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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Modesitt Jr.. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Darksong Rising by L. Modesitt Jr. Darksong Rising Spellsong Cycle 3 by L. Goodreads Author. Darksong Rising is the third Spellsong book , and concludes a trilogy featuring Anna Marshall, the music teacher and soprano from the midwest transported into a fantasy world where magic works according to musical principles--making her a powerful magician.
Now Regent of Defalk, Anna must battle men who would destroy her and claim Defalk for their own. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 15th by Tor Fantasy first published More Details Original Title.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Darksong Rising Spellsong Cycle, 3. Apr 16, Aaron Carson rated it it was ok. The story is mostly one attack after another on different forts, with the herione, Anna having pangs of conscience the whole time. It's actually nice that the main character has little or no trouble overcoming her enemies, but she has had has much trouble overcoming her own guilt, to the extent that there was little or no joy to be had in any of the victories.
Alt Modesitt Jr. Although a decent amount of wordiness was used, it was not enough to rendure the surroundings emmediate, and the lands Anna travelled through failed to come to life, while the people she met, remained wooden. The excitment engendered in The Soprano Sorceress, ended up bellyflopping in the following two books of the series, which do not differ from each other significantly enough to even merit their own volumes.
Anna seems isolated in her own realm, and I found it somehow disappointing to be introduced to Anna's enemies, and their thoughts and feelings, to then have them defeated summarily, without Anna really having a clue as to what was driving them.
I am reasonably fond of rabid feminist fantasy, but this one ran out of steam for me. Mar 10, Brian Allen rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , fiction. I enjoyed this book just as much as its two predecessors The Soprano Sorceress; Spellsong War , I am looking forward to reading books four and five. I hope to give a more in depth review of all five once I have finished reading the series. But I can say at this point that I really want to see Anna make Erde a better place, and leave behind a legacy where women are treated better in Erde, much like Game of Thrones when it comes to the Machiavelli elements of ruling a kingdom.
Dec 28, Bradley rated it really liked it. Pretty fantasy romp. Nice high death toll too. A world where song is the most powerful force to be reckoned with should appeal to any who claim a great affinity for music, or feel it is true here.
In Modesitt's Spellsong Cycle, this is true, where one must be careful of the words they sing. In the third installment, the story continues to follow Anna's a music teacher from Earth pulled to the medieval Erde where she is suddenly one of the most gifted, or cursed trials as she tries to bring misogynistic, stubborn rulers to see her views on e A world where song is the most powerful force to be reckoned with should appeal to any who claim a great affinity for music, or feel it is true here.
In the third installment, the story continues to follow Anna's a music teacher from Earth pulled to the medieval Erde where she is suddenly one of the most gifted, or cursed trials as she tries to bring misogynistic, stubborn rulers to see her views on equality and justice. Between the thirty three provinces and the four countries surrounding the landlocked Defalk, this is a thankless, tiresome task.
Her initial intentions start her on a path that lead her to commit more destruction than she ever wished or knew she could. The inner monologue lines get a bit worn because she seems to run over the same concerns continuously. That does lend the reader a taste of the frustration that Anna must be experiencing.
However, about midway through, it does lose a bit of it's pull and ends up being more annoying than heart rending.
There is also the element of romantic interest, with the lover, for various reasons, kept at bay. Spoiler alert: The final chapter does include one of the more touching, less nauseating surrenderings to such feelings that I have yet encountered. So a good story idea and overall plot, repetitive on the bulk, but a redeeming and happy though not truly concluded ending. Like the 2nd book in this series, I do not remember much of this one in particular.
I tried to continue to read as often as possible, but illness kept me from reading very often and, sadly, I haven't seemed to retain a great deal of the stories I have finished this month. Here goes. This review will be much as the last. Although using sorcery leaves her pros Like the 2nd book in this series, I do not remember much of this one in particular.
Although using sorcery leaves her prostrate, many times for days, she must still use it time and time again to protect those lands. She is also trying to rebuild parts of the country that have been destroyed in previous battles she has fought.
Is there any possible way Anna can defeat such power? And admist all of this she must deal with growing feelings for one of her staunchest allies, as if she doesn't already have enough problems on her plate. Sep 21, Jules Bertaut rated it liked it Shelves: portal-fantasy , second-world.
This is the third installment in this series and it's perfectly fine. There is plenty of politics and conniving and scheming. The action is fairly straightforward. I like that the main character is female and that she's working for more rights for women in this new world she's ended up in. Also I like that this is a pseudo-medieval fantasy thing that's not a generic Lord of the Rings knockoff.
I am not really keen on how tenses shift between the chapters focusing on the main character and the chap This is the third installment in this series and it's perfectly fine.
I am not really keen on how tenses shift between the chapters focusing on the main character and the chapters focusing on other characters. I'm not really sure what changing tenses gets you. I mean, it's pretty clear that Lady Anna is or isn't the viewpoint character at any given time anyway and honestly it took me a while to figure out that there was a pattern to the tense changes.
I guess this is really a complaint about the first book and now we're just following the convention laid down there, but really.
Overall, I like this book and I plan to read the next one, but I don't think it's, like, great literature. Aug 29, Rob rated it really liked it. A conclusion, indeed, that ties up all the dangling questions, including if Anna will ever save her new nation from both internal and external conflict.
Darksong truely rises and the stakes were never higher, as she faces serious rivals who will stop at nothing to end the changes she is forcing into Liedwahr.
Typical to the series, yes, there's a lot of riding and eating biscuits and bread, and discussions about whether or not she's doing the right thing; killing hundreds to potentially save mill A conclusion, indeed, that ties up all the dangling questions, including if Anna will ever save her new nation from both internal and external conflict. Typical to the series, yes, there's a lot of riding and eating biscuits and bread, and discussions about whether or not she's doing the right thing; killing hundreds to potentially save millions.
But, as usual, that's what makes the character of Anna so wonderful. She's human and angst-ridden and real. And now that she has the chance to make real change, she will do it, despite what tradition or the patriarchy demands.
Because it is Still a great series after all these years. Jan 09, DaveA rated it really liked it. This is an enjoyable and entertaining story. Especially when added to the first two books in the series. That being said, there is little new in this story, and it is entirely predictable.
The diminuative plot can be summarized as: people attack the sorceress and she defeats them.
More titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. Modesitt, Jr. Anna, regent of Defalk, faces enemies foreign and domestic who wish to crush her for weilding too much power as well as being a woman.