Lake Silence is book six in the Others series, but the first book that features characters other than Meg, Simon, and the residents of Lakeside Courtyard. When it was announced that the series would continue, but would focus on different characters and settings I was kind of thinking that meant characters we already knew and towns and settlements that were already familiar, but once I opened Lake Silence I realized I wasn’t familiar with any of the names or places mentioned. Which I have to admit was kind of exciting.
Sproing is a small community located on the Finger, or Feather, Lakes. Specifically Lake Silence. When Lake Silence opens readers are introduced to Vicki Devine, nee Dane, who is the owner of The Jumble, a resort like facility with a main house and cabins right off a private beach on Lake Silence. Vicki received The Jumble as part of a divorce settlement and has worked to upgrade and improve the facility since taking over its care. She is hoping it will soon become a money-making venture and a way for her to support herself. She isn’t aware that it is a terra indingene settlement until she happens upon her one guest… doing something a human would never do. That is when she discovers there is a dead body on her land and that the Others are closer and more involved in the town of Sproing and The Jumble than she, or any other human, knew.
It’s easy to like Vicki. In the very first chapter, while introducing herself and The Jumble, she gives the impression that the main reason she left her husband is because of his philandering ways, But as the book progresses readers soon learn there is a lot more to it than that. Her ex used words to abuse her in the worst ways and she still suffers from panic attacks as a result. She also has an extremely low self-esteem and tends to blame herself for things that happen, even if she had no control over the outcome. She has made friends with a few people around town. Julian is an Intuit and the owner of the local bookstore, and Ineke runs the boardinghouse, which happens to also be the only other place for visitors to stay overnight. Little does she know that her caretaking of The Jumble has been closely monitored by the Others in the community, specifically the Sanguinati across the lake, and they approve. When trouble comes to Sproing and The Jumble Vicki has more allies than she realizes.
The discovery of a dead body leads to a mystery where Vicki and her ownership of The Jumble are at the center. Several new characters round out the new cast, Grimshaw is a highway patrolman who finds himself leading the local investigation, Captain Hargreaves is his captain and offers support from afar, and Officer Osgood starts out with the bad guys, through no fault of his own, but quickly becomes one of the good guys and settles down in with Grimshaw in Sproing. There are new Crowgard, Beargard, Elementals, and Sanguinati introduced. The villians are all members of a new human alliance named The Tie Clip Club. You would think after the events in the previous five books in the series, which ended in the terra indigene sweeping across the world wiping out certain human settlements, and enacting new rules on just what they would accept and expect from humans would have taught humans a thing or two, but apparently not everyone learned the lesson.
Because I was already familiar with the world and world-building I was able to jump right in to this story with no problems. I did miss Meg and Simon and all the characters I’ve grown to love over the course of this series, but was excited to get to know all the new ones. I will say that if you haven’t read the previous books in the series I wouldn’t start here. Trust me, go back to the first book and start there. Get to know the Others and learn about the Blood Prophets and the terra indigene. See why the Elementals and the Elders are forced to get involved with the world of man. You won’t regret it.
Lake Silence was a wonderful addition to the Others series. I’m already looking forward to whatever comes next. Highly recommended to fans of Urban Fantasy. Final Grade- B+
And yet this was the world they lived in. Until the Humans First and Last movement started a war with the Others, most of the terra indigene had paid no attention to the humans who crowded together on the land they were allowed to use. Now all the terra indigene paid attention, even in an unremarkable place like Sproing.