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In a world where music is power, one boy’s discovery that he can hear the song will change everything . . .

Chester is on the road, searching every town for clues about his father’s disappearance. But when he’s caught accidentally – and illegally – connecting with the Song as he plays his beloved fiddle, Chester is sentenced to death. Only a licensed Songshaper can bend music to their will. The axe is about to fall . . .

But there is someone else watching Chester. Someone who needs his special talents. Who can use him for their own ends. And who is hiding in the Hush, where Music can be deadly and Echoes can kill you with a touch.

Susannah is that someone. The young captain of the infamous Nightfall Gang has plans for Chester. Finally, she will have her revenge.

SHORTLISTED, Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel 2015


I was hooked from the very first page and was torn between flying through the pages and trying to savior the storyline. I simply loved it. Fabulously written, Skye is the ultimate Australian fantasy fusion author for the young and young at heart . . . At this point, I'd read this girl's shopping list. She's just that incredible.


The story is beautifully paced as it unfolds one tantalizing, shocking detail at a time. Masterfully drawn details are so crisp, so tangible, that readers will be surprised they can't just reach out and touch this rich world. A steampunk-tinged fantasy adventure with plenty of breath-holding action.


A wonderful fantasy adventure. Fast paced, with a thoroughly entertaining storyline, your students will fall in love with the characters who make up the mysterious Nightfall Gang - Susannah, Sam, Dot and Travis, and particularly Chester. It is a story of cruelty and the quest for revenge, but it is also full of friendship, the importance of family and knowing when to trust someone. All fantasy lovers from Year 8 and up will find this book hard to put down.

Michelle, lamontbooks.com.au

Spectacular and breathtaking, The Hush is a coming-of-age story with revenge and friendship where Music is magic, beautiful, and dangerous.

The Seattle Review

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    March 2, 2015

    Random House Australia Children's

    448 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

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  • EBook


    March 2, 2015

    Random House Australia

    448 pages

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    • Amazon Kindle AU
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Awards and Recognition

  • Aurealis Awards
    Best Young Adult Novel

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