The Silent Songbird (Arc Review)
- Author: Melanie Dickerson
- Published: November 28th, 2016
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins Christian Publishing
- Ratings: 3.5 – 4/5
Great for: Hystorical ficiton lovers, Fans of Melanie Dickerson and fans of the Hagenheim Series
Themes: Romance, Historical Fiction, Retellings
Book Synopses: Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley Le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again?
Summary: In this book we follow King Richard II’s ward and cousin Evangeline. Evangeline is betroths to the king’s closest advisor Lord Shively a cruel and evil man. In order to escape her fate Evangeline decides to run away, taking in a new identity she posses as a mute and becomes a peasant for the family of the man that will be the love interest in the story, his name is Lord Westley le Wyse.
Characters: Evangeline a beautiful singer admired by many because of her beauty and singing talent is very naive at times, Lord Westly le Wyse our handsome, goodhearted love interest, is taken by Evangeline’s story and even though he was great in almost every page I found him to be immature and too gullible at times.
The writing: I found the writing to be simple, I love the medieval world setting.
Final thoughts: This book is book #7 of the Hagenheim series but can be read as a stand alone I had no problem following the story. The Silent Songbird is supposed to be a retelling of The Little Mermaid and although I saw the similarities there’s no magic involve in this story. Overall a good read.