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Dangerous Voices

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  1,042 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Errik has been a prisoner--and alone--for a long, long time. He lives for the moment each day when the window of his dungeon cell shines a bit of light onto his bearded face.

But everything changes when he gets a new neighbor--a young girl with a voice as beautiful as the springrise.

They both know the rules: No singing. No speaking. Voices are dangerous. But they can't help
Kindle Edition, 28 pages
Published November 11th 2012 by Rae Carson (first published October 22nd 2012)
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Dec 19, 2012 StrangeBedfellows rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-at-sbf
First off, this is a short story. And I don't read short stories. I appreciate them -- I once took an entire college course dedicated to short stories, and I learned that there's an awful lot going on in those little snippets. It takes a lot of skill to successfully execute a short story. Often, I feel that only the cleverest of writers can pull it off. Which, I imagine, is part of the reason why I don't read them. Most of the ones I've tried just weren't engaging enough. They couldn't escape th ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Keertana rated it it was ok least no one can mistaken this for being a long story. Dangerous Voices, at under fifteen pages, is too short to make much of a lasting impact. Carson writes beautifully, even that much is evident from this short story, and her imagination runs wild. Quite honestly, I'd love a whole novel centered around this short tale as it has so much potential. Dangerous Voices takes place in a jail cell where Errik is imprisoned for being a music mage. When a new jail mate, a girl whose voice is t ...more
Shambhawi P.
Aug 19, 2013 Shambhawi P. rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-freebies
I'd read ANYTHING Rae Carson would write.
Ashley Ehlers
Jan 12, 2013 Ashley Ehlers rated it really liked it
Short stories and I have a love, hate relationship. I love them cause they’re short and they get right to the point but I hate them cause the authors create a world I want to know more about.

I want to know why this young man is locked up? I want to know how long he has really been locked up as his voice is raw and he has a growing beard? I want to know what are music mage’s? What world they live in where those people have to be locked up?

The wanting is good, makes the read so intriguing and myst
Katja Weinert
Jan 07, 2013 Katja Weinert rated it really liked it
In under fifteen pages, Rae Carson, the author of one of my favourite YA series - Fire and Thorns - illustrates that few words are needed to convey what we need to know.

Dangerous Voices is narrated by Errik, who has been imprisoned so long he's lost track of the years. Isolated and broken, he waits every day for the momentary sensations of sunlight filtering through his window onto his cell floor. His appreciation of the sun, his ability to marvel at it's warmth and beauty, helps him to endure.
Nov 30, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
I think I would have enjoyed this more if I known about the world. Is this a prequel to a series? If so then I would really enjoy reading it.
Tara Day
Jul 06, 2015 Tara Day rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! Except for one thing - I wish I had more. Short stories are never enough for me and the details in the story make me want SO MUCH more. I'd love to know how long Errik had really been in that prison, and why he was there - was it simply because he was a musical mage? Or did he do something else to put himself there?

Saddened by the ending and almost brought to tears. Rae Carson writes with such emotion and you just fall in love with the writing and lyrical beauty of it. I sin
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Dangerous Voices is one those short stories that you finish and then cry because it’s over. This was too damn short. Don’t get me wrong, the story is wonderful but I need this as a book….or at least a novella. The imagery alone is perfection. I do think that Carson managed to do things that most people can’t do in 28 pages. She gave us a story worth knowing, worth reading, and full of human depth. In just 28 pages she manages to tap into your emotions and make you vested in each character’s outc ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Ally rated it really liked it
This was an awesome little short story.
Jun 05, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014challenge
since i learnt to write short stories, i developed an increased appreciation for the genre. it's different from writing novels, because all the important information must be tied together properly in a few words. at the same time, it cannot be too rushed. but it must really be compact.

i think Rae Carson's writing style is wonderful, but it's more suited for novel writing. in this short story Dangerous Voices, i didn't fully understand what was happening. until llyri asked if errik was a music ma
Dora Okeyo
Dec 06, 2012 Dora Okeyo rated it liked it
Beautiful, yet sad story.
It's told by Errik who has been in some kind of prison, all locked up-and how when he meets a lady Lyri, he starts to remember his life and who he was before he was locked up.
It is great-and I reckon a prequel to a story, I love the angle Rae has used-because she hasn't told much about their world. Why aren't they allowed to speak, or sing? Why are the voices dangerous and all. It's a way to keep readers guessing- and I like it. Can't wait to read the next book.
Apr 02, 2016 Kerr rated it liked it

Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

Having recently read her Fire and Thorns series, I was desperate to get my hands on something else Rae Carson. This was a free e-book via Smashwords and it was a short novella. Very short in fact. It seems to cut off and I'm not sure if there should have been more or not. Well that's easy, there SHOULD have been more, but whether there actually was is another matter.

It's such a little snippet and we're left with so many questions;
Jan 13, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am not a short story fan. I want more of a relationship with the characters I've only begun to know. I am so glad I did not let that bias prevent me from reading this one. Questioning, learning, grieving, enduring, accepting, and finally soaring with the bright spot - don't miss your chance to do all of these through this one story.
Lina (From the Verge)
Feb 10, 2014 Lina (From the Verge) rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kobo
Very powerful short story! It's less than 20 pages, so instead of writting a review for you to read, you should just go ahead and read the story.

