Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell by Brandon Sanderson
I got a Kindle! I got one as a gift and the first thing I did was buy a whole bunch of Sanderson Cosmere novellas I’ve been fancying. The first was Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell; I really liked it.
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell takes place in the Forests of Hell, which are haunted by the Shades of the dead, who wither the life from any who draw their attention. Silence Montane is an older woman who secretly works as a bounty hunter, the legendary White Fox. Her day job is to run a waystation within the Forests with her daughters, but a threat to their lifestyle forces Silence to take on a particularly dangerous contract and take risks she would normally avoid.
it’s been a while since I entered a brand new Sanderson world, with the last time probably being The Way of Kings, and Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is a perfect demonstration of just how good Sanderson’s world building is. The little we hear about the setting is immediately fascinating; I would be thrilled if Sanderson wrote a full novel is this setting and knowing his pace he probably will. Sanderson is honestly the best at this in the business. The story is tight and focused and very enjoyable. Silence is an immediately compelling character; naturally cautious and nervous but forced beyond her comfort zone.
Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is as enjoyable as its title is long. If you’re a Sanderson fan, don’t skip it. Hell, if you fancy giving some Sanderson a try but don’t want to commit to a whole novel, give it a go!