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Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, #1) [Kindle Edition]

JL Bryan
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Book Description

Special double feature edition! Includes both Fairy Metal Thunder and Fairy Blues, the first two books in the Songs of Magic series.

A rock & roll fairy tale.

Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans, no gigs, and they're going nowhere. Even worse, Jason has a crush on their lead singer, but she doesn't seem interested in him at all.

Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world. Soon the band is enchanting crowds, and Jason is a step closer to the girl he likes, but the new gear is brimming with destructive magic they can't control.

Their shortcut to success has cost a troupe of innocent fairies their livelihood and turned Jason and his band into enemies of the powerful Queen Mab, who sends hunters to track them down, including one of the most dangerous creatures in Faerie...a
small unicorn named Buttercake.

Editorial Reviews


"Fairy Metal Thunder has the same feel that the movie Labyrinth has, this wondrous fantasy world that you're desperate to have at least a small part of, even to the point of stealing." - Bending the Spine

"You know that feeling you got when you took your first trip down Diagon Alley with Harry and Hagrid? Well that was a little like how it felt to see Faerie for the first time...The description of this new world was like an ultra-vivid, H-D, 3-D experience for the mind." - Unabridged Andra

"Everything about this book is so much fun to read! From J.L. Bryan's vivid yet quick writing style, to the perfectly incorporated fairy lore, to the enchanting plot, it all adds up to a book that you HAVE to read, whether you're a fan of fairies of not!" - Mimi Valentine

"Overall, I found this to be a fun, delightful first volume in a promising new series. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series and learning more about the world of Faerie." - Word Spelunking

About the Author

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. He is the author of The Paranormals trilogy (Jenny Pox, Tommy Nightmare, and Alexander Death), the biopunk sf novel Helix, and other works. Fairy Metal Thunder is the first book in his new Songs of Magic series. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, his son John, two dogs, and two cats.

His website is You can also follow on him on Twitter (@jlbryanbooks) or Facebook.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: (September 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NLU5NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,187 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a fun read! February 4, 2012
By Jade E
I just finished reading this book and what a wild read! I really enjoyed this novel by J.L. Bryan! It really fits well with young adult audience.

The Good: I was really nervous after reading the blurb as to how Bryan would navigate this novel. I was scared it would either come out too juvenile or completely unreadable...but he totally
made everything work! I loved the mixture of the magical world with the real world. When it started I totally got a Labyrinth/Alice in Wonderland type of vibe and I loved the main character Jason. I liked his relationship with his sister. It was like a brother/sister ally type of thing and it's refreshing instead of seeing the typical I-hate-my-sibling relationship. The world building was AWESOME in this novel. Bryan totally brought to life the world of Faerie and I almost wish I could visit!! I LOVED LOVED LOVED the goblin Grizlemor and again reminded me of the goblin from Labyrinth. What I think I appreciated most from this novel is that it is such a fun, light read. YA is saturated with such heavy topics right now (not that I don't like that...I do!) but it's refreshing to read something that isn't super depressing or heavy. This is a book that leaves you smiling and happy after the last page. Lastly...I just want to praise the amount of brilliant editing that went into this book. This book is a prime example of what self-published authors need to start doing. Invest in a good editor and cover designer! Even I have taken notes from Bryan on how to produce a brilliant self-published book!

The Bad: I would have liked to see his characters just a BIT more realistic per their age. I felt that whenever Jason talked...he was more along the ages of 14 or 15 and not a junior in high school.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Metal Thunder Rocks! September 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition

Fairy Metal Thunder by J.L. Bryan is a One-Sit-Read! Even if I wasn't a lover of all things Fae, Mr. Bryan would have still captivated me with his dazzling tale of what can happen if you sneak into the world of the Fae and leave with enchanted objects.

