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Songspinners [EPUB] ✵ Songspinners By Sarah Ash – Musik ist eine Droge berauschend für den einen schmerzlindernd für den anderen für Orial vielleicht ein Todesurteil Als sie den verstümmelten Fremden entdeckt der sich in die Grabkammer ihrer Mutt Musik ist eine Droge berauschend für den einen schmerzlindernd für den anderen für Orial vielleicht ein Todesurteil Als sie den verstümmelten Fremden entdeckt der sich in die Grabkammer ihrer Mutter flüchtete wird Ihr Leben zu einer Gratwanderung am Rand des Wahnsinns.

8 thoughts on “Songspinners

  1. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    uite sadly this book was one of the most disappointing ones I ever started with good expectationsSet in an admittedly interesting fantasy world ranging somewhere around the 1900s the novel's only strong point the story deals with the female protagonist's search for her mother's strange death and the struggle of composer Khassian and his diva an eunuchAnd here we go At one point I started to keep a list of all those bits and pieces that pulled the story far beyond the ridiculous The writing style is unskillful to say the least the characters range between flat ridiculously silly and downright annoying and the plot which didn't sound bad in a nutshell suffers from logical flaws en masse stupid character behaviour and the writingThe whole story from the first page on starts rather constructed and forced never developing any of the flair of that credible writing creates In a world in which the author feels the need to create exotic atmosphere by shallowly renaming everyday life items coffee uaffe and similar the characters stumble around in armwailing theatrical drama The whole story lives off a first huge logical error the composer Khassian lost his hands completly in a fire Of course he neither got the slightest other burns or injuries from this accident nor did he inhalte the slightest bit of smoke The author freuently seems to work with constructions like these ignoring logic in order to be able to write about dramaIn this story every character from protagonist to the experienced leader of another country's army who for some inexplainable reason could be spared at his uproaring homecountry in order to deal with a minor rebel elsewhere indeed They all start to shiver suddenly or showcase single tears running down their cheeks for random reasons This might've been less ridiculous if it had happened less than twice a page but alas these emotional outburst on the sight of a poem happens so regularly with every character that you can't help but roll your eyesCharacters inconsistently change moods within the sentence formerly calmly talking characters can scream hysterically at the end of the same sentence only to be calm and stoic again a sentence later None of the characters ever developes realistic traits they stay shallow and sillyFinally the story also seems to have lacked an editor While in one scene Khassian angrily tells another character the current situation in his homecountry a chapter later another character tells Khassian the same thing and Khassian breaks out into despair and armwailing because apparently he never heard of this before?Personally I think this novel resembles a bad fanfiction written by a 14 years old person with all it's angst inconsistencies logical errors and short jumpy undetailed scenes with in your face explanations by the authorWhat good ideas might've been there in the first place have been effectively destroyed by ridiculous characters silly writing awkward style and missing logic

  2. Em-nat Em-nat says:

    I rarely write reviews on GR but was so disturbed by the previous review of this novel that I had to speak up Songspinners is Sarah Ash's second novel set against the ever expanding fantasy world where her novels Moths to a Flame The Lost Child and The Tears of Artamon trilogy all take place It can be appreciated on its own or as a companion of Ash’s other novels The story is one of the entwined fates of three people Orial Magelonne a young woman with a musical heritage forbidden to her since her mother's unexplained death; Amaru Khassian a crippled opera composer fleeing his country pursued by a fanatical religious order; and Acir Korentan a soldier priest of that very same religious order who must alternately hunt and protect the composer he is sent after In the midst of a brewing revolution that crosses international borders and shakes the founding beliefs of two very different countries the three must overcome their own prejudices and disabilities as they draw closer to the truth behind the lost civilization of Songspinners a truth that for them has very present ramificationsSongspinners is an epic of a stand alone book though it weighs in at a modest 325 pages wherein Sarah Ash wrangles a cast of interesting characters and creates entire mythologies countries and cultures with ease The world building is believable familiar in some aspects and alien in others and the characters are by no means shallow caricatures of human beings One of the greatest strengths in this novel is the interactions of these conflicting individuals who all come from very different backgrounds The novel’s greatest strength is its dramatic timing There is no scene out of place or without some deeper relevance to the plot and the characters’ fates entwine in a perfect and beautiful way that leaves one spellbound at the novel's bittersweet conclusion In addition rather than being mindless escapism this fantasy novel actually touches upon subjects that are thought provoking and socially relevant Personally this is my favorite novel by Sarah Ash This is one of my favorite novels in general and I think it deserves a place of honor and respect in everyone’s fantasy library

  3. Magdelanye Magdelanye says:

    This book seduced me slowly The writing is spare but a bit dense and though I found it easy to enter into into the fantasy situationI was not immediately enchantedThe parallels with our world seemed too obvious and I was prepared for an eually simplistic plot development Not so The book had me constantly flipping back and wishing I had paid attention at the beginningI will need to read this againThe conflict of the lotus and the roseI am intruiged enough to research the basis of SA's twist on the archetypical struggle between oppossing forcesHonoring tradition while carrying it forward; resisting the temptation to skeptisicm nor overcome by despair; the role of art and the the corruption of spirituality; the possibility of transformation these are the themes which are explored as each of the main characters grapple with their own sense of destiny and doubtNo doubt this little gem of a book about the transformative power of music deserves a wider readership

