Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell
|Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell|
by Miranda Meeks
|Released||December 3, 2013|
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is a novella about 18,000 words in length by Brandon Sanderson in the Dangerous Women Anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Duzois which was released on December 3, 2013.
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, but his assistant, Peter Ahlstrom, believes that he does. If Hoid does make an appearance, it will be even briefer than his cameo in The Alloy of Law. The story takes place on a relatively unimportant Shardworld known as Threnody.
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.
An excerpt was released on Tor's website.
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.
- 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 rules of the ghosts are inspired by Jewish laws on what can be done on the Sabbath.
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.
- If Hoid does appear, it's an even more minor cameo than in Alloy of Law
— 17th Shard forums - 25 January 2013Cite: 17S-post/59630#
- Announcement post
— GRRM's blog - Announcement#
- Tor Announcement
— Tor.com - 2013-01-23Cite: Tor.com/george-r-r-martin-to-debut-new-song-of-ice-and-fire-novella#
- Hal-Con Report
— 17th Shard forums - 31 October 2012Cite: 17S-post/44676#
- I know Brandon said that but I read it again this week and I am not convinced.
— 17th Shard forums - 25 January 2013Cite: 17S-post/48152#
- Peter on the 2015 Con Exclusive.
— Reddit - Mar 22nd, 2015Cite: Reddit/fantasy/2zs1wn/cpmif23#
|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|