Monday, February 18, 2013

Dangerous Voices

By Rae Carson

Errik has been a prisoner—and alone—for a long, long time. He lives for the moment each day when the window of his dungeon cell shines a bit of light onto his bearded face. But everything changes when he gets a new neighbor, a young girl with a voice as beautiful as springrise. They both know the rules: No singing. No speaking. Voices are dangerous. But they can’t help themselves. And soon enough, Errik begins to remember himself, why he’s here in this dark place, and why his captors will stop at nothing to ensure his silence.

This is a short story that I found for free on Amazon that I really liked. It was unclear on quite a few things, like why exactly they were in prison, which you have to hazard a guess at toward the end, but Ms. Carson gives you enough that you can make fairly good guesses to what happens, but that isn’t what she focuses on and what is most important. This is a story about being true to yourself and the things that make you who you are no matter who tries to cage you or control your actions. It really is beautiful and well done. I enjoyed it and highly recommend grabbing it on amazon. It’s free and fantastic. I definitely want to read some of her other work now.

I give it a 4 out of 5 for being hauntingly beautiful.

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