Dangerous Voices

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
From Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Fire and Thorns trilogy, comes an original short story about music, magic, and the healing power of friendship. More
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About Rae Carson

Rae Carson was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for Fall 2011. Her first novel, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, was a finalist for the Morris, Cybils, and Andre Norton Awards, and was named to ALA's Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list. The sequel, The Crown of Embers, was released in September 2012.

Rae lives in Ohio with her husband, novelist C.C. Finlay, two stepsons, and two very naughty kitties.

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Reviews of Dangerous Voices by Rae Carson

Graham Downs reviewed on Sep. 4, 2013

This is a really entertaining little story about a man who is a "music mage" (makes magic with his song). He's been imprisoned for a really long time, and doesn't sing for fear of his guards killing him (a not unfounded fear).

It took a couple pages to really get into the story, to figure out what was going on, but once that happened I became truly and deeply invested in his fate, and the fate of a companion that he acquires early on.

The writing is awesome, and the ending is stunning. If you can spare thirty minutes or so to read it, do!
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Ashley Ferguson reviewed on Aug. 13, 2013

This story was short, sweet, and to the point. The concept is really interesting - voices are dangerous and the prisoners cannot be heard using them or they will be killed. This leaves room for so many questions though, and we don't get them all answered. Actually, we get very few answered. Why are the voices so dangerous? Where did the muses come from? How do Errik and all of the others get caught in the first place? Who is keeping them in the prison? I was left wanting so much more at the end of this story!

I really enjoyed how Carson builds her world and her characters in just a few pages though. We don't know much, but we do learn things from subtle hints and flashbacks. It made me want a full sized novel based on this story - I feel like there's a whole world just screaming to get out. I didn't want to leave Errik behind. I can totally understand why we're left hanging though - Errik has been locked up for so long that I think we learn and know just about as much as he does anymore. I also feel like, as much as there is a novel that wants to come out of this, it just wouldn't have been as effective as a short story.

Dangerous Voices is beautiful and haunting, albeit short. I love Carson's other works, and this story just made me want to read all of the Girl of Fire and Thorns novellas even more now. I hope she continues to write more short stories like this one, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys her writing. It's free, you have nothing to lose! A 4/5 on this story from me.
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Kathy Harrington reviewed on March 27, 2013

Well... Where do I start. The story is short, very short. It has no background at all and I think that takes away from the intensity of it.
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