Singer of Souls

Singer of Souls

by Adam Stemple
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Singer of Souls by Adam Stemple

Leaving his life of petty crime and drug abuse behind, young Douglas flees from Minneapolis to Edinburgh, Scotland, to his stern but fairminded Grandma McLaren, who will take him in if he can support himself. Fortunately, few cities are friendlier than Edinburgh to a guitarist with a talent for spontaneous rhyme, and soon Douglas is making a decent living as the busker who can write a song about you on the spot.

But Edinburgh has its dangers for the unwary. The annual arts festival, biggest in Europe, draws all manner of footloose sorts, and tempted by the drugs offered by a mysterious young girl, Douglas stumbles.

What follows isn't what he expects. Suddenly, Douglas can see the fey folk who invisibly share Edinburgh's ancient streets—in all their beauty and terrifying cruelty. Worse, they can see him, and they're determined to draw him into their own internecine wars--wars that are fought to the death.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466857513
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 253 KB

About the Author

A working rock-and-roll guitarist in bands such as the Tim Malloys, Cats Laughing, and Boiled in Lead, Adam Stemple has collaborated with his mother Jane Yolen on several music books for children, including The Laptime Song and Play Book and Hark! A Christmas Sampler. In 2005, Starscape published their YA collaboration Pay the Piper. Singer of Souls is Stemple's first solo novel and his first novel for adults.
A working rock-and-roll guitarist in bands such as the Tim Malloys, Cats Laughing, and Boiled in Lead, Adam Stemple has collaborated with his mother Jane Yolen on several music books for children, including The Laptime Song and Play Book and Hark! A Christmas Sampler.

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Singer of Souls 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book a lot it was interesting and had great character. My only problem was the ending, but it did make me want to read the second book so i guess it acomplished something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While other reviews summarize the storyline better than I ever could, I think any review would be empty without a hearty, qualified recommendation to add this to your MUST HAVE READ list. As a 39 YO dad, I find it challenging to find good reading material for my teen children. This novel artfully grapples with the pains of addiction, imparts morality through comparison, and instill a sense of wonder in readers of all ages. My 17 year old, who can hardly be called a literary fan, consumed this book in one stint. Then re-read it 3 times since. An avid guitar player, he has now emulated Douglas' busking. This novel is not for the feint of heart, and wrestles with very real everyday problems. A great way to open the door to future discussion on hard topics with your (almost adult) children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam Stemple knowledge of all things Fey could fill an encyclopedia. And his talent for writing songs and playing music has earned him a devote following in the twin cities. He brings these 2 talents together in a gripping and gut wrenching tale that will keep you reading long after you need to get the lights out and try for atleast a few hours sleep before the alarm goes off for work in the mourning. I've read hundreds of fantasy novels and this shot right up there into the top 5. Rubbing elbows with Neil Gaimans 'American Gods' and 'the Gypsy' by Megan Lindholm and Steven Brust. Hurry up on that follow up Adam, I'm dieing to see what happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It''s dark--and funny, a combination few can manage, especially with the swash and panache and sheer storytelling he manages. As Anne McCaffrey says of him, 'He's a natural.' I think of this as Charles de Lint meets China Mielville with a bit of Michael Swanwick on the side. I'm jealous.
harstan More than 1 year ago
An addict trying to quit, guitarist Douglas knows he must leave Minneapolis and the temptation of his friends. He is estranged from his siblings and parents, so to dry out he heads to his Grandma McLaren in Edinburgh. While awaiting a passport he cuts a deal with Twin Town Guitar owner Zack Johannson................. A few weeks later, his grandma welcomes Douglas, but sets three conditions that if he does any he is out. Douglas makes money with his guitar and a gift for rhyme. When the city hosts the annual Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival, Douglas performs and does quite well until he meets Aine. She gives him a vial promising him he will see the world from a different light. He resists at first but finally takes the drug. Douglas questions his mind as he see fey folks walking the streets of the city; worse they see him with each wanting to either recruit him to their cause or kill him as Douglas learns how dangerous the war between the fey is even as humans thinks he tripped out one time too many................... SINGER OF SOULS is a wild urban fantasy starring a likable expatriate American struggling with controlling his addiction while wondering if he finally went over the edge as the only human who sees the Fey and more terrifying they see him. The story line starts off as a character study as the audience sees Douglas trying to kick the habit, but once he takes that step he feels like Alice through the looking glass. Fans will enjoy Adam Stemple¿s zany joy ride in the streets of Edinburgh from a distinctly weird perspective..................... Harriet Klausner