The Silence of Medair

The Silence of Medair Andrea K. Höst
  • Title: The Silence of Medair
  • Author: Andrea K. Höst
  • ISBN: 9780980878905
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Silence of Medair Andrea K. Höst The Silence of Medair Time stole victory Medair an Rynstar returned too late to drive back the Ibisian invasion Centuries too late When friend and enemy have become the same thing what use are the weapons Medair planned t
    Time stole victory.Medair an Rynstar returned too late to drive back the Ibisian invasion Centuries too late.When friend and enemy have become the same thing, what use are the weapons Medair planned to use to protect her Empire There is no magic, no artefact, no enchanted trinket which can undo the past.But no matter how Medair wishes to hide from the consequences of herTime stole victory.Medair an Rynstar returned too late to drive back the Ibisian invasion Centuries too late.When friend and enemy have become the same thing, what use are the weapons Medair planned to use to protect her Empire There is no magic, no artefact, no enchanted trinket which can undo the past.But no matter how Medair wishes to hide from the consequences of her failure, there are those who will not allow her the luxury of denying the present Her war is already lost, but she carries weapons which could change the course of new battles.With the skirmishes of war beginning, and hunters in near pursuit, it is her conscience Medair cannot escape Whose side should she be on What is she really running from
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    1. Born in Sweden and raised in Australia, Andrea K H st currently lives in Sydney She writes fantasy, but wanders occasionally into science fantasy.Her novel The Silence of Medair was a finalist for the 2010 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel Her novella Forfeit won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella.


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    1. I don t have time to do another full review today and I m super behind on writing long reviews for all the books I want to but here s some quick thoughts on why this book deserves a much bigger readership A sophisticated exploration of colonialism A complex consideration of romance between people with unequal power A sensitive portrayal of the costs of war and the factors that drive it on both sides great characterisation Issues you should be aware of going in the prose isn t great This is defin [...]

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    2. The war is all but over, defeat almost a sure thing In desperation Medair sets out on her quest to find an object of legendary power that could be the last chance to save her land Against all odds she finds it Pausing to think over the ramifications of what she could unleash proves to be a costly mistake.We are talking about a five hundred year mistake.Now Medair has a magical bag that can hide anything, a handful of rings with magical abilities, and a horn with power unimaginable What she doesn [...]

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    3. I m going to let this review stand for both books The Silence of Medair and Voice of the Lost H st tends to write in units of story and breaking them up into multiple books isn t something that she does very well i.e they don t wrap to complete stories of their own, they mostly just break during a pause in the action I figure that as long as I m not stuck waiting for the next book, I m okay with that.The story of Medair is a fascinating one what do you do when you found the artifact that will sa [...]

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    4. I was pleasantly surprised by this book I was first tempted to read it because of the cover it might seem a little juvenile compared to the contents of the book, but I found that it was very much appropriate.Medair an Rynstar was sent on a crucial mission by her Emperor On the brink of an impending war, it was her duty to retrieve the Horn of Farak the only thing that could turn the tides and prevent the collapse of the Palladium Empire, for which Medair has sworn her undying fealty to.The twist [...]

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    5. For those who say all self published works are dross this book is a stunning counter example The manuscript spent an unbelievable ten years I ll say that again, TEN years languishing with a single publisher before the author withdrew it in disgust and self published You can see why they might have had a problem with it, because it s very different from the average It s intelligent, thought provoking and well written It avoids cliches It s character driven fantasy at its best It s also a cracking [...]

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    6. Actual rating 4.5I read this book twice in quick succession The first time was something like the biggest book crush I ve ever had The second time was kind of like when you see past all the glitter and sparkles in your vision, and come to love the actual book underneath.The premise of this novel is fantastic Medair goes off to find an artifact of awesome magical powers in order to save the heart of her beloved Empire from invasion She returns successful five hundred years after her Empire fell T [...]

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    7. Medair an Rynstar set out to recover a powerful artifact that would save her people from an invading army and wakes 500 years later to find the war long over, the invaders integrated into the population, and no place in the new world for her Compelled against her will to help one of the invaders descendants, a man who looks eerily like that long gone army s leader, Medair gets pulled into a new political conflict in which a faction of reactionaries wants to overthrow the conquering regime Does f [...]

