Soundless

Publisher: Razorbill
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Sabaa Tahir.

 
"Fans of characters like Rose Hathaway and Sydney Sage will flock to this impressive stand-alone novel."
--Booklist

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
 
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.
 
But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.
 
Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever....


From the Hardcover edition.

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CHAPTER 1

MY SISTER IS IN TROUBLE, and I have only minutes to help her.
She doesn’t see it. She’s having difficulty seeing a lot of things lately, and that’s the problem....

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"Like her heroine, Mead paints with a delicate brush, creating a fablelike story that melds folktale, sacrifice, romance, and the stark realization of humanity's capacity to exploit others for profit."
--Publishers Weekly 

"Mead’s original world building really shines here, as it did in her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. Fans of characters like Rose Hathaway and Sydney Sage will flock to thisimpressive stand-alone novel."
--Booklist

"Reminiscent of Kristen Cashore's novels, this blend of mythology, romance, and suspense will keep readers turning pages."
School Library Connection

"A thrilling mix of taut storytelling, majestic Eastern magic and a richly imagined world."
--Alison GoodmanNew York Times Bestselling author of Eon and Eona

"​Wholly original--and as every bit as delicately carved as one of Fei's beloved chrysanthemums--Soundless resonates with the sort of love and life that only happens in the hands of a master. ​That ​Richelle Mead has perfect pitch shouldn't  surprise anyone--yet this story will surprise everyone."
--Margaret Stohl, author of Icons and co-author of the internationally bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels

"Mead combines adventure, suspense, and romance in this fast moving cliff hanger mythological fantasy." 
--Voice of Youth Advocates

“Mead weaves Chinese folklore, themes of family, courage, and loyalty, plus her signature romance into her first stand-alone fantasy novel.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of the author won’t want to miss this multicultural, folk tale–based tale." 
--School Library Journal


From the Hardcover edition.