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Allaigna's Song: Overture (Allaigna's Song, #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  16 reviews
You can’t hide from magic when it’s in your blood …

When Allaigna was seven she almost sang her baby brother to sleep — forever. She may be heir to neither her mother’s titles nor her secrets, but she has inherited her grandmother’s dangerous talent for singing music into magic. As her education proceeds from nursery to weapons ground to the rank of royal page, it becomes i
Paperback, 402 pages
Published July 10th 2017 by Pulp Literature Press
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Nabila Fairuz
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Magic through music? Count me in! The compelling plot kept me hooked for hours! It was addictive.
More than anything, I loved reading about the strong female characters in this book. The characters each had their own flaws which made them more human and more realistic, and thereby added to their strength.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An immensely satisfying epic

Canadian author JM (Jennifer) Landels makes an impressive literary debut with ALLAIGNA’S SONG: OVERTURE. Perhaps her depth of background for molding this engaging ritual of coming of age in the panorama of a challenging family is obvious: she is co-founder and managing editor of the quarterly Pulp Literature, a former affiliate with punk bands, earned her degree in Mediaeval English Literature, is an artist, rides in mounted combat, and is a childbirth educator and do
Laura Kostur
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love magic done well, and this is it. The magic in this book comes to life through music, so neat. Adventure, emotion and generations of women who all experience power differently. Definitely a good read.
Matt Braymiller
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?”
(Acts 8:30-31a NIV)

Four stars tells you that I liked the book. I hope the print version has a nicely formatted list of the players and their relationships to one another. The Kindle formatting left a lot to be desired, so it took a longer time than I liked to get folks straight in my head.

The characte
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Review

This was a truly fascinating read. Immediately what stands out is how the author’s tale takes readers into an already established world from author Scott Fitzgerald Gray, set within the nations of Ilmar within the larger world of the Endlands. However, despite the author’s deep dive into this richly established fantasy world, this original story stands out on its own feet.

The core of this story is the amazing character development of three generations of women. Between protagonist All
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. I found the three main characters to be believable, interesting and nicely developed. At first, I found the changing timeline between the character stories a bit awkward but once there was some background laid out for each it became easier to navigate. Having each character tell their own story helped to make their motivations clear and gave a certain depth to the overall story that would have been difficult to achieve otherwise. Th ...more
Susan Pieters
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three heroines for the price of one!
Three female voices intertwine in concert, and I love them all. Allaigna is intelligent and passionate and I find myself wishing to hear her voice when I'm reading other fantasy novels (not a compliment to the other novels, that I'm wishing they were all Allaigna characters.) Carry on, and looking forward to the next in this series.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Landels knows her stuff. Whether it's horses, sword-fighting, or midwifery, the details and descriptions are well-chosen and convincing. And she makes magic out of music ... or music out of magic. Either way, it works. ...more
Patrick Bollivar
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Allaigna's Song: Overture weaves three stories together: daughter, mother, and grandmother. Set in a medieval world where royal women are married off for political reasons, where women with magic aren't as respected as old, male codgers reading spells from books, this story breathes a tale from all three female perspectives to tell the struggles they have to go through to chart their own paths in the world. A deliciously slow read that only picks up the pace halfway through, it is well worth the ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I got into any fantasy sagas and this was a lovely return to the genre. I quite enjoyed it. I had my usual challenge keeping the three storyline's crossovers straight for the first thirty pages or so but by the end was fully invested in all three. The protagonists are real and unromantisized and even their unlikeable moments are very genuine. I didn't feel the illustrations added much to the story but I can see their merit in the serialized installments the novel is built ...more
Heidi Middlebrough
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️
A great read! I had to keep a list of all the characters to keep track because THERE ARE A LOT.
Mel Anastasiou
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great read. The adventures never stop, the magic intrigues, and the heroine Allaigna is tough and appealing. So well written I couldn't stop reading. JM Landels brings horses, swords, and sorcery together in a terrific tale. ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book but it could become confusing if you were not paying attention-I occasionally became a bit fed up with Lauresa moods but thinking back to when I was a teenager I did understand the mood swings and sometimes being her own worst enemy.
Victoria Lee
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Allaigna's Song: Overture, the first in a trilogy. Allaigna, her mother, and her grandmother tell their stories. It was a bit confusing at first sorting out the characters and timelines but it kept me intrigued and I enjoyed how the stories were spun out. As the title suggests, it is like reading a song. I am looking forward to reading the next book. ...more
Sarah Cavar
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
3 stars, but this is a very much "it's not you, it's me" review: the story is well-plotted and well-written with compelling, likeable characters. It's just that these sorts of stories, broadly construed (obscurely-named people and lands, royal dynasties, court manners, etc.) are typically. very far from my personal cup of tea, but I wanted to give this book a try. While my prior statement remains true, I'd recommend this story to fans of Tamora Pierce in a heartbeat, and I'll probably check out ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written

JM Mandela is an artist whose medium is the written word. I love how she weaves the lives of the characters into this wonderful story!
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JM Landels divides her professional time between writing, editing, drawing, and teaching people to swordfight from horseback. She has no hobbies, since they all tend to turn into professions.

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