Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper

songs of the earth1 Science Fiction/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2012

Gair is under a death sentence.
He can hear music - music with power - and in the Holy City that means only one thing: he's a witch, and he's going to be burnt at the stake. Even if he could escape, the Church Knights and their witchfinder would be hot on his heels, whilst his burgeoning power threatens to tear him apart from within.
There is no hope . . .
. . . none but a secretive order, themselves persecuted almost to destruction. If Gair can escape, if he can master his own growing, dangerous abilities, if he can find the Guardians of the Veil, then maybe he will be safe.
Or maybe he'll discover that his fight has only just begun.

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 Chapterhouse of the Guardians of the Veil. There, he meets others like himself, who can hear the Songs of the Earth and use the songs’ power to change the world around them. Even as the Church continues its search for Gair and its opposition to the Guardians, word spreads that the Veil between worlds is breaking down, and soon dangerous monsters will cross over from the other side. Cooper’s first novel begins as a coming-of-age tale but develops into the saga of a world in peril and the few people who can serve as its protectors.

" In scope, this series has the potential to rival George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” and should enjoy a wide readership of young adult as well as adult fans of epic fantasy."
'She is a true storyteller' - Alexander Kent

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