The Soprano Sorceress (Spellsong Cycle Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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When Anna Marshall is transported from her boring and frustrating life in Ames, Iowa, to the very different world of Erde, she's angry and confused, but soon finds out that for the first time in her life she's uniquely powerful. In Iowa Anna was a music instructor and small-time opera singer, but on Erde her musical ability makes her a big-time sorceress--potentially.

First she must figure out how to use her ability before the big-time rulers...
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The Soprano Sorceress (Spellsong Cycle Series #1)

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Overview


When Anna Marshall is transported from her boring and frustrating life in Ames, Iowa, to the very different world of Erde, she's angry and confused, but soon finds out that for the first time in her life she's uniquely powerful. In Iowa Anna was a music instructor and small-time opera singer, but on Erde her musical ability makes her a big-time sorceress--potentially.

First she must figure out how to use her ability before the big-time rulers who've notices her arrival kill her just because she's an unpredictable new power....Those rulers may wish they hadn't waited as long as they did.

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"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
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.
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"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: 9781429958301
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Spellsong Cycle , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 95,599
  • File size: 928 KB

Meet the Author


L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    purchase the written version instead of ebook

    the ebook version is poorly transcribed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A great book

    This book and the series that follows it is really an awesome read, I've read it at least once a year for the past ten years and each time I read it I love it and its characters and scenes.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Soprano Sorceress

    Okay, I admit. I've read quite a bit of fantasy, but I have rather particular standards when it comes to books. I usually dislike characters with female main characters, but this was the exception. Modesitt Jr. creates an easy pace to follow and his characters stay true to themselves throughout the series.
    I picked this book up on a whim and took a chance with it. Coming from the midwest myself, I felt like I could really relate to the main character, Anna, who comes from Iowa. She is suddenly shipped off into a world where music and song are power, and lucky for Anna, she has a great deal of expertise and background in musical theory. The series is awesome and I'd recomend it to anyone who wants an adventure story with an original idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    Really annoying and unoriginal

    This book is probably one of the worst I have ever read. First off, the cover is so dumb and doesn't make me want to read it at all, because the woman is standing in the middle of a battle field surrounded by dead people, with a musical instrument and singing. I was skeptical when I saw this but decided to read it anyway. Unfortunately, the cover was actually better than the book. I have so many problems with this story that I don't even know where to begin. How about all the 'magic' names for everything, which are actually just german words. Like 'Liedstadt', which means song city in german. And Donner Music is thunder music. I could go on and on. As someone who speaks german I find this really annoying and unoriginal. Sorry. Even worse--the songs are basic childrens' rhymes with different words. And the author switches tenses constantly. I couldn't enjoy the story b/c these things were annoying me way way too much. Modesitt was trying to come up with something unique but I think he tried a little too hard...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    Great book!

    An awesome book that will captivate you for hours! I could not put this book down! I HIGHLY reccomend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    Not done yet, but irritated still the same

    I'm somewhere in the middle of the seventh chapter, and my editor sensors are going crazy. Half of the book is written in present tense, and the other half in past (and I don't mean 'past' as in dialogue, but in actual writing). Since most authors write past tense automatically, writing in present is a big undertaking, and I can understand if the author slips and reverts back to his 'auto', but sheesh, the editors at TOR could have at least caught it. Other than that, however, I am enjoying the plot of the story, but am kind of on the fence about Brill--is the the bad guy or the good guy? Again, this may be cleared up later in the book, I'm not done with it yet. Has anyone else seen it, or am I just going crazy? (you'll find it more than once in the story.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    enchanting

    I walked into my local library, and was merely browsing, when the title and gorgeous artwork jumped out at me. I figured, what the heck, it's bound to be interesting with a title like that. When I got home and started reading it, it was all I could do to put it down. Now, I am on the search for the rest of the series (1 and 2 I have read) because I am just dying to know what happened to Anna!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    This book is too good for words.

    I was very impressed with this book,and I'd say it is one of Modesitt's better novels. I especially liked the imagery and action. I didn't read it. I lived it. I enjoy Modesitt's work, and look forward to any other works put out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2000

    Great Book

    I really liked this book. The author didn't make spend half the book having Anna confused about suddenly appearing in a new world. And the story plot was very good and the heroine is easy to like too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    Too hot -- too whiney

    I had high hopes for this, especially as an opera musician and one who enjoys fantasy novels/series. I did enjoy some of the unexpected turns in the story, but the constant heat references and the heroine's incessant whining about how unfairly women have suffered at the hands of men is just too preachy and too intrusive. Tell the story and leave the preaching for elsewhere!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    A Good Read

    This book was very good.When I read the summary on the back I thought it would be bad or the same-old same-old type of plot in alot of other fantasy books,but it turned out to be funny,compelling,and interesting.

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