Song of the Beast

Song of the Beast

by Carol Berg
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Song of the Beast by Carol Berg

Brutal imprisonment has broken Aidan McAllister. Once the most famous musician of his generation, celebrated as a man beloved of the gods, his voice is now silent, his hands ruined, his music that offered beauty and hope to war-torn Elyria destroyed. Even the god who nurtured his talent since boyhood has abandoned him. But no one ever told him his crime. To discover the truth, he must risk his hard-bought freedom to unlock the mind of his god and the heart of his enemy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451459237
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 04/22/2003
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.26(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.28(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Though Colorado is home, Carol Berg's roots are in Texas, in a family of teachers, musicians, and railroad men. She has degrees in mathematics from Rice University and computer science from the University of Colorado, but managed to squeeze in minors in English and art history along the way. She has combined a career as a software engineer with her writing, while also raising three sons. She lives with her husband at the foot of the Colorado mountains.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story, amazingly well written. Such a relief to read something written with correct grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary where most authors today dont seem to be bothered or have real editors. Character development was superb, I loved the multiple perspectives though feel she should have written more from Narim or left out his single chapter; it was too little so in the end felt almost superfluous. The twists and turns in the plot were very fun and incredibly creative, but not as totally surprisinb as they might be. The author foreshadows and hints a bit too much to keep her next twist a true surprise. My only real complaint is the story dragged on WAY too long. It could have finished equally well several chapters earlier than it did, and it started to become tiresome. It's not really necessary to tie off every loose end after all, some of the best fiction ever leaves open ends for the reader's imagination to finish off. Still, this is a great, epic story with characters you will instantly love and despise; even the Dragons. If you're looking for a unique, creative, short, and well written / rounded fantasy epic, this is the book you should definitely pick up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has all the ingredients in making a spellbinding page turner. The Main character is constantly willing himself to go on with life after being almost living seventeen years in prison and becoming an almost living-dead creature. When he is suddenly released, he wanders the earth while meeting up with many different people who seem to change his life forever, while at the same time helping him search for answers to the ultimate question that plagues his mind. Why did this happen to me? Throughout the story, our character tries his hardest to fit in life with a set of hands that are virtually useless and a back that sends shivers down anyone's spine. He even finds love in a most unlikely place. I can only hope that a sequel follows this masterpiece. It is truly a must read for the ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters, beautifully written countries and filled with intrigue. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carol Berg's books are always evocative and absorbing, and this story is no exception! Her charactets are so well-defined; her writing is crisp and intelligent. Fantasy at its best.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! I've been an avid reader of the fantasy genre since I was in grade school and this book surpasses everything I've read to date. The plot is intricately woven and possesses just the right amount of suspense and intrigue. The characters come alive. Especially Aidan. You can't help but to identify with him and be drawn into his story. Everything about this book makes you crave more. I read the book in one sitting then started it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carol Berg has raised the bar on what makes a fantastic novel. I stayed up till 3a.m finishing this book, I simply could not put it down! Each character brings a new view and piece to a 500 year old puzzle. who says heroes wear shining aromor and have perfect looks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best crafted, intricately woven books I've ever had the privilege of reading and it left me screaming for more. I just finished it and already, I am thinking of re-reading it. Aidan is a very human, very easy character to relate with, and Lara is the very embodiment of youthful dreams gone horribly wrong. Carol is one of a very rare breed of storytellers. Had she been born in another era, she would have been the storyteller whom all people, young and old alike, would have gathered round the campfire to hear her spin her tales of awe and wonder. What sets this book aside is how excellently crafted the dialogue is, and how the characters interact with one another. The duplicity and mystery, discovery and revelation all propel the reader forward, anxious to see what happens next and dreading the turning of the last page. More, Lady Carol Berg ... this cannot be the end of Aidan MacAllister's journey, nor that of Lara or Donal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is exceptionally well written. I enjoyed it more than her previous series. I felt I experienced the journey with the characters -- both mentally and emotionally. The details give the characters and the plot amazing depth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an outstanding read! I am a huge fan of fantasy fiction -I read nothing else. But I was bored of reading the same old plots of wizards and demons, but this book filled my craving for something unique, and I actually grew emotionally attached to this book. Carol Berg writes with delicious depth and detail. I was instantly connected to the characters, especially Aiden and Lara. The plot is superbly unique and grasping. I strongly recommend it to anyone with an apetite for beautiful writing.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The world has never known a musician as powerful as Aidan MacAllister, a man whose voice can make grown men weep. He is the cousin of the king of Elyria a powerful ruler who has conquered many nations and made it part of his empire. He couldn¿t have done it without the help of the Ridemark clan who control the bloodstones that make the dragons obey them and turn them into a fierce fighting machine. Aidan is not interested in wars only music and travels the world giving his songs to who ever wants to listen...................... At twenty-one the king ordered Aidan thrown into the hellacious prison of Mazadine where he was tortured until he broke. He stayed there for seventeen years and when he was released, he found out the reason for his imprisonment was that he disturbed the dragons. The long-lived, gender neutral race of the Elhim look upon him as their savior because only he can free the dragons in thrall to humans and right a wrong the Elhim committed against these glorious creatures. Aidan will do his best to succeed on his quest but there are many obstacles in his path, many of them deadly..................... Fans of ¿THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN¿ series by Anne McCaffrey will love this novel and will care more for the dragons than they do for any other character except Aidan, a man wounded in body and spirit. Carol Berg has written a brilliant and colorful epic fantasy placed in a world that is highly creative and imaginative. Although this is a stand-alone book, this reviewer hopes that there will be more tales written about this wondrous world........... Harriet Klausner