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Song of Simon

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Never stop singing.

Life was never sweet for Simon. He lived in suburban New York, dodging high school bullies and strumming his guitar. Things were about to get much worse.

Simon is drawn into the land of Algavar, where High Priestess Teretha has imprisoned their god in amber. He falls into a holy war led by Ilyana, a renegade priestess who claims to be the Messiah. Simon a
Published September 15th 2013 by Damnation Books (first published September 1st 2013)
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Elizabeth Horton-Newton
I was attracted to this book by two things; the stringed musical instrument on the cover and the fact that the main character, Simon, comes from suburban New York. Coming from New York myself I was curious to learn about Simon’s adventures. Simon doesn’t spend a lot of time in New York; very quickly he is whisked away to a fantasy world. What a fantasy world it is! Inhabited by fascinating characters and drawn into political and religious battles, Simon develops from an uncertain teenage boy to ...more
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
If you're looking for a new voice in fantasy I highly recommend C.A. Sander's Song of Simon. The world and its characters have all of the complexity and depth fantasy readers crave. I had so much fun with this novel. The humor and dialog are spot on. Every character felt authentic, and each had their own extremely colorful past and captivating motivations. Song of Simon REALLY surprised me.

Fantasy books like this make me wish I'd wake up in a different world like Simon did. Maybe not one on the
Y. Correa
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would like to start off by saying that this is a fantastic read. A great story! Told well and full of adventure and fantasy. A great book indeed.

Now, that being said, let me get on with it.

Simon is your average teenager with tons of stress all around him.
He's being bullied in school, his father was locked up in the nut house after having been a hero for 9/11, his mother is a drunk and his grandmother a religious extremist. Poor Simon can't catch a break. His only real means of escape is his gu
Denise Bartram
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***I received a gift copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

First off, if you have a weak stomach then some of the scenes in this book may make you wanna puke.... This book may be in the Fantasy genre but it so is not for the fainthearted.
C.A Sanders did not hold back when he wrote 'Song Of Simon' and oh boy, what a massive gem he wrote. I was sent this book a while back to review and I so wish I'd read it before everything else!!

When we first meet Simon, he's not t
Richard Knight
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
If you're a fan of high fantasy, then raise my score by one star. But, given that I can't even finish reading the second Lord of the Rings book, it's safe to say that I'm not a fan of the genre. In fact, I hate it. Which says a lot for C.A. Sanders' book, Song of Simon, because I did finish it. So, uh, take that, Tolkein! :) But I do have an issue with the protagonist, and it's a major one. I didn't like him. And I mean, like, throughout the entire book. I never found him likeable and was never ...more
Derek White
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

Well worth the five stars I gave it for anyone into Sword and Sorcery Fantasy.
A shy teenage boy with nothing to recommend him to you is transported to an alternate universe where he matures into a young man anyone would be proud of. Whilst he is maturing he has a series of adventures, one after another and you are privy to all his decision making, though there are times when you want to shout at him or shake him.
Corey Kline
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was familiar with the author's work on "The Watchmage of New York", and received an e-copy of "Song of Simon" from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There are just a few books that I can say grabbed a hold of me and didn't let go. I started and finished this book in just a couple of days. Every time that I put my phone down (which I use as an e-reader), I felt compelled to pick it back up and keep reading.

The detail that the author puts into this new world is deep and thorough. The
Simon Lindley
This is a tough one for me.
I pick up a fantasy book with over a dozen five-star ratings and an average over 4.5 and there's obvious expectations. The book has a great description and I was drawn to it because 1) my name is Simon, 2) I'm a musician, 3) I'm a prolific fantasy reader, and 4) I write fantasy. I had high hopes and opened up the book to take me on a new adventure.
Here's the good:
The premise and plot are grand and well thought out. A lot of research went into this work and it shows. Ba
Pamela Canepa
I already have read one book by this author so far, and found it quite enjoyable. Just as in his other book, the story in Song of Simon does not disappoint! Sanders proves he is very good at description as well as fleshing out his main characters, Simon, especially. In this book, there are a lot of characters, so I wish he had stuck with Simon's perspective and maybe one other. That would be the only concern I have with this book, and I did read that this was his first published novel. Otherwis ...more
Andi Houtsch
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Song of Simon began as a slow read for me. I could relate to Simon as an outcast sort of character with a terrible home life but I found it hard to like him much. It wasn’t until Simon is “drawn into the land of Algavar” that my attention was truly engaged.

The world Simon is delivered unto is one of impressive depth and breadth. Sanders has spent considerable time in his world building, giving us a world populated by at least four religions, human and non-human populations, as well as mythical b
N.A. Wetzel
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fantasy tale unlike any other!

Reads like you are watching a movie. A very exciting movie! I honestly loved this book. It wasn't until 85% into the book that I actually put it down. It took me a good two weeks to pick it back up after that. I want to say that it was life, but it was more than likely my disliking of an extremely short scene that brought everything from rage to sorrow bubbling to my surface. (There are very few things that will invoke that in me.) Outside of that there was no rea
Casey Harvell
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vividly extraordinary!
Simon’s life is kind of desolate. Some is by choice and some is not. He finds his comfort in his music—a talent he encompassed at a young age. Simon misses his father who has been sent away. His mother punishes him with weeks of silence until an accident transforms the world around Simon. Lost in a land of swords and knights, queens and magic; Simon has no choice but to adapt—and fast.

Simon fights from the moment his feet hit the ground. He runs and finds shelter. His train
Rebecca Larsen
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
C A Sanders takes you on an exciting adventure. Simon, a teenage boy, is taken from our world and transferred to an alternate world where a religious war is in full swing. Simon is taught to use a sword and given a quest to kill the Queen of Love and Beauty. HIs adventures lead him into taking perilous paths. Along the way, Simon learns about this new world, and the war he is now involved in.
With a God helping him, through different mystical creatures, Simon still has a daunting task ahead of hi
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This book seemed to really drag until the last couple of chapters. It was really hard to relate to any of the characters or develop a liking to most due to the number of new characters thrown at you which had an effect on their behavior which then affected your liking or dislike of any of the other characters. I think the main character needed to struggle a bit more and seemed too comfortable in a strange world that was so different from his own. He did struggle later on but that just made his c ...more
Nicole Dubow
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Song of Simon is a cut above the standard sword & sorcery novel. C.A. Sanders takes an underdog teenager and throws him into the middle of a religious war in an alternate universe. He then explores, with care, a modern reaction to the violence and brutality of the battlefield, which is so ubiquitous in seemingly every fantasy novel. Soldiers hack and slash, but how do they view the enemy and themselves? Are evil queens always one dimensional, or is there an emotional subtext that drives them? I ...more
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C. A. Sanders is a writer, teacher, and essayist. His debut novel, Song of Simon, is available in e-format and print at Damnation Books,, or your local bookseller. His latest release is The Watchmage of Old New York, based on his award-winning serial of the same name. It is available for preorder on Amazon now, and its official release is October 27th.

C.A has a BA in Creative Writing fr

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