When you control music, every note is a weapon. Most girls don’t think twice about singing along with their favorite song on the radio. Not me. I hum once and it zombifies the hottest guy in school. The Pied Piper was real and I am his descendant. Music is my curse. If I don’t master the song inside myself, it will overpower me, and if that happens… Let’s put it this way: the last piper to lose control led a town-full of children to a river and started the plague. Welcome to my life.
About the Author
Author C.K. Johnson grew up in Oklahoma. She loved the beautiful sunsets and wonderful people. During a summer visit to New Hampshire, she fell in love with the East Coast and the miles of forest straight out of a fairy tale. In college, she had a chance to travel and added Scotland to her list of places she is certain magic exists.
She loves Star Wars, Dr. Who, and old fairy tales. She also loves chocolate and running (but only so she can enjoy more chocolate). Her passions include reading, writing and listening to an ever-growing list of music.
She lives in Utah with her yappy little dog, Lorelai, who reminders her of Toto from The Wizard of Oz.
I don’t often read YA Urban Fantasy. It has been a while. I must say this book caught my attention from the opening scene. It takes real skill to capture a reader’s interest right from the very first page. I needed to read on to see where this would lead.
This tale (it really is a tale) tells the story of Kyra, a descendant of the Pied Piper, who by song can put another living being into a trance, subjected to her will. She must be very careful how she uses this gift (at times she sees it more as a curse), as it has very wide-spread consequences.
After letting go of her song, and zombifying the cute, popular guy at school, her father loses the plot. Her older brothers decide to intervene, and take her away from the family home.
Her Piper Uncle gets wind of it, and tries to apprentice her in the old ways. Kyra is not up for any of that, and tries to find a way out of it. She is lucky to find Malcom to train her, and soon is on her way to becoming a remarkable Piper.
I loved the story, and the pace in which it was written. It is a great read, even if this is not your usual genre.
What I found a little annoying was the names of the characters. Several were very similar, making you have to go back and check who was who in the beginning. I find that annoying. Sometimes it’s just better to have less characters, or less similar names.
Also I felt the relationship between Ben and Kyra could have used some more development. But that’s me as a romance fan 🙂
All in all a good read, and I look forward to the sequel.