Dark Muse: A Tale from the Crossroads Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Does music have the power to invade the soul?
Beware the Dark Muse...
Thirteen-year-old Muddy Brooks has always wanted to fit in with the "regular" crowd in a small town in New Jersey. He hopes that his band, The Accidentals, helps gain him acceptance into the world where he has always stuck out like a broken thumb. When his older brother disappears at the crossroads while playing a mysterious song, Muddy plunges into a world of music where songs come to life, where musicians find their inspiration, what price they must pay for fame. He must learn to harness the power of the legendary crossroads and conquer what lies on the other side. A series of trials that inspired classic songs awaits the teens, each deadlier than the next, each testing their newfound powers.
Along with drummer Otis, singer Poe, and saxophonist Corey, each battling their own disabilities or demons, Muddy must cross the river that is the source for all creativity. The band fights a world alive with unimaginable horrors and realize their path to redemption is hindered by two obstacles that may destroy them: The Tritons, vicious inhuman leaders of the strange world, and the Dark Muse, a something, or someone who wields the full power of the River. The band’s journey calls for them to build a stairway to heaven, sail through smoke on the water, become iron men, and walk that way across the abyss. But their ultimate battle may prove in vain - it might not save Muddy's brother from the darkness - or awaken something far more deadly.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 20, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #381,917 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#569 in Contemporary Fantasy for Teens
#2,752 in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
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David Simms brings the story alive with his unlikely heroes and the fantastic obstacles they must overcome. Not only is it action packed, it joggles the brain with lyrical teasers. He consistently entertains the reader with complex barriers throughout the book.
Although Dark Muse is meant for young adults, l found myself immersed in the story. If it weren't for family responsibilities, I would have finished it in one day. But, alas I had to get to the last fifty pages the following night. Meanwhile, I couldn't stop thinking about how it all would end. I rooted for the characters and cringed when they fell into trouble. But I felt especially endured to Silver Eye—a very cool card. As someone with absolutely no musical ability, I also learned a bit about the art-form. In the end I was pleased that I picked it up. Otherwise, I would have missed an amazing journey.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy. It's a fairly quick read and is sure not to disappoint.
Simms shows his knowledge of today’s youth well in this quick and fun journey, packing it with endearing and honest characters who deal with genuine problems like learning disabilities, divorce, bullying, prejudice, and young love… all set around classic rock and roll.
Targeted for YA, but will appeal to the adult fantasy/horror market as well. Highly recommended.