Songs of the Earth

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Macmillan, Feb 28, 2012 - Fiction - 467 pages
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The Book of Eador, Abjurations 12:14, is very clear: Suffer ye not the life of a witch. For a thousand years, the Church Knights have obeyed that commandment, sending to the stake anyone who can hear the songs of the earth. There are no exceptions, not even for one of their own.

Novice Knight Gair can hear music no one else can, beautiful, terrible music: music with power. In the Holy City, that can mean only one thing: death by fire—until an unlikely intervention gives him a chance to flee the city and escape the flames.

With the Church Knights and their witchfinder hot on his heels, Gair hasn’t time to learn how to use the power growing inside him, but if he doesn’t master it, that power will tear him apart. His only hope is the secretive Guardians of the Veil, though centuries of persecution have almost destroyed their Order, and the few Guardians left have troubles of their own.

For the Veil between worlds is weakening, and behind it, the Hidden Kingdom, ever-hungry for dominion over the daylight realm, is stirring. Though he is far from ready, Gair will find himself fighting for his own life, for everyone within the Order of the Veil, and for the woman he has come to love.

  

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A former Knight of the Church now under sentence of death for heresy and witchcraft, Gair finds deliverance in the form of the mysterious Alderan, who spirits him away to the island location of the ... Read full review

Contents

1 CONDEMNED
1
2 SHADOWKIN
13
3 GORANS HOUND
26
4 GATEKEEPER
37
5 MAGIC
47
6 QUESTIONS
62
7 OLD FRIENDS
75
8 A GATHERING STORM
90
21 NORTH WINDS
258
22 RUMOURS
273
23 FAITH
285
24 A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER
295
25 ALL THINGS END
310
26 DISTRACTION
323
27 FIVE SISTERS
339
28 A LETTER
351

9 SONGS OF THE EARTH
104
10 THE WESTERN ISLES
120
11 ONE OF US
134
12 PLANS
147
13 WEAPONS
157
14 FLIGHT
171
15 WHISTLERS IN THE DARK
183
16 KNIGHTS MOVE
199
17 LESSONS
211
18 NOW WE HUNT
224
19 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
237
20 WHAT LIES IN DUST
248
29 LABYRINTH
361
30 RIVEN
372
31 ALDERAN
386
32 ANGEL WITH A SWORD
399
33 GUARDIAN OF THE VEIL
410
34 SHIELD
418
35 ARROWS IN THE AIR
428
36 BREACH
441
37 THE FORGE
451
EPILOGUE
461
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
471
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About the author (2012)

ELSPETH COOPER was born in 1968 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has been a fan of the written word since she could read unaided, and has been writing stories for almost as long.  Songs of the Earth  is her first novel. She lives in Northumberland, UK, with her husband and two cats, in a house full of books.

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