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    8. What if you arrived 500 years in the future because the magical artifact you found, and that would have helped defeat the enemy that is invading your country, was linked with time What if 500 years later, the enemy had mixed with the locals and their king become the rightful ruler Where would your loyalties lay With the former enemy With the rebel factions who still want the lost royal line to be restored on the Silver Throne With the greedy ruler of another country who supposedly wants to resto [...]

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    9. Cross posted from Frida Fantastic A lot of fantasy involves a hero on a fetch quest to save the kingdom from invading hordes But what if the hero failed This is exactly the beginning of this book.The central premise is amazing and makes this book stand out from its contemporaries Epic fantasy as a subgenre seems to like its epic wars and the threat of invasion, but it doesn t concern itself much with a logical consequence of war colonialism Medair fetches the Horn of Farak, but she dooms her kin [...]

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    10. I really loved both books of this duology, of which this is the first It s really one complete story split in half, so I definitely suggest you get The Voice of the Lost at the same time you pick up this one.Anyway, it s such a relief when your second book by a still new to you author is not a let down from the first I can see that the Medair duology might not be for everyone I m curious now that I ve read them, and need to go look them up other reviews The main character is very introspective, [...]

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    11. Putting aside my obvious enjoyment of Host s books, what intrigued me the most about the Medair duology was the premise behind it What would happen if the hero slept through the war and had no choice but to aid her once enemies Its complicated then that of course, but the implications of the hero missing the war alone made me want to read .I could, and might still at a future date, wax poetical about the moral conflict Medair faces Through no design of her own, a simple night s rest in fact, Me [...]

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    12. Well, that ending was.icated Not sure how I felt about that.

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    13. I cannot truly overstate how much I enjoyed this story and by this book, I mean both The Silence of Medair and Voice of the Lost It is not often when I find a book that neatly reunites so many things I enjoy in such a spectacularly well done whole Beautiful prose Check Attractive characters Check Interesting world building Check Captivating story Oh boy Its a very interesting premise, really Our heroine, seeing her homeland about to be overrun by invaders, undertakes a mystical quest, and actual [...]

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    14. PREFACE I agree with many of the points raised by other reviewers, re, The Silence of Medair s good points original story line, complexity of the reluctant folk hero, spin on the idea of blue blood, etc THAT SAID, I do not think that these merits sufficiently make up for Medair s weak points to warrant beyond a 3 star rating I just wish it were better1 This claims to be a stand alone book, but it doesn t really 2 H st spends an absurd amount of time creating unnecessarily complex system of title [...]

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    15. Invasion of one s homeland is a common story telling device in high fantasy Usually the focus is one what happens during the invasion, and what measures are taken to resist it The Silence of Medair looks at it from a different angle what happens if you lose the fight How do you cope This isn t a story about war though the consequences of colonization are explored from both sides but about living in the aftermath Though the plot follows the main character being reluctantly drawn into political in [...]

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    16. Self publishedOnce in a blue moon I hit the self published jackpot and I win the lottery I already knew Andrea Host and I loved her Champion of the Rose.The Silence of Medair is fantasy at its best world building, politics, characters worth rooting for Medair is not my usual heroine kick ass and rude , she is a trained diplomat, always gentle and well behaved even when that s not what she I wants Her story talks of racism, cultural differences, hatred, war and the meaning of all of these You don [...]

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    17. Premise Medair was a Herald for the Palladium Empire When the far off Ibisians home is destroyed by wild magic, they come to the mainland, but instead of forging peace with the Palladians, they sweep through as an unstoppable army, threatening everything she knows Medair is sent on a last ditch mission to capture a magical artifact that could save them She finds it, but soon discovers that she has returned too late 500 years too late The book opens about six months later.Wow I was just swept awa [...]

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    18. The very best kind of epic fantasy colourful, detailed, somewhat political and totally driven by characters who have to make hard choices Medair s overwhelming guilt about having come back too late to save her empire was so cathartic to read, somehow, even though I ve never fallen asleep and missed my save the world date by five hundred years She has to pretend not to be the Medair who became a legend five hundred years ago as if anyone would believe her but her curiosity keeps her from fading i [...]

