Sunday, September 15, 2013

REVIEW: Ragesong by J.R. Simmons

Title: Ragesong: Awakening
Author: J.R. Simmons
Series: Ragesong #1 (it just has to be continued!)
Publisher: Sharelle Unique Publishing
Published Date: Sept 20, 2013
ISBN: 0988622424
Buy It Links: Ragesong: Awakening (The Ragesong Series Book 1) | Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: When the peaceful kingdom of Fermicia is enslaved by a power-hungry renegade, its only hope lies in a band of unlikely heroes: two children whose musical abilities allow them to harness the power of Ragesong, and their shape-changing guides.

Jake starts his first day of junior high completely oblivious to the fact that he has been chosen for something incredible. That same afternoon, he learns that he has been marked as one with the power to save an entire kingdom. Through the course of his journey, Jake discovers that his advanced musical abilities are peculiarly connected to a mysterious power known as Ragesong. Joined by a shy, young girl with similar musical talents and two Changelings that hold a fierce loyalty to their homeland and king, Jake must learn to harness this ability in order to survive the dangers of a hostile new world.
Review: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When I was approached by the author for a review of this book, I had to jump at the opportunity. A month ago or so when my computer was dead in the water, the tour company I usually review for, Promotional Book Tours, toured this book and I missed out. I was bummed about it, but this was my second chance.
I am so glad I got this second chance too, because this book was so good!
The beginning was a little shaky, because you were being thrown right in the middle of a battle scene without any real foreknowledge. Towards the end though, when you got the whole story, you could go back and put it into context.
Other than that though, this was a great book, and I can't wait to read the next! Just as a personal aside, I'm so glad the author put a boy into a flute section.

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