Birdie has lived her entire life as a slave. Ky has too, in his own way, as a street thief. In fact, all of Leira is enslaved. Enslaved by a cruel king who is bleeding the life from his people to lengthen his own, and killing any and all who call themselves Songkeepers, guardians of the Song that runs through all of Leira itself.
All except one--Birdie, who doesn't even know she's a Songkeeper.
The transformations of the vibrant characters is incredible. The conflict was so written that I didn't even know who to trust. (It's very important to pay attention.) The author drew examples and allegory from a lot of different places in the Bible and it was interesting to see where it would weave in next.
You can tell the author was immersed in her imaginary culture--which actually posed a bit of the problem. Characters would make expressions like "they scurried off like a petra"--but we don't actually figure out what a petra is until book three.
Songkeeper Chronicles are written in a storyteller form--meaning it's not non-stop action. It's just a long, rolling story of the characters' quest. For me, it felt a bit slow in some points. The protagonists seem a bit young and naive for a young adult series. A lot of the scenes are repetitive--the same type of things happen over and over again. For certain parts, that meant the characters just kept failing over and over and over again.
The writing style is very lengthy and prose-y, which made it a little hard for me to keep a train of thought going and follow action scenes.
There's lots of fighting. LOTS of fighting. And a lot of death. Honestly, it got a little tiring in the first two books. The deaths felt a bit glossed over and casual. The young protagonists would brutally kill someone in battle and not feel anything.
The third book really made the series. The first two books were alright, but in the third, the characters were much deeper. They had to feel and act for themselves. The conflict between Ky and Slack was so realistically done, I felt sorry for Ky. The conclusion was excellent and made the whole series, slow parts and all, worth it.
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