Songs of the Earth

Songs of the Earth

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In Elspeth Cooper's Songs of the Earth , The Book of Eador, Abjurations 12:14, is very clear: Suffer ye not the life of a witch. For a thousand years, the Church Knights have obeyed that commandment, sending to the stake anyone who can hear the songs of the earth. There are no exceptions, not even for one of their own.

Novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power. In the Holy City, that can mean only one thing: death by fire-until an unlikely intervention gives him a chance to flee the city and escape the flames.

With the Church Knights and their witchfinder hot on his heels, Gair hasn't time to learn how to use the power growing inside him, but if he doesn't master it, that power will tear him apart. His only hope is the secretive Guardians of the Veil, though centuries of persecution have almost destroyed their Order, and the few Guardians left have troubles of their own.

For the Veil between worlds is weakening, and behind it, the Hidden Kingdom, ever-hungry for dominion over the daylight realm, is stirring. Though he is far from ready, Gair will find himself fighting for his own life, for everyone within the Order of the Veil, and for the woman he has come to love.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013, c2011.
ISBN: 9780765368508
Characteristics: 482 p. ;,18 cm.

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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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