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'Aunique and engaging novel. Jude Houghton's story is a remarkablyimaginative piece of fantasy, constructing a whole universe ofconflicting cultures and richly developed individual characters.Hamquist and Crakes, a pair of vengeance gods from the old worldbrought into the present, are a perfect example of Houghton'scomplexity. Readers will be rewarded with a smart and wildlyentertaining journey.' Self-Publishing Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B010GKWPSS
- Publisher : Tenebris Books, Grimbold Books (June 30, 2015)
- Publication date : June 30, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2664 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,109,868 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Without giving too much away, three sisters are sent from America to England to stay with their eccentric grandparents, whom they have never met, after their mother mysteriously disappears. On their very first night they are taken to a Wake, which they soon realise is not a normal funeral service, and in which the eldest sister suddenly finds herself dangerously involved. As the story unfolds it becomes apparent that the girls have unknowingly inherited special powers and are inhabitants of two worlds, joined together, as the book describes it, like two bubbles coming together in a pool, so that one may almost see from one to the other or the skin is so thin one could reach across. Initially each is unaware that their sisters have the same power, and they find themselves involved in separate adventures in this same other-world. In each case their lives are in danger and at times the story moves at a breathtaking pace, carrying the reader along with it helter skelter. The story is well crafted, and one is hurled along to an ending which is masterful and totally unexpected, leaving the reader clamouring for more which, hopefully, will be provided in a sequel.
The author’s use of language, elegant and even exquisite at times, fits each situation exactly, and this latter-day Narnia is enhanced with a map of Seraphina, thoughtfully provided to help stimulate our imagination further.
This is a story about girls, but it is highly recommended for readers of all ages and both sexes.
This is a well crafted, fast paced fantasy which had me hooked from page one. It tells the story of three sisters Charlemaign (Charly) Cairo and Pendragon (Penny) Agonistes and their link with a parallel world called Seraphina. Their parents and several other Serindips (people who worship a goddess called The Lady, including their grandparents the colorful, Gaff, and six foot odd grandmother, the Ogg who are all refugees from Seraphina.
There are so many twists and turns in the story that there is no chance of becoming bored, not with murder, war, blood, magic, betrayal..............
We meet the assassins of the gods (demi-gods in their own right), evil and self serving minor dignitaries, witches, the Forgotten, and a necromancer.
I have one minor issue with the story though, the position/job descriptions and various tribes/nations of the Seraphinians are so different that it impeded seamless reading for me and despite me having a fair vocabulary I found that I had to look up many words as the author went out of his way to use uncommon words. this in itself is not a bad thing, it simply slowed me down.
This has been one of my favorite reads during the past several weeks and I award it 4.5 cranky stars.
The girls do not like being in England without their father and having to stay with a couple of people they don’t know or remember but they do happen to have a few adventures while they are there. They discover other worlds that they embark on without understanding or knowledge of what is happening to them.
While traveling to these other worlds the girls meet some great and mysterious people some they trust and some they don’t. But mean while back on their own turf they need to be very careful because they have a couple of demigods on their trail. What adventures are the girls going on and why are they traveling to other worlds? Why are demigods looking for them? What has happened to mother? Where is she? Who took her and why? To find out all the answers pick up your copy of Songs of Seraphina.
I have enjoyed following along with Charlie, Cairo and Penny on their journeys to the other worlds. Songs of Seraphina is filled with lots of mysterious roads that will take you on the adventure of a lifetime. I would recommend Songs of Seraphina to anyone who loves a good mystery with a little fantasy on the side.
Top reviews from other countries
From the start, it's strange. Mysterious. Quirky. Puzzling. Fantastical. There's multiple threads of storyline, multiple people, multiple places. The story follows Penny, Cairo and Charlie as they're plunged into mystery, being sent to live with their strange grandparents; but then there's two semi-divine beings who are realising their path might not be straightforward, and snatches of other stories from another world. The narrative hops between places, drawing you in to each and giving just enough to hook you before moving on, making you turn the page eagerly.
The writing is excellent; the many worlds are vividly imagined, the fantasical elements beautiful, the emotions enough to tug. I had to keep reading and the story has stayed with me; it's a book to read, re-read and then go back to. I didn't want it to end, and I want to know what happens next.
I'm not usually a fan of the 'kids find a magic world in rural England' type of fantasy, but Houghton puts twists on the trope and pulls you into the fantastical side with subtlety and finesse.
The characters are interesting, but they were the weakest part of the book as none of them are particularly given a lot of development. This is the first story in a series, so I am willing to let that slide somewhat, hoping that we will get more as books come out.
Indeed, I was left with a profound feeling of wanting more from this book - I wanted to know more about the other world, more about the characters, more about the magic. Here's hoping that as the series grows, we will get answers as well as adventures
Songs of Seraphina will appeal to lovers of Tolkein and C. S. Lewis and perhaps also to those of a certain (or uncertain) age who are lovers of Enid Blyton.
I'm sure this book will also be enjoyed by devotees of Star Wars and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. There are moments of subtle humour all the more enjoyable for the feeling of just having caught them.
This is a very well written, complex story that demands the attention of its readers and rewards that attention with the unsurpassable satisfaction of a good read.
Jude must be recommended for his use of grammar and syntax - this is certainly a step above the average. Enjoy.
Great story, intelligent, and beautifully written. Will look for more books by this author.