A knightly fairy tale of royalty and dragons, of midwives with secrets and dashing strangers in dark inns. Taking the original French legend as his starting point, The Story of Silence is a rich, multilayered new story for today's world - sure to delight fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale.
There was once, long ago, a foolish king who decreed that women should not, and would not, inherit. Thus when a girl-child was born to Lord Cador - Merlin-enchanted fighter of dragons and Earl of Cornwall - he secreted her away: to be raised a boy so that the family land and honour would remain intact.
That child's name was Silence.
Silence must find their own place in a medieval world that is determined to place the many restrictions of gender and class upon them. With dreams of knighthood and a lonely heart to answer, Silence sets out to define themselves.
Soon their silence will be ended.
Alex Myers is a writer, teacher, and speaker. Born and raised in Maine, Alex was raised as a girl and left to attend boarding school. At school, Alex came out as transgender, returning his senior year as a man, and was the first transgender student in his academy's history. Alex earned his bachelor's at Harvard University, studying Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Alex was the first openly transgender student at Harvard and worked to change the University's nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity. Since earning a master's degree in religion at Brown, Alex has pursued a career in teaching, as a transgender advocate, and as an active journalist contributing to the Guardian, Slate, THEM and other publications. He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two cats.