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Throw in a love story, an undercurrent of attraction and treachery this is a truly sweeping novel and I for one did not want it to end.
Onward to Trinity Rising and Ths Raven's Shadow (Books 2 & 3).
Gair is a witch, awaiting execution at the hands of the Church. For many years he has hid the truth about his magical skills while learning about the religion and fighting methods from the scholars at the Church, and he knows full well what they do with magic users. However, at his trial the Preceptor, an old and frail man, grants him a lifeline in the form of exile rather than the death he - and everyone else - was expecting. But not everyone is willing to accept this and a witchfinder is quickly dispatched by opposing members within the Church to carry out the execution as intended. Fortunately for Gair he falls into the company of Alderan, a wise old man who hides more than he lets on, but the offer he makes Gair is irresistible: travel with him to a place where he can improve and master his talents among others like him. And his journey begins...
Songs of the Earth may be a fantasy tale with magic, strange creatures and a hidden world beyond ours, but it's the characters that drive it forward. Gair is, of course, the hero of the tale, and one that is exceptionally strong at what he can do.Read more ›
Songs Of The Earth captivated me from the very first page, following the adventures and mishaps of Gair and his unwanted song. The battles between good and evil, evil thrashes good to within an inch of it's life, will good survive and heal in time to stop evil and if not....what will happen to all the characters, in fact, what will happen to everyone?
There's magic, religion versus faith, very different beliefs! Family and friends, enemies and opposites, battles, love, unrequited love, journeys of the physical, emotional and knowledgeable, death, discipline and destruction. Truly, this story has everything - except chocolate.
Elspeth Cooper has written with a passion and understanding few can match and I absolutely am a fan. Can't wait for `Trinity Moon' to come out to continue the adventure.
Congratulation Elspeth, keep up the superb work and thanks for entertaining me with a fantasy I long to continue.
Premise: The story follows Gair, who has just been exiled from the church for being a witch, whose newfound friends teach him to use his powers. While behind the scenes the Veil, which holds a Hidden Kingdom, is in danger of splitting and releasing untold creatures on the world.
Unfortunately I found the narrative over descriptive, unnecessary in parts and mostly non-engaging. Even when I skimmed pages, so I could finish, I didn't feel as though I'd missed anything.
There were four parts that I found frustrating:
-Many parts of the narrative was irrelevant and added nothing to the plot line or to the world created
-The dialogue between characters wasn't believable and didn't flow.
-You couldn't relate or empathise with the characters as they had little personality.
-She referred to places, events and beings, without any explanation which isolated the reader and cuts them off from engaging in this world.
I did finish on a high as I got into it towards the end and I do think the second book will be better. I'm sure lots of people will like this one, as it has an interesting concept but it wasn't for me as I felt most of it dragged unfortunately.
Hope this helps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My forays into ebooks is only partially satisfying. My searches often return young adult fantasy or fantasy that is too adult and not enough plot, storytelling or originality. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Teacher
Enjoyed this. Good pace, not raced and little waffle. I'll be straight onto the next one. Hope it's as good.Published 4 months ago by J. Evans
An excellent story from beginning to end.
The traditional tale of good versus bad.
Magic, love, adventure and of course the final battle
This beautifully-written novel was pure pleasure from the first page. Don't take that to mean the protagonist has an easy time - far from it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs Moppit
A good read, could seethis becoming a film or TV series quite easily in the future.Published 8 months ago by Ebony-Rae
I haven't been as enthralled by a book since The Belgariad! My word what an absolute delight to read.Published on 13 Sept. 2014 by Jilly
Songs of the earth Excellent read left me wanting more can't wait to read the sequel to this book I was totally engrossedPublished on 4 April 2014 by stan dosdale
I really thought this was going to be a good one. The authors i enjoy are Erickson, Gemmell, Sanderson, Brooks (some), Donaldson( when i was at school incl Eddings, Margaret Weis)... Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by Zaheid