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A Song of Awakening Paperback – March 15, 2011

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Roby James started reading when she was four, writing when she was nine, and always got "talks too much" as a comment on her report cards. She fell in love with science fiction years before the field become respectable and with her husband about eight months before he became respectable. She has been running the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon since 1975 (before rafting became fashionable); her wilderness experiences taught her that life does exist without technology. That was a valuable lesson, because right after she got her M.B.A., she ditched corporate America, where employers thought she should think the way they did just because they were paying her. She is grateful that science fiction, white-water rafting, self-employment, minimalism, and monogamy have all reached the mainstream now, because she's always wanted to be part of the gang. More books from Roby James are available at: http://ReAnimus.com/store/?author=Roby James --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Norilana Books (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607620863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607620860
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,643,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in the 13th century, A Song of Awakening by Roby James opens during an uneasy peace between the Welsh and the English, who are determined to subjugate the tenaciously independent Welsh. Three Celtic bards, two old men and their apprentice Ine, journey to the Welsh village of Flint to witness the birth of Briana. The older bards prophesize that Briana will bring freedom to Wales. Because bards are highly revered within Welsh society, Briana becomes entrenched among her people as their hope for their future.

As little Briana grows up, the prophecy about her seems completely impossible. She is just a girl in a dangerous world increasingly threatened by Welsh tempers and English ambition. But for a time, she enjoys a decent life in Flint. She shows an aptitude for music, and Ine gives her lessons when he can.

Another major character in the novel is Rees a nephew of King Edward of England. While Rees is maturing, one of the old Celtic bards also stops by this young man's house and encourages him to maintain his love of music. Rees is mindful of the advice but knows that it is his role to be a knight. He grows into an excellent knight and is hardened by the Crusades into a phenomenal fighter. His intellect is also stimulated in foreign lands where he learns formal reason and logic from a scholar. The novel emphasizes that Rees is set apart from the vast majority of medieval society because of his intellect and his ability to apply it to problems.

Of course King Edward has a dangerously sharp mind as well. Cunning, cruel, cold, Edward Plantagenet is a man who gets his way, which includes brutally conquering the Welsh and securing that land with new castles. Edward projects indomitable authority.
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When I have a good book, one that satisfies me on every level, I put off reading the last section. Though I am dying to find out what happens, I know that once I complete it, the book is gone and I can't return to that world any more. A Song of Awakening is that good a book. Roby James transports you back to the days of Edward I when he "annexed" the Welsh. All the characters come to life, the action is almost tangible. You get involved in the story quickly. The thing that struck me the most is that one of the main elements of the story is music. So often a book that depends on music is weakened by the fact that you don't hear it. In A Song of Awakening gave me the melody. The ending was worth waiting for.
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