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Song of the Mountain (Mountain Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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From the Author

Every book should stand on its own, requiring no explanation to understand it. However, because Song of the Mountain departs from my usual fare, I'd like to give it a little background. In all the drafts and revisions this story has undergone, I've been asked most often where it takes place. Song is not meant to have a definite historical setting as my other works do. I wanted to create my own mythology for this story, so I needed a setting that offered the freedom to do so. Yet I wanted a real geological area, not a fantastic world. So I settled on the Orient, as Tolkien settled on Europe, and pulled it back beyond the farthest stretch of memory. I did include some elements that give it a hint of Chinese flavor, but only to build a culture from which China might have logically evolved. By so doing, I hope to set the story free, not bind it to historical expectations. By so explaining, I hope to free my readers to enjoy it.

From the Back Cover

Long ago...

...after the first age of men perished in a rush of mud and water, after ice twisted the face of the earth, when wise men first thought to put history on parchment, an old man sat at the eastern edge of the world.  A boy knelt beside him, listening to the old man's rhyme and shivering in the heat of a blazing fire.  If you listen carefully, you might still hear the echo of that ancient whisper:
Mud and mire shall birth a tree,
A sprout shall grow of ancient seed.
The five unite to break the one;
The curse of man shall be undone.
But brothers rise ere dragon's bane.
The last shall smite the first again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1282 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8V6DL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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MICHELLE ISENHOFF writes for teens, tweens, and kids as old as 91. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. She also placed as a finalist in the young adult category of the Kindle Book Review Book Awards. A former teacher and current homeschooler, Michelle has been lauded by the education community for the literary quality of her work, which is regularly purchased for classroom use. In addition, she is the founder of the tween-focused website.

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"I don't know why it isn't being taught in middle schools all over the country." Lia Gubelin, middle school teacher

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"One of my favorite authors." Erik, This Kid Reviews Books

"I would recommend this book to anyone. In fact, when school starts, I'm going to recommend it to my teacher." Bella, age 12

"I was wonderfully surprised to read such a professionally written and edited story from an indie author. It can be done, people!" Amazon reviewer

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Michelle Isenhoff has a new fan in me! SONG OF THE MOUNTAIN is a beautiful story, lushly told in rich, descriptive language that is almost poetic. I am a huge fan of Ernest Hemingway, so forgive me for the comparisons. Robert Penn Warren wrote that Hemingway, citing Hemingway's THE SUN ALSO RISES (my favorite novel of all time), was more of a poet that an novelist. The same could be said for the author of SONG OF THE MOUNTAIN, but she certainly is a good storyteller! This book is so well-written, sentence for sentence.

This is an enchanting story with an ancient oriental background and the myths it makes use of are based on or derived from stories from the Bible and perhaps other religions - stories regarding the Creator, the Fall of Man, the Tree Of Good And Evil, and a saving tree (such as the Cross of Christ). These elements went into this elaborately and ingeniously dreamed up story.

This story features a young boy and the old guru who raised him. Their relationship reminds me of the relationship between the old fisherman, Santiago, and the young boy who fishes with him and keeps him company and looks after him, Manolin, in Hemingway's THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. This book is also, thanks to Michelle Isenhoff, tempting me to read KIM, by Rudyard Kipling. KIM also features a young boy who lives with an old Tibetan lama. Yes, that Kipling book is on my table. That is one thing about really good books - they tend to make you want to read other really good books. So, I guess I am going to have to peruse the Isenhoff bookshelf for other goodies. I have a feeling I won't be disappointed.

I loved SONG OF THE MOUNTAIN, and I highly recommend it for Middlegraders and even older folks.
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Rather than recite what this book is about I will tell you WHY its amazing. First of all, this author paints the scene with incredible DEEP detail WITHOUT weighing down the sentences. I don't know how she does it, but the paragraphs are rich with vivid descriptions without that tongue-tangling mess of words I find in so many other detailed books. If you click on the book above you can read the intro to see what I mean.

Also, the dialogue is...perfect. It's real, its deep (not surface or shallow) and it carries you deeper into the world that has been created for you. After reading The Life of Pi I was wanting another beautiful read. I read the description of this book and thought it would be a similar read but they are wholly different. This story-line is UNIQUE (another fresh and wonderfully designed idea) and I can't think of what to compare it to. I love that, also. Again, it's unique.

The old tales that the character has rejected from his Grandfather now act as a sort of guide...and they are so masterfully written. You will follow the character as he strives to find his past and finds himself in the process. Again, I simply can't think of anything to compare this to for you readers, but it was good enough that I'm leaving this review to simply say thank you to the author --thank you for creating such a beautiful story. Masterfully written with vivid imagery. LOVE this story.
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This is written so well, so beautiful and detailed. I fell in love with young Song from the free preview. That's a first for me, haha. I wanted relaxing read for work, during breaks and such. Something that would be easy to put away after 15 minutes so what do I do? I get myself an Indie book thinking that it'd just be something to keep me from being bored. Ya...that didn't work out. I ended up pocketing my kindle and going to the bathroom a lot to finish the first chapter. After that I read it when I got home, it was THAT good. I was very surprised because it takes a master like Terry Goodkind to hold my interest (I'm a tad hyper).

If I was hiding in public bathroom at work (gross) to read this, it was good. I found myself trying to recite the first legend or poem in the shower. Its quite beautiful.

A book like this should have WAY more than 2 reviews so I don't understand if this is a new release or what, but how does such a story go unnoticed?

NOTICE IT! I don't know what to say other than to give my regards to the author. Nicely done!!! I mean...very nice. I feel like I found an Amazon Indie treasure. I'll be sharing this with all my co-workers.

P.S. I had to edit this review because for some reason when I was trying to describe the book I kept reciting it instead. I can't seem to leave a review that justifies the work. The elegance in this authors writing makes an unbelievably entertaining read and the story just draws you in with the imagery and depth of characters. I shared the story with a friend who thought it was one of those best sellers off the amazon list. I didn't tell him that it was someone like you an me, a regular woman who is an artist of words; someone who painted us an epic tale that is akin to a new fable. Just such an incredible story I wish I could rate it more than 5 stars.
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This was the first book of Isenoff's that I have read, and I was very impressed by the quality of her work. Though she writes for children, her descriptions, the culture she has created, and the stories of her world are all rich and well done. Her mythology fuses Biblical imagery with an Asian setting and a healthy dose of fantasy, making for a fascinating setting for a coming of age novel. I would recommend this book to upper elementary school students (and their parents) who are looking for an exciting, fast-paced, clean read.
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