- Paperback: 530 pages
- Publisher: Onda Mountain Books (October 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615719686
- ISBN-13: 978-0615719689
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
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The Music Mage: Book One in the Ravanmark Saga Paperback – October 29, 2012
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The Music Mage...promises the reader a strong female lead and adventurous pages in the wait. The novel lives up to both promises....the characters are well crafted and the plot is nicely woven deep into the mysterious world of magic, mystery, myths, and music. [The] 'happy for now' ending promises more to come from this promising new series.
--Judge, Writer's Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
About the Author
Sandra Miller is a violinist who has performed with the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra, the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, and played in the band for a Kenny Rogers show. She's done productions of Oklahoma!, Le Nozze di Figaro, Madame Butterfly, and too many others to list. She's been playing and teaching music for thirty years. Her fiction works have previously appeared in Alienskin Magazine, Long Story Short, and Bewildering Stories.
Her poetry has appeared at Storyhouse, and one of her poems won the Grand Prize in the FictionAddiction 2002 poetry contest.
Her non-fiction articles have appeared in Writer's Journal, Music for the Love of It, Antiques & Collecting Magazine, Writing World, Vision for Writers, and Writer's Forum, a Writer's Digest publication. She can be found on the web at sandra-miller.com
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What I loved: I'm a musician and a music teacher, I teach k-12, and I'm a vocalist. I can confirm Alannys' job situation is sadly all too real. Those of us with administrators that support (non-marching band) fine arts are the lucky ones. The premise of art being power and a song can break the world--I mean, what musician wouldn't jump at that? Especially in Alannys' situation? Oh, yes, please, sign me up!
What I did not love/got on my nerves: I wish Alannys would decide what she's going to do and to be. One minute she's using her brain, the next she's a wimp. One minute she wants the truth, the next she wants to "hide from it as long as I can". She goes to great lengths to retrieve her violin, yet once she does, we never see it again? What’s up with that?
And she’s not the only one. In one moment, another character suddenly goes from blinding murderous rage to compliantly preaching tolerance. Boom. Just like that. Reeeeallyyy?
I am intrigued just enough to perhaps give the next one a go. Maybe.
Maybe it's going to be explained later but this is a major oversight that doesn't give background for our heroine. Every other character has been given backstory. I hope Allanys is as well
Other than that... great plot and in depth characterization
Just please explain our Redeemers history
For the author: though not distracting to content of story, version read could use some editing/proofreading for left out or improperly included words & the like.