It’s been a while since I read a Richelle Mead book. The last one that I read was the final book in the Vampire Academy series and I was clueless about the Bloodlines series. I loved her writing in Vampire Academy and I loved it in Soundless as well.
Rating- 3.5/5 stars
Pages- 272 (Hardback)
Soundless is a Young Adult Fantasy with Chinese folklore and myth themes. It follows the story of a young girl named Fei whose entire village is on this hill and they have no contact with the outside world. Their food supply comes from a zip line in exchange for precious metals that they mine. When the people of Fei’s village also start going blind along with deaf, things take a different turn. One morning, Fei is gifted with the ability to hear again and her friend Li Wei and herself hatch a plan to climb down the mountain in search for help because the food supply to their village was stopped. What she learns is a whole lot more than either of them bargained for.
As a standalone, this book was pretty great. It had pretty decent fantasy tones and the concept of an entire village that had gone deaf was so different and great. They only converse in sign language which was really cool to read. I wish the book was a bit longer and allowed for more character dynamic and development.
The final scenes of the book were my favorite. Magic always makes me giddy and the ending did that for me. Didn’t love Fei as much for some reason. I’m so used to badass female characters (doesn’t mean Fei isn’t) that Fei took me a while to adjust to.
I loved the bond between the sisters. I always like familial bonding in books and their relationship was very endearing. I wish Fei’s sister had gotten a little more time on page.
All in all, a good read. It dragged in places for me but I managed to push through.
Rating- 3.5/5 stars
Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.
A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.