Last Song Before Night: The Harp and Ring Sequence #1

Last Song Before Night: The Harp and Ring Sequence #1

by Ilana C. Myer

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Last Song Before Night: The Harp and Ring Sequence #1 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BenT-Gaidin More than 1 year ago
I'm conflicted on this book. The ending felt rushed, almost out of tempo after the leisurely, character-building scenes that marked the first three quarters of the book, but I was already on my guard by then because of the tragic nature of everything. It shouldn't have been a surprise, given that both the title and the summary (a desperate search for the lost magic that might stop an evil sorcerer and the plague he called forth) could have told me this wasn't a happy novel, but the relentlessness of it was more than I wanted. The message seemed to be that magic -- and by extension, the poetry and music that creates it -- would only truly come from a deeply wounded soul, and that the characters' various heartaches and tragedies were what made them great and worthy. It's a discomforting message, because it's so easy for that to turn into the toxic idea that 'only I have been truly hurt, my unique pain entitles me'; it's not what the book intends, but it kicked me out each time a character mused on how loneliness and isolation were the wellspring of true art, and how their pain would be the seed of greatness in their work. Between that, and that the only characters who seemed content were those who were sacrificing themselves, it just wasn't something I could enjoy right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a world where poetry has power, the poets must rediscover this power before their world is destroyed. This epic fantasy was crafted with characters who will break your heart traveling through a rich world you will get lost in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pros: -intricate fantasy world -complex characterization--everyone is hiding something -deft use of language Cons: -lots of coincidences -inconsistency in character and perspective Something that depends on the individual reader's taste is how magic and visions are presented in the book. Me, I'm a fan of Sanderson's First Law: "An author's ability to solve conflict satisfactorily with magic is directly proportional to how well the reader understands said magic." This book is more of a case of "soft magic"--not very much about it is explained and rules are vague. In terms of the visions, it's never fully elaborated why some of the characters have them, or why the magic involves all of them in a specific point in the climax. Overall, a strong start. Thanks to Ms. Myer for introducing us to this world of poets!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Premise is good, but plot is disjointed. One storyline is off doing its own thing most of the book and never rejoins the main storyline in a satisfying way. Characters are interesting but sometimes do things out of charcter just for the sake of plot. Ok book, don't regret buying it, but I won't be rereading it either.
Jay_Riv More than 1 year ago
This was boring! Beautifully written and verbose, but BORING! I couldn't get into any of the characters and they jumped back and forth on focal character way too often. Lin was the best I suppose but she also annoyed me a lot. The plot felt convoluted. Honestly this was almost DNFed at one star. The sentence structure is good though so generously 2 star. I was stuck at the hospital reading this and honestly if I had any other option with me I would have dropped this. I barely finished, doused off several times (and no I wasn't the patient so it wasn't meds or pain). I didn't feel this was much of a fantasy book but there is a type of magic, just not one I really could get into. Slow paced.