  4. Nannah Nannah says:

    Wow 45 ratings and 5 reviews That's just offensive for a book this good and an author this skilledThis is the sixth work from Sarah Ash that I've read and it's probably no definitely my favorite It's an epic read in a fairly slim novel of 325 pages about religious corruption finding oneself amid chaos and revolution grief dealing with depression from a disability as someone who experiences the same let me tell you it's no easy matter and other important and relevant themesBook content warningssuicide attempt cwsexual harassment cwAt the core of Songspinners there are three characters Orial Magelonne daughter of the sanatorium's doctor with a musical gift both powerful and deadly; Amaru Khassian the famous composer and outlaw who lost the use of his hands in a fire; and Acir Korentan a Guerrior of the Rose dedicating his life to the vision of the poet prophet Mhir a vision that also caused the fire in Khassian's opera houseThese three well crafted and vastly different characters are brought together through events that at first seem unlinked but then swell together in a climax where all their stories mesh in a satisfying and bittersweet way In the beginning young Orial Magelonne's existence seems confined to the sanatorium and pleasing her father though she disobeys his most important rule avoid music at all cost Music is in her blood an urge she can't escape Amaru Khassian escaped the opera house fire and turns up in Orial's city seeking refuge and medical aid He meets Orial and then Orial can't avoid music any even if she tried She becomes Khassian's amanuensis transcribing his heretical opera and bringing her closer to the madness that killed her mother the musical gift bestowed upon the Magelonne women shines bright but only for a short time Finally Acir Korentan is sent from the neighboring country to persuade Khassian back either as a convert to his faith or as a prisonerThis setup begins the incredibly intricate epic of Songspinners Its world is built well and filled with a cast both well rounded and colorful from passionate and cranky Antiuarians who refuse to retire to Divas who hide their real feelings under a constant mask of theatrics It has a mythology that feels vast and ancient and religions that seem genuine and inspire real passion Scenes leap off the page and images have stayed with me long after reading the last lineIf I had to make some sort of critiue it'd be about the character Fiammis the lady assassin I wish her character had page time to be given the same care as the other secondary characters Without that expanded scene time her character seemed flatter than some of the rest of the cast and I was often told what I should feel toward her rather than experiencing it organicallyA second critiue I wish it was longer I would have adored this book with 300 pages If only because I love it so much

  5. Kerith Kerith says:

    What a lovely surprise this was The story has a musical theme Orial is a member of an ancient race of musicians only she doesn't know it who share a different sort of death than the rest of us She has been shielded from music most of her life until she meets Khassian a persecuted composer from nearby Allegonde What a treat

  6. Tricia Tricia says:

    This was ok but it was not her best work It is about a young woman who has a musical gift but her father will not let her play music because this gift sent her mother mad

  7. Erika Williams Erika Williams says:

    Sarah Ash was gracious enough to send me a copy of this book over the summer when I mentioned on my blog that it was one of two that I had not been able to track down in the US The best part about that is Songspinners will soon be coming to ebook format along with her other two UK only novels and everyone should be able to enjoy them Despite having read this book nearly every night since I got it I just recently finished it due to tiny print difficulties and my eyesight not uite being what it used to be In fact my copy actually has a signed apology for the tiny print so I'm rather hoping she will forgive me for the lateness of my review For those of you planning to read Songspinners in the future you're in luck because the ebook will hopefully not have issues with tiny print and this is a rare gem of a fantasy novel that should not be overlooked Songspinners is a great read for music lovers fantasy lovers and people who just want a book with an interesting character driven narrative The book takes you into a world where music can do incredible things a world that's not entirely different from our own Ultimately it is the transformative power of music that saves the day There is no traditional hero with a sword well not one that you would be expecting at any rate The novel revolves around the intertwining lives of Orial a young woman who appears to be suffering from the same disease as her mother Amaru Khassian a talented composer whose skills have gotten him into trouble with the ruling power in his home country and no longer has the use of his hands and Acir Korentan a religious soldier who was tasked with the job of bringing Khassian back for judgment The brilliant part about the narrative is how these three perfectly ordinary people end up changing the world through their interactions with each otherPerhaps what I love most about the book is that it is made perfectly clear that religion itself is not the oppressive issue rather it is the corrupt people wielding it that are causing all the suffering If you've read any of Sarah Ash's other works and enjoyed them I highly recommend Songspinners I would also recommend it to someone who is just looking for a good innovative fantasyOn one last note the back of my copy has a snippet of a review from a Paul Di Filippo who states 'A romance worthy of Dumas' I have to uestion if he read the same book I did Yes Orial's little crush was sweet and all and then you had the little ice and fire dance between Korentan and Fiammis but neither one could actually be called the defining romance While there is a romance that snippet makes it seem like it is the most important aspect of the book that it would slap you in the face or something In fact I went into the first couple of pages thinking there was going to be some sappy romance between Orial and Khassian that was going to flood the pages until I drowned in it I should have known better considering the author but it was an early book and I had my doubts One of these days I will learn to stop trusting cover blurbs

  8. Logan Blackisle Logan Blackisle says:

    A bit slow in the beginning but and awesome as it went on Could have used a few dozen pages but even without it ended on a good note

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