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Art is power, Music is magic, And no one is what they seem. When powerful and charismatic painter Lord Malrec brings newly-unemployed music teacher Alannys Gale to Ravanmark, it seems to be the answer to her prayers.  She's had all she can stand of the power plays and politics at the middle school where she used to work. But Lord Malrec has plans for her...plans that may n Art is power, Music is magic, And no one is what they seem. When powerful and charismatic painter Lord Malrec brings newly-unemployed music teacher Alannys Gale to Ravanmark, it seems to be the answer to her prayers.  She's had all she can stand of the power plays and politics at the middle school where she used to work. But Lord Malrec has plans for her...plans that may not be as noble as they appear. The more she sees of Ravanmark, the more it looks like she may have jumped from the frying pan into the proverbial fire--power plays and politics surround her from the first breath she draws there.  And it looks like the biggest player of all...may be her. In a land with magic whose true power is shrouded in the mists of time, one ordinary woman must save the world...to save herself.


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Art is power, Music is magic, And no one is what they seem. When powerful and charismatic painter Lord Malrec brings newly-unemployed music teacher Alannys Gale to Ravanmark, it seems to be the answer to her prayers.  She's had all she can stand of the power plays and politics at the middle school where she used to work. But Lord Malrec has plans for her...plans that may n Art is power, Music is magic, And no one is what they seem. When powerful and charismatic painter Lord Malrec brings newly-unemployed music teacher Alannys Gale to Ravanmark, it seems to be the answer to her prayers.  She's had all she can stand of the power plays and politics at the middle school where she used to work. But Lord Malrec has plans for her...plans that may not be as noble as they appear. The more she sees of Ravanmark, the more it looks like she may have jumped from the frying pan into the proverbial fire--power plays and politics surround her from the first breath she draws there.  And it looks like the biggest player of all...may be her. In a land with magic whose true power is shrouded in the mists of time, one ordinary woman must save the world...to save herself.

30 review for The Music Mage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    I think I'm going to abandon this one, at least for now. It just isn't holding my interest and I just can't take it seriously. The main character doesn't make any sense to me. One minute she wants something, the next minute she doesn't. And there was a part where a guy comes in through the window to rescue her that just felt really cartoonish to me. For now I'm not going to rate it. Maybe I'll pick it up again some time when I'm really bored. I think I'm going to abandon this one, at least for now. It just isn't holding my interest and I just can't take it seriously. The main character doesn't make any sense to me. One minute she wants something, the next minute she doesn't. And there was a part where a guy comes in through the window to rescue her that just felt really cartoonish to me. For now I'm not going to rate it. Maybe I'll pick it up again some time when I'm really bored.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nick Nielsen

