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The Hush ★ [PDF / Epub] ☄ The Hush By Skye Melki-Wegner ✪ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In a world where music is magic the echoes can kill youChester has been traveling from village to village searching for his kidnapped father One night while fiddling to earn a few coins he accidentall In a world where music is magic the echoes can kill youChester has been traveling from village to village searching for his kidnapped father One night while fiddling to earn a few coins he accidentally connects to the Song—the music that fuels every aspect of the world It’s illegal to interact with the Song—only a licensed Songshaper may bend music to his will—and when Chester is caught he’s sentenced to deathBut just before the axe is about to fall someone in the crowd—a member of the infamous Nightfall Gang—stages a daring rescue whisking Chester into The Hush a shadowy nightmare mirror world where Music can be deadly and Echoes can killSusanna captain of the Nightfall Gang has been watching Chester She needs his special talent to pull off an elaborate plan And she’ll risk everything to succeed Even Chester’s life.

  • Hardcover
  • 377 pages
  • The Hush
  • Skye Melki-Wegner
  • English
  • 15 February 2015
  • 9781510712485

10 thoughts on “The Hush

  1. Abbie | ab_reads Abbie | ab_reads says:

    Thank you skyhorsepub for sending this book my way in exchange for an honest reviewThe Hush is a uniue musical fantasy novel where Music is both a powerful tool and a potential weapon; those found using music to practise sorcery without a license are condemned to death Chester Hayes finds himself narrowly escaping a death sentence only to be initiated into a notorious gang of thievesThis novel is so much fun The gang are a Robin Hood esue band who misuse Music to steal from the rich and give to the poor with their ultimate mission being to reveal the sinister secret of the Conservatorium the prestigious school of Music I think Skye Melki Wegner did a great job of gradually explaining the complicated world system without lots of info dumps and the pacing was excellent There was always some secret or plot dangling to get you turning the pagesAt first I thought the dialogue was a bit clumsy but either you get used to it or it finds its flow a bit better later on And as for the characters themselves well it's always a bit disappointing when the main character isn't your fave but a fabulous supporting cast than makes up for it The captain of the gang Susannah is awesome and I especially loved Dot a Luna Lovegood esue Songshaper who always has a new invention up her sleeveThe characters were fairly diverse and I appreciated how the author even worked in issues of LGBT prejudices without it seeming forced Overall a fresh and original fantasy with some great but sometimes confusing world building that keeps you on your toes

  2. Atlas Atlas says:

    This was the Hush Its rain was not water but shadow a rain of leftover sorcery 545 5 There are two things that I loved about The Hush first it's essentially a group teen heist novel think YA Six of Crows which I didn't know when I picked it up and secondly the idea of the Song Music and the Hush is super cool This book was fantastic and though it is a standalone I hope Melki Wegner returns to write in this universe For Chester a song was than just music It was air It was food and water life itself He inhaled each notes as though it might fill his belly soak through his skin and paint his bones with starlightThe man Chester Hays' father has gone missing leaving Chester on the road with his fiddle He plays music with a little 'm' to earn a night at inns as he searches for his father until accidentally playing Music gets him thrown in jail He's a touch annoying the sort you want to beat over the head and scream not now you moron ask uestions later at whilst in the middle of running for your life He's got a natural ear for Music for magic and the rhythm of the world and that makes him valuable Susannah was a child of the seaside of ships and waves of sunlight and open sky The darkness made her stomach crawl and the fear of Echoes was constantThe woman Susannah is a down and out criminal looking for revenge Nineteen years old with a shock of red hair a knife in her belt and a crew to command She's strong and reliable but also angry and broken Susannah helps people but she also robs them blind; she's the cat burglar of her little gang scaling the walls and picking the locks In fact she'd be and have almost everything except for the fact that she can't hear the Music and without that she's flying blind They were heroes They were legends They weren't a bunch of bickering teenagers who crashed their echoships into rivers The gang The Nightfall Gang has risen to notorious fame even getting a song named after them in recent years Robbing the rich giving to the poor and fleeing into the darkness Or y'know the Hush a world accessible only to the most high ranking Songshapers or those who have illicitly or otherwise obtained the information about it's existence The Nightfall Gang consists of Dot a young gay woman and the only Songshaper of the group Travis a young man who trained in medical school with a taste for exuisite tailoring and Sam a surly boy who is devoted to Susannah For centuries the Song had played It held the world together It was a uiet rhythm a pulse in the earth the seas the wind The world Wealthy children are tutored until they are of an age where they can apply to the Conservatorium the only place in the country that produces Songshapers Songshapers study Music when ordinary musical ability and playing becomes magical and ultimately serve the Song The Song threads its way throughout the world the underlying rhythm of nature the heartbeat of the universe and to interfere with it through Music is a crime Chester was not a rich child Now he's a criminal scooped up by the Nightfall gang to help with their biggest job yetThe Hush is uick paced action packed witty and funny I laughed aloud a couple of times The secondary characters are well written and fleshed out alongside the main ones the plot is great and has some wonderful twists near the end and the world is built on an awesome idea The romance is a pain and I wish it had been left out but my only other complaint is that it is too short My thanks to Edelweiss the publisher and the author for an ARC of this book Read this review and on my blog

