Surprising from the start

Silent Hall was a well executed novel. What I found surprising about the start is that I felt that the opening image did not “save the cat“. That is to say, the character was engaging but not endearing.

There were diverse characters throughout the story. Not only were the five main characters darker skinned islanders in contrast to the lighter skinned continentals but there was variety among the regions of the continentals as well, which showed thought and realism. Handicaps were also addressed along with age, again showing care and adding depth to the world. Gender inequality and slavery were also addressed briefly in this world.

I’m not sure if it’s enough to warrant a trigger warning, but there were moments of domestic violence in this book in the context of three different perspectives—Galanea, Criton, and Bandu. It will be interesting to see where Mr. Dolkart goes with this theme with the next books in his Godserfs series or if all has been resolved.

The theology was impressive though dry at times. The pacing kept me engaged though the direction was not always clear. I kept looking to the back cover and wondering how we would make it to the dragon and the primordial monster, but by the end the cover had more than delivered.   It was a diverting read and I’ve enjoyed it this past week.   I had pre-ordered this book, but I just now got around to reading it and I’m glad I did. I highly recommend it. 


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