Last Song Before Night

A high fantasy following a young woman s defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world s lost magicHer name was Kimbralin Amaristoth sister to a cruel brother, daughter of a hateful family But that name she has forsworn, and now she is simply Lin, a musician and lyricist of uncommon ability in a land where women are forbidden to answerA high fantasy following a young woman s defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world s lost magicHer name was Kimbralin Amaristoth sister to a cruel brother, daughter of a hateful family But that name she has forsworn, and now she is simply Lin, a musician and lyricist of uncommon ability in a land where women are forbidden to answer such callings a fugitive who must conceal her identity or risk imprisonment and even death.On the eve of a great festival, Lin learns that an ancient scourge has returned to the land of Eivar, a pandemic both deadly and unnatural Its resurgence brings with it the memory of an apocalypse that transformed half a continent Long ago, magic was everywhere, rising from artistic expression from song, from verse, from stories But in Eivar, where poets once wove enchantments from their words and harps, the power was lost Forbidden experiments in blood divination unleashed the plague that is remembered as the Red Death, killing thousands before it was stopped, and Eivar s connection to the Otherworld from which all enchantment flowed, broken.The Red Death s return can mean only one thing someone is spilling innocent blood in order to master dark magic Now poets who thought only to gain fame for their songs face a challenge much greater galvanized by Valanir Ocune, greatest Seer of the age, Lin and several others set out to reclaim their legacy and reopen the way to the Otherworld a quest that will test their deepest desires, imperil their lives, and decide the future.
Last Song Before Night A high fantasy following a young woman s defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world s lost magicHer name was Kimbralin Amaristoth sister to a cruel brother daugh

  • Title: Last Song Before Night
  • Author: Ilana C. Myer
  • ISBN: 9780765378309
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Last Song Before Night”

    1. This was one hell of a pleasant surprise!I expected an interesting fantasy, having thought the premise looked promising, but I hadn't realized I was stepping into a wonderfully pure story. Every character was crystal clear and everyone changed naturally, proving to be much more than any single trope, growing into wonderfully *likeable* people. Even the antagonists were exquisitely balanced. I fell into this novel as if it was always meant for me, and I never once had to use any of my willpower t [...]

    2. Reading Last Song Before Night was like chasing a mirage. I came into the story and I thought I saw the shape of it: a heroic young poet-man named Darien fighting to win his love Rianna away from her cold arranged marriage to nebbish Ned. A young woman named Lin who wants to be a poet, even though her world says that's a job for men. And a wise old wizard who'd bring them together to fight an ancient evil. There was a jealous friend, a manipulative worldly woman, and a scheming Court Poet archvi [...]

    3. I had the great good fortune to read this book in bound manuscript form. It's not a short novel, but I tore through it. My blurb, (which I've included below) mentions THE NAME OF THE WIND, but I've just finished Guy Gavriel Kay's TIGANA, and I think perhaps that latter novel might be the more apt comparison. I'm struck by the ability of both Myer and Kay to marry beauty and brutality. Neither author shies away from difficult scenes, but both insist on the fundamental beauty of the world. I'm itc [...]

    4. I didn't finish more than half of this, but from what I saw, this is poor man's Kay, mostly. Same beats, similar characters and interests, same fascinations, some stylistic influences just not as good. It's just close enough for everything to ring false. I might finish it later, but putting it aside for now.

    5. Gorgeous, finely-wrought fantasy that reminded me of Kay's A SONG FOR ARBONNE. If you know me, you know that's high praise indeed! Luminous writing, well-developed characters, strong world-building, all come together to create a wonderful debut- in fact, I was stunned to realize that this was a debut novel! I loved the way that music, magic, and religion were all intertwined, and I have to say that I also loved, LOVED the discovery that it was a standalone novel! As much as I enjoyed the book, i [...]

    6. A country that sacrificed the enchantments that went with its music and poetry now faces a threat that can only be fought by that which was lost.The players in this tense little tale are set early and defined well, with quite a lot ahead of them. Lin, the forbidden female poet running from an horrific past, Darien and Marlen, a duo of poets with huge potential, the lady Rianna, rich daughter of a merchant whose hand is courted by her childhood friend Ned and Darien the poet. There's a sinister f [...]

