Song of the Mountain is a story filled with adventure, friendship and lessons to be learned. Song, the main character lives with his grandfather up on the mountain. He's picked on, disliked, and has no idea who he truly is. His one friend in the world is the sister of his greatest enemy and to top it all off danger has returned to the mountain he calls home. This book was a great read. It has a lot to say about the value of friendship, the strength found inside someone, and the virtue of forgiveness. The characters all have their problems to overcome and each plays their own distinct role within the greater story.
The book is written to match the setting and time giving it an authentic feel and left me wondering if maybe the author had pulled the story from old lore. This style of writing did take a little getting used to, but was a very interesting read. Once I got into it I couldn't put it down.
I'm giving Song of the Mountain 5 out of 5 stars. Although more geared towards a younger audience I think readers of any age could enjoy this story.
Clean rating: G--Appropriate for all ages.
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Orphaned at a young age, thirteen-year-old Wei Song has grown up listening to his grandfather recite legends of the distant past. But it is his own history Song seeks to uncover to guide him toward the future, particularly the events surrounding his parents’ deaths. But that is a secret closely guarded by his grandfather. Then Song discovers an heirloom that links him to an ancient prophecy. His destiny lies within the old tales he has scorned. Song must follow the path that killed his father.
Mud and mire shall birth a tree, A sprout shall grow of ancient seed. The five unite to break the one, The curse of man shall be undone. But brothers rise ere dragon’s bane. The last shall smite the first again.