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Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper
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Jun 06, 2012

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This was an entertaining read, although in places it shows that it is this author's first effort. I have read a couple of negative fan reviews, and I think they may be a little harsh. Some of the transitions here are a little clunky, but so was my Plymouth Valiant that I drove without fail for 13 years. This is a turn on the old trope of the young man searching to find himself and his place in the world. Viewed as such, this is a pretty decent effort. It is clearly meant as the lead-off hitter for a trilogy. Such books have drawbacks such as lacking a real feeling of closure, but they also have long, strong suits, like having room for steady paced development. I think readers will enjoy this most if they just relax and let the story happen. If you want the murder to occur on the first page, don't go here. I think this author hasn't begun to tell us all her secrets, and I am content to have it so. She has a very respectable start here, with a pseudo-Medieval world, an interesting form of magic, and a sweetly clueless hero. (I have always been able to hear magic in music and do not find it a cliche or unbelievable that it should be so.) Give this one its time in the sun. I think we'll find a worthy payoff when this author finds her stride.

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