The Whispers, while part of The Beautiful Dead series, is actually the start of a companion series to continue the original trilogy. While quite a bit shorter and less action-packed than The Beautiful Dead trilogy, The Whispers is full of surprises, twists and turns. The end is one hell of a whopper.
This story answers a couple of the questions left over from the initial trilogy, and gives us a whole new novel's worth of new ones. The most confusing part of the story is that there's no clue on how long it's been since Winter and John let their Anima go... or what the world on the other side of the ocean was like when Winter was around.
Only a handful of chapters actually have our new heroes with our undead friends, the rest of the book takes place where the living live... on the other side of the ocean. Away from the places we've come to know and love.
I found myself saddened as I learned the fates of the places I'd "visited" with Winter and the others in this new time. I also think I know who the mysterious Deathless twins we run across in this adventure are; but, I'll leave you to figure that out for yourself.
I do know there are at least two more books to this amazing new branch off novella series and I eagerly await the next one.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws and thank Mr. Banner for listening to pleas of his fans and reviving his undead world.