
The atmosphere that i loved in book 1 wasnt there. Also the thrill wasnt there. The fear wasnt there. Should have just made book 1 a stand alone novel
Lisa The Novel Approach
I’m going to cut straight to the chase: If you have ever worried that a sequel to a book you fell in love with couldn’t possibly live up to all that had come before it, you’ll understand how much I attempted to maintain realistic expectations of A Hymn in the Silence. This book, however, is utter perfection and not only solidified my love of James Spencer and William Esher, but it has propelled authors Kelley York and Rowan Altwood onto a very short list of authors whose work I will read, blurb ...more
Karen Wellsbury
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this directly after the 1st book, and this worked really well. It still has no real feeling of time about it, but that really was the only issue I had.
Told form William's POV this time the boys are off to investigate a murder, that turns into so much more, in this book the issue of William's addiction is much more apparent, and overall it's a darker book that the previous one, touching on why both William and James behave the way they do.
The paranormal plot was, as before, exciting and w
Mari  Cardenas
5 Stars!

Okay, so I'll be the first one to tell you I'm a wuss when it comes to horror anything (just ask my daughters), but as I've recently discovered, maybe it doesn't apply to books as much as to movies. Perhaps I'm a more visual person or something? *shrugs* I have no clue. However, both this book and the first in the series, A Light Amongst Shadows—which you totally should read if you haven't already, not only because it's amazing, but because we meet James and William there and you don't w
Jenny Tran-Le
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“There is nothing in the world quite like James’ kisses. They possess the ability to be so careful and loving while eager and passionate all at once.”

This story is as captivating and even more eerie as the first one. My love for James and William has grown tenfold. They have the sweetest and one of the more trusting relationship I’ve ever read. Always there for one and other in the good as in and the bad. Love being in William POV and get to understand him a bit better! That ending caught me off
Marie Rose
SUCH A PAGE TURNER. Honestly. I couldn't put it down. (same goes for the first of the series)
One thing I didn't like though..

I'm so fond of all of the characters and they're all so brilliantly different. I was so easily drawn into this universe and I'm not surprised that I want more and more of it, of the characters, of all of it.

It hits hard in the heart and i love that about it.
Honestly the mystery reminded me of the episode “Faith” in Supernatural (season 1 episode 12). In other words: loved that.
It’s a bit more explicit sexually, but obviously they don’t get too graphic since it is YA, unlike some authors we know.... ahem

But anyways, loved it. Can’t wait to read the novella with Benjamin, and then the third book 👌🏼💕💕
Stephanie Lake
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for more of this wonderful world you have built for our pleasure.

Not very patently waiting though. More, More, More, More. :)
M.R. Graham
Fantastic second volume. I can't wait to get my mitts on the third.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this but not as much as the first book. The main problem was the PoV.

James was our 1st person PoV in the first book, and he is very up beat, kind, and understanding. Most of all he genuinely enjoys the ghost hunting that they do.

William was the PoV for this one and of the couple he is struggling with many issues; depression and a laudanum addiction, that I believe are important and are addressed in a very respectful manner, but didn't help the story along as well as it could have. We g
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

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Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Amazing ghost story! Great mix of suspense, adventure, friendship and romance!

The change in pov with regards to A Light Amongst Shadows, from James to William, serves as a lovely way to gain more insight into William’s thoughts and feelings this time. His anxiety comes across far more, same for his opium addiction and how it effectively holds him hostage, it’s a crutch but a dangerous one.

William and James are hired to solve a mystery that may or may not involve supernatural culprits. Either w
A Hymn in the Silence is a sequel for A Light Amongst Shadows; it's fantastic to dive back into the world of James and William, of Victorian England and of eerie ghosts. While it has everything the first book had, there's also a change in point of view from James to William, and change in time, because this sets over a year after the first finishes - the boys graduated from Whisperwood and live on their own now. It is quite a change from before, but A Hymn in the Silence had everything else I fe ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking place some time after the first book in the series, A Hymn in the Silence revisits the lives of William Esher and James Specter, though this time William is our point of view character, as foretold in the epilogue of the first novel. I enjoyed the previous book a lot and the sequel doesn’t disappoint.

