Wolfram Donat's book SONGMASTER'S REALM is a young adult novel that is a satisfying read. I can't be as enthusiastic about it as some other reviewers, mostly because the book is written too simply for my taste. I want more complex sentences and more complex emotions.
Joel is a good guitarist who has all kinds of music by heart (a rather amazing amount, actually. I hope that Mr. Donat really knows a guitarist who is competent to play all of the kinds of music used in the book). This deep musical knowledge stands him in good stead when he is transported to another planet where by matching a composition to a need, the music makes magic: fire, ice, levitation, healing and a good cup of coffee. That's all good stuff.
Mr. Donat is clearly a talented writer and I hope he undertakes some more sophisticated work when this series is complete.
I received this book through librarything.com.