Funny fact: I didn't realise the main character was male until I came back to Goodreads to write this down. From the cover I assumed it was a woman, lol!
Dec 05, 2012 Kristy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this short story. I would even have loved to see where it would have gone if it was a novel - the story could have started in so many different places and it could also go in many more places, however for the short story it was it was a nice read.
Jan 07, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
This is the first short story I've ever read and it certainly did not disappoint!

I would love to see this made into a full length book and learn what happened in the outside world that led to the music mages being imprisoned.

Great short story!
Jan 19, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it
I was feeling nostalgic about The Fire and Thorns series and in the mood for more Rae Carson, so I decided to give this short story a go. I don't typically read short stories because I either find them too short to engage with or not long enough and then get frustrated with the lack of resolution. That being said, I was surprised by this one. I liked the writing and the premise and in just a few short pages, Rae Carson has intrigued me and made me want a full-length novel exploring this world. I ...more
Vera Maslow
Oct 18, 2015 Vera Maslow rated it did not like it
I suppose it was a well written short story.
I didn't feel like I could get into this, understand it, or care.
Jul 14, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
A devastatingly beautiful story.

It will take about an hour of your time - tops - to read this novella. SO worth it.
Mar 16, 2013 M3tamorphasis11 rated it it was ok
Very quick. Rich and vivid with detail. I got the idea of it, but was still a bit lost.
Jun 11, 2013 Xhex87 rated it it was ok
This book wasn't for me, but I gave it a two for how cleanly written it was.
Adam Light
Feb 06, 2013 Adam Light rated it really liked it
Decent little short story. Evokes feelings of dread.
Kat Mandu
Oct 30, 2015 Kat Mandu rated it it was amazing
Kat Mandu says…

I’m a big fan of Rae Carson’s A Girl of Fire & Thorns trilogy, so I just knew I had to get this stand-alone short. The author brings to life a beautifully weaved story of magic, imprisonment, and breathtaking need.

Errik has been in prison for longer than he remembers, watching and listening as the captives in the cells around him die slowly. Though it’s never said who imprisons them, it gives you the impression that they’re all jailed for being musical mages. They all have mus
Ashley Ferguson
Mar 13, 2016 Ashley Ferguson rated it really liked it
This story was short, sweet, and to the point. The concept is really interesting - voices are dangerous and the prisoners cannot be heard using them or they will be killed. This leaves room for so many questions though, and we don't get them all answered. Actually, we get very few answered. Why are the voices so dangerous? Where did the muses come from? How do Errik and all of the others get caught in the first place? Who is keeping them in the prison? I was left wanting so much more at the end ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Jovi rated it really liked it
The shiver of warmth starts in my face this time, right where the light shines. I know it's impossible because Llyri's not dead yet. Though she no longer sings, I hear her grunt with each blow. Still, the warmth expands down my neck, filling my chest. Sweet, like honey; comfortable, like an old friend. My hands begin to shake, and I want to dance. This time, I don't resist when the song tumbles from my mouth. My voice is pebbly and scratched, but the power in it rocks the iron door.

"Errik!" she
Burgandy Ice
May 17, 2013 Burgandy Ice rated it it was amazing
What a surprising delight! I'm going to have to stop being surprised at enjoying Rae Carson's writing. Lol. She keeps catching me off guard, though. This time I assumed that a short story written from an elderly male prisoner's point of view would be... *shrug* I don't know, simple? Straightforward?

Nope. There's so much more to singing. Without saying what or why, the story slowly reveals everything without such boring things as explanations. It's beautiful, like the patch of light in Errik's c
Sam Taylor
Dec 02, 2014 Sam Taylor rated it liked it
3.5 stars. There really is some beautiful writing in this piece, but ultimately, I was left feeling distanced from the characters. I felt as though I was observing them, rather than moving with them through the work. As other reviewers have noted, it wasn't until the mention of music mages came along, about halfway through the piece, that it was clear this was a fantasy story. At first it seemed these mages were imprisoned for raising rebellion through their songs. Later, it seems that at least ...more
Tabitha Rowland
Dec 13, 2012 Tabitha Rowland rated it liked it
A very VERY short story, but I think that adds to the charm.

This book, at least in my opinion, has a lot of psychological undertones--and I don't know about the rest of the reviewers, but this story can be just that, a story, but to me it seemed more. As if the whole thing was also a metaphor about facing our fears, accepting things that may be difficult, and over-all breaking down barriers. Sometimes you have to be the catalyst to change, and if you let people silence you, you'll only get a sma
Tea Time with Marce
Feb 13, 2013 Tea Time with Marce rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-on-kindle
From my blog

I have started to read short stories before reading a full work of an author I don't know, I really enjoyed this one. What a surprise to realise this is a known author, The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I would never have considered reading a fantasy novel but the writing style of Dangerous Voices has definitely intrigued me.

I enjoyed the suspense of what was going on. Why are they locked up, why can't they talk or sing. Are the guards coming and what will happen?

I think a conspiracy is
Beret Brenckman
should not have been a free read/book it should have been just a teaser for another full length novel and that's what it should have said instead
too short, too much unexplained back story
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