Friday 29 March 2024

Book Review: The Silence Factory by Bridget Collins (Historical Fantasy)

The Silence Factory
Bridget Collins
The Borough Press
9 May 2024
eBook - PDF
Historical Fantasy
ARC via NetGalley

Henry dreams of silence.

A world without the clattering of carriages through cobbled streets, the distant cries of drunken brawls, the relentless ticking of the clock.

Then he meets a fascinating, mysterious gentleman who sells just that. Precious silk that can drown out the clamour of the world – and everything Henry is so desperate to escape.

Summoned to Sir Edward’s secluded factory to try to cure his young daughter’s deafness, Henry is soon drawn deeper and deeper into the origins of this otherworldly gift: a gift that has travelled from ancient Mediterranean glades to English libraries.

Ignoring repeated warnings from the girl's secretive governess, he allows himself to fall under the spell of Sir Edward and his silk… but when he learns its true cost, will it be too late to turn back?  

The Silence Factory was a delightful read from start to finish. The book's premise and principal characters were engaging and I enjoyed the back and forth between past and present with the inclusion of the diary entries. The prose was easy reading yet atmospheric and I always wished I could read a little more as I put the book down each night. I would definitely read further works by this author in the future. I am giving this book 4.5 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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