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Teya is desperate. Caught by the King and held for her magical singing abilities, she is ready to do anything to escape, or die trying. When her own plans fail, an ambassador from another country unexpectedly offers her a chance at freedom. All she must do is take him to her homeland. It sounds too good to be true, and she realizes she might only be exchanging one prison f...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Mundania Press
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One of the best books read this year. Great story, expressive writing, and twists that keep you spellbound. Look forward to more of her books.
This romantic fantasy had all the elements of a fantasy novel that I could wish for. Danger, romance, adventure, and most of all, magic. This magic comes from the Songbird's voice - her singing can produce feelings of love, happiness, healing, and on the other side, pain, anger, and even death. Could someone with this much power be trusted? Forced into bondage by the king, the Songbird, Teya, can only use a small amount of her magic because of the kundar, a collar which keeps it in check. Accord...more
Teya was taken away from her home when she was just ten years old. Captured, a device which impeded her magic was placed around her neck and for the next ten years she was a prisoner of the King of the Old Country, forced to sing for him for it is in her voice that her power lies. Any attempt to use too much magic causes her immense pain, until the day she is rescued by an ambassador from neighbouring Braemar who thinks her people are the source of a magical elixir wreaking havoc in his home. Th...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Kidnapped at an early age, Teya knows she weaves magic when she sings. She has no idea how strong her magic is as the kundar around her neck prevents her from using it to its full extent.

Teya is a wonderful young woman. Her upbringing has made her naive and her unexpected escape leads her into silly mistakes. Exactly what you’d expect from someone who’d been in captivity for most of her adolescence.

Bran is the Braemar ambassador to the Old Country. Braemar society runs on technology whereas the...more
Holly Murphy
Loved the book! At first, I couldn't quite decide where it was going, but as I read more, I found myself surprised as to it's direction. I couldn't put it down because it really caught my interest and I really anticipated the action to come. I have read a lot of fantasy, science fiction and romance novels and I was very satisfied when Songbird came to the end (even though I didn't want it to end). The story was engaging and different and I appreciated the magic being held in the music. As a musi...more
I loved reading Songbird!!!! It is a great fantasy adventure (with some romance of course). I felt like part of the book, like I knew the characters, and had some investment in what happened to them. Teya and Bran were real and emotional and flawed, kind of like me. I read the book in one day, wishing that I was still reading it when I had to put it down to do other things. More than once I found myself laughing out loud or feeling a bit mushy and girly, and I had to stop myself from flipping f...more
What would you expect from this book? A helpless 10-year-old? A horror-less adventure? No adventure at all?
WRONG! This book filled the song inside of my heart, with the strength of the main character strumming the tune, and the impact of her singing providing the melody. The words? Why, they came from the story itself, from the words, the adventure. Pleasing me the most was the unlikely romance, catching me by surprise (not really). Overall, this enchantment was truly a worth-read.
Melissa Gamble
Songbird captured my interest from the first page. I am an avid fantasy novel reader and this book is now one of my favorites. I loved the originality of the plot and the use of magic through music. But the best part was how the romance between the two characters developed. It never overshadowed the plot, but became an integral part of who the characters were. How everything resolved was highly satisfying and left me feeling euphoric. A great read!
At first I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not but once I got into it I coudn't put it down! It was very intriguing. Songbird is a beautiful girl with a voice like an angel. Songbird's singing was not only beautiful but also magical. There is a beautiful love story as part of this tale which was very touching to me. Knowing the author of this book makes it even more delightful to read.
When I picked up this book, the first thing I noticed was that it looked like she had some sort of metal retainer in her mouth. It was odd, so I showed it to my boyfriend and asked him what he thought it was. He looked at the cover for a moment, then said that it looked like there was an elaborately dressed blow-up doll on it. Nice.

I really wanted to like this book, but it was just oh-so-wrong all the time. First of all, the words are printed too small to read comfortably, plus it's in an odd Fo...more
I liked the book. Didn't love it, but liked it. I think I might have had too high of expectations after reading a review in the sunday paper. This is a "print on demand book" so I had to order it and wait for it to arrive. I got frustrated when I was reading it because I wanted Teya to be a stronger heroine, less easy to intimidate and manipulate. I realize that the writer was holding out for the big climax, but I got a little annoyed along the way.

