Song of the Beast

Song of the Beast

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by Carol Berg
     
 

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From Carol Berg, acclaimed author of the Rai-Kirah series, comes the epic story of Aidan MacAllister, a musician beloved by the gods, whose voice and harp could transform the souls of men...See more details below

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From Carol Berg, acclaimed author of the Rai-Kirah series, comes the epic story of Aidan MacAllister, a musician beloved by the gods, whose voice and harp could transform the souls of men...

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If judging this book simply by its cover, it would be easy to categorize it as another dragon fantasy book. Instead, it is a well-crafted mystery centering on the character of Aidan MacAllister, a musical child prodigy who became a legendary bard, shunning the warrior destiny of his royal ancestry. At the age of 21, he is inexplicably imprisoned and tortured into silence. Released just as suddenly 17 years later, Aidan realizes he must hide his identity as he is still pursued, finding unlikely allies among the Elhim, the androgynous servant caste of his world. Berg does a wonderful job of creating the harsh, warlike world surrounding Aidan, with its defined social strata of the noble Senai, the merchant class Udema, the sexless, servile Elhim, and, protecting them all, the Ridemark clan comprised of barbaric warriors whose task is to ride the fire-breathing dragons held enslaved to the Ridemark's will through magical gems and spells. Aidan's lifelong fascination with these dragons holds the key to his imprisonment and the fate of his country. The plot moves well and the vocabulary and cultural references unique to this world are either easily explained within the text or intuitively grasped. This book holds appeal even for readers who traditionally shun fantasy; its open-ended conclusion suggests a sequel. Definitely recommended for libraries looking for high quality fantasy and mystery additions. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Roc, 467p.,
— Courtney Lewis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101500316
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2003
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
345,833
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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