The Silent Songbird

Evangeline longs to be free, to live in the world outside the castle walls. But freedom comes at a cost.
Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, and yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not politics. But the young king betroths her to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, a man twice as old as Evangeline. Desperate to escape a life married to a man she finds revolting, Evangeline runs away from the king and joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village.
To keep her identity a secret, Evangeline pretends to be mute. Evangeline soon regrets the charade as she gets to know Wesley, the handsome young leader of the servants, whom she later discovers is the son of a wealthy lord. But she cannot reveal her true identity for fear she will be forced to return to King Richard and her arranged marriage.
Wesley le Wyse is intrigued by the beautiful new servant girl. When he learns that she lost her voice from a beating by a cruel former master, he is outraged. But his anger is soon redirected when he learns she has been lying to him. Not only is she not mute, but she isn’t even a servant.
Weighed down by remorse for deceiving Wesley, Evangeline fears no one will ever love her. But her future is not the only thing at stake, as she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to save the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

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Wow, I was so excited to review this book. I couldn’t wait to get it early! And I was not disappointed. Sure, there are some downfalls, but overall it is pretty good.

The biggest thing that I didn’t like was the fact that Eva wanted to learn archery, swordsmanship, and knife-throwing. One thing that I do know is that in the medieval days the ladies did not learn that stuff. Nope, it was the men who protected the ladies. The ladies did not want to learn about those things. There is nothing wrong with learning those things. Self-defense is a great thing to know. But, seriously! Back then, no man would want to teach a woman self-defense and stuff like that in that era. Absolutely

not! (Yeah, I ranted, but whatever).

As for the rest of the book, besides the fighting part, I really enjoyed it. Westley was a great character. And I am so glad that Melanie tied in The Merchant’s Daughter, the Beauty and the Beast story! The sad part was that it made the characters from The Merchant’s Daughter seem old. But, it wasn’t that bad.

I still really enjoyed reading this book. I mean, I just got this book like…four days ago and have already finished it!

The cover deserves 4 stars! I really liked the girl’s dress-very pretty.

As for the story…once again 4 stars. I would definitely recommend this book. Due to the downfall I stated above, I had to dock it one star.


Title: The Silent Songbird

Author: Melanie Dickerson

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I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program.


This review is written in my own opinions and words.


3 thoughts on “The Silent Songbird

  1. English Lady says:

    Actiually, its not entirely implausible for a Medieval woman to have learned archery. There are actually manuscript illustrations from the Middle Ages that show women hunting with bows, for instance.
    Although, it would have been more likely that would use them for hunting or as a hobby then for war or self-defence.

    The main aspect of this book thay I think is historically inaccurate is all the stuff about ‘forced marriage’. Forced marriage was illegal and the church was VERY strict on the rule that both parties had to give their free consent for a marriage to be legally valid.
    Women had every right to refuse a suitor, and if they did there was nothing their ward or parent could really do- they could not force them to marry, as the girl might then seek a divorce on the basis she had not given her consent.

    Indeed, the sources show that wards, even royal wards, frequently chose their own marriage partners (the records are full of fines for marriage without royal licence for instance), so the stuff about King’s Wards having no freedom was just silly. Still I guess there would not be a story about that.


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