Steward of Song [NOOK Book]

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In Singer of Souls, young Douglas fled his American life of drugs and petty crime, arriving in Scotland to be taken in by his stern but fair-minded grandmother. Unfortunately, his career as a busker was interrupted by the fey folk who invisibly share Edinburgh's streets, who dragged him into their own internecine wars.
Now Douglas, usurper, sits on the throne of Faery--holding the Queen and the land hostage with his all-powerful magic and his ...
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Overview


In Singer of Souls, young Douglas fled his American life of drugs and petty crime, arriving in Scotland to be taken in by his stern but fair-minded grandmother. Unfortunately, his career as a busker was interrupted by the fey folk who invisibly share Edinburgh's streets, who dragged him into their own internecine wars.
Now Douglas, usurper, sits on the throne of Faery--holding the Queen and the land hostage with his all-powerful magic and his unflinchingly loyal lieutenant, Martes.
Meanwhile, in Western Massachusetts, a strange infant is left on the doorstep of an ex-marine who may have the second sight.
And in Scotland, the granddaughter of a murdered woman sifts through clues trying to prove her brother isn't the killer…

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

When ex-marine and trauma victim Scott Stewart finds an infant on his doorstep, his psychic visions reveal that the child's safety depends upon his actions. Enemies from the world of Faerie, who already claimed his brother Douglas, lead him to cross between the worlds, accompanied by his sister Bridie, an ex-cop with a taste for killing, particularly when her quarry deserves it. Stemple's sequel to Singer of Souls tells the tale of a unique trio of siblings and their magical heritage. Fans of urban fantasy with Celtic and Native American trappings will enjoy the references to song charms and true names. A good addition to most fantasy collections. [Stemple is the son of fantasy author Jane Yolen.-Ed.]
—Jackie Cassada

Kirkus Reviews
Second entry in the series begun with Singer of Souls (2005), where former drug addict Douglas Stewart fled to Scotland and, thanks to his extraordinary song-magic and ability to know everybody's true name, became the cruel and tyrannical Lord of the Faerie Realm. This time, ex-cop Bridie, Douglas's sister, arrives in Edinburgh to quiz the local constabulary regarding the murder of her grandmother. Problem is, the cops think Douglas committed the crime, along with the murder of a priest. In Massachusetts, meanwhile, the third Stewart sibling, Scott, who was removed from the marines for psychiatric problems (in fact, he has the gift of second sight), finds a baby deposited on his doorstep. Scott can see and choose among various futures, so he knows the baby's name is/will be Fletcher, Douglas's son by Aine, the deposed Queen of the Realm. Martes, Douglas's majordomo, whisked the babe away from his malevolent father and left him for Scott to raise, because a prophesy predicts that Fletcher will destroy Douglas. Unfortunately, all the bad-fairy types in Massachusetts want a piece of Fletcher, and Scott will have his work cut out defending the little tyke. Back in Edinburgh, meanwhile, Bridie-also blessed with second sight-gets a lead on grandma McLaren's real killers. And what happens when Douglas learns where Fletcher is?Douglas's behavior makes little sense-none at all unless you've read the previous volume-so once again the appeal is local color, a high gore/spatter index and a vivid narrative.
From the Publisher
“One of the best first novels I have ever read.” —Anne McCaffrey on Singer of Souls

“Wonderful. Fans of Charles de Lint and Clive Barker will find much to like.” —Publishers Weekly on Singer of Souls

"Singer of Souls glows with magic and folklore, realistic characters and vivid language, and has the grit, blood, and tension of good film noir." —Emma Bull

"A really splendid story." —Steven Brust on Singer of Souls

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466857520
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,299,805
  • File size: 289 KB

Meet the Author


Adam Stemple is the author of Singer of Souls and, with his mother Jane Yolen, several other novels, including Pay the Piper and Troll Bridge. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and children.


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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This sequel picks up where SINGER OF SOULS leaves off

    Douglas Stewart went to Scotland and through a series of circumstances (see SINGER OF SOULS) becomes the ruler of Faerie. His magic puts the rightful queen Aine in a magical stasis. The prophecy says his son will kill him so he is prepared to kill the child but his loyal retainer Martes has him taken away and he is left at the door of Douglas¿ brother Scott.---------- Scott was injured and now sees visions of the future but he doesn¿t know the child he takes in is his nephew. He takes care of him and loves him and the brownies and hobs watch over the house because there are two magical beings who want the baby one to drink his blood and inhale his soul while the other wants to eat his flesh.----------- The third Stewart sibling Bridie is looking for Douglas who the police believed killed his grandmother and a priest. Bridie is positive he is innocent but when she crosses over into Fairie she finds a cruel Douglas who reigns with an iron fist. When the three siblings meet, the fates of the trio will be decided depending on the choices Douglas makes.----------- This sequel picks up where SINGER OF SOULS leaves off and concentrates mostly on Scott and Bridie with Douglas making only brief appearances. This fantasy is enchanting, spellbinding and readers will finish it in one sitting to find out what happens to the three siblings and the baby. The audience will admire Scott as he comes to recognize he is a precognitive and his love for his nephew heals his mind and lets him accept what he has became.------------ Harriet Klausner

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