    7. 3.5 stars - not sure if I should round up or not. A compelling world and characters, but the plot and pacing of this went awry. I'd still like to read the sequel, if there is one (?)!

    8. First, the disclaimer, in the name of full disclosure: the author is a friend who I've known for many years. Of course I want her to be successful, but as a dedicated reader who is always looking for the HONEST review, I can only give an honest review myself. Please believe me when I say I'd give this five stars no matter who had written it!Here's the part where I wish I were a writer so I could do justice to this book. Alas, my reviews tend to read like student book reports (this is what I like [...]

    9. 2.5 starsLast Song Before Night comes so close to being a brilliant debut it nearly brings me to tears. Ilana Myer lures you into her extravagantly mounted epic with the promise of a tale of a rebellion inspired by poetry and led by musicians. But what emerges is just another tropey quest novel, with stock heroes and villains, and a curious lack of conviction supporting its feminist subtext.Our heroine is Kimbralin — or just Lin — Amaristoth, daughter of an aristocratic household, who has fl [...]

    10. This one took me a long time to read. I went into it based on a friend's recommendation, not really thinking the cover drew me ind found out its an emotionally lush, richly woven world and story in the vein of Guy Gavriel Kay, Patrick Rothfuss or Melina Marchetta. So I had to slow down and appreciate not only the descriptive and evocative writing of the locations, but also to fully appreciate the emotional ramification of what was happening to each of the main characters. And I was surprised. Wh [...]

    11. On the surface, Ilana C. Myer’s debut fantasy, Last Song Before Night, sounds familiar. It’s about a group of young men and women, from various casts of life — from wide eyed and naive, to ambitious and dangerous— who are manipulated by the great poet, Valanir Ocune, and his rival, Nickon Gerrard. Magic, once thought lost, is returning to Eivar, for good or ill, and the fate of the world is at stake. It’s all been done before, but, rooted in compelling characters, and a deep-seated [...]

    12. 3.5 stars rounded down.There were things about this I liked a lot and for most of the things I didn't I'm willing to give this debut author the benefit of the doubt and attribute them to first book difficulties. The story and characters were interesting enough that I might read the sequel that is apparently planned. However, it didn't leave a real impression on me. Which is kind of a problem. I'm usually pretty impressionable.

    13. I went back and forth with this book, my first experience with a genuinely bad audio book, and I can't help but wish I'd read it if only because every now and then there is just barely great potential in this very, very, very, very long and for the most part very, very, very very boring "high fantasy" epic. We open in the city of Tamryllin in the kingdom of Eivar where the people are gathering for a huge festival. The high point is to be an epic contest between poets each of whom hopes to win th [...]

    14. Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer is a masterful fantasy story. The plot revolves around bringing lost magic back into the world to counter a supernatural threat — but even more around the fates of the characters, who are so achingly real that the reader has every reason to care about them.Even before the main conflict is introduced, the story weaves a situation rich in conflict and potential just by introducing the setting and characters. The story starts in the city of Tamryllin in the [...]

    15. Exciting, daring, and thoughtful. I read this book on my weekday commute, at the beach, and in bed at the end of the day, and it was perfectly suited for all three. The writing is rich and beautiful without being precious and while the plot moves quickly, the action/adventure serves character development rather than the other way around. I especially loved how the love stories are handled - without giving any spoilers, this book skips the usual predictability of True Love with blinder focus, and [...]

    16. This character-driven debut kept me turning the pages. Though it contains darkness and tragedy, it never seemed overly grim or completely hopeless to me. It is a book to read for the characters' journeys rather than the plot, and I especially loved Lin and Rianna and their determination. I did feel like it had the potential to be superb but just missed the mark for various reasons: some cliches, a rushed ending, a tendency to overexplain, and some underdevelopment. However, I enjoyed reading it [...]

    17. This summer, I had the privilege of reading an uncorrected advance proof of Last Song Before Night, the debut fantasy novel by Ilana C. Myer.(Full disclosure: Ilana and I have been friends for several years, and she and I are both writing novels for the same editor at Tor Books. That said, please note that I almost never review works by my friends. I am doing so in this case of my own volition; my review was not solicited. I have been offered nothing in exchange for this review, nor have I asked [...]

