Monday, 25 April 2016

Songkeeper - Artair's Sword

So, you have all heard that I am a terrible artist. Right? Well if the answer was no, now you have.
But if I get desperate/excited/inspired enough, I might give it a go.

Generally speaking those attempts end their very short days in shredded pieces in the bin.

But not this day!

To inspire me to even attempt anything slightly art-ish is an amazing feat (unless I'm making pizza, in which case it's easy to be artistic). Therefore I must impart the great and amazing thing that made me do it:


A book. Called Songkeeper. And the fact that I'm on the 'launch team' probably helped a little.

So I guess you'll all want to see my picture now. *Sighs* Well, that's what this post was for. Here goes:

Ahem...So...yeah. How d'you like it? If you weren't sure, the picture's of a sword (Artair's sword) at the bottom of a river. It turned out better than I expected...

I just started with a sketch and then my DLS (A bit like DLF only it stands for 'Dear Little Sister' - even if she's older) helped me discover, ever deeper, the ways of colouring something in on photoshop. 

Now that we've got the picture over and done with, I can rant about 'Songkeeper!' Okay, I'll let you go lightly then. But only if you read the book!

Songkeeper is a really, really, really, really (really, really really) good book. Epicly so. I was actually jittering in my seat through half of it. It was good.

Oh, I guess I'd better mention that it's the second book in the Songkeeper Chronicles, and Orphan's Song (the first book) was definitely just as great.

I reviewed it on Goodreads here. And for those of you who couldn't be bothered to click on the link, I'll stick it in here too. :)

“This book is SO GOOD! I just can't even think straight anymore. I enjoyed Orphan's Song massively and expected great things from Songkeeper. And I am not disappointed at all.

The characters are all amazingly real, relatable, and just plain awesome. To start off the awesomeness we have the unique but pronounceable names, super great! Add that to complex personalities, struggles and pains. I was drawn ever deeper into the lives of all the characters.
And I will never believe that [character - whose name I shall not state] died unless I see the body. I refuse to believe.

This book had me literally jittering from epic-ness. The pace never slackens for a moment, and it's page turning the whole way. I can't put the amazingness into words! Everything about this book is impossibly and completely great and epic. Plus, there's now a map, triple the epic!

Songkeeper's tone is diferent than Orphan's Song. There is war all over Leira, and suffering at every turn. This book takes a darker turn, looking into the pain deeper, as the characters experience it in different ways. There is blood, there are wounds and deaths, but I was not bothered by it. The pain of the characters made them more real.

ARCs are officially amazing. I was barely able to put this book down as soon as I got it. When's the next book coming out?! Songkeeper has kept up the amazingness of Orphan's Song, adding to it, even. My recommendations for this books are flooding out over every single person ever.
Go read the book.

Since I said I'd let you off lightly (trust me, I accidentally ranted for a whole page about this book in my last letter to my cousin) I'd better leave you with that final instruction. Read de book, see you on Friday, and (for all the Aussies) hope you have/had a great ANZAC Day.

Fair Winds!


  1. That's a very nice picture Jane! I would say that despite what you might think you do have some talent. ;)

    1. Aww, thanks Lydia. I guess I must get flashes of talent every now and then. :)

  2. OH WOW. That picture of a sword? Seriously good. Much better than my art skills :D.
    Somethings tells me I should really start reading Orphan's Song, no? Well, I know a book I'll be reading really soon!

    1. Thanks Savannah! Yup, you definitely should read Orphan's Song, it's really good (Had you worked that out yet?). :) I recommend it to absolutely everyone! :D

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    1. Why thank you, they were my attempt to make it look under-water-ish. After colouring it in it looked much more water like which I was very pleased about. Maybe I'll have to try another picture sometime...

  4. Hey, look at that, you do have talent! You trickster you... xD

    I love how you drew the sword's perspective in the picture, and the bubbles made the underwater part very convincing. :D

    *Cough* You should do more! *cough*

    1. Hmm, yeah I guess...But it's not as good as yours. And I fail at anything other than weapons. Which I also fail at more than half the time... :) But it's nice for something to work out every now and then.

  5. Hmm, I need to read Songkeeper. I read Orphan's Song and liked it? But I didn't LOVE it. And I'm a little hesitant to order Songkeepr since the covers don't match at all. :P (that shouldn't matter, but then how do you know they're part of a series?? *sigh*)

    Ooh, a darker turn? I actually think I would like that. Not many Christian books dive into much darkness, so I appreciate that.

    // katie grace
    a writer’s faith  

    1. Yes, I liked Songkeeper a little better than Orphan's Song, and all the dark side is really well done. You definitely should read it. :)
      The covers are mildly annoying. Apparently Orphan's Song is getting a new cover, but I've already go the first edition one so...I'll just keep it. At the moment my copy of Songkeeper doesn't match it at all considering the fact that it's just a massive bunch of paper! But that doesn't change the epic content. :P


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