Author B. Roman shares that ‘since childhood, I've been torn between two worlds: writing and singing. Now I do both. (While still working a day job!).’ Roman’s gift for expression of her beliefs she wishes to impart to a young adult audience stem for this combination of music and pen. Her singing is evident in her writing and her philosophy is the bride of both gifts – allowing music to assume flight when words fail. She informs us that THE MOON SINGER Trilogy has its roots in musical theories and metaphors, entwined with the magic and mystery of metaphysical concepts and matters of ethics, faith, compassion, love, and heroism.
Though to fully appreciate the concepts of THE WIND ROSE it is important to read the earlier portions of the story. But for the readers sake, those previous books can be quickly condensed as follows: in book 1’ Deaf teen David Nickerson’s life is in crisis. His mother has died in a car crash and his sister Sally, now confined to a wheelchair, has mysteriously disappeared. Desperate to find her, David experiments with sacred crystals and accidentally conjures the supernatural ship, Moon Singer, which transports him through time and space on a fantastic, dangerous journey. The people David encounters all have a connection to him, their lives destined to intertwine. Strangely, in this other world, David finds he can hear for the first time in years. This gift foretells his destiny: to explore the contrast between good and evil and to save a life that means more to him than his own’. And in book 2 – ‘The unwitting hero and captain of the mystical sailing ship, Moon Singer, has yet to learn that his deafness is his greatest gift. This "disability", along with his possession of three sacred artifacts: The Singer Crystal, The Rose Crystal and The Wind Rose Compass, bestow David the power to save the lives of everyone he loves. Yet he feels that all the miracles he brought home on the Moon Singer have dissipated. He's just as deaf as before, his sister's paralysis has returned, and his anguish over his mother's death is stronger than ever. At his mother’s gravesite, David unleashes the power of his crystals and is transported to Coronadus, where he encounters a revered woman who wields the power of life and death and helps David understand his karmic mission. When a cataclysmic event occurs, David discovers that the past, present and future know no boundaries in the unending circle of life, and that he must follow his destiny, wherever it may lead.
In this final book Roman brings all the concepts and story together: ‘The prophecy of the Moon Singer is realized. But it all revolves around the answer to one question: Can music actually create and destroy life? If David, whose deafness still eludes treatment, cannot hear it, will he be able to tap into music's power to save the planet from catastrophe? Only if he is able to reunite the three sacred artifacts: the Singer crystal, the Rose Crystal pendant, and the Wind Rose compass. Their Triune energy is all that David needs to re-harmonize the destructive discordant music created by a vengeful music master. The mystical clipper ship Moon Singer is David's transport to the Source of his paranormal abilities, but only through his complete understanding of the Power of Three to Become One will he manifest his destiny and once again save a life that means more to him than his own. That understanding will come to him when he deciphers the cryptic musical codes that have been created for evil purposes. In unraveling these codes David will come to know his own soul's song, the one that allows his disability to become his greatest gift.’
Symphonic in structure and in mastery of themes and variations, B. Roman has created a tale for young adults that is not only an uplifting tale but also one with philosophical grounds that should encourage all readers to view life anew. Grady Harp, September 16
The Wind Rose (Moon Singer Book 3) is the final book in the series. I hadn't read the previous ones and although you do get the gist of the plot I recommend to others to get the previous two so the story flows from one to the next. However I really enjoyed reading this book especially as I hadn't come across the author before.
In this final instalment the reader meets David again and continues on his journey on the Mystical Clipper Ship Moon Singer which is also David's transport, the source of his paranormal abilities. The series is based around music and surprisingly the hero of the story is deaf and no treatment he tries helps. However not being able to hear a note of the musical power that could save the planet from catastrophe the lingering question is will he be able to tap into this power due to his deafness. The only way this might be remotely possible is if he can reunite the three sacred artefacts the singer crystal, the rose crystal and the wind rose compass.
Although written with a YA audience in mind anyone can read it to realize the underlying meaning behind this book, that will make you look at your own life anew.
In the third book of the Moon Singer Serires, author Barabara Roman reveals the secret of the ages: vibrations and frequencies of the Sound Current of life via Music. She shows in a very colorful way how quality harmonious music ( organized vibrations ) can unite and uplift all life compared to inharmonious sounds being used to be destructive. I recommend reading the first two books in this series to have a greater understanding of the plot. Ms. Roman has a wonderful way with words that will sir your imagination placing you into every scene.
As someone who is familiar with the principles of music and who believes everything in the universe is comprised of musical vibrations, I was especially intrigued with this third book in the Moon Singer Trilogy. Not only does the story hold your attention with its intimate portrayal of a family struggling to cope with conflicts and tragedies, the portrait of its “hero” - deaf teen David Nickerson - is bountiful with spiritual and metaphysical concepts that culminate in David’s use of powerful crystal and artifacts to prevent a catastrophic event in his home town. I don’t want to reveal too much, because in this final adventure we learn all about The Power of 3, David’s Soul Music and the Chord of Cosmic creation. These are life lessons that enlighten and make for enjoyable reading.
This last book in the Moon Singer trilogy is one of the best of the series. I like the way Ms. Roman blends spirituality and the healing power of music to give people hope for overcoming the challenges of daily life. Her books work on every level and appeal to young and old alike. Share this book with your friends and family especially the young people in your life who tend to be caught up in materialism and self absorbtion. These books are uplifting and healing on many levels. I highly recommend them.
I personally wish I would have read the first two books in this series as this is really more of a final chapter. With that said it is a pretty fun book and I think if I would have read the first two I would have been able to get into it easier and understand the characters better than i do! Don't let that stop you from checking this book out though, it may be completely up your alley!!!