this is the 178th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
This is a puzzle story, with a Celtic-flavored setting and an absorbing plot. Aidan MacAllister, cousin of the king of Elyria, was an extraordinary musician. But when he turned 21, the king sentenced him to be imprisoned on a charge of treason. Seventeen years later a scarred, voiceless Aidan is released, his hands crushed, not knowing exactly why he was sentenced in the first place.
Finding the answer to that question is the plot of the book, and it involves dragons, a race of nonhumans, politics great and small, and the truth or falsity of various long-held beliefs about the gods of a well-wrought pantheon.
The pantheon isn’t the only aspect of the book that is well done. Although the complexity of the plot makes the pacing variable, the characters are memorable, and Berg’s intelligence and narrative skill make this stand-alone fantasy most enjoyable.
Song of the Beast covers – but sometimes turns upside down – some major fantasy tropes, which I liked. This one needs a map, but then just about all fantasy without a map, needs one. I liked this one very much.