It is a time of bounty in the Queensrealm, thanks to Queen Galha, whose wisdom and power are legendary. Her scribes record the glorious events of her reign, but beneath these words lie others—shameful, heartbreaking, and true—that threaten to destroy the realm.
A prequel to A Telling of Stars is a saga of epic sweep, deeply realized characters, and page-turning suspense.
The Silences of Home explores the gulf between official and unwritten accounts of history, and the ways in which individuals, knowingly or not, shape the events of their time—events that pass into myth . . . or silence.
“These books infuse the myth of Theseus with the haunted complexities of a labyrinth, made the more unsettling by Sweet’s sensuous prose. The Flame in the Maze is a book of both horror and beauty, conveying each with equal, delicate precision.” —Ilana C. Myer, author of Last Song Before Night
“Caitlin Sweet’s shimmering prose, already apparent in her debut novel A Telling of Stars, reaches new heights in The Pattern Scars, which is so replete with luminous images and an evocative atmosphere that even now, a week later, these sensations still haunt my memory as if they had been real, a country I visited and would return to again. It should have been a relief to awaken from The Pattern Scars, after all its horrors. Yet the richness of the world, the complexity of the main character, and the intensity of her tragedy evoke memories that linger for a long time. It is the rare reader who could read this book and be unaffected—or unscathed.” —The Huffington Post
“[Sweet writes] a world with so much possibility and so much beauty, woven with an adept style that really does convince [me] that Caitlin Sweet is a formidable new talent.” —SF Site