Songs of the Earth (Wild Hunt Trilogy #1)
The Book of Eador, Abjurations 12:14, is very clear:Suffer ye not the life of a witch. For a thousand years, the Church Knights have obeyed that commandment, sending to the stake anyone who can hear the songs of the earth. There are no exceptions, not even for one of their own.
Novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power.
Exquisite. A near perfect blend of fantasy, action, adventure and magic. Finely imagined and beautifully told, Songs of The Earth by Elspeth Cooper is one greatly enjoyable and entirely captivating debut fantasy novel. I had a wonderful time reading it. Thanks to Cooper's excellent and engaging storytelling, it didn't take long for me to become totally immersed in the plot....more
The world building in Songs of t...more
Overall, the story runs a little cliche, the hero is an orphan who is special. A religious organization that reeks of Christianity. The musical magical system and world cultures are not as creative as they often are.
But on the other hand, the book is spectacularly well written. The author may borrow from the classics for ideas, but does a great job developing a fun story.
In Name of the Wind the beautifully written words jump out at you and the dialog flowed smooth, here in Songs of the Earth...not so much.
Don't get me wrong, Songs of the Earth did have some sun through the clouds moments where a sentence shined or the dialog was witty but it's missing something.
I am a huge fan of British authors with Kate Griffin's Madness of Angels getting a fi...more
Now within this trope there appears to be two (maybe three) sub-species. The first is where the grea...more
However, given the circumstances of me reading it and the length of time it took me, making much sense or intelligent criticism isn't possible so I'm going to say a couple of things and leave it at that.
Most importantly, I enjoyed it and I kept up with it. I'm not saying it's a complex book at all, quite the opposite, but it took me over six weeks to read as my firstborn arrived close to the start and frankly keeping up with anyt...more
I so wanted to love it. I adore Carol Berg, so when I read the description and thought I felt a hint of her style in it, I was practically bouncing for joy. 100 pages in, I was still happy. The characters were okay; the world, while geographically and psychologically an obvious rip-off, was explained well, so I didn't mind. The prose was beautiful.
Then things began to g...more
The hero with obscure origins finding himself, a forbidden romance, betrayal from...more
We got Gair, our hero, who is being tortured because he has magic. A good hero who finds his own way, friends and love down the road that is this book. He never loses faith either, something that is not easy after wh...more
Patrick Rothfuss. So is this all it’s cracked up to be?
Well, the only way to tackle such a book is to ignore all the manufactured hype and let the book speak for itself.
Gair, a novice knight, can hear music that no one else can: beautiful, grave, captivating music that is rich in power. In the Holy City,
So far, no real connection for recent years, however I found that there were certain things that linked with the world today, the way that religion is held in such high regard and how it's not just about being religious but having the power and influence to go with it.
I really enjoyed this book, o...more
This was an enjoyable read. It follows the fairly standard fantasy formula of boy from humble origins who has access to insane amounts of power and is destined to use it to save the world from some unspeakable evil (Considering how heavily the church feature in the novel, it's not exactly a stretch to point out that the boy is pretty much Jesus).
What sets it apart is its gorgeous writing and for that alone I'd recommend the book. This...more
Het verhaal is een klassieke epische fantasy. Het heeft zeker niet de diepte als een Tad Williams (mijn referentie naar goede echte epische fantasy), maar doet...more
The main character, Gair, connected with my ideal for my own self and thus drew me right in until I felt consumed by the book as a whole and almost wished to live Gair's life. The tale Cooper weaves around this character as the pages pass is both intriguing and deep with so...more
Description isn't bad, there's a sense of place in the book. However, in the entire part of the book I read, there were no female characters. Literally none. I skipped ahead to see if this changed (there are several POV). Nope, no female characters, not even any female na...more
Nope. It was pretty apparent that the writing style was too different -- Cooper oversimplifies her plot, follows standard fantasy story arcs and uses character stereotypes. The naive "why me?" hero, the fiesty love interest, the wise old man who initially guides the hero, etc. It's like Cooper took a David...more
En líneas generales está bastante bien. Sobretodo si te gusta el género fantástico. Sin embargo, es obligado decir que no destaca precisamente por su originalidad. Quitando el hecho de que la magia provien...more
However I feel this could have been so much better if the chapters had been restructured slightly. As an e...more
This book starts off right in the middle of a scenario, and it takes a few chapters to really grasp what is going on. Once the story starts to get into its groove, it is easy to get sucked in.
Overall, the story is well paced and a quick read. However there were multiple points of view, far to many and it really was jarring every time something important was happening and there would be a sudden change of perspective. The con...more
I blame it on the MC.
Gair the person who narrates most of this story character was like porridge.Bland,but not bad exactly.Because for someone for who was supposedly tortured, he sure was plain.It didn't help that the plot was a carbon copy of every other epic fantasy.Here are just some examples.
1)the narrator must suffer but survives
2)He special and oh so powerful
4)honest noble ya blah blah all that good stuff and interestingly a virgin
And it goes on
The only reason this got two st...more