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A post-Apocalyptic YA novel with a steampunk twist, based on an Apache legend.
Years ago, seventeen-year-old Apache hunter Lozen and her family lived in a world of haves and have-nots. There were the Ones-people so augmented with technology and genetic enhancements that they were barely human-and there was everyone else who served them. Then the Cloud came, and everything changed. Tech stopped working. The world plunged back into a new steam age. The Ones’ pets-genetically engineered monsters-turned on them and are now loose on the world.Lozen was not one of the lucky ones pre-C, but fate has given her a unique set of survival skills and magical abilities. She hunts monsters for the Ones who survived the apocalyptic events of the Cloud, which ensures the safety of her kidnapped family. But with every monster she takes down, Lozen’s powers grow, and she connects those powers to an ancient legend of her people. It soon becomes clear to Lozen that she is not just a hired gun. As the legendary Killer of Enemies was in the ancient days of the Apache people, Lozen is meant to be a more than a hunter. Lozen is meant to be a hero.
When I first joined Edelweiss months ago I was overwhelmed by its unfriendly user interface and genuinely confused as to how to find books to review. I must have requested this one last September as one of the very, very few I could identify I was interested in, but I never received an alert informing me it was ready to download, and it hadn’t shown up in my account by December when I downloaded The Falconer. When I submitted my review for The Falconer a few days ago, I realised this was waiting for me, approved and ready to download.
I have to say, Edelweiss is certainly not as easy to use as Netgalley is, and I was prepared to forgo it after struggling to find the non-intuitive way to send feedback for The Falconer. However I was interested in reading this book and seeing as how the publisher was gracious enough to grant me a review copy the least I can do is attempt to read it.
A young soprano enrolls in a remote music academy where nothing, not even her mysterious young vocal coach, is as it seems
Outside Dunhammond Conservatory, there lies a dark forest. And in the forest, they say, lives a great beast called the Felix. But Sing da Navelli never put much faith in the rumors and myths surrounding the school; music flows in her blood, and she is there to sing for real. This prestigious academy will finally give her the chance to prove her worth—not as the daughter of world-renowned musicians—but as an artist and leading lady in her own right.
Yet despite her best efforts, there seems to be something missing from her voice. Her doubts about her own talent are underscored by the fact that she is cast as the understudy in the school’s production of her favorite opera, Angelique. Angelique was written at Dunhammond, and the legend says that the composer was inspired by forest surrounding the school, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. But was it all a figment of his imagination, or are the fantastic figures in the opera more than imaginary?
Sing must work with the mysterious Apprentice Nathan Daysmoor as her vocal coach, who is both her harshest critic and staunchest advocate. But Nathan has secrets of his own, secrets that are entwined with the myths and legends surrounding Dunhammond, and the great creature they say lives there.
I requested this on Netgalley months ago, but St Martin’s Press has only just now gotten around to approving me. Two weeks after release. This happens to me a lot. Like, A LOT. I’d given up on this one, actually. Thanks, St Martin’s Press!