Wednesday 10 August 2016

Song of the Sword Review

This post was supposed to be up a few days ago, but life happened and I forgot about it. That's the trouble with putting things of 'til the last minute.

 But better late than never. Here it is Song of the Sword, a Rapunzel retelling.

Welcome to the launch of Song of the Sword, the second novella in the Legends of Light series! Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher,flows chronologically though the series, each novella is a stand-alone retelling of a favorite fairytale. Each story in this nine novella series focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while also retelling popular fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.

A glittering sword.

An ancient oath.

A blackened rose.

And a melody which ties it all together.

Evrard and Roinette, twins separated at birth, are caught in a battle beyond their own limited powers. With their ability to walk in the melody realm, catching glimpses of the light and darkness underlying Aslaria, comes even more danger.

Deadly mistbenders. Writhing walls of blankness. Hateful drumbeats. As a warrior in the Melody, Evrard has seen it all. But his own ability in the melody realm pales in comparison to the Prince’s melody, the legendary prowess of past Wingmasters, and even the depth of his sister’s song.

To rescue Roinette and evade the trap almost certainly set for him by those who want his power, Evrard knows he’ll have to be careful. Even if he can find the Wingmaster’s sword, there’s no assurance he’ll be able to defeat a mistbender on his own. In the end, will his and Roinette’s efforts matter if the Prince brings an ancient oath to fulfillment, shaking the very foundation of Aslaria?

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I found this book intriguing. It's quite a different take on Rapunzel. But it's still recognizable, certainly more so than my own Rapunzel inspired story. The whole idea of there being an invisible realm made of song is fascinating, I think it's a way of visualizing spiritual forces.
This story is about find joy and courage in Christ rather than ourselves. That is the power of the song.
The characters were well developed. Roinette is full of joy despite all that has happened in her life. She is not the person to complain about captivity. She'd reasonable and kind. Evrard is one of those heroes who doubts his own position. And with good reason. He has weaknesses that are realistic. And they both have close friends who provided advice, company and humour.
I simply loved it. I don't have anything bad to say about the plot or the content. No holes.
Anyway I highly recommend this book. You should read it.
About the Author

Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.

She has been writing for over five years, and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories, but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.

Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase. (who is cool)

Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.

You can visit Hope’s blog at, or follow her on Facebook, PinterestInstagram, or Twitter.


I didn't do a long interview, just a three questions.

Which is your favourite part of the writing process?

The inspiration process is definitely my favorite parts of writing. The ahhhh moments, when everything fits together. They don’t come very often, but when they do it is so exhilarating and makes the hours of pounding my head against the wall worth it.

Especially when everything still fits together in a few days time.

Which of your characters (from any book) do you find most intriguing?

Well, there are a number intriguing characters, but currently I’d probably have to say Jasper from my Scarlet Rose trilogy. Which may be a funny choice because I barely have him in the first book (the only one I’ve written a rough draft on) but his backstory and the emotions which surround his later story…I’m looking forward to writing it.

I'm looking forward to reading it. It's futuristic suspense, which I too enjoy from time to time.
One bit of advice for prospective authors?

Read a lot. Read authors you love, but also read a mix of various other genres. Learn what good writing looks like. Figure out how other authors draw out your emotions and write compelling stories. Or critique what they could have done better (this becomes second nature after a while, whether you like it or not). You can learn a lot just by reading. Besides, then you get to call your pile of to-be-read books ‘research’. *smirks*


Hope is giving away a beautiful, one-of- a-kind mug with the Legends of Light logo emblazoned on its side, along with a Song of the Sword bookmark. Due to shipping costs, at this time the mug giveaway is limited to the USA. However, She does have a second giveaway of a $10 Amazon gift card, along with another Song of the Sword bookmark, for international readers! Please only enter one of the giveaways.

I hope you like this. Next week my blog should be back to normal. No more telling talking about other people books. Well at least I haven't planned any of that for any-time soon.

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