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Nightsong by Michael Cadnum


by Michael Cadnum

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The subject is interesting but the author doesn't do a good job of drawing the reader in. Q3P2 AHS/Nathan W
  edspicer | Jan 7, 2012 |
This book was okay. It was a little rushed and not a lot of charcter growth. It was a good retelling but i guess i expected it to be more. ( )
  avhacker | Dec 9, 2010 |
I always love reading re-fashionings of Greek myths, and was intrigued when I heard that Michael Cadnum had written one about Orpheus and Eurydice, or, the story of "Metamorphoses" originally written by Ovid.
In case you are unfamiliar with the famous storyline, it is the tale of Orpheus, a blessed musician and poet, and Eurydice, a beautiful princess. The two fall deeply in love, but on their wedding day Eurydice is tragically killed by a viper. Orpheus decides to venture to the Underworld and attempt to bring his bride back from the dead.
I love this story, but I have to say that this brief little book does not do the epic story any justice. The characters are flat and un-interesting, the story is ordinary. There is certainly no passion or undying love that we see in the characters, only where it should exist in the plot itself.
Just read the original. ( )
1 vote joririchardson | Jan 20, 2010 |
A short retelling of the Greek myth. Not exceedingly enlightening, but not bad. Probably be good for a first exposure.
  Ilithyia | Jan 16, 2010 |
Interesting YA novel that retells the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. It doesn't end happily, but it could've been worse. Nice retelling. ( )
  lysimache | Jul 6, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439545358, Hardcover)

The second book in bestselling author Michael Cadnum's thrilling collection of myths from Ovid's METAMORPHOSES.

Orpheus, a brave musician who is dearly loved by the gods and admired by all of humankind, attempts to use the power of song to rescue his beautiful wife, Eurydice, from the Underworld after she dies from a serpent bite on their wedding day. When Orpheus finally reaches the center of the Underworld, Hades relents to his beautiful music and agrees to set Eurydice free. However, he tells Orpheus that he must not look back at his wife as he leads her to the surface. Just before the couple reaches the upper world, Orpheus cannot help but look back at Eurydice, and he therefore loses her forever.

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Expands on the myth of Orpheus, a young poet and musician who undertakes a terrifying journey to ask the rulers of the Underworld to return the princess Euridice, his beloved bride, after she is killed by a venomous serpent.

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