  3. Maddie Maddie says:

    Woooooow this book was super good Music magic Two of my favourite things and both together in the same book And what's cooler the Music makes the magic Such an awesome idea I also like the view spoilerlack of romance the way it wasn't the whole focus of the book hide spoiler

  4. Nara Nara says:

    Aaaaand here is yet another severely underrated novel from an Australian author Skye Melki Wegner has created yet another book with a fantastic world great characters a uniue magic system and an action filled plotThe magic system is uite a creative one the use of music to produce magic and to hack into The Hush a sort of shadow world which is a parallel of the real one I do have to say though the world building probably wasn't the best in terms of how the rules of the magic system were laid out but that might also just be because I normally read a lot of adult SFF where the magic systems tend to be definedThe characters were all very interesting as Melki Wegner's characters tend to be They each have their backstories and motivations for joining the Nightfall Gang which is a sort of Robin Hood of thieving gangs and they're not going to let anything or anyone stand in their way There's also a hint of romance but it's not really explored fully which I actually appreciated It wasn't something that was necessarily neededThe book is sort of a crossover between Young Adult and Middle Grade think sort of the level of Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan and I think it could be enjoyed by readers of both It's certainly a book by a fantastic and emerging Australian author in any caseRatingsOverall 810Plot 45Writing 45World Building 35Characters 45Cover 15

  5. Kelly (Diva Booknerd) Kelly (Diva Booknerd) says:

    4½ StarsThe Hush is a imaginative engaging and enthralling fantasy with elements of suspense and science fiction Skye is one of my favourite authors she creates vivid worlds in which readers can fully immerse themselves likable characters and is an advocate for creating strong but flawed heroines She makes reading effortless and simply entertainingTold as a third person narrative it follows both Chester and the Nightfall Gang Susannah Sam Dot and the fabulous Travis They know all too well what the Conservatoruim is hiding and plan on exposing their secrets and recruiting Chester for their cause The world building is so incredibly vivid switching from the realism of our world to The Hush where sorcery creates a dark and dangerous landscape of rain and Echoes A cross between middle grade and young adult I was hooked from the very first page and was torn between flying through the pages and trying to savior the storylineI simply loved it Fabulously written Skye is the ultimate Australian fantasy fusion author for the young and young at heart Although the storyline delivers the reader with a satisfied finale I would love to see The Hush continued in what would no doubt be an epic adventure series At this point I'd read this girl's shopping list She's just that incredible

  6. Sabrina Sabrina says:

    Sometimes I think true strength is admitting when you're vulnerable Aww what a beautiful cover and story

