Quick hit? The Fire Song is a great read.
If that's all you need to know, then my recommendation is to go buy,
rent or borrow a copy and enjoy. If you're looking for a little more,
First, a confession. I'm not your standard fantasy reader. I write crime
fiction and like any writer, I read extensively in my genre. So elves
and fairies and goblins and gods are not so much in my repertoire these
days. But I grew up reading Tolkien and Lewis and Piers Anthony. I think
when you read at that age, those stories get hard wired into a person.
So I came pretty easily to The Fire Song.
When her antique instrument that she calls Pike is lost in a fire, Maja
first mourns for the loss, then begins to wonder if it were lost at all.
Much in the Roger Zelazny eased his readers into the concept of Amber
in Nine Princes in Amber, Bannerman takes us by the hand and gently
walks us from the world we know into a world where the ancient gods
exist side by side with the men and women of today. Myth and legend are
really just another part of history, she would have us believe. And you
know what? She tells this story seamlessly enough that I was willing to
believe her, at least for a time.
Maja is compelling from page one. She's a musician and I think we all
know what free spirits musicians can be. She also seems to accept the
infidelity of her doctor husband, which is a fairly unique mindset. She
tolerates and adores her grandmother, who is her doorway to the old
ways. She seems curious but at peace with her mother's long ago
Maja is at once a modern woman and an old soul. All of this
is apparent from the first few pages of the novel. I found myself really
liking Maja. A lot. Okay, I loved her from jump city. Not the put a
poster of her on the wall or stalk her on the Internet sort of love.
More like the she's my favorite cousin and I love hanging out with her
sort. Maja is the kind of person who makes you feel comfortable being
you because she accepts who you are and likes you as-is. How do I know
this? Her personality is constantly on display in how she treats others
and interacts with them.
At times quirky and at other times tense, The Fire Song takes the reader
on a journey through family, love, legend and a coming battle of epic
proportions. Bannerman writes in a very clean style of prose most of the
time, but every so often she'll turn a phrase so striking that is
almost poetry. The book is a quick read, both in style and word count,
and well worth the time you?ll spend with Maja in British Columbia, in
Stennish history and?well, read it and you'll see where else.
About the reviewer: Frank Zafiro is the author of several novels,
including the River City series of crime novels. You can keep up with
him at http://frankzafiro.com
or his blog at http://frankzafiro.blogspot.com