Gillian has done it again–writing a heartrending story that grips you to the very end. Picking up where Orphan’s Song ended, the action in Songkeeper doesn’t end till the last page. Songkeeper releases April 15th.
Plot/Story line: 5/5 The plot switches between characters, but it doesn’t lessen the flow. The story line is fast paced, and gripping.
Characters: 5/5 Our favorite characters Amos, Birdie, Ky, and Gundhrold are back with some new friends and enemies. Gillian’s characters are not stereotyped, but real and with whom you can connect. Amos is my favorite character, playing the role of a father figure for Birdie. His love for her is genuine and real and my favorite part in the book.
Writing: 5/5 Gillian’s writing is just as lovely as in Orphan’s Song, if not better. Her descriptions are lovely and you can feel the heartache and sorrow seep from the page. I love Amos and his insults and they are back and better than ever. Here is an example: “Gundhrold’s head lowered until his massive beak was only inches away from Amos’s nose. “I am a son of the desert. This was once my home – the home of all my kind. I know every crag, every slope, every crick and hollow-” Amos rolled his eyes. “Every blatherin’ speck o’ sand?”
Dialogue: 5/5 Great dialogue.
Want to read/ability: 5/5 Even with the heart-rending sorrow, this is still a book you want to read. Gillian’s writing pulls you in, and you lose all sense of time.
Bad Language: None
Inappropriate Content: Toward the end of the book, there was some content that younger readers might not be able to read or handle. It could be verging-on-nightmarish if you think about them too much. There isn’t a ton of description, but it might be disturbing for younger readers.
You can pre-order Songkeeper here
War ravages Leira and the Song has fallen silent
Freed from the hold of a slave ship, Birdie, the young Songkeeper, and Ky, a street–wise thief, emerge to a world at war. Hordes of dark soldiers march across Leira, shadowed by whispers of plague and massacres, prompting Ky to return to his besieged home city in hopes of leading his fellow runners to safety.
Desperate to end the fighting, Birdie embarks on a dangerous mission into the heart of the Takhran’s fortress. Legend speaks of a mythical spring buried within and the Songkeeper who will one day unleash it to achieve victory. Everyone believes Birdie is the one, but the elusive nature of the Song and rumors of other gifted individuals lead her to doubt her role. Unleashing the spring could defeat the Takhran once and for all, but can she truly be the Songkeeper when the Song no longer answers her call?