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Orphan's Song (The Songkeeper Chronicles) Paperback – October 14, 2016
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About the Author
Gillian Bronte Adams is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas. A love of epic stories and a desire to present truth in a new way drew her to the realm of fantasy. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist.
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Favorite parts: the talking cat; the dwarves and their souped-up battle wagon; the excellent, well-characterized villain; and action scenes that made me want to reach for a sword of my own. Started reading this book on my lunch break, and kept me turning pages!
Plot/Story line: 5/5 This is one of those books that will have you turning the pages into the wee hours of the mourning. There is a lot of mystery hanging around the story concerning what the Song is. Gillian slowly gives info little by little, and that keeps you turning the pages. The world building was very well done and Gillian tied her plots together flawlessly.
Characters: 5/5 The characters…a short book review can not do them justice. Birdie is sweet and gentle, Ky is captivating, and Amos…well Amos is hard to describe…he’s well, Amos, a caring, grumpy mentor, who behind all the gruff is a man who cares for Birdie. George the cat was some comic relief and a favorite of mine. He’s a Waltham. :) The villains were also well done. You could feel Carhartan’s presence on the page. And is Hendryk really a villain? I don’t think so. I feel a mystery hanging over him and I hope to read more about him in book two.
Writing: 5/5 Gillian’s writing is lovely. The writing flows from one page to the next.
Dialogue: 5/5 Witty, engaging dialogue.
Want to read/ability: 5/5 With a great plot, story line, easy to relate to characters, and Gillian’s writing, this book is a defiant want to read.
Bad Language: None
Inappropriate Content: None
Birdie is an orphan, just trying to protect herself from Madame's harsh words and the two terrors, the woman's spoiled sons. Strangely, she hears a Song that no one else seems to hear. Her peddler friend, Amos McElhenny warns her away from singing it ... but Birdie is determined to figure out what people are hiding from her.
This throws her into a perilous journey, filled with Khelari soldiers, old secrets, and the Underground. For better or worse ... Birdie's life will never be the same.
Alright. ^_^ I was so excited to read by Gillian Bronte Adams; because her books just look so beautiful and intriguing and filled with amazing fantasy. And they are! Orphan's Song caught me from the Prologue. The writing style. The promise of fantastic things to come. The wonderful fantasy creatures and ideas! I LOVED the whole allegory with the Song and the Songkeeper and all that lovely stuff. It was beautiful and awesome, and really touched my heart!
Speaking of the Song ... yes, Orphan's Song is a Christian fantasy from what I can see. The things weren't expounded a whole lot, I still saw a clear allegory and hoping for more to come in the next book! <3 Just beautiful. And poignant.
The characters were great! From Birdie to Amos, and Ky to Gundhrold ... I loved them! I was quite intrigued by the whole group of street orphans and their lives together. Ky was cool! *grins* Birdie was sweet and brave; I really enjoyed her character and discovering her story with her. Can't wait to read more of her! *smiles*
Okay. Evil Khelari soldiers. Pirates. Griffons. Songkeepers. Protectors. Interesting cats. It was all so incredible! I was surprised and delighted again and again. It's all so simply intriguing and grand. Once again ... it really captivated me the way The Chronicles of Narnia does, in a lot of ways. I liked Gillian Bronte Adams's writing style. It was lyrical and humorous and just great. Kept you in the story and reading! And just, griffons!!!!! EEP! <3 <3
There was a bit more violence and gruesomeness than I expected. I might still let my thirteen-year-old sister read it ... but not sure. My family's kinda sensitive when it comes to that sort of stuff. Caution to younger children anyway.
This book is for all fantasy lovers! Mystery. Allegories. Mythical creatures. Danger. Battles. Good versus evil. All kinds of wonderful things. Fans of C.S. Lewis and Anne Elisabeth Stengl will really enjoy Orphan's Song I believe.
All in all, Orphan's Song is an epic fantasy. I'm so excited to read Book 2 in The Songkeeper's Chronicles! Not to mention, Gillian Bronte Adam's standalone, Out of Darkness Rising!
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Other than that (which, sadly, most books suffer from), Orphan's Song was excellent.Read more