There are a few inconsistencies with the writin...more
I really liked this book! I would give it 5 stars but there were some writing glitches and a couple things that held me back. The main characters really held the story for me. You grow to love them and it makes a you be able to look past technicalities. She was not perfect and struggled with herself threw the whole book and it makes this well rounded character you can't help but like. The love story was so beautiful, the magic was great and the bad guys really bad. This was just a good story tha...more
Cheryl Landmark
I liked the premise of this book; it was original and intriguing with the idea of magic being possible through music and singing. For the most part, the writing was quite good. There was plenty of magic, romance, action and intrigue. Teya and Bran were great characters and their romantic relationship was special and, well, magical!

It took me a while to get used to the idea of motorcars, motorbikes and guns being part of this fantasy alongside kings, castles, swords and horses. It’s just not some...more
A wonderful, imaginative book!

What on earth was the publisher thinking though!? I felt like the slowest reader while going through this book because the print was so ridiculously cramped and small. Also, I may not have picked up this book just because of the cover art. Thankfully I didn't judge a book by its cover but that picture on the front is just horrible. I never took it with me in public and whenever I left it around the house, placed it with the cover facing down because I was so embarr...more
Pretty average writing, predictable, and I was distracted by all the modern American colloquialisms that were part of their speech.
This is a really interesting premise for a story. It blends a modern setting with fantasy, and pulls both together quite well. I was also interested because Colleen Helme is a local author (Salt Lake City, Ut.). The story is about a young woman named Teya who is the songbird of her people. She is kidnapped at a young age and forced to sing for the king. She wears a "kundar" about her neck to restrict the full power of her magic with song. She is rescued only to find her people are gone. She and...more
Alyson Farmer
I feel bad giving this book such a low review, but I honestly didn't enjoy it. It came so highly recommended in my local newpaper, and the reviews on Amazon were great, so when my library didn't have it I bought a copy. Too bad for me. The plot is clever but the story moved so fast that there was no character development. I kept hoping that the main characters could slow down for a while so that I could get a chance to get to know them, but it never did. There were a few unexpected twists that k...more
Erin Pascoe
I loved reading Songbird! It was so hard for me to put it down I read it in one day! I felt like I was part of the book. I could relate to Teya, the main character because her singing voice was her magic, and I love to sing. I wish I could use my voice to create images and more. It was romantic, exciting, interesting, and fun to read! It took some twists and kept me intrigued, wondering how everything would work out until the end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves fantas...more
It was an ok book. I was really interested at the beginning, but I have a hard time when stupid things happen. It really annoys me when the main characters keep getting caught and then they get away and then caught again. Part of that was understandable as they didn't know that some of the people they ran into were bad, but the first time Teya was just being stupid, she had been a slave for 10 years and wouldn't listen to the advice of Bran, who was trying to be cautious.
Kari Garrett
I read a review about this book and waited quite awhile to read it. I was really interested in this book because I had a daughter who I called Songbird, because she was always singing. This sounded like a prince-charming/princess rescue type of book, which I guess it was to a certain fashion. However, there were some things implied in the story which I thought were a little inappropriate and so did not finish reading the book. I was disappointed.
Darcy Stewart
This was wonderfully written. I like the plot. The king catches Teya and takes her singing abilities. This story is original. A young ambassador helps her escape.

At first I don't like the ambassador. I wondered what is motives were for helping Teya escape. I do like him afterwords when he falls in love with Teya. I was mad that he wouldn't remove her kundar around her neck. That was cruel for the king to do Keya.

The plot here was really tight and fast paced. The setting reminded me a little bit of the Abhorsen series, with that Kingdom of Magic-Stout Wall-Imperial England type set up. I liked it, I just wasn't able to really connect to the main heroine.
I'm pretty picky with fantasies, and this one just didn't hold my attention. I should have listened to my wise friends (Mara and Alyson) and not even tried this one. After 50 pages I had no desire to read anymore.
I enjoyed this book and thought the story was well thought out and original. It took me a few chapters to feel invested, but once I got into it the action was fast paced and exciting. A definite page-turner.
This is a great story by a new author that captures a girl who is enslaved for her voice. It is a science fiction novel. I enjoyed the plot but thought the ending was a bit too far fetched.
I enjoyed this book so much I stayed up until 2am just to finish it. I am not generally a fantasy fan, but this caught me and really drew me into the story. I would read it again!
Interesting premise, but I didn't think the writing was that good. A fun, quick read, but not memorable.
great story idea, terrible writing. No plot development, no character growth, very disappointing.
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