Author: Dylan Farrow
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Page Count: 365
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Graceling meets Red Queen in this exciting debut novel by an electrifying new voice
They use magic to silence the world. Who will break the hush?
Seventeen-year-old Shae has led a seemingly quiet life, joking with her best friend Fiona, and chatting with Mads, the neighborhood boy who always knows how to make her smile. All while secretly keeping her fears at bay… Of the disease that took her brother’s life. Of how her dreams seem to bleed into reality around her. Of a group of justice seekers called the Bards who claim to use the magic of Telling to keep her community safe.
When her mother is murdered, she can no longer pretend.
Not knowing who to trust, Shae journeys to unlock the truth, instead finding a new enemy keen to destroy her, a brooding boy with dark secrets, and an untold power she never thought possible.
From Dylan Farrow comes Hush, a powerful fantasy where one girl is determined to remake the world.
Hush by Dylan Farrow is the first book in the young adult fantasy series by the same name, Hush. This series is one with a lot of different elements including a romance, magic use, a little science fiction and set in a dystopian type of world.
The world of Hush is built around a deadly disease that has ravished the land spread by ink. Yes, ink as in the stuff that is used to write a book or a letter. This plague is known as The Blot and has brought about magical soldiers known as Bards to control the spread of The Blot.
Seventeen year old Shae lost her own brother to the Blot so she knows the disease well and has done her best to avoid it. One day the Bards come to either bless or curse Shae’s town. As they are leaving though Shae discovers her mother’s body and knows that the Bards had something to do with her death.
The one thing I will say that held me back from a higher rating for Hush by Dylan Farrow is that I thought this one could have used a bit more world building overall. The idea behind the story was creative and it moved at a decent pace to me for a fantasy which is usually my one big complaint but as I said this one was more an understanding of the plague and magic use that needed a bit more. Overall though this one came in at three and a half stars for me and I did enjoy it despite thinking it needed a little improvement.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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