    18. I simply was not prepared enough for the journey that I have just completed. When I started the book, I had no idea of the breadth and scope of the story; of the depth of the characters and how invested I was to become in their well-being and success. The beautifully written and complex interweaving of the stories was handled with a deftness and maturity that belies the fact that this is Ms. Myers' first novel. I pray it will not be her last! The story unfolds in one city, and yet sweeps across [...]

    19. Eu já li muitos livros. Já li livros ruins, já li livros péssimos (Eragon estou olhando pra você), já li livros bons e já li livros excelentes. Last Song Before Night se encaixa nessa última categoria.A princípio esse livro se parece com vários outros livros de fantasia que existem por aí, uma jornada para salvar o mundo etc etc. Mas esse livro não é sobre isso, esse livro é sobre as mentiras que as pessoas contam para si mesmas e sobre a jornada delas para descobrirem quem são en [...]

    20. 3.5 stars.It would occur to her later that sympathy is disarming even without surprise, but unexpected sympathy leaves no defense.

    21. (No spoilers) Most reviews of a high fantasy novel feel like they could only be intelligible to already-fans of high fantasy, or are more summary than review. Mystical names, invocations of lost ancient history and some lost potential of the original civilization, leading to some sort of quest are the backbone of the summaries. Yes, all the details are perfect in Last Song Before Night. A rich world surrounds and impinges upon the two main locations and characters' lives of the book, the lost ma [...]

    22. I love this book. I want you to know that now, because I am going to discuss the synopsis, and some of what I have to say is about how the synopsis is not adequate in describing the novel. And that's okay. There isn't room for a 1,000 word synopsis on the back of the book.The synopsis to this novel is a little bit misleading, but generally accurate. (That line's a publisher blurb for a book jacket if I've ever seen one. Call me up, I can write these all day). This book is pretty much all of the [...]

    23. This was a great fantasy book. I received it as a gift and am so glad I did, because I hadn't heard of it otherwise.The setting is a somewhat generic pre-industrial fantasy world where men seem to have most of the power, complete with bards vying for rich patrons and a musical prize, a flickering connection to the Otherworld, and mostly-lost enchantments or magic. Although, is it lost?There are a number of complex and richly developed characters, all interesting, some likable, some not. Their st [...]

    24. Reviewed from copy provided by Pan Macmillan Australia. They don't pay me (damnit!), and I’m quite happy to be honest in my reviews.Occasionally you meet a book that defies expectation, and usually it's for a reason you can't quite put your finger on. Last Song Before Night is one of those books, for me. You know that feeling of wanting everybody to read a book so that the world will understand your thoughts, but at the same time you wish nobody else would read it, so you can keep it all to yo [...]

    25. Fantastik edebiyat bazen sadece kılıç ve büyüye dönüşebiliyor. Oysa fantastik olan, destansı olan için kılıç ya da büyü şart değil. Myer bunu şairler, aşıklar ve hainlerle çok iyi anlatıyor. Onun iyileri ve kötüleri karışık sorunlu insanlar. Onun açıklarının kafası karışık. Onun kahramanları yer yer zayıf ve çoğu zaman büyük hatalar yapıyorlar. Acı içinde yüzen karakterler değiller ama tek bir amaçla da yanmıyorlar. Fantastik roman kahramanı gibi [...]

    26. This is a remarkably well-crafted book, especially for a first novel. The reader is immediately pulled into this world, caught up in its mysteries, and connected to the characters. Settings and characters alike are carefully, intimately drawn, but with an economy of words--exactly the right words to make them come alive with no tedious paragraphs of description to endure. Politics, romance, intrigue, mystery, danger--this book has them all, balanced against each other. This reader hopes it will [...]

    27. This is a book to pick up when you want to read lovely and lyrical writing and don't mind a slower pace with an action-packed ending. I loved the magic based off singing, though wanted more details. I loved the strong female characters and overall great character development. I wish I could spend more time in this world with these characters, though a stand alone is a nice break from fantasy series fatigue!

    28. I was really excited for this one but it's just not working out for me. I can feel myself falling into another slump and since I just went 3 weeks without reading, I think I'm best to put this aside for now. The prose is lovely and the concept is great too, but I'm underwhelmed by the plot and characters. I want a lot more from this book than I'm getting unfortunately. :( Maybe sometime in the future I'll come back to it when I'm in the mood for it.

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