    Ok. This book was infuriating. Partly because I had such high hopes for a musical approach to a magic system, and partly because of the idiotic things that the characters did throughout the course of the book. First, a quick summary: The Music Mage is about Alannys, a music teacher, who is transported to a world where musical ability (and, in fact, all art) produces magical effects. Musical ability is extremely rare and also taboo because of the power that can be wielded. A maniacal bad guy is t Ok. This book was infuriating. Partly because I had such high hopes for a musical approach to a magic system, and partly because of the idiotic things that the characters did throughout the course of the book. First, a quick summary: The Music Mage is about Alannys, a music teacher, who is transported to a world where musical ability (and, in fact, all art) produces magical effects. Musical ability is extremely rare and also taboo because of the power that can be wielded. A maniacal bad guy is trying to capture her for nefarious purposes, and she meets a handsome prince in the process. I considered not finishing the book about seven times, but each time plowed ahead anyway. The actual writing was fine, as was much of the dialog and character development. However, I have major problems with the way the premise of the book was executed, especially being a musician. I also have problems with characters making decisions and doing things that are just irrational. Major spoilers ahead. (view spoiler)[ So, the premise of this book is that singing and music in general are magic. Fine. We have a music teacher transported to this world. Ok. This promises to be interesting, especially because she is an expert in all things music - singing, many different instruments, music theory, etc. Allanys is told that music is magical and she accidentally stops it from raining by singing "Rain, Rain Go Away." Any rational person at this point would sing! A lot! To figure out what she could do, to understand her limitations, to see if particular approaches to singing yielded better results, to see if old nursery rhymes hold power, to see if she could sing-song anything she wanted or if it had to rhyme... It actually pained me that Alannys made it stop raining accidentally and then didn't sing at all again for several days. I am a dorky computer programmer and amateur musician, and I sing, whistle, or hum several times a day without even thinking about it. So the bad guy, Malrec, who called Alannys into this world through a painting (more art-magic) starts to charm and seduce her. They go on a carriage ride into the forest, then for a walk, and then he tries to rape her. She doesn't sing. She doesn't really know what she can do (see above rant). However, she threatens to sing, and this stops the bad guy. He leaves her in the forest. So she's alone, and cold, and wearing a dinner gown. It is dark, so she tries singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" but realizes that she's in a forest and can't see the stars. Bummer. So she gives up!!! AAAAAAAARRRRRRGHHHH!!!!!! She just wanders in the forest. How about singing a song about a campfire? Or singing a song about a torch? Or a bunch of fireflies? Or a Flashlight? Or a winter coat? Or a tent? Or just being warm? Or on the beach? Or that it is sunny outside? Or that there is a magical path through the forest that she can follow? At that point in the book I thought of dozens of things that might be able to help her, but she just wanders in the dark. Like, I get it if none of that stuff would work for some reason, or the author didn't want them to work for some reason, but seriously - why would she not try any of that? So Alannys is wandering through the woods, and happens upon the horse groomsman from Malrec's castle. He gives her a ride, and they start going back to the castle. He tells her this, and she says "no I don't want to go there." But she goes anyway. Back to the place with the man who just tried to rape her. I think that is some pretty bad logic. Anyway, all of this takes place in the first 20% of the book. I can't believe that I kept reading after this point, but I did. I finished the book. She meets some friends, has some adventures, and... stuff. Every chapter contained similar terrible decision-making, and also had me flummoxed as to why she didn't sing. Much later in the book, Alannys decides that she needs to go back and get her violin from her world, because it is her favorite type of instrument to play, and this world doesn't have instruments because music is rare and forbidden. Her and her friends sneak back into the bad guy's castle, they use a painting to send her back to her world, and she goes and gets it. AND THEN NEVER PLAYS IT THE REST OF THE DAMN BOOK. We have no idea what musical instruments are capable of in this magic system. She never even cracks the case open! For like 200 more pages in the book! The other thing that kills me about this is that an instrument can be made out of anything. You don't need a fine violin to make music... You need a stick and a pot. Or a hollow tube. Or a bottle that you can blow across. Or a friggin kazoo (easy to make)! Or a horn. Or a string with a hollow gourd. Or just your hands clapping. Etc., etc. (hide spoiler)] At the end of the day, this infuriated me so much because I really loved the idea of the premise. If the magic system was different and didn't involve music I honestly would have given this 3 stars instead of 1. The character development and plot were fine, and lots of the dialog was good. I liked the two princes, and I liked a lot of the friends that Alannys meets along the way. But I just couldn't get into the story because of the way that Alannys did not explore her magic powers. She sings like eight times in the whole book, and that is a travesty.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    Two and one half stars. The beginning of this tale is quite well written and sucked me in as I imagined myself in Alannys' place. There is much potential here and I wanted very badly to love it. And I liked it, most of the time, but there are too many places where I rolled my eyes and skimmed. Several times I found myself thinking "Reeeeallyyy? Seriously??" The story often bogs down in conversations. Ms. Miller writes conversations well, but too many times I felt we could get the same informatio Two and one half stars. The beginning of this tale is quite well written and sucked me in as I imagined myself in Alannys' place. There is much potential here and I wanted very badly to love it. And I liked it, most of the time, but there are too many places where I rolled my eyes and skimmed. Several times I found myself thinking "Reeeeallyyy? Seriously??" The story often bogs down in conversations. Ms. Miller writes conversations well, but too many times I felt we could get the same information in half the pages. What I loved: I'm a musician and a music teacher, I teach k-12, and I'm a vocalist. I can confirm Alannys' job situation is sadly all too real. Those of us with administrators that support (non-marching band) fine arts are the lucky ones. The premise of art being power and a song can break the world--I mean, what musician wouldn't jump at that? Especially in Alannys' situation? Oh, yes, please, sign me up! What I did not love/got on my nerves: I wish Alannys would decide what she's going to do and to be. One minute she's using her brain, the next she's a wimp. One minute she wants the truth, the next she wants to "hide from it as long as I can". She goes to great lengths to retrieve her violin, yet once she does, we never see it again? What’s up with that? And she’s not the only one. In one moment, another character suddenly goes from blinding murderous rage to compliantly preaching tolerance. Boom. Just like that. Reeeeallyyy? I am intrigued just enough to perhaps give the next one a go. Maybe.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book reads more like a melodrama rather than a novel. I actually found myself looking for marginal notations telling me when to hiss and boo.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roger Royer

    I must say that I really enjoyed this book more than I expected to. The story was fun and well written even though she could only use either her own songs or those with no copyright, which limits the possibilities a lot. The other thing I wanted to find out more about was what made art so powerful. Maybe in the future

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amie

    Ok I'm no English major but even I know this book was very poorly written. I think it's a good story if only you get past the many grammatical errors. Ok I'm no English major but even I know this book was very poorly written. I think it's a good story if only you get past the many grammatical errors.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    More is left unanswered than I like, but it surprised me with a better ending than I thought it would manage as it neared. Satisfied enough to want more. Beyond that, it was very good, although one known aspect of talent was ignored too long in a critical situation. 4* Unfortunately this is one of the books where Amazon refused to sync my notes and highlights properly. :-(

  8. 5 out of 5

    Destinee Skaggs

    loved the main character. throughout the book she was nothing but courageous, smart, and powerful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Teresa M. Drake

    Riveting! Very good story line! Couldn't stop reading this book! Read along to see what will happen with the Lady Alannys of Gale and the Crown Prince Dorramon. Riveting! Very good story line! Couldn't stop reading this book! Read along to see what will happen with the Lady Alannys of Gale and the Crown Prince Dorramon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Is a great book to read of the story line it tell about music is power to heart and mind, just being passion into the story itself

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzan Retzkin

    Music Mage magic Fascinating, fast moving, fast reading, I couldn't put it down. The characters are well written and well developed. Now rushing on to Book 2 Music Mage magic Fascinating, fast moving, fast reading, I couldn't put it down. The characters are well written and well developed. Now rushing on to Book 2

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I started this book because I had run out of any other. I didn't expect much and was plesently surprised. The characters had depth and the story line was compeling. Fun the read. I started this book because I had run out of any other. I didn't expect much and was plesently surprised. The characters had depth and the story line was compeling. Fun the read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wilson Trent

  15. 4 out of 5

    Blanca

  16. 4 out of 5

    Olga Masud

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Wesslink

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angelia

  19. 4 out of 5

    Briana

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Spradlin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kim Hassett-hunter

  22. 4 out of 5

    rowan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jerome Mohler

  24. 4 out of 5

    KC Montgomery

  25. 4 out of 5

    moon fairy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jane

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ttwu

  30. 4 out of 5

    Morgan McIntyre

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