The second spotlight post of the day is about a Young Adult Fantasy book, Song Magick by Elisabeth Hamill (Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult – Cover Artist: Caroline Andrus).
In a realm where magic was thought to be lost, young bard Telyn Songmaker is able to cast powerful spells with her music. Exiled from home in the violent aftermath of her song magic gone awry, Telyn endures a solitary freedom…unaware of the price on her head.
Bound to the Wood by blood and by oath, Mithrais is dispatched to protect her by the dying sylvan gods he serves. Only Telyn can perform the dangerous counterspell that may save them. But love may be the most unpredictable magic of all…
Playlist for Song Magick
Auhtor Elisabeth Hamill was kind enough to reveal the songs she was listening to while writing her book. Here is what she says:
“By necessity, the majority of the music I listened to while writing this book was folk instrumental. The Irish band Kíla provided a lot of background music with their album Luna Park as I wrote, and I found a little bit of a love theme for Telyn and Mithrais. The scene in the bluff outpost fits perfectly with the first three minutes of the song Baroki. Listen here: Baroki
Fun fact! Their singer/woodwind player Colm found his way into my book as the Northwarden, and his brother Ronan, singer/percussionist, is the Southwarden. Their fiddle player, Dee, may or may not be Deirdre, the Eastwarden. I’m not telling J
J Colm also plays a large part in the second book about Telyn I’m now writing, called Truthsong. Their other brother and their uilleann pipe player might be making cameos too. You never know.
The most important piece for me was Caoineadh cu Chulainn as played by the amazing piper Davey Spillane. This piece of music inspired the lament Telyn plays at the life celebration of a fallen warden. It’s a piece of music that is so beautiful and heartbreaking that it moves me to tears every time I hear it. You can listen to it here: Caoineadh cu Chulainn Telyn’s ‘small pipes’ are based on this instrument.
Another song that inspired me was Loreena McKennitt’s The Mummer’s Dance, which is about the celebration of May Eve, or Beltane, when the book takes place. The Mummer’s Dance
Last but not least, the song that spoke to me of the bond of souls that Telyn and Mithrais share is the song Samhain Night, also by Loreena McKennit. You can find it here: Samhain Night. The harp is Telyn’s favorite instrument, and the one which offers her the best control of her song magic.”That’s awesome Elisabeth! As a huge fan of Loreena McKennitt’s music, I was so glad to know that another author gets inspired by listening to her songs.
About the Author:
Elisabeth Hamill is a nurse by day, fantasy novelist by night. In seventh grade, she had “Famous Author” inscribed under her name on her yearbook cover – an aspiration that, while delayed, was never forgotten! Her first published work, SONG MAGICK, saw its first draft finished during recuperation from cancer treatment and surgery, and is the fulfilment of that lifelong dream of being an author.
She lives in eastern Kansas with her family, where they fend off flying monkey attacks and prep for the zombie apocalypse.
Manic Readers: http://www.manicreaders.com/ElisabethHamill/