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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...more
Kindle Edition, 28 pages
Published November 11th 2012 by Rae Carson (first published October 22nd 2012)
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StrangeBedfellows
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
Keertana
Well...at 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
Ashley Hill
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...more
Katja Weinert
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....more
Shambhawi P.
I'd read ANYTHING Rae Carson would write.
ANYTHING.
S.A. Williams
"Dangerous Voices" is told in the first person, by Errik, a prisoner in what the reader must assume is an oppressive society (Errik and others have been incarcerated because of their talent for song). Errik's single joy is the warmth he gets from a spot of light through his window in the summertime. Soon, though, the cell next to him brings another bright spot, of a different kind: Llyri, another Music Mage who is gifted with a muse and sings beautifully.

Such songs inside the prison walls can qu...more
Sarah
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...more
Dora Okeyo
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.
Cheryl
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)
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!
Kristy
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.
Amber
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!
Sarah
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.
Dani
Gorgeous imagery, a glimpse of a world that left me insatiably curious, wonderful characters.

Lovely and sad, yet hopeful.
Karen
A devastatingly beautiful story.

It will take about an hour of your time - tops - to read this novella. SO worth it.
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
I wish I could have seen more of this world. But what I saw was so sweet, and heartbreaking, and very hopeful....
Yami
Very quick. Rich and vivid with detail. I got the idea of it, but was still a bit lost.
Adam Light
Decent little short story. Evokes feelings of dread.
Ashley Ferguson
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
Jovi
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
...more
Burgandy Ice
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...more
Tabitha Rowland
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...more
Tea Time with Marce
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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...more
Shelley
I read the reviews before I "purchased" this short story, so I was excited to read it. It was a quick but thought provoking story about those whose bodies can be beaten into submission but whose souls are left intact, waiting for a moment to be set free. Fear and suppression can cause many of us from fully living and sharing our gifts, but one little glimmer of hope can make us forget the horrors that surround us and make us and those closest to us shine. Carson warms our hearts when "the bright...more
Simon Gianoutsos
A reasonable short story with lots of unanswered questions, good characterisation & scene setting and well written.
Tiana
Very intriguing read. You can get it for free from the author's website. I was able to download it for Kindle for free, but now it seems like that might no longer be available ...? Anyway, I love the world building that Rae Carson does, even in such a short story. It makes me wish that this were a full length novel and I knew everything that was going on in that world and Errik's life. The writing is beautiful and rich, much like her The Girl of Fire and Thorns books.
Max
A short story can still state alot. Quick and easy read and it was a new plot. Enjoyed it.
Jessica Latwinn
For a short story this was freaking amazing. I had no problems imaging all that the author created. It flowed so well that I became deeply wrapped in what was going on that when it ended it took me a second to realize that it was actually over and not missing an extra page, which if I'm being honest I do feel that there was more that needed to be added to this story. If only because I didn't want it to end so soon and that I didn't want the end to be the end. It was both empowering and depressin...more
L.H.O.O.Q.
The five stars are upheld because of all the beauty this story has to offer.

However, as I read, I realized I needed a schema to give me some sort of context or idea of what I was reading. Simply, I should have read the premise, but even without reading it first I caught on.

I do recommend for anyone interested in reading this to read the description first before reading, maybe read it twice just so you can have a frame of mind before you step into the small world Carson has created. Also, don't i...more
Madison
I'd read anything by this author but this was a particularly beautiful short story
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