Hush by Dylan Farrow
Hush follows seventeen-year-old Shae as she goes on a quest to find out who murdered her mother. A pariah in her village after her brother dies from the “Blot”, a virus thought to be caused by writing in ink, she and her mother live on the outskirts of town raising sheep and struggling to survive. Shae has always been inquisitive, but when her mother is murdered late one night while she is out, she can no longer sit idly by. She embarks on a quest to the capital to ask the bards for help to find the person who killed her mother, but the answer may lead her to more questions.
Hush is told entirely in the first person from Shae’s perspective. I really liked Shae as a character. She’s headstrong and curious, though often stubborn. I also enjoyed the world-building and learning about the strange things that are happening in the kingdom of Montane. The story has a very classic feel with a bit of a twist.
The one thing I disliked is that this book felt very much like a setup for a second book. There was a lot of exposition and not a ton revealed by the end. While I found that somewhat disappointing, it also made me incredibly anxious to get my hands on the second book.
Thank you to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for the gifted copy of Hush. All opinions are my own.