It's kinda female driven fantasy fluff, but it's alright. Sidh touched harper has to form a heavy metal band to steal her lesbian lover back from the Elven King who captured her 200 years ago. Music = Magic.
***** I'd add more stars if I could. This is one of my favorite books of all time. (I own more than one copy, or I would not be posting it) This is one of the most imaginative, well-written love stories you will ever read - I guarantee it will not disappoint!
This book totally blew my expectations away.
All of the main characters are fairly well-rounded, each given a small (or large) background for the reader to delve into and learn about. The women in the book are strong or learn to become strong through their contact with Christa.
One of the characters comes from an abusive household, which the reader learns through short undetailed flashbacks. The author does a wonderful job of expressing the internal turmoil of this character, even as an adult. One of the other characters gains an addiction to both sex and drugs, which Christa and the other band set out to cure. There are not, however, descriptions of what exactly is going on, so those who are more squimish about those subjects may still be comfortable reading this.
There are both heterosexual and homosexual relationships going on this book, so some people may not be comfortable reading this book because of that subject matter.
The author has a profound grasp on music theory, and she shows it by directing her characters to use modes and styles throughout the book. Because of the descriptions throughout the book, a reader with musical knowledge will certainly be able to appreciate this book more thoroughly than one without; however, musical theory is not necessary to appreciate the art weaved into this beautiful tale of love, friendship, music, and magic.
I admit it, I got this book because of the cover picture, and the basic premise reads like a "Rule of Awesome" example: A 1400 year old proto-irish lesbian harpist has to learn rock and roll to save her lover from the Fair Folk.
However, once you get past the premise and into the book and a bit of a slow start, it's actually a really nice tale of redemption, and I really felt for the characters--to the point where I finished the book in a single sitting.