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Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell
Shadows for Silence Cover Art.jpg
by Miranda Meeks
Setting Threnody, Cosmere
Released December 3, 2013
Publisher Tor books
ISBN 978-0765332066
Word Count 17,892

Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is a novella about 18,000 words in length[1] by Brandon Sanderson in the Dangerous Women Anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Duzois which was released on December 3, 2013.[2][3]

Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is a Cosmere story. Hoid did not appear, though other worldhoppers may have.[4]

The main character of Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is a dangerous woman, in keeping with the anthology's theme, in the company of other dangerous women.[1]

An excerpt was released on Tor's website.

Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is bundled together with Perfect State in a hardcover edition for the 2015 Con Exclusive.[5]

Plot Summary[edit]

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.


by Ben Edwards
A fan-cover for the book


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


This book is set in the Cosmere, taking place on Threnody, a minor Shardworld. Most of the story takes place at Silence's Waystop and in the Forests of Hell.


Note: the Postscript is found in Arcanum Unbounded, a collection of Cosmere stories.

George R. R. Martin invited Brandon to write something for an anthology of fantasy stories called Dangerous Women. Brandon didn't want to fall into the trope of having just another female warrior, so he chose a middle-aged mother as the protagonist. The name "Silence" came from some genealogical research on his family.

The Simple Rules are inspired by Jewish laws on what can be done on the Sabbath.

Isaac Stewart came up with the name of Threnody (and Nazh).


Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell consists of a 963-word intro and a 473-word outro from the PoV of Daggon, while the remainder is written from the PoV of Silence.

Word Count 17,892
PoV Characters 2
PoV Count 3


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