Book Review · Elspeth Cooper

Songs of the Earth: Wild Hunt, Book 1

Songs of the EarthAuthor: Elspeth Cooper
Book Name: Songs of the Earth
Series: Wild Hunt
Order: #1
Genre: Fantasy
Rating:  Really Good

Blurb:  The Book of Eador, Abjurations 12:14, is very clear: Suffer ye not the life of a witch. For a thousand years, the Church Knights have obeyed that commandment, sending to the stake anyone who can hear the songs of the earth. There are no exceptions, not even for one of their own.

Novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power. In the Holy City, that can mean only one thing: death by fire—until an unlikely intervention gives him a chance to flee the city and escape the flames.

With the Church Knights and their witchfinder hot on his heels, Gair hasn’t time to learn how to use the power growing inside him, but if he doesn’t master it, that power will tear him apart. His only hope is the secretive Guardians of the Veil, though centuries of persecution have almost destroyed their Order, and the few Guardians left have troubles of their own.

For the Veil between worlds is weakening, and behind it, the Hidden Kingdom, ever-hungry for dominion over the daylight realm, is stirring. Though he is far from ready, Gair will find himself fighting for his own life, for everyone within the Order of the Veil, and for the woman he has come to love.

Review:  This has a lot going for it.  The world seems to be really interesting and well built and there are a variety of characters that I was really liking by the end of the book.

The biggest downside is that other than the very beginning and the end, there wasn’t a whole lot else going on, at least not a lot that had any actual relevance to the rest of the story as it was laid out in this book.  I have a feeling that this book is mostly set up for the rest of the series and all the stuff that was in between is information that will be needed moving forward.

This is getting the rating it does because of its potential towards the rest of the series.  Hopefully that potential will play out.

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