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of 30 score compositions combined with extracts of fiction. But what to say about R. L. Davennor‘s debut book? I think I took more notes for this book review than I have ever done before. There was just so much to comment on that felt necessary for this review – every single composition evoked strong feelings in my chest & every extract of fiction stirred stunning visions in my brain. The entire collection transports you to a world of magic & mystery that you could easily lose yourself in. I spent a number of hours listening to the soundtrack with my eyes closed letting my brain show me images of a parallel universe where knights save princesses, mermaids lure sailors to their death & dragons roam the skies. You can listen along to the pieces as you read the shorts introductions to each piece & the extracts they are paired with. There were a number of compositions & extracts that really stole my heart which I’ll focus on in this review.
I spent the afternoon reading and listening to this unique collection. I've been following the author on social media for a while now, anxiously awaiting her novel, Bloodlust, so--despite having a very limited musical education from middle school--I grabbed this as soon as it came out. When I say "limited," I mean it. I played violin. Badly. Decades later, I can barely even read music anymore. But I LOVE to listen to music of all kinds and I'm a passionate reader, so it wasn't exactly a gamble giving this collection a try. I'm so glad I did! It was as easy as putting my headphones on, pushing play on her Sound Cloud playlist, and reading through the book while the music played.
It was an enchanting and inspiring journey. "The Wailing Caverns" was eerie and gut wrenching, and I fell in love with "Starlight," "Storm Dance," and "Winter Waltz." I closed my eyes and imagined the scene she described as she composed them, and it was like magically being transported there. My favorite, by far, though, out of all the tracks, was "Kaos's Theme." It's a masterpiece. With no need of written words, it's a full story from start to finish. It's the journey of a soul from innocence to torment, to bitterness and anger. It's a tragedy. A beautiful tragedy.
If you enjoy music and stories, I highly recommend you give this a shot.