In the midst of all insanity I love taking time to immerse myself into the fictional world of stories. I love books, and I love reading. There is nothing in this world that gives me more peace, and joy than a good story does, especial when I can feel the paper of the book, when I can look at it’s cover, smell the fresh printed sheets, and feel the weight in my hands.
Paperback or hardback are for me the law. Or they were until I discovered a bunch of free eBooks that can be read just minutes after purchasing them for my new Kindle.
I had no expectations when I ordered my first free eBook except one: I wanted a real story. You know, the long one, whatever that meant at the time. I was a bit disappointed when I discovered that the book I chose was a short story. I decided to read it anyhow. I loved the cover, and that is something I always look at first, call me shallow but I read with my eyes as well.
In just a sentence: I was pleasantly surprised, and would recommend this book to my friends.
Title: Dangerous Voices
Author: Rae Carson
Genre: High fantasy story
Length: Short story
Published: October 22nd 2012 by Rae Carson
Short synopsis from Goodreads: Errik has been a prisoner--and alone--for a long, long time. He lives for the moment each day when the window of his dungeon cell shines a bit of light onto his bearded face. But everything changes when he gets a new neighbor--a young girl with a voice as beautiful as the springrise. They both know the rules: No singing. No speaking. Voices are dangerous. But they can't help themselves. And soon enough, Errik begins to remember himself, why he's here in this dark place, and why his captors will stop at nothing to ensure his silence.
Short stories usually leave me hanging, unsatisfied, but not this one. It tells a story of a man/boy who’s living in the moment, trying to find something good in the worst possible life situation – in prison. It starts of by showing us how much a little ray of light can do for someone who’s been locked in a prison cell for years. It brings warmth, and hope.
The hopefulness is later on strengthened, and challenged when a girl is brought in a cell close to Errik’s. Although prisoners are forbidden to communicate among each other Errik whispers to his neighbor Llyri, and during her short stay there, she helps Errik remember, and accept who is, helping him find the strength to be his true self even if that means death.
This short story is not amazing just because of the story itself, but also because of the brilliant lyric writing that Rae Carson uses. I could imagine the story so vividly as if I was a part of it. From the dark, and lonely cell to the most amazing colorful world of fantasy.
Both Errik, and Llyri are believable and I believe there is a bit of both in all of us. How many times have we been challenged to show the world who we really are, but were to scared to do so? I don’t know about you, but I know I have been there too many times. But Llyri, her incredible strong calling inside of her is also a part of us, that inner voice that wants us to live just as we are meant to live. I know how it feels to feel this kind of strong calling, trying to suppress it, but being unable to. We are lucky that we’re not locked in a cell like she was, lucky to have much easier choice, but still we hesitate. Will we surrender, and let ourselves be wrapped with our life’s purpose?
My favorite part: The keys are coming for me; my cell door crashes open. But my song has reached a desperate intensity, surging like liquid gold in my veins, and I know what I must do. I sing of broken walls and open spaces. Of music mages pouring out of cells into boundless light sports. I sing of crumbled foundation, of pitted iron doors that swing open, and limestone that turns to sand. The earth beneath me roars.
Until next time, let me know what you’re reading