The Soprano Sorceress (Spellsong Cycle Series #1)

The Soprano Sorceress (Spellsong Cycle Series #1)

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - First Edition)



The Soprano Sorceress, the first novel in New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s epic fantasy series the Spellsong Cycle about a singer and music instructor at Iowa State University who gets far more than she expected when she is magically transported to the world of Erde.

On Erde, Anna Marshall is no longer just a professional singer. In this world, song is magic, making Anna a sorceress, potentially the strongest in Erde. Here, a wrong note can mean death to a sorcerer, but Anna's lifetime of training means she can sing more powerfully and precisely than anyone else.

Her power does not go unnoticed and makes her a target. To survive, Anna must learn enough song-magic and understand this new world.

The Spellsong Cycle

The Soprano Sorceress

The Spellsong War

Darksong Rising

The Shadow Sorceress


Other series by this author:

The Imager Portfolio

The Saga of Recluce

The Corean Chronicles

The Ghost Books

The Ecolitan Matter

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812545593
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Series: Spellsong Cycle Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 4.26(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

L. E. MODESITT, JR. is the bestselling author of more than seventy novels encompassing two science fiction series, the Ghost Books and the Ecolitan Matter, and four fantasy series, the Imager Portfolio, the Saga of Recluce, the Spellsong Cycle and the Corean Chronicles. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Soprano Sorceress 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
akeithanderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
L. E. Modesitt is recognized in many circles as a master at combining hard science with a great story. In the Spellsong Cycle, Modesitt shows that he can also integrate the worlds of fantasy and music as well.In Shadowsinger, music teacher Anna is translated from mundane Iowa to a world where sorcery exists, and music is the form that provides the magic. Modesitt does a more than capable job of merging music with the expected elements of a fantasy/sorcery tale. The characters are recognizable and follow expected paths. Modesitt doesn't paint a world with the details of a Tolkein or Jordan, instead focusing on the characters and their interactions with each other.The first novel of the Spellsong Cycle is an easy read and a welcome way to spend a lazy afternoon. The book reads faster than many, in part because of the lack of extraneous detail, and in part because it truly is a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book and the series that follows it is really an awesome read, I've read it at least once a year for the past ten years and each time I read it I love it and its characters and scenes.
trillium248 More than 1 year ago
Okay, I admit. I've read quite a bit of fantasy, but I have rather particular standards when it comes to books. I usually dislike characters with female main characters, but this was the exception. Modesitt Jr. creates an easy pace to follow and his characters stay true to themselves throughout the series. I picked this book up on a whim and took a chance with it. Coming from the midwest myself, I felt like I could really relate to the main character, Anna, who comes from Iowa. She is suddenly shipped off into a world where music and song are power, and lucky for Anna, she has a great deal of expertise and background in musical theory. The series is awesome and I'd recomend it to anyone who wants an adventure story with an original idea.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An awesome book that will captivate you for hours! I could not put this book down! I HIGHLY reccomend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm somewhere in the middle of the seventh chapter, and my editor sensors are going crazy. Half of the book is written in present tense, and the other half in past (and I don't mean 'past' as in dialogue, but in actual writing). Since most authors write past tense automatically, writing in present is a big undertaking, and I can understand if the author slips and reverts back to his 'auto', but sheesh, the editors at TOR could have at least caught it. Other than that, however, I am enjoying the plot of the story, but am kind of on the fence about Brill--is the the bad guy or the good guy? Again, this may be cleared up later in the book, I'm not done with it yet. Has anyone else seen it, or am I just going crazy? (you'll find it more than once in the story.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I walked into my local library, and was merely browsing, when the title and gorgeous artwork jumped out at me. I figured, what the heck, it's bound to be interesting with a title like that. When I got home and started reading it, it was all I could do to put it down. Now, I am on the search for the rest of the series (1 and 2 I have read) because I am just dying to know what happened to Anna!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The author didn't make spend half the book having Anna confused about suddenly appearing in a new world. And the story plot was very good and the heroine is easy to like too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this, especially as an opera musician and one who enjoys fantasy novels/series. I did enjoy some of the unexpected turns in the story, but the constant heat references and the heroine's incessant whining about how unfairly women have suffered at the hands of men is just too preachy and too intrusive. Tell the story and leave the preaching for elsewhere!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good.When I read the summary on the back I thought it would be bad or the same-old same-old type of plot in alot of other fantasy books,but it turned out to be funny,compelling,and interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is probably one of the worst I have ever read. First off, the cover is so dumb and doesn't make me want to read it at all, because the woman is standing in the middle of a battle field surrounded by dead people, with a musical instrument and singing. I was skeptical when I saw this but decided to read it anyway. Unfortunately, the cover was actually better than the book. I have so many problems with this story that I don't even know where to begin. How about all the 'magic' names for everything, which are actually just german words. Like 'Liedstadt', which means song city in german. And Donner Music is thunder music. I could go on and on. As someone who speaks german I find this really annoying and unoriginal. Sorry. Even worse--the songs are basic childrens' rhymes with different words. And the author switches tenses constantly. I couldn't enjoy the story b/c these things were annoying me way way too much. Modesitt was trying to come up with something unique but I think he tried a little too hard...