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This review is from: The Soprano Sorceress (Spellsong Cycle) (Paperback)
Once again, the author has taken a potentially ludicrous concept and made it not only believeable, but grittily human as well. Anna, the subject of the story, is transported from her own home in North America into an entirely different world, where her voice, at home a source of a frustrating career, makes her one of the most powerful people around. Because of that power, she is persecuted and attacked from day one, whilst also being courted for her power by a range of local rulers. She manages to change the new world, or at least part of it, for the better, but makes great personal sacrifice along the way, not least the loss of contact with her beloved children at home.
Reading L E Modesitt's books, you almost forget that the situations there could not possibly happen - they become utterly believeable as the focus is, as always, on the difficult human choices to be made by those with, and without, power of some kind.
Whilst not yet as developed as the world of Recluse, which has many more novels devoted to it, this new series of novels (currently there are 4 books in the series) shows the same attention to detail and beautiful writing,a wonderful combination that makes them absolutely believeable - and makes you want to read them all in one sitting, which given their size, can cause all sorts of problems!