Wednesday, March 30

Review: The Song of David by Amy Harmon

The Song of David The Song of David 
By Amy Harmon
Series: Law of Moses #2
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

She said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is played.

I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood. 

For me, heaven was the octagon.

Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.

Tag Taggert and Moses are very unlikely friends, but friends non the less. From the start of Moses story we were warned this was not a beautiful story, but it was his. That can be said for Tag as well, and the milestones that Moses has overcome were just as abundant for Tag. The Song of David follows Tag after the conclusion of Moses's story. It took a moment to catch up seeing as how Tag and Millie are the momentum of this sequel, but it starts out from Moses perspective. The unique delivery of this story through recorded tapes was creative and absolutely perfect. It gives the appearance of a Moses story, but I really ended up learning the recent relationships of Tag, Millie, and Henry. Amy Harmon likes to offer stories that are raw and gritty. In order to feel the depth and intensity of her story lines you have to follow her characters through the trenches. Which is the best way to describe my experience in The Song of David. Tag and Millie were an uncommon match, but it was bitter sweet to watch the two come together. I am overcome with awe when I read Harmon's stories, because it is much more than the words she puts on the page. It is carefully crafting every detail and experience to make the most of every opportunity available in the story. As with Law of Moses this sequel will packed one heck of a punch, and with such an unpredictable author it was nothing I had anticipated. This will be the conclusion of Moses and Tag's stories. It will wrap them up nicely, but not without some soul crushing heartache. What is a story from Amy Harmon without ripping your heart out of chest, cracking it open with a spoon, and velcroing it back together. I find myself in such a conundrum after finishing Harmon's stories, because of the complexity of her conclusions. Nothing is sweet and simple, and it will take an unraveling of emotions to come to her ending. So to Tag an Moses it has been quite the adventure, and while I wish we had more time I know it is time to close. Thank you Amy for giving us stories that we build an breakable connection, and find ourselves unable to ever forget.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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