I always knew music was powerful. Even though I rebelled against the marathon forced practice sessions that turned my adolescence into a prison camp, there were moments–even in the mechanical repetition of practice–where I stopped being a robot and felt a kind of transcendence, a connection to something deeper.
But that was before I learned what music really was, and that it was capable of more than just pretty feelings. That it was a weapon, which could cause great pain and destruction; that it was deeper and older than humanity; and that there were forces in the world that wanted to reclaim it for themselves.
And there’s something beyond the music, something darker and more violent. Something waiting to be invited, something only I can control. I’m more powerful than I ever could have imagined, but the price is something – and someone – I can’t bear to lose.
This is PART ONE of the first book in the series.
Blurb and cover from Goodreads
I thought I didn’t like this book. I was thinking it was alright, but I wasn’t involved in the characters.
Then it turned out to be a sampler and I WAS FURIOUS. I WANT THE WHOLE BOOK. I WANT THE REST OF THE DAMN STORY, DAMN IT.
This is an author who emphasizes the importance of story in writing to build emotional connect. I was thinking it wasn’t working out that well, but my outrage upon reaching the end says otherwise. You win, Murphy.
The world building in particular was unexpected and different. I read this just a few weeks after a trip to Eastern Europe and I think that was a big part of what kept me reading even when I wasn’t “feeling it.” You don’t often think of Greco-Roman history in Bulgaria, Moldova, and Romania, but it’s there along with Ottoman.
I have read about Orpheus and the maenads and it was thrilling to find a story that incorporates them so originally. I certainly didn’t expect incorporation of sparagmos and that got a big “hell yes” from me.
Samantha reminds me of a lot of young people I’ve met. They devote themselves wholeheartedly to one path, not considering there could be multiple paths to the same goal. It frustrates the hell out of me, but it happens. Nonetheless, it took me a while to warm up to her.
I’m really not feeling the attraction between her and the love interest. I know it’s supposed to be there, but…it feels forced. I think it would be a better story if it were YA fantasy and the romance was just allowed to develop over the series.
Besides the love interest, I do think the side characters were empathetic, even the villains. It’s strange, come to think of it.
Despite my issues, I do want to read the whole thing. Joke’s on me for not reading the end of the damn blurb. All the same, SOMEBODY BETTER GIVE ME THE WHOLE BOOK.