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Chapter One

The First Story

THE RETURN OF THE LYNBURNS

by Kami Glass

Every town in England has a story. One day I am going to find out Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale’s.

The closest this reporter has come to getting our town’s scoop is when I asked Mr. Roger Stearn (age seventy-­six but young at heart) to tell me a secret about our town. He confided that he believed the secret to Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale’s high yield of wool was in the sheep feed. I think I may have betrayed some slight disappointment, because he stared at me for a while, said, “Respect the sheep, young lady,” and ended the interview. Which leaves us with a town in the Cotswolds that has a lot of wool and no secrets. Which is plainly ridiculous. Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale’s records date back to the 1400s. Six hundred years do not go by without someone doing something ­nefarious.

The Lynburns are the town’s founding family, and we all know what the lords of the manor get up to. Ravishing the peasants, burning their humble cottages. Fox hunting. The list goes on and on.

The Lynburns have “dark secret” written all over them. There is even a skipping song about them. Skipping songs may not seem dark to you, but consider “Ring Around the Rosy,” a happy children’s rhyme about the plague. In Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale they sing this song:

Forest deep, silent bells

There’s a secret no one tells

Valley quiet, water still

Lynburns watching on the hill

Apples red, corn gold

Almost everyone grows old.

The song even talks about secrets.

During this dauntless reporter’s lifetime, however, the only Lynburn in Aurimere House was Marigold Lynburn (now deceased). Far be it from me to speak ill of the dead, but it cannot be denied that Mrs. Lynburn was a ferociously private person. To the point of ferociously throwing her walker at certain innocently curious children.

Today, after seventeen years in America, Mari­gold Lynburn’s daughters have returned to Sorry-­in-­the-­ Vale. If the family does have any dark secrets, dear readers, you can have faith that I will uncover them.

Kami stopped typing and glared at the screen. She wasn’t sure about the tone of her article. A serious journalist should probably not make so many jokes, but whenever Kami sat down to the computer it was as if the jokes were already there, hiding behind the keys, waiting to spring out at her.

Kami knew there was a story in the Lynburns. They had gone away before she was born, but all her life she had heard people wishing that someone sick would recover, or a storm would bypass the valley, and in the same breath say, “but the Lynburns are gone.” She had spent the summer since she heard of their return asking questions all over town, and had people instantly hush her as if the Lynburns might be listening. Kami’s own mother cut her off every time, her voice equal parts severe and scared about her dangerously dis­respectful daughter.

Kami looked back at the screen. She couldn’t think of a title besides “The Lynburns Return.” She blamed the Lynburns, because their surname rhymed with “return.” She also blamed the kids who were messing around in the woods beyond her garden: tonight they were making a sound that was almost howling. It went on and on, a noise that struck her ears hard and set her temples throbbing.

Kami jumped up from her chair and ran out of her bedroom. She thumped down the narrow creaking stairs and out the back door into the silver-­touched square that was her garden at night. The dark curve of the woods held the glittering lights of Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale like a handful of stars in a shadowy palm. On the other end of the woods, high above the town, was Aurimere House, its bell tower a skeletal finger pointing at the sky. Aurimere House, which the Lynburns had built when they founded the town, and where they had lived for generations, the masters of all they surveyed. There was no place in Sorry-­in-­the-­Vale where you could not see the mansion, its windows like watching eyes. Kami always found herself watching it in return.

For the first time Kami could remember, every window was lit from within, shining gold.

The Lynburns were home at last.

The howling reached a pitch that raked up Kami’s spine and sent her running to the garden gate, where she stood with her eyes full of darkness. Then the sound died abruptly. Suddenly there was nothing but the night wind, shushing Kami as if she’d had a bad dream and running cold fingers through her hair. Kami reached out past the boundaries of her own mind and called for comfort.

What’s wrong? the voice in Kami’s head asked at once, his concern wrapping around her. She felt warmer instantly, despite the wind.

Nothing’s wrong, Kami answered.

She felt Jared’s presence slip away from her as she stood in the moonlit garden for another moment, listening to the silence of the woods. Then she went back inside to finish her article. She still hadn’t told Angela about the paper.

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Mephistia, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Mephistia)
I really enjoyed this book. I was a little ambivalent initially, to be honest -- I *loved* the Demon's Lexicon series, so at that point I wasn't 100% sure whether it was the author's skill at writing that pulled me in, or if the Demon's Lexicon had been a lucky one-off series that just happened to have everything I enjoy in a book.

Nope, it turns out it's the author's skill at writing that brings me in. I love the characters she builds, how they're complex and realistic and humorous. I love the way she mixes the supernatural with the mundane. I love the sense of joy and laughter that seems to ooze from her writing. I love the way she doesn't cop out and write what's easy or popular -- she has multiple themes and plotlines, the plot is quick and fast-paced, and she writes about themes like friendship and love in a very relatable way. Overall, she's just a brilliant author with a great writing style and I look forward to the next book in the Lynburn Legacy.
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whowouldnt, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by whowouldnt)
A unique and DIFFERENT YA novel...finally. Unspoken: a suspenseful, sort of creepy little book I couldn't get enough of, that left me wanting more. It had a strong build up, an interesting set of characters, and a haunting atmosphere you wont find in any other book this year. I can't wait for the next one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375870415
Subtitle:
A Story from the Underground Railroad (Unspoken)
Author:
Rees Brennan, Sarah
Author:
Brennan, Sarah Rees
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Series:
The Lynburn Legacy
Publication Date:
20120911
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.49 x 6.93 x 1.26 in 1.075 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 384 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780375870415 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kami Glass is the kind of 17-year-old who can roll a sentence like 'I can defenestrate my own thugs' off her tongue. She's working on becoming an investigative reporter, and someone in her tiny English village of Sorry-in-the-Vale is trying to kill her. Almost as distracting as that fact are the Lynburn cousins, Ash and Jared, scions of the manor house family — Ash because he's gorgeous, and Jared because he's been the voice in Kami's head for all of her life. Like its characters, the kickoff to Brennan's Lynburn Legacy series is charming, awkward, and smart, occasionally biting off a bit more than it can chew. In the acknowledgments, Brennan (the Demon Lexicon trilogy) notes her debt to two centuries of gothic novelists, but many plot elements — the light boy and the dark boy, the inexplicable family curse, the emergence of magic as an explanation — owe as much to manga (and indeed Kami is part Japanese). The dialogue, if sometimes improbable, is frequently a laugh-out-loud delight. A promising launch with a dark cliffhanger of an ending. Ages 12-up. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A modern, magical twist on the Gothic Romance and Girl Detective genres, this book will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the romantic premise of a partner who can read your mind.
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