Monday, August 2, 2010

Book review for The Sorcerer's Songs

The author sent me a free copy of this book for review. I was not financially compensated, and the opinions within are strictly my own.

The Sorcerer’s Songs by Kiki Howell was an enjoyable read, a bit different than your average romance.

The hero, Adam, is a sexy musician with an intriguing quality about him: he’s a wizard with interesting gifts.

The story starts with him playing his guitar and singing to an enthralled audience. His music calls out to them, in a way truly good music does, but it’s more than that. His gift enables him to reach people emotionally.  He breaks down inhibitions but never tampers with free will, establishing his honor.

As a musician myself, the descriptions rang eerily true for me. The feel of the guitar in his hands, the rhythm and melody of his soul, the purpose of his music, the sympathies awoken in him through the music…if you’re a musician, you’ll know how realistically this is written, and if you’re not, you’ll understand after reading this.

He has telepathic powers with his sorcery and calls out to women in the audience to temporarily soothe his loneliness, creating a sense of empathy. He’s the dark, haunted musician who seems to have a chip on his shoulder, looks dangerous to women, but comes across as deep with the soft poetry of his music.

At first, it began to seem he was using women, and his pain was apparent. Then it became clear that the women were using him.

I liked the line, “…in need of the comfort only a song could bring him.”

He worked his way back home, west to Ohio, thinking of his broken heart after decades of loss, of his lost love Stacey. He still longed for her.

I enjoyed the scene where he arrived back home after so much time and ran into Stacey again.  Did he call her there with his magic?

Her reaction to him was interesting, emotionally touching.

The author has a talent with painting the romantic connection between them, and the pain, with words.

There is great tension as Adam prepares to tell Stacey his great secret, his magic. What will she think? Will she run away in fear?

It was very sad and romantic when Stacey discovered his powers. He left because he was afraid he might accidently hurt her with his magic the way his father hurt his mother, and Stacey had been truly frightened of him.

I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that this was a charming, engaging story with likeable characters. There was some “telling,” distant writing, and vagueness, but I really liked this tale of music and magic and would read more by this author.


Kiki Howell - Author said...

Thanks Laura!

You have put a big smile on my face!


Historical Writer/Editor said...

It was my pleasure, Kiki. I love reading work about musicians. ;)