Today's book review is Singer of Souls by Adam Stemple.
Adam Stemple is a familiar name to me as a musician, so I picked this book up on a whim at OVFF to see how he was at writing novels. He tells a compelling story about addiction that sounds like it comes from personal experience, and spins a fairly convincing metaphor of magic through music. A pretty solid, enjoyable book, up until the end, with a series of events that break both the believability of the story and the identification with the characters. Perhaps there is supposed to be some message in the ending that I am missing, but I just found it profoundly nasty, undermining the rest of the book.
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A good beginning and middle with a real train-wreck of an ending. It was well on its way to at least an 8, but the ending leaves me feeling generous to give it a 5.