Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

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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

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, but it is unlikely that Hoid appeared. Brandon Sanderson has stated that Hoid does not appear,[4] but his assistant, Peter Ahlstrom, believes that he does.[5] If Hoid does make an appearance, it will be even briefer than his cameo in The Alloy of Law.[1] The story takes place on a relatively unimportant Shardworld known as Threnody.[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 will be bundled together with Perfect State in a hardcover edition for the 2015 Con Exclusive.[6]

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.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

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
Theopolis
A tax collector from the forts
Red Young
An opportunistic bounty hunter from the forts
Sebruki
An 8-year-old girl adopted by Silence after her family was murdered
Chesterton Divide
A violent and notorious highwayman

Minor[edit]

Daggon
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

Setting[edit]

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.

Postscript[edit]

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 rules of the ghosts are inspired by Jewish laws on what can be done on the Sabbath.

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

Notes[edit]

  1. a b c If Hoid does appear, it's an even more minor cameo than in Alloy of Law
    17th Shard forums - 25 January 2013
  2. Announcement post
    — GRRM's blog - Announcement
  3. Tor Announcement
    Tor.com - 2013-01-23
  4. a b Hal-Con Report
    17th Shard forums - 31 October 2012
  5. I know Brandon said that but I read it again this week and I am not convinced.
    17th Shard forums - 25 January 2013
  6. Peter on the 2015 Con Exclusive.
    — Reddit - Mar 22nd, 2015
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