Songmaster

Songmaster

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The fate of the earth and all humankind lies in the hands of Ansset, a young singer, raised in isolation at a mystical retreat called the Songhouse, whose extraordinary voice has the power to heal or destroy. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave

An SF classic from the author of Ender's Game.

Kidnapped at an early age, the young singer Ansset has been raised in isolation at the mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life has been filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any heard before. Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse, for the young Songbird can reflect all the hopes and fears his auidence feels and, by magnifying their emotions, use his voice to heal--or to destroy. When it is discovered that his is the voice that the Emperor has waited decades for, Ansset is summoned to the Imperial Palace on Old Earth. Many fates rest in Ansset's hands, and his songs will soon be put to the test: either to salve the troubled conscience of a conqueror, or drive him, and the universe, into mad chaos.

Songmaster is a haunting story of power and love--the tale of the man who would destroy everything he loves to preserve humanity's peace, and the boy who might just sing the world away.



Holtzbrinck

An SF classic from the author of Ender's Game.

Kidnapped at an early age, the young singer Ansset has been raised in isolation at the mystical retreat called the Songhouse. His life has been filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he develops a voice that is unlike any heard before. Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse, for the young Songbird can reflect all the hopes and fears his auidence feels and, by magnifying their emotions, use his voice to heal--or to destroy. When it is discovered that his is the voice that the Emperor has waited decades for, Ansset is summoned to the Imperial Palace on Old Earth. Many fates rest in Ansset's hands, and his songs will soon be put to the test: either to salve the troubled conscience of a conqueror, or drive him, and the universe, into mad chaos.

Songmaster is a haunting story of power and love--the tale of the man who would destroy everything he loves to preserve humanity's peace, and the boy who might just sing the world away.



Publisher: New York : Orb, 2002
Edition: 1st Orb ed
ISBN: 9780312876623
0312876629
Characteristics: 348 p ; cm

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Feb 27, 2015

More fantasy than science fiction, this novel from Card is an easy read. The story is character-driven, following Ansett from kidnapping to death. He's trained as a Songbird, in which role he reflects and amplifies others' emotions. Later, he is manipulated into a political weapon, prevented from returning home (to the Songhouse), and thrust into a political administrative job when all he wants to do is return home. When Kyaren's (Kya-Kya) story intersects with Ansetts, it's not smoothly done, but her role strengthens as the second half of the book proceeds. Card's created a universe where there's a powerful (theoretically apolitical) Songhouse involved in universal politics and Earth is a cultural backwater where people play at their ancestral heritage. It's a universe in which song in used to heal, communicate, pacify, incite as well as a weapon and educational tool.

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