About Silent Clarion

My curiosity might get me killed. I thought I needed a vacation from my duties as an Adversary in service to the Phoenix Society. After learning about unexplained disappearances in a little town called Clarion, I couldn’t stop myself from checking it out.

Now I must protect a witness to two murders without any protection but my sword. I must identify a murderer who strikes from the shadows. I must expose secrets the Phoenix Society’s executive council is hellbent on keeping buried.

I have no support but an ally I dare not trust. If I cannot break the silence hiding what happened in Clarion’s past, I have no future. I must discover the truth about Project Harker. Failure is not an option.

Silent Clarion is a new-adult science-fiction thriller by Matthew Graybosch, set before the events of the Starbreaker novels. Meet Naomi Bradleigh as an Adversary, seventeen years before Without Bloodshed.

Reviews for Silent Clarion

Oops. I started this, and was instantly slammed in the face with a bunch of unfamiliar terms, and the distinct feeling that this was, in fact, part of a series. The subhead ‘A Starbreaker Novel’ was also a hint. So, wanting to be fair, I hared off and downloaded ‘Without Bloodshed‘, the first Starbreaker book, released in 2013. And moved through it as fast as possible, while noting a lot of missing details that I thought I would find.

Then I downloaded the cover, and saw that this takes place seventeen years before Without Bloodshed. A prequel. Thus, oops.

Silent Clarion introduces [...]

StarStarStarStarStar(4/5 Stars)

Graybosch creates an interesting world of light-handed and benevolent totalitarian rule against the background of a world that has rebuilt itself after a global collapse. This allows Artificial Intelligences and cutting-edge technology to sit comfortably next to ubiquitous mêlée combat and secrets hidden in the backwoods.

In addition to skilfully reframing both high-tech and post-apocalyptic science-fiction, Graybosch includes an equally engaging metaphysical background. While the currently powerful religions of the modern world still exist they are legally matters of personal belief not exceptions to the common rule, and the calendrical faith is a species of paganism. This permits interesting hints that [...]

StarStarStarStarStar(5/5 Stars)

This was another book I felt was more of a novella. It was quick and easy to read and I enjoyed getting to know the characters and having a glimpse into the world, even though I haven’t read the first book in this series.

I did like the main character in this book. Naomi was a character I found really easy to relate to. I would have liked a bit more detail about why she had a slightly different appearance… but she liked cats, which was a point in her favour.

It was good to see Naomi’s relationships with the other characters, [...]

StarStarStarStarStar(4/5 Stars)