The Soprano Sorceress (Spellsong Cycle Series #1)

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The Soprano Sorceress, the first novel in L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s fantastic Spellsong Cycle, now in trade paperback for the first time.

 

Anna Marshall wishes she could be anywhere but Ames, Iowa, and anything but a singer and music instructor at Iowa State University. She gets far more than she expected when she is magically transoported to the world of Erde.

 

On Erde, Anna is no longer just a professional singer, she is a sorceress, ...

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Overview

The Soprano Sorceress, the first novel in L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s fantastic Spellsong Cycle, now in trade paperback for the first time.

 

Anna Marshall wishes she could be anywhere but Ames, Iowa, and anything but a singer and music instructor at Iowa State University. She gets far more than she expected when she is magically transoported to the world of Erde.

 

On Erde, Anna is no longer just a professional singer, she is a sorceress, potentially the strongest in the whole world. In this world, song is magic, and a wrong note can mean death to a sorcerer. Because Anna has trained for a lifetime to reach the level where she won't miss a note even under the worst conditions, she can sing more powerfully and precisely than anyone else.

 

Anna’s power does not go unnoticed. The moment she arrives, she becomes a target: both the political entities, who fear the unknown power she represents, and the sexist men of Erde, who fear a powerful woman, try to kill her. Merely to survive, Anna must learn enough song-magic and enough about Erde not only to ensure her survival, but to create a new life for herself.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Diane G. Yates
Anna Marshall, unhappy with her life as a singer and instructor at Iowa State University, wishes she were somewhere else. At the precise moment of her wish, the call goes out from Erde for a powerful sorceress, and Anna is transported there. Without knowing anything about this new place, and missing her grown son and daughter terribly, the Lady Anna, as she now is called, must discover what sort of power and magic she possesses. She finds that on Erde, singing a song creates magic. As a powerful soprano, her voice, coupled with the words she writes and the music she plays on her instrument, the lutar, can affect both animate and inanimate objects. She starts with simple things, such as lighting candles, and progresses rapidly to destroying people who attempt to kill her. The mere fact that she is a woman is threatening to this medieval society that is dominated by sexist men. After another attempt on her life, she kills the ruler and takes over the country, although only as regent, until the young grandson of a former ruler comes of age. Meanwhile, she will try to instill into the people some new ideas-about kindness and the worth of all people, male and female-and to raise the education level of the people who will rule in the future. If this does not sound very exciting, it is not. There are no heart-pounding confrontations between Anna and the evil ones, whom she almost casually destroys. She is very powerful but does not seem to have a worthy antagonist. Her ranting against the men gets a little tiresome after a while. Most of the book seems to be a prologue to the forthcoming ones in the series. And yet, at the end, the reader wants to find out what happens to Anna and the young people she hopes to educate. So we look forward to the next installment, with hopes that the story catches fire. Modesitt is the author of the popular Recluce series, among others, so there is an audience for his books. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Romantic Times
Oneof the premier voices in fantasy begins a highly original new series. Modesitt is a fabulous world-builder who once again creates a milieu so compelling that it seems like we actually go there with the plucky heroine.
From the Publisher
"Begins a new, enchantingly musical series....Modesitt paints a convincing picture of a mature woman with integrity who, when given power and opportunity, rises from doormat to beneficent leader....Watching Anna disprove the old adage about absolute power and corruption makes this...a good deal of fun."—Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765377753
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 11/25/2014
  • Series: Spellsong Cycle Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 492,715
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

L. E. MODESITT, JR., is the bestselling author of over sixty novels encompassing two science fiction series and three fantasy series, including the Saga of Recluce. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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