Saturday, June 11, 2011

Book Trailer: “Songs of the Earth” by Elspeth Cooper (Gollancz)

Just a quick Saturday post, as it’s on my mind.

Cooper-SongsOfTheEarthPublished on June 16th, Elspeth Cooper’s Songs of the Earth has not been receiving quite the publicity roll-out that I expected.

The ARC does, after all, boldly state “This is the Fantasy Debut of 2011”, and yet I’ve only seen much about it on Speculative Scotsman (in a great, exhaustive two-part interview with Elspeth), and I know of the feature that will appear in Living North magazine (written by some-time Civilian-Reader reviewer, Emma). As a transplant to the North of England (10 years off-and-on at Durham University), I feel I should do more to promote Northern authors who don’t get enough attention. (If anyone knows any more, please let me know in the comments thread.)

So, in advance of my review (which should come on Monday), and to do what little I can to generate some interest, here’s the rather nifty book trailer:

(In the wonderfully weird operating practices of bookstores in the UK, the novel is already available in at least a few Waterstone’s stores, so there is no need to wait.)

Here’s the synopsis for the book:

Gair is under a death sentence.

He can hear music – music with power – and in the Holy City that means only one thing: he’s a witch, and he’s going to be burnt at the stake. Even if he could escape, the Church Knights and their witchfinder would be hot on his heels while his burgeoning power threatens to tear him apart from within.

There is no hope… None, but a secretive order, themselves persecuted almost to destruction. If Gair can escape, if he can master his own growing, dangerous abilities, if he can find the Guardians of the Veil, then maybe he will be safe.

Or maybe he’ll discover that his fight has only just begun.

At the time of writing this post, I’m almost done with the novel and I have enjoyed it (particularly the magic system and the characters – both of which are very-well constructed and written), and it does promise some very cool and original things for the next two books in the trilogy, despite a couple of ‘kinks’.


  1. Holy hell there are a lot of "()" in this post... Sorry.

  2. And you've even got () in the comments section now (and look, you've made me include some too).

    I can walk into Waterstones and get 'Songs of the Earth' early? Cool! I've heard some good things about it and the Scotsman certainly seemed sold! After 'The Skinner' and 'A Feast for Crows' (reread) I'm going to make this my next read.