Silence in Solitude Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the second book in a series that definitely needs to be read in order - the first book is Five-Twelfths of Heaven. In this book, Silence must rescue the Shazadi of Inarime in order to get the Portolan the group needs to find the lost road to Earth. The Shazadi is being held captive/prisoner in the Woman's Palace on the Hegemon's homeworld. Since men aren't allowed there, Silence has to do virtually all of it by herself - hence the title. This book isn't as strong as either the first or the third books of the series, but still worth reading.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   spying/espionage in enemy territorry    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Political power play    -   Yes Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   controls your sex Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells


Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human freighter/transport A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   very controlled society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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