Songs of the Earth

Songs of the Earth

Book - 2012
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"Gair is under a death sentence. He can hear music, music with power, and in the Holy City that means only one thing: he's a witch, and he's going to be burnt at the stake. Even if he could escape, the Church Knights and their witchfinder would be hot on his heels while his burgeoning power threatens to tear him apart from within."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780765331656
0765331659
9780765368508
Characteristics: 467 pages ; 25 cm.

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MomofMac
Jun 04, 2018

ok, not great, but the thefts were annoying. In the very first pages we are introduced to a character from Leah (wait - isn't that where Menion is from in Sword of Shannara??) A character named Alderan (wait - isn't that where Princess Leia was from??) an more. Many more. Each one more jarring than the last, as you are pulled out of the story and into one you've read before.
Otherwise the standard story.
The sex scenes also seem to have been lifted from somewhere, as the writing changes completely. But I don't recognize the source.

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happycanuck
Feb 03, 2015

Excellent absorbing story. Am looking forward to the next book.

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Semibee
Apr 05, 2013

When I first picked up this book, I secretly hoped that Elspeth Cooper was Tamora Pierce pulling a Richard Bachman, since Elspeth & the Cooper clan are main characters in her Tortall books. 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 Eddings story arc and rewrote it in her own words. The story is an entertaining light read, but it's also stale and unimaginative. Add it to your reading list only when you've run out of better books to read.

bookfanatic1979 Sep 11, 2012

Cooper is a master at borrowing. She's certainly read her share of fantasy books, and I recognize bits and pieces from several of my favorites. Toss in a religion strikingly similiar to Christianity complete with Communion, Templars, and even a Crusade--all under different names--and you have a very well written first novel that didn't seem very new to me at all.

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foxylady31
Sep 04, 2012

very compelling. strong characters, well written, exciting and a plot that has inexpected twists and turns. will be waiting for book two - Trinity Moon

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BarbaraA
Jun 05, 2012

An interesting story if you like the genre of fantasy in which an orphan discovers almost unlimited magical power. The writing is strong and the plot engrossing.

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