Authors: William Horwood
Under the cruel leadership of Quail, the sectarian Newborns have taken control of many key systems of Moledom, including Duncton Wood.
But the loyal followers of the Stone have not given up. In Duncton Wood itself the library aide Pumpkin has bravely led some followers into the mysterious Ancient System; and in fabled Uffington, Fieldfare inspires resistance to the Newborns. Even in dread Wildenhope, headquarters of the Newborn leadership, the deposed Elder Senior Brother Thripp strives to undermine Quail’s position and right the wrongs he originally inspired.
Meanwhile, followers await news of Privet, female scholar and scribemole, and of her quest for the lost Book of Silence. Any hope of their final survival and victory may depend on her. But now she has disappeared, and no mole can tell what sacrifices she must make to find the lost Book, and whether she will have the strength and faith to bring it back to its rightful place beneath the Duncton Stone.
THE BOOK OF SILENCE
Volume Three of
THE BOOK OF SILENCE
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Moles who appeared in
Volume Two of
The Book of Silence
If you have not read
you are advised against reading the character descriptions below as some of the plot of the previous books is given away.
Loyal helper to Thripp.
Newborn Senior Brother Inquisitor sent by Quail and Thripp to help cleanse Duncton Wood’s Library. Killed in the Chamber of Roots.
One of Thripp’s most loyal helpers.
Female and smallest of Privet’s pups by her Brother Confessor. Died young.
A journeymole and mate of Fieldfare. Killed at Caer Caradoc.
Thripp’s powerful and charismatic son.
Son of Elynor and a doughty follower who helps Pumpkin.
Librarian at Beechenhill who sets Privet on her quest for the Book of Silence.
Elder of Duncton Wood and close friend of Stour. Killed by the Brother Inquisitors.
Elderly female follower who becomes friend and help of Pumpkin.
One of Chervil’s guardmoles. Son of Feldspar.
Chervil’s personal guardmole. Father of Fallow and Tarn.
Senior Brother Inquisitor sent with Barre and Law to cleanse the library of Duncton Wood. Intelligent and cruel.
Middle-aged Duncton female who befriends Privet. Mate to Chater from whom she is separated on her journey to Seven Barrows where she helps lead a group of rebels.
Mentor (i.e. senior delver) in Charnel Clough.
Female albino puphood friend of Rooster in Charnel Clough.
Aggressive last leader of the Ratcher moles. Son of Red Ratcher and therefore one of Rooster’s brothers. Rooster kills him at Crowden.
Crowden warrior and puphood friend of Privet and later colleague of Rooster on his campaign against Newborns to the east of moledom.
Elderly follower who escapes into a coppice named after him north of Caer Caradoc. Privet and several others stay with him.
Delver from Charnel Clough.
Blind, deaf, mute puphood male friend of Glee and Rooster in Charnel Clough.
Newborn Senior Brother Inquisitor sent by Quail and Thripp to help cleanse Duncton Wood’s Library.
Privet’s sister by Shire.
One of Privet’s female pups by her Brother Confessor.
Newborn female (known as Sister Hope) from Bowdler who becomes follower when she is befriended by Privet.
Duncton warrior who accompanies Privet and Whillan to Caer Caradoc. Set to lead the followers against the Newborns.