Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams is the first book in the Songkeeper Chronicles. I have read this book twice and enjoyed it both times. Gillian’s writing is sweetly simple, and elegant. A fantasy world with amazing depth and striking characters, you will enjoy this fantasy book to add to your collection.
Plot/Story line: 5/5 This is one of those books that will have you turning the pages into the wee hours of the mourning. There is a lot of mystery hanging around the story concerning what the Song is. Gillian slowly gives info little by little, and that keeps you turning the pages. The world building was very well done and Gillian tied her plots together flawlessly.
Characters: 5/5 The characters…a short book review can not do them justice. Birdie is sweet and gentle, Ky is captivating, and Amos…well Amos is hard to describe…he’s well, Amos, a caring, grumpy mentor, who behind all the gruff is a man who cares for Birdie. George the cat was some comic relief and a favorite of mine. He’s a Waltham. 🙂 The villains were also well done. You could feel Carhartan’s presence on the page. And is Hendryk really a villain? I don’t think so. I feel a mystery hanging over him and I hope to read more about him in book two.
Writing: 5/5 Gillian’s writing is lovely. The writing flows from one page to the next.
Dialogue: 5/5 Witty, engaging dialogue.
Want to read/ability: 5/5 With a great plot, story line, easy to relate to characters, and Gillian’s writing, this book is a defiant want to read.
Bad Language: None
Inappropriate Content: None
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From the back of the book:
Who Will Keep the Song Alive? Every generation has a Songkeeper – one chosen to keep the memory of the Song alive. And in every generation, there are those who seek to destroy the chosen one. When Birdie’s song draws the attention of a dangerous Khelari soldier, she is kidnapped and thrust into a world of ancient secrets and betrayals. Rescued by her old friend, traveling peddler Amos McElhenny, Birdie flees the clutches of her enemies in pursuit of the truth behind the Song’s power. Ky is a street–wise thief and a member of the Underground—a group of orphans banded together to survive . . . and to fight the Khelari. Haunted by a tragic raid, Ky joins Birdie and Amos in hopes of a new life beyond the reach of the soldiers. But the enemy is closing in, and when Amos’ shadowed past threatens to undo them all, Birdie is forced to face the destiny that awaits her as the Songkeeper of Leira.