Review: Stone Song
Stone Song by D.L. McDermott
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Bards seem to be involved in the old Fae stories. In this book, a modern day singer holds more power than a person holding a gun. Sorcha is more than just a singer. She is a musician who loves all music and creates it passionately. Her grandmother knew better and didn't exactly prepare Sorcha for the dangers of her voice. Sorcha is a stone singer who can use her voice as a weapon of mass destruction. It's pretty cool and I like it!
Ms. McDermott does a great job of creating something different. It's a mix of a mythical siren plus Marvel comic book's character Banshee. Sorcha is a character who embodies the bohemian lifestyle of a musician. She is much more as she learns from the Fae. She's terrified of them and with good reason. So when Elada Brightsword offers to help her, she's suspicious. Never bargain with the Fae.
This third book spends more time world building which is good. It's good to learn more about these Druids, mages and Fae. This is still a set up for big showdown which the reader knows must happen. It's only a matter of time where the Fae Earth side must deal with the Fae stuck in the other realm.
The two main characters Elada and Sorcha are good together. I liked this pairing better than the previous two couples. It could be because I have a soft spot for the loyal Elada. Or it could be that I liked Sorcha better. She knew about this Fae world. She's been burned before and she's going in with her eyes wide open. While this is a romance between these two main characters, the secondary characters are featured in a way that makes this story better. This is why it is a 3.5 star book for me.
We learn more about Miach. We also learn more about what happened to the Fae tortured by Druids. It's a bloody history between the two of them and it's sad how power corrupts in this manner. It's not that any of them are evil per se. It's the fact that these Druids and Fae are all sociopaths. They have no emotion. They can't tell from right or wrong and they don't care. It's taking the scientist's focus on how things work to an extreme. It's scary because this Druid mentality is alive and well in the world we live in today. Ms. McDermott does an excellent job of showing this in a manner which I'm not sure all readers will be able to correlate to our reality. The Fae in their longevity demonstrate a jadedness often found in older people. It's as if they have seen so much that they lose their humanity. I like how these concepts come into play and hope Ms. McDermott explores these some more in her next book in this series. This fantasy is recommended for Fae lovers who love to be seduced by magic.
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