Continuing in the tradition of the first, William and James become quickly embroiled in a murder investigation with gruesome roots in the supernatural world. The novel calls upon a few charac
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I became acquainted with William and James in the first of this series and it was good enough that I had to read the second one. I didn't go wrong on my decision. James and William are working as mediums and trying to hide their loving relationship in a historical London where being gay is a crime. Sent on a mission to find out if a grisly murder has paranormal roots, the two men take off for a manor in a small village. The murder of an entire family leaves people scratching their heads. James a ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.”- Jean Paul.
James and William help troubled and unruly spirits find peace and move on. In the beginning they rid a brothel of an unruly spirt of a young girl. One night Thomasina has the miss fortune of encountering a client with entirely to much drinking his body and saw fit to strangle her to death. He is now rotting in a cell somewhere, an Thomasina has been screaming bloody murder ever
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent sequel

Set two years after the end of A Light Amongst the Shadows, this was a great sequel. It was definitely a bit heavier on the horror component. The mystery was engaging and fun, with enough clues to keep me following the plot just ahead of the reveals.

Getting to see the slightly more mature relationship between William and James was very gratifying and their personal development as individuals and as a couple was very well done. I never felt that the drama was forced or unrealis
Beedoo Radosevich
It's been a joy to see James and William again in a sequel I had supposed was coming, but wasn't sure. It's nice to see how they're doing on their own, away from Whisperwood. Plus this one is set in William's perspective, so we get to see a little more into his head as he deals with continued laudanum abuse, paranormal creepiness, keeping their forbidden love secret, and James being James (and... not!). The additional characters in this story are intriguing, and Adelia seems like she'll be a val ...more
William and James have graduated and are making a living in the paranormal field working under Preston’s aunt. They take a job out of the city, investigating the vicious murder of a whole family that seems to point to ghosts.

I enjoyed the mystery with the definite paranormal twists. In number of times I had to wonder how the two of them were going to get out of a difficult situation.

This one is in William’s POV, so we get to witness his struggles with his anxiety and the need to medicate. And

I can't imagine all the work and attention to detail that Kelley York and Rowan Altwood have put into this series, but I have nothing but respect for them. Every word feels right, they both have a remarkable and hauntingly beautiful way to write (no pun intended). I truly enjoy these books so much, and I adore James and William. I wish them all the happiness and love in the world, because they deserve it so much.

Maybe a more coherent review will come in the near future, but for now, li
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, glbtq
I liked this more than its predecessor, A Light Amongst Shadows. James and William never convincingly sounded like schoolboys to me, and as full fledged ghost hunters now, they no longer have to. Special props for managing a difficult narration by William, whose laudanum addiction is described in a thought-provoking way; after all, what limited choices did sensitive people like William have before Xanax and other anti-anxiety meds were so commonly available and accepted?

The two men are very swe
Molli B.
Enjoyed just as much—maybe more!—than the first!! I think this is a great little world they've set up, with lots of potential for lots of future stories (think Whyborne & Griffin). I think Adelia is a great addition: a strong woman who won't take shit from anyone, but is limited by the time in which she lives. And it was fun to see Virgil! I hope we see a lot more of them!

I think they continue to deal well with William's issues. I'm interested to see if more comes of James' history and what
J Corvidae
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Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since leaving the school he has a great life, even if he does not like his job. Life is about to change when they are offered a well paying job. They take it but what will happen next? Follow them to find out

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I liked this so much more than I expected, because I loved James' voice and the atmosphere in Whisperwood. In the end, I liked this one even more than the first. The mystery and suspense was so intense, and the writers even managed to make some scenes creep me out for real. Very well done. The relationship between James and William evolves wonderfully, if not without their due dificulties. I can't think of anything I would change, honestly. 👍
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Kelley is a central California girl through and through. She resides in Sacramento with her wife, daughter, a German Shepherd, a handful of cats and rats. In addition to writing, she has her A.S. in Anthropology, and is a graphic designer with a specialty in book cover design. She spends her spare time playing video games and tabletop games like the nerd she is. Her specialty is LGBT+ fiction, usu ...more

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Dark is the Night (4 books)
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  • A Shimmer in the Night (Dark is the Night #2.5)
  • A Calm Before the Storm (Dark is the Night 2.8)