Who Will Keep the Song Alive?
Every generation has a Songkeeper – one chosen to keep the memory of the Song alive. And in every generation, there are those who seek to destroy the chosen one.
When Birdie’s song draws the attention of a dangerous Khelari soldier, she is kidnapped and thrust into a world of ancient secrets and betrayals. Rescued by her old friend, traveling peddler Amos McElhenny, Birdie flees the clutches of her enemies in pursuit of the truth behind the Song’s power.
Ky is a street–wise thief and a member of the Underground—a group of orphans banded together to survive . . . and to fight the Khelari. Haunted by a tragic raid, Ky joins Birdie and Amos in hopes of a new life beyond the reach of the soldiers. But the enemy is closing in, and when Amos’ shadowed past threatens to undo them all, Birdie is forced to face the destiny that awaits her as the Songkeeper of Leira. Book one of the Songkeeper Chronicles.
Clean, adventurous, engaging, and energetic are all perfect words that describe this novel. Orphan’s Song is face-paced and easy to read and understand as well as being unique in storyline. The characters are wonderfully displayed and the surroundings are described in a way to let you see the story unfold yet the details don’t bore.
The adventure is interesting enough to engage older teens, however it is mild enough to please the young tweens. There are some bloody battles and a few deaths only mildly detailed and absolutely no profanity or sexuality. Its a great start to the series and ends with a cliff hanger sure to cause the reader to be anxious for book 2.
I loved the “powers” presented in this book and they are what keep this book so unique in the fantasy genre. The griffins and other fantasy related characters were also good additions to the storyline.
Because the action is so mild, it may not appeal to the older teens, yet it is also a bit heavy to be considered a middle grade novel; so I’d place the age recommendation somewhere between 12 and 16 (loosely).
But overall, I rate it 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading future books by this author.
Rated: * * * * *