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    19. The Silence of Medair is refreshingly different Filled with internal conflict, it s deeply introspective in a way I wasn t expecting The worldbuilding is also impressively detailed and nuanced Although the story gets somewhat bogged down in exposition towards the end, it s still an engaging read Well written, with a unique premise and compelling characters, The Silence of Medair is a great book if you re looking for a change of pace The story is clearly only half finished, so I look forward to p [...]

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    20. not a perfect book i mean for one thing the progress of 500 years should ve changed society and technology to a greater extent than it did , but in many ways a haunting story that will stay with me this is a tale of a woman who returns from her quest to save her empire thinking herself successful and instead finds centuries have passed since they ve lost it s a somewhat introspective story of how the truth and what history remembers are not always the same, of the ambiguous nature of war especia [...]

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    21. It s exciting to be finally able to give a five star rating to a book with the explosion of paranormal and the urban fantasy genre, good ones seem hard to come by recently But I found this one captivating Though it builds on the potentially trite theme of forbidden love, it rises far above the formulaic, instead using the theme to probe deeper questions of anger, forgiveness, loyalty, honor and love This review is essentially a reposting of my review for the Medair duology with the two books The [...]

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    22. The cover kept me away for a while, but once I got past that, I really enjoyed the book There s something so refreshingly original about it I m not sure which part I enjoyed most great magic, romance, the characters It s something I constantly find myself rereading and loving.Warning must get both books This one ends on a cliffhanger Just think of it as one book, separated for no reason.

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    23. How can I describe how utterly surprised, overwelmed, awed I am by the Medair duology.Medair is a character of great depth, consumed by grief, hatred, racism, desire of forgiveness, acceptance and love She thrive to accept what cannot be undone, to let go of the past and to find the path to a new live.An incredibly rich story full of believable and incredible rebounds in a world where wild magic has random, both miraculous and disastrous consequences.Bravo.

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    24. I read the Medair duologi as one book, but since I liked the first part best, I choose to review them seperately The whole idea of losing 500 years and learning to accept a lot of changes are very interesting and well described You really feel the problems and dilemmas Medair encounters and feel sorry for her But you have to be patient to get into the story because of all the background story that needs to be established before the real story can get going On top of that the writer choose to int [...]

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    25. I rate this a three because I ve read other Andrea Host novels It is on the cusp of a four, but I m held back because I didn t get as immersed in this world as I ve been in the world of her other novels The idea of a mythical figure having failed in their quest AFTER SUCCEEDING is fascinating and truly tragic It was handled SO well Medair is conflicted, and the love interest is so complicated even the reader is unsure if we can categorize him as a love interest That said, the end is an oxymoron [...]

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    26. This is the worst cover ever, but the book is actually very good I really liked the premise Medair sets out to find a legendary weapon to end the war between the Empire and the Ibisian invaders She finds this weapon, but during the night 500 years have passed, and the Empire lost the war She now finds herself in a land different from what she remembers, and surrounded by the mixed race descendants of her people and the invaders.The names and political situation were dizzying at first, everything [...]

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    27. Shorter review because I m on a book reading binge currently and am getting lazy This was a good read I really appreciated a break from hack and slash adventures or a typical tour the new world fantasy book This is of a character development, mull on some morals, what if scenarios put into actual writing, kind of book It s a little slower paced, a little in the character s head, but overall, very nice Medair is a pretty good strong female lead and I like sticking with her third person limited [...]

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    28. This was very good I may round up upon later reflection I did have some trouble with names and keeping track of titles and the switch in the world threw me a bit The protagonist however was awesome.

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    29. 5.5 strs Combined review for The Silence of Medair and Voice of the Lost.It was very nice start for the reading year The story was unique and intriguing, with good solid world building It s hard to believe it took 10 years for the author to publish this little gem The Romance part was delightfully adorable I saw that lots of reviewers on , who loved the 1st part for the magic and adventures, disliked the 2nd part that was centered on romance, and vice versa While I too think the story were bette [...]

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