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Product Details

  • Series: Wild Hunt (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765331667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765331663
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

This the newest installment in the Wild Hunt Trilogy, and it quickly builds on the momentum from Cooper’s first novel, Songs of the Earth (2012).Gair has proven himself to be the strongest of the Guardians in terms of sheer power but weakest in experience and judgment. Those who want to extinguish the power of the song are hunting Gair and his mentor, Alderan. Teia is a seemingly powerless young woman whose body is being used by her clan’s Chief for his own pleasure. Her Chief has grand plans to take back the weakening Veil through violence. Teia is not weak, though: she carries the magic of the Guardians deep inside and foresees rising from her Chief’s destruction to become The Speaker, the most powerful and respected mage of her clan. The Guardians of the Veil and Gair must join together and fight forces far larger than themselves, or risk destruction and death. Cooper has proven herself yet again to be an author worth spending time with. --Alison Downs

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For Songs of the Earth

“There are those who believe the music of the earth is natural, intertwined with the fabric of creation, and others who believe those who hear the music must be burned at the stake as witches for the sake of creation. This is an engaging first installment from a new author.”
  —Booklist

“The story flows effortlessly with strong characterization and authorial voice. Fantasy fans will enjoy this debut and look forward to seeing Cooper develop her skills.”
Publishers Weekly

Customer Reviews

Grief is normal but his attitude just grates on the nerves.
David Moran
Sometimes the reader doesn't need 2 pages of description about a simple action that isn't crucial to the story, especially in a 486 page book.
pampagirl
I am not an author and feel bad giving this a negative review after the author worked hard but it was not an enjoyable read.
Kitiri

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Hendrix on March 20, 2013
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I'll start this by saying that I loved the first book. I've re-read it servral times and was eagerly waiting for the second book. I loved the main char. and the leading lady so far in the book. (The healer) So when the second book came out I could hardly wait to get my hands on it. Imagine my letdown when the chars I loved from the first book barly made an appearrance in this book, think they got 5 or 6 chapters total in the whole book. Instead we get a bounch of chapters from BBEG's pov. And the introduction of a new female char that I still cant figure what purpose she has in the book. Aside from all that the story in this one didn't make any sense to me. The story telling was still good, but was totally divorced from the orignal story that I like. But even with the great writing all the things it wasn't ruined the book for me. I'll still wait and read the thrid book and hope it gets back to being a great series. But I just couldn't rate this one higher then I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Moran on March 17, 2013
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After a flawed but promising first book, this novel disappoints in many ways. If you hope to jump back into Gair's life and see what's going on, you will be disappointed as the author all but ignores him for the first 14 chapters and 181 pages, choosing instead to focus on a new character, Teia, and that of the antagonist, Savin. I absolutely can't stand Teia. Not only is her character completely uninteresting, but she spends a majority of the time stomping around like a petulant child. A closer glimpse of Savin and what he is actually trying to accomplish could be interesting but nothing really new is gleaned from having the opportunity to see what he is thinking about. In fact, his inner dialogue is identical to his actions in every way i.e. "I'm an arrogant and evil jerk who takes pleasure in destroying the world". Wow.

Gair, like Teia, also spends a majority of his time whining and complaining. Yes, I get it, he lost someone close to him. Grief is normal but his attitude just grates on the nerves. Surprisingly, he still doesn't seem to have learned much about this whole Song magic, even though he spent quite a bit of time in the first book getting instruction from the teachers (but Teia seems to pick it all up in about 10 minutes with very little teaching). The author doesn't bother to go into a lot of detail about the whole magic system with every ability just having some random connection with being able to use the Song to "do stuff".

There are also quite a few "bedroom scenes" in the novel that don't really add to the story in any way. The author seems to prefer to write lusty romance novels or dirty taboo comics but chooses the fantasy genre as her outlet. I'm not offended by the material but some people may be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dustyn Cornell on March 14, 2013
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I definetely enjoyed the fist book more. The first 40 percent of the book simply takes place during same time period as the first book, just from other points of view. I spent most of the book waiting for it to get back to the main story of Gair and pick up where it left off in book 1. I was a little dissapointed when it kinda meandered through the first part of the book. For a sequal it was pretty good and i recommend reading it if you are a fan of the series, just dont expest as much excitement as the first one.
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By Kitiri on September 17, 2013
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The first book was interesting. I enjoyed the religious analogies between fictional and real. It was fairly well-written and character development was satisfying enough to want to read the next book. I prefer trilogies that have some resolution but this had only cliffhangers. However, this second book could have been written by a different author. While the first book was tasteful and I almost recommended it to an elderly friend, the second starts out like a Game of Thrones wannabe with degrading sexual assault on a young girl and a couple scenes where the antagonist commits explicit vile atrocities only to not appear again in the rest of the book. This installment is quite disconnected from the previous one apart from some retelling that seems to be inserted just to increase the sexual, violent content missing from the first. New characters are introduced immediately and prominent previous ones are not developed with no link between the two.
I am not an author and feel bad giving this a negative review after the author worked hard but it was not an enjoyable read. I will not finish the series.
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This sequel definitely rose to meet my expectations. It was a wonderful adventure. I can't wait for the next book.
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I have had such a love/hate relationship with both the books in this series. Cooper does a wonderful job with the bare bones of the storyline in this book, and that's what kept me reading for 400 pages in the 1st book & 500 in the second. I wondered all day long what was going to happen in the last 200 pages of Trinity Rising since I didn't finish it last night. The anticipation led me to give this book 4 stars instead of 3.

The big problem I had with both books was with the mechanics. I often couldn't tell which character was speaking from the context. It's sad when you have to count backwards (he said this in line 1, so she must've been the speaker in line 6)when a dialogue is going on.

Along the same lines, it was often difficult to identify scene changes. As an example, at the beginning of one chapter, I had to read 3/4 of the opening paragraph to find out if I was still with Gair, or Tanith, or Teia. It would seem that if the author is going to shift from where Gair is to where Tanith is, and Cooper does this often--please give the reader an instant clue that there's been a scene shift.

I also thought that the books could have been edited down by several tens of pages. Sometimes the reader doesn't need 2 pages of description about a simple action that isn't crucial to the story, especially in a 486 page book.

Despite these criticisms, I still enjoyed the world building that Cooper did. The story is enjoyable, & I would recommend this book to my fantasy-loving friends. Looking forward to reading book 3.
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