Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell
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|Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell|
|Released||December 3, 2013|
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is a cosmere novella by Brandon Sanderson set on the planet of Threnody. It was originally published in the Dangerous Women Anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
Development and Publication
George R.R. Martin approached Brandon about contributing an anthology short story during a book signing at a convention circa 2011. Brandon eagerly accepted, and decided to create a "dangerous woman" that did not adhere to familiar tropes. He was inspired by the puritan name "Silence", and wanted to make the dangerous part of her character something unexpected. The Simple Rules regarding Shades are vaguely based in Jewish traditions. Isaac Stewart came up with the planet name "Threnody", although the name was not revealed until after publication.
The story ended up being around 18,000 words in length. An excerpt was released on Tor's website in July 2013, and the anthology was published on December 3, 2013. Claudia Black supplied the narration for the audiobook version.
Threnody is not considered a "major" planet in the overall narrative of the cosmere and is not currently inhabited by a Shard, but past events in the Threnodite system still hold direct relevance to current events occurring in the universe. Hoid does not appear in the story, though other worldhoppers may have.
The story follows Silence Montane, the proprietress of a waystop in the Forests of Hell and secret identity of the legendary bounty hunter known as “The White Fox.” Desperate to remain solvent and keep her waystop out of the hands of her creditor Theopolis, she takes on the challenge of hunting down Chesterton Divide, a notorious highwayman, and his crew. The complexity of the job quickly escalates as the night goes on. By the end, there are unexpected consequences for everyone involved.
Brandon was pleased with the story and has consistently referred to writing a novel set on Threnody, partly because he would use the novel to introduce a group with relevance to the overall cosmere. It is unlikely that Silence would appear in the story, except as a potential cameo.
- Silence Montane
- Proprietor of a waystop, and secretly the bounty hunter known as "the White Fox"
- William Ann Montane
- Silence’s 14-year-old daughter
- A tax collector from the forts
- Red Young
- An opportunistic bounty hunter from the forts
- An 8-year-old girl adopted by Silence after Sebruki's family was murdered
- Chesterton Divide
- A violent and notorious highwayman
- A frequent customer at Silence’s Waystop
- Lamentation Winebare
- A fugitive horse thief
- Silence's grandmother
- A Forescout who raised Silence after her parents died
- Stableman at Silence's Waystop
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell consists of a 940-word intro and a 468-word outro from the PoV of Daggon, while the remainder is written from the PoV of Silence.
- Words of Radiance San Diego signing
— Arcanum - 2014-03-04#
— Tor.com - 2013-01-23#
- If Hoid does appear, it's an even more minor cameo than in Alloy of Law
— 17th Shard forums - 25 January 2013#
- Two shorts released
— Brandon's website - 2013-12-03#
- Arcanum Unbounded - Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell Postscript#
- Unexpected Dangers
— Tor/Forge Blog - 2013-12-02#
- Words of Radiance release party
— Arcanum - 2016-11-29#
- Announcement post
— GRRM's blog - Announcement#
- Peter on the 2015 Con Exclusive.
— Reddit - Mar 22nd, 2015#
- Arcanum Unbounded - The Threnodite System#
- Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell#
- /r/books AMA 2015
— Arcanum - 2015-09-08#
- General Reddit 2016
— Arcanum - 2016-02-17#
- State of the Sanderson 2016
— Arcanum - 2016-12-19#
- State of the Sanderson 2019
— Brandon's website - 2014-12-19#
- FanX Spring 2019
— Arcanum - 2019-04-19#
- Oathbringer Newcastle signing
— Arcanum - 2017-12-01#
|Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (Threnody)|
|Characters||Silence Montane · Chesterton Divide · William Ann Montane · Theopolis · Red Young · Silence's grandmother · Sebruki · Daggon · Nazh|
|Places||Forests of Hell · Silence's waystop · Lastport · Old Bridge · Homeland · Bastion Hill · Fallen World|
|Terms||Ambition · Simple Rules · Shade · God Beyond · The Evil · Forescout · Fortress Town · Deepest One|