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Songs of the Earth: The Wild Hunt Book One by [Cooper, Elspeth]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in THE WILD HUNT (4 Book Series)

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It's an incredible example of the genre and feels fresh, with a vibrant air, characters that come alive in the pages and walk through a world that is both detailed and imaginative... I simply can't rate this novel high enough it's a nigh-on perfect taste of high fantasy. (Antony Jones SFBOOKREVIEWS blog)

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This is the best debut fantasy novel since THE NAME OF THE WIND.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1116 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; UK ed. edition (16 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053YQD04
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I got this as a freebie. I would have paid full price, honestly. This is gritty, realistic and at times harsh. Gair is accused and condemmed by the Church as a Witch. Intervention by an unknown person cummutes his sentence and with help of Alderhan, a mysterious old man, he flees to the Islands where his talent is nurtured and honed.

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).
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I've never hid the fact that I am a sci-fi reader before a fantasy reader, but every now and then a fantasy book comes along that I look at and just want to read. Songs of the Earth is just such a book, not as hefty as some other novels in the genre but the blurb makes it sound interesting, the fact that it's the first part of a planned trilogy even better. I won't lie, this one has a lot to live up to even before opening the page, the publisher declaring it as the fantasy debut of 2011. However, for me Songs of the Earth hit the spot and delivered the kind of story that makes me want to read more fantasy - a rare thing indeed!

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.
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... but for me, the book just didn't offer enough that was fresh and new to keep me interested. I think it was always going to be difficult to do a 'old man mentors young man in arcane ways' sort of story if you don't have an exciting, fresh new twist to put on it, and this just didn't to me. The genre is big and getting bigger, with old fantasy tropes being given fresh life with fresh writing styles, and SotE just needed to be a bit different or exciting or new in order to keep up with the rest. Maybe if I hadn't been reading oodles of new fantasy lately this would have been more of a standout, but as it was there was nothing here I hadn't read before and nothing new to excite me.
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This is the most delicious fantasy read I've experienced in years. It's comparable to Robert Jordan's `Wheel of Time' saga and David Edding's `The Belgariad', only juicier, slightly more adult content on the odd occasion. I simply couldn't put it down unless forced to do so, then I couldn't wait to pick it up again. Unfortunately this meant I finished it fairly quickly and am now suffering from withdrawal symptoms!

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.
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I'm normally a generous reviewer and read fantasy, science fiction and young adult books but unfortunately Songs of the Earth just didn't do it for me and I skipped narrative just to finish. It has an interesting concept but I didn't feel it was executed very well.

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.

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