The Captain’s Log – dead voices (Katherine Arden)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Ever since I read the bear and the nightingale, I have been in love with this author’s writing.  So of course I have been reading her middle-grade novels because I don’t put age limits on reading.  And this was a fun second book.  Aye, this is a review of a book two where I will try to post no spoilers but continue at yer own peril . . .

This story follows Ollie and her friends Brian and Coco on what is supposed to be a fun ski trip.  Ollie’s dad has won a ski vacation for the week before the resort’s grand opening.  Coco’s mom goes too.  The trip seems to run into troubles from the beginning of the drive.  A snow storm is brewing and the drive is trickier than expected.  Coco thinks she spots a man in the road and is concerned though the others claim not to see him.  When they get to the resort, the group finds they are the only people there besides the caretakers.  They are snowed in and the power is not running.  The night is long and the kids are not comfortable.  The group is surprised at breakfast the next morning when a reporter shows up to discuss the ghosts of the resort.  What is going on?

And ghosts there be mateys!  I actually loved this ghost story and found it to be deliciously spine-tingling.  It would have been even more creepy had I read it when I was younger.  I loved how everything in the ski lodge kept failing.  I adored how the story was set-up.  I loved how the three kids have such strong friendships and look out for each other.  It was nice to get both Ollie and Coco’s point of view in this story.  I continue to love watching the characters grow and change.

There were only a couple of minor criticisms.  Brian doesn’t play a major role in this book and I kinda missed him.  The ending was a tad too rushed and I was surprised how quickly the book ended.  I expected the climax and ending to be a little more complex.  I do think that the first book was better in terms of complexity and that this ghost story was a little too simple and straight-forward.  Seriously though, such tiny issues because I really did love this one.

This was an excellent book for the beginning of the Halloween season.  I am so glad that there be two more planned books in the series.  Book one deals with autumn and book two with winter.  Can’t wait to hear what happens in the spring and summer.  Arrrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel (shortened for spoilers):

Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.

Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares . . . Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge . . .

With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.

Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Katherine Arden – Author

To buy the novel please visit:

dead voices – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the bear and the nightingale – book 1 (On the Horizon – Fantasy eArc)

the girl in the tower – book 2 (On the Horizon – Fantasy Arc)

the winter of the witch – book 3 (On the Horizon – Fantasy eArc)

small spaces – book 1 (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)

9 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – dead voices (Katherine Arden)

  1. THIS BOOKS SOUNDS PERFECT! 😍😍❤️ I still haven’t read The Bear and the Nightingale but I AM GOING TO! I am so excited for you! AND WOW! THOSE COVERS! Soo pretty, right!? ❤️❤️❤️

    And I TOTALLY get when you didn’t like that Brian wasn’t in more scenes! ITS THE WORST, isn’t it? When you love a character who JUST DOESNT GET ENOUGH TIME in the novel! 😞😞

    Seriously though, I LOVED HOW YOU HAVE CONSTRUCTED THIS REVIEW!! 😍😍❤️❤️ loved it! 😍😍❤️❤️

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    1. I hadn’t read a lot of middle grade before blogging. Then I realized that I could get me fantasy elements that I liked from YA with no romance and a focus on friendships. Plus they tend to be short and fast and rather playful. It is nice to slot one in between the weightier topics. Plus I really think I will read anything Arden writes. It also came about from listening to childhood favourites via audiobook. It be a great medium for middle grade.
      x The Captain


  2. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one! (Though I skimmed the review since I haven’t read the first book yet. You’re good at avoiding spoilers, but some are inevitable.) I want to read Small Spaces, and think I might actually get to that before I start the Bear and the Nightingale. It just feels like the middle grade novels don’t have the hype that the other series does, and so I won’t be expecting as much going in.

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    1. Skimming be perfectly fine! I do it meself and then go back to read them when I finish. Depends on the book though.

      But aye, reading Arden’s middle grade would be perfect for the season. They are fun and well-written. The trilogy is sooo good but densely wonderful. I am excited that ye get to experience her work for the first time!
      x The Captain

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