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The Violin [Kindle Edition]

Peter Birk
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sophie always dreamed of becoming a witch and joining the Coven to protect and serve Raioume, so much so that she taught herself to read, even though mundanes are forbidden to learn how to do so. When it turns out that she has no magic and cannot become a witch, Sophie must learn to find her own place in the world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 104 KB
  • Print Length: 21 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007J8KYA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,700 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eager to read more like this! May 23, 2012
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading Birk's full-length novel, _To Trust the Wolf_, my only disappointment was that it could be years before the rest of the series is released! I'm so glad that _The Violin_ gave me another peek into the amazing world Birk has crafted. He has a way of writing from each character's heart that makes the fantastical Raioume seem familiar. This short story had so many of the qualities I loved from the novel, and leaves me just as eager to read more. (Hopefully Amazon will catch on that the e-version is being offered for free on other sites & make it available for free here too!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stand-alone! June 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Sophie wanted to be a witch so badly she taught herself to read. This story is about the disastrous consequences of those actions.

Birk has an engaging style of writing that captured me the moment I started reading the story. The storyline is quite poignant and it had a bittersweet undercurrent. You can feel Sophie's longing and emotion throughout the story.

There's a sense of the world without it being overly complicated. The structure of Raouime is laid out for you in gradual steps without over-whelming you. I thought this was expertly done since Raouime is quite layered and complex.

This is a great way to experience a bit of Raouime without committing to the full-length book. Even if you have read the book, this is an excellent stand-alone story that won't disappoint!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding power in a violin May 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The author has imagined a world so different from my own, where the ability to play a violin is completely unique, but he made that world real to me. I also responded to the unfulfilled dreams of the narrator, and found myself rooting for her to find her power. To the author, I say thanks for the bringing me into this captivating world you've created in just a few pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really good must download :) October 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
it is amazing I couldn't stop reading it, I was up all night just to finish it. It was worth it even though I was tired at school. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Short Story August 19, 2013
By Cher812
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like in the story, I hope not all is lost after an apocalyptic event especially art & music. Makes you wonder about storing all that data electronically in the cloud.....but I read this on a KIndle app.
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More About the Author

Peter Birk was born in Oakland, California, but was raised in Decatur, Illinois. He started writing in grade school, and never stopped to look back. He studied fiction writing at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, where he was privileged to work with Robin Metz, Robert Hellenga, and David Foster Wallace. He emigrated to Iowa, and has worked a variety of odd jobs throughout Iowa City, but he has been writing the entire time, even through the period wherein he claimed he no longer wished to be a writer.


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