When Anna Marshall is transported from her boring and frustrating life in Ames, Iowa, to the very different world of Erde, she's angry and confused. But she soon finds out that for the first time in her life she's uniquely powerful. In Iowa, Anna was a music teacher and small-time opera singer, but on Erde, her musical ability makes her a big-time sorceress-potentially. First, though, she must figure out how to use her ability before the rulers kill her.
©1997 L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (P)2015 Tantor
"Resplendent feminist fantasy with an inventive and expertly handled scenario, life-sized characters, and flawless plotting." (Kirkus)
I listened right through to the end in the vain hope that it would improve at the end but it wasn't to be. After Anna is magically transported to another world where she turns out to be a powerful sorceress the story consists of a limited number of actions performed by Anna repeated over and over again. Anna has a drink of water, performs some feat of magic which more often than that not gives her a bad headache or causes her to collapse, she kills x number of people with magic, feels bad about killing but justifies why it needs to be done, rides and grooms her raider horse that apparently no one else can, eats a lot of bread and cheese, composes spells. That's about it besides the occasional weirdly written interludes describing the actions of leaders of other kingdoms spying on Anna doing the above and plotting her downfall.
"A different magic system"
I'm so glad this series is finally out on audiobooks. It was my favorite of Mr. Modesitt. Right from the beginning Anna, the unexpected sorceress shows her resilience and strength. I had forgotten what a strong character she is, and how her struggle is still relevant all these years after this book was first published.
The narration was very well done, the pacing and presentation well suited to the story.
"Lets hear it again."
The blend between confidence and doubt, strenght and weakness, the wish to get away then the chock of actually doing so.
Not sure, there are so many moments in the book that tugs at once heartstrings... Seeing her daughter with the letter beside her with the word Mom.... The first time she sees Secca...
Attention to details through how she says things.
A grand adventure that will curl your toes.
In my opinion this is L. E. Modesitt Jr. 's best series. It has balance at the same time as it is Epic. I hope the rest of the books in the series will come out soon with the same narrator since Amy Landon is doing an exelent work.
"Great new story by Modesitt"
I really enjoy the mechanics of this new world by Modesitt. His ability to come up with his many different worlds and the construct of his magic are so creative. Another fantastic book.
"Good story, glaring pronunciation errors by the re"
I would have given this book a higher rating, but it is a pet peeve of mine when the reader does not know enough of the subject at hand to be able to pronounce the technical terms correctly, and the producer cannot be bothered to at least get someone who does understand to listen and correct such errors. it is not "vocalEYEzes" as in she vocalized her concerns, but rather "vocalEEZes" which are warm up patterns sung to prepare the voice for performance. Likewise it is not "double forty" as in she looks like forty miles of bad road, but "Double Forte" (rhymes with hay) indicating very loud volume. Seems like a small thing, I'm sure, but to even minimally trained musicians, very grating, all. the. way. through. the. book!
The reader got better as the story moved along, at least she finally stopped trying to emulate a "baritone voice" which is as annoying to hear a woman do as it is to hear a man try to sound like a woman by speaking in falsetto! Unfortunately, the second book is being released next week, so, more than likely, the erroneous pronunciations will be present there too. One only hopes that if this is a long series, the producer will employ the services of a musician to teach the reader to say the terms correctly.
"Does Not Disappoint"
I was hesitant to purchase this book. It follows a plot that has been done many times by many authors. The mix of today and another world and time. Very few authors have done the storyline credit, Modesitt Jr is now one of them. I pre-ordered the sequel before I was half-way through and am eagerly anticipating its arrival on my phone.
"Excellent start to another great series brought to Audio"
I remember reading this many years ago, now it being released to audio and i am very grateful - first because its a great series and second because even with Modsitt's audio ramblings during his books and the length, it's well executed and narrated.
i would recommend this book and hopefully this series to all who like epic well written fantasy.
One hopes they keep the Narrator
so far I have loved everything this author has written. This book did not disappoint.
I love modesitt recluse saga but this stepped it up I currently am waiting for the next book in this series. if you haven't given this a try you won't regret it
"worth the credit"
Not the first singer/magician from another land but worth getting. This writer does an excellent job of world building. I wish that they actually sang the songs but it is probably a copyright issue. Thumbs up!
An editor actually reviewing this story. It appears that this is self-published! I don't understand how audible can carry this.
Nothing by this author
Perhaps - but not by this author
The whole book - the idea is interesting but the writing and story development is just terrible. I'm not a studied person that loves high literature, I don't even have the words to describe what makes good writing.. what I do know is that to repeat a few facts about a character a gazillion times with nothing about it being revealed is just bad writing...
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