  7. All Things Urban Fantasy All Things Urban Fantasy says:

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy In THE HUSH there’s music and there’s Music One is magical there other isn’t Untrained Musicians capital M are considered blasphemers They are hunted down and executed since the only people that should harness the Song are Songshapers So much of THE HUSH is balanced on the world building If you're not completely enthralled then the ending of the novel loses its impact The book is full of description but I never got a real sense of the world Towns seem to be in a western frontier setting There are farms cattle barons sugar barons trains and guns There was real potential for mixing a growing industrial society with a magic system Unfortunately neither the world nor the magic system were well developed enough for that kind of payoffChester is on the road looking for his father When he performs in a village and is sentenced to death for playing Music he’s saved by a band of thieves who need his help Chester is a likeable enough main character but I wish there had been exploration of his backstory Knowing about Chester’s rural home his exposure to cruel cattle barons and his father’s life as a soldier would have added so much Susanna seems like a competent leader for the Nightfall Gang but doesn't act ruthless or cunning enough to be committing these grand exploits Something goes wrong on every mission we see I wanted Susanna to commit large scale crime without missing a beat Even though Susanna’s tragic past is tied to the plot and is what drives her to thievery there’s no real sense of repercussionIt’s always fun to read about a heist Even when each character is a stereotype it’s still enjoyable because you know the bones of the adventure that you’re tucking yourself into The world building is what lets the story down There’s no personal investment in the world It’s not clear how important it is that this gang is ignoring a religious rite until the end of the novel Answers that should have been asked throughout the novel are smushed together into the villain's monologue The prose of the novel is good but it excels when describing music and sounds You definitely get a sense of the author’s love for music and instruments Overall THE HUSH is a fun story but it lacks the depth it needs to be the twisty revolutionary novel it wants to be Sexual content None

  8. Jamie (Books and Ladders) Jamie (Books and Ladders) says:

    Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it This in no way impacts my opinionActual Rating 45 starsFull review to come on Books and Ladders

  9. Kara Kara says:

    It's always an exciting thing when a book catches you by surprise in a totally unexpected way I didn't expect a thing from The Hush; in fact I'm trying to make my way through the books I am behind on uickly and I was prepared to DNF this one Instead I found myself enraptured by like page ten It really is that goodThe Hush was first published in Australia and I do believe this is the author's first published work in America I'm really thankful and I hope they publish because she has a GREAT imagination and she's exactly the type of author I named my blog after The Hush is inventive original uniue and compelling The world building is realllllyyy something and it's impressive in a whole new wayChester gets caught playing illegal Music with his violin in a bar He's almost executed but he's saved by a member of the elusive Nightfall Gang who are sort of like Robin Hood in that they steal from the rich and give to the poor In this world the rich are people who are allowed to play Music and create magic by connecting to The Song The very highest of these are called Songshapers and they train at an academy called the Conservatorium where they hone their skills But people are disappearing from their beds stolen away in the night Chester's father is one of these people and he wants to find his father than anything When he is saved by the Nightfall Gang he joins up with them since they have similar goals Unbeknownst to Chester there is a secret world only accessible to those that play Music called The Hush The Hush is full of overflow magic scary creatures and traps The Nightfall Gang uses The Hush to hide and sneak so they can secretly complete their heists and burglaries What I loved so much about this book was how well thought out and detailed the world building was considering this book is a standalone It was detailed and deep yet not tedious The plot was paced well and tense yet not angsty in the least Angst is a thing I love sometimes but not usually What I want from a YA fantasy is a good story with well developed characters decent pacing a little romance but not too much and I got all that In a way it sort of reminded me of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer in that there was a group of people working together toward a common goal They banter they have a great relationship they are diverse there is great representationI highly recommend this book and I'm almost sad that it's a standalone because I wouldn't mind having stories set in this world I am definitely looking forward toward what this author will do next She's a brilliant writer 

  10. SAB SAB says:

    I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up this book but I think it deserves a solid 3 stars for originalityMagic in this world is created by songs music and rhythms which is something I've never seen before I have no musical knowledge but it was explained simply enough to follow though you would probably get out of it particularly the musical metaphors if you have a background in musicFor me the plot and world building were stronger than the characters The Hush and the real world are described with great detail and the magic system is really fascinating but I still felt disconnected from it all somehow I prefer character driven stories and because the characters were the weakest part I had a little trouble caring for them including the MC's there are two 3rd person POV's in this book The characters also seemed really young at times; I kept forgetting Chester was 16 or 17 I think because Susanna often refers to him as the boy even though they are a similar age so I kept picturing him as really young like around 10 whoops even though I knew he wasn'tThere are some really great twists towards the end but everything does come together a little too neatly probably because it is currently a stand alone However the author has a note at the end that there may be adventures in this world Will I come back for the ride? We'll see

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