The main character, Jason, plays in a garage band named the Assorted Zebras with his pals Mitch, Dred and the girl he secretly yearns for, Erin. They're good but not good enough to get any gigs. One night Jason is awakened by his younger sister, Katie claiming there's a monster in the house and when Jason goes to investigate what he finds is unbelievable. He follows a strange little creature to the neighborhood creepy lady's back yard and follows this creature down a hole only to find he's in a very strange place, indeed!
The little creature known as Grizlemor-a Goblin, catches on that Jason is following him and becomes extremely upset-If the Queen of Fairy-land finds out he led a human into their world, his goblins cooked! Grizlemor does whatever he can to get Jason out of there. Grizlemor is an expert thief but he's butt ugly and stinks like Faery Farts from Hell, but he's very good at what he does. In order to get Jason out of fairy-land, he promises to give back the necklace he took from Erin and goes off to his stash pit, leaving Jason listening to the most enchanting music from four Fairy-land `residents' in a band. When they take their break and leave their instruments unwatched, Jason quickly becomes as good a thief as Grizlemor and absconds with the fairy instruments, leaving before Grizlemor returns with Erin's necklace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, light and refreshing! July 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Fairy Metal Thunder was unlike anything else I've read. It was light, fun and refreshing! I'll be honest, I had really high hopes for this book going in. I'm a big fan of JL Bryan's The Paranormals series so I was sure that Fairy Metal Thunder would be a great read. It may have fallen a little short of my expectations, but it was a well constructed story and I'm curious to see where the Assorted Zebras go next. Will I be reading more? Definitely.

So what did I like?

The narration: FMT is told primarily from a male POV and that is pretty unique for YA (at least on my bookshelf). I found Jason to be a rather pleasant lead, although he was such a good kid that this book felt like it was targeted at younger readers which I wasn't expecting. Still, I enjoyed seeing the world (especially first crushes) through the eyes of a teenage boy for once. Especially one that was actually a little immature and just flat out normal.

The imagery: JL Bryan does a phenomenal job of creating a faerie realm that's understated and beautiful. I don't read a lot of books on the fae, but it was easy for me to visualize the realm as Jason experienced it for the first time. As the story progressed, I also enjoyed seeing the realm in greater detail through the eyes of Aoide, the secondary narrator, and one of the faeries desperately trying to recover her instrument. I'm hoping Aoide plays a bigger role in book two of the series! I'm curious to see what kind of trouble she can get into with the queensguard at her side and what legths she'll go to in order to recover her instrument and appease the queen. Besides, there could always be a little romance brewing. But I digress....

The plot: Rock n' Roll? High school garage band? Magical instruments? Sold. It was a great summer read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars But don't take that as I didn't like the book
It was ok. I really had high hopes for the series after coming to J.L. Bryan from the Paranormals Series (Jenny Pox, etc). Read more
Published 1 month ago by A.E. B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice polish, but flawed beneath the surface
When reading this, I was reminded of the uncomfortable experience of viewing artwork by someone who almost - but not quite - knows what they're doing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars I need a sequel
Omg i feel so into this book it really speaks to me in a way. Ok lol i have no way to relate to this book but i still love it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by fry
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked JL Bryan's other series better
I thought I would love this (the cover is great) but I had trouble getting into it. It's well written, but I like Jenny Pox a lot better. Maybe it's just not for me.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Pair of Stories
A pair of engaging modern fantasy novels about a teenage musician named Jason who steals magic instruments from the fairy world for himself and his friends.
Published 10 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't bring myself to even open it!
I only got this book because it was free and I can't bring myself to read it. Look at the cover, just look at it! It screams for ages 12 and under!
Published 12 months ago by Geezenstack
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Well written. Shifted between the 2 world seamlessly. Really...
Well written. Shifted between the 2 world seamlessly. Really enjoyed it! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Published 12 months ago by Joyce Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars fairy metal thunder
Very slow moving story. It felt like forever before i hit the end of the book. I will not finish the series. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Prismseven
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a lot of fun!
What a fun read. Nothing deep or heavy, just good modern fantasy with a unique spin. I will be continuing with the series!
Published 13 months ago by ESCAPE CRAVER
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring...painfully so
I have been on a fairy reading kick recently. This book sucked pretty badly. Maybe if I hadn't read the other 2 series before I started this one, I wouldn't have been so... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hys
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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, his son, and some dogs and cats.

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