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When Allaigna was seven she almost sang her baby brother to sleep — forever. She may not be heir to her mother’s titles and secrets, but she has inherited her grandmother’s dangerous talent for singing music into magic. As her education proceeds from nursery to weapons ground to the rank of royal page, it becomes increasingly hard to keep her heritage and abilities hidden. Secrets, it seems, are stock-in-trade for her family, and as Allaigna works to keep her own, she uncovers two that will affect both her life and the unstable peace of the Ilmar nations. One is the fate of her grandmother, who married a prince, turning the gift of the Sight into a double-edged weapon of state. The other is the truth behind her mother’s two-week disappearance following an ambush by outlaws en route to her wedding. Allaigna's Song: Overture by JM Landels As she discovers who she is, Allaigna must decide what to become: the skilled courtier her mother wants her to be, the political chess piece her father bargained on, or the hero her grandmother foresaw. Allaigna’s Song: Overture is a love story, a family saga, and a coming-of-age novel that braids together the stories of daughter, mother, and grandmother.
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“Beautiful writing and gripping storytelling throughout.” “Allaigna, Lauresa, and Irdaign are tough, flawed, and appealing heroines” “Superb writing, a gripping tale.” “Great tension, big world, perfect pacing, intriguing politics [and] lovely magic.” “Magically unputdownable.” – CC Humphreys “Loved, no, LOVED it. Such interesting references to ancient Celtic language, pronounciations, as well as names that-might-have-been. Also, a riveting tale! … the writing is so much better as the info is authentic. How neat for me to read an actual, thoughtful account of what it is actually like to sleep outside, in slushy winter. Most accounts totally disappoint, especially for a back-packing Canadian. Loved all of the characters, too. And the feeling of one who has turned their weapon to actual, offensive use; then regretted that action, is an unexpectedly real twist. Superb.” – DJS “I dipped into it and found myself immersed … so read through those to the end. Well written and a good exciting story.” – Gillian Van Dijk, New Zealand “I finished reading Allaigna’s Song last night and couldn’t put it down, what a fascinating read, I really enjoyed it and now am waiting for the next book to come out.” – Sandy Smith, Kamloops BC