The Green Man’s Silence is the third book in McKenna’s incredibly popular rural fantasy series featuring Daniel Mackmain, son of a Dryad and a mortal man. In The Green Man’s Foe (review – spoilers) Daniel met and was aided in his battle against a nix by Finele Wicken, a Swan Maiden. Book three opens with Dan travelling to The Fens with Fin at the request of Fin’s mother – although he’s not going for the traditional meet-the-family-of-the-girl-I’m-sleeping-with. Instead, Helen Wicken wants to enlist Dan’s help in establishing what’s upsetting the local hobs and sylphs, who have virtually disappeared from view.
Dan finds his time in and around Ely to be harder than his time at Blithehurst or Brightwell because the Green Man’s conspicuous by his absence – there are very few trees out in the Fens (which makes Dan metaphysically as well as literally uncomfortable). Instead, he has to gain the trust of at least a couple of the hobs and sylphs, and to negotiate with Witta, one of the local nereids (river spirits), to enlist their help in dealing with the all-too-human Doctor Thomas Kelley, who has found himself in the thrall of a Wyrm (one of which Dan first encounters in The Green Man’s Heir). It is Kelley who has upset the hobs and sylphs.
The narrative of The Green Man’s Silence is fast-paced (I read it in a lot less than 24 hours because it was almost impossible to put down!) with lots of action, but it also contains small moments of stillness that I particularly appreciated.
This is undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve read this year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can hardly wait for the next book!
Cover Art: Ben Baldwin. The Green Man’s Silence is published on September 2 by Wizard’s Tower Press from whom I received an eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.