Madison's Song by Christine Amsden
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 15, 2015
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Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black...
Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison's nightmares are not.
Despite her fears, when Madison's brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he
also thrills her.
Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton's home only to discover that he's vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she's not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott's are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.
When I was asked to read Christine Amsden's new book, Madison's Song, I was excited. I had previously read and reviewed all of her books in her Cassie Scot series and was sad to see it go. So this spin off book was just what I needed to get back into that world.
Madison's Song is meant to be a stand alone book, so it's not necessary to read the series that it's spinning off from. However, if you do ever plan on reading Cassie Scot's story (which I do recommend), that should be read only because Madison's Song has some spoilers that are mentioned.
That being said, if you have read the Cassie Scot books, you'll see some of the characters returned. Obviously the main character is Madison who was featured as more of a background character before, as well as another sideline character - Scott, Evan's werewolf friend. Both of those characters get a lot more flushed out and developed in this book, and the chapters even alternate between the two of their point of views.
There are also small glimpses into the world of Cassie Scot- mostly through Evan who is in the book a bit. Cassie, however does not make an appearance, but I was OK with that. This is Madison and Scott's story, so they shouldn't be overshadowed by another main character.
You also learn a lot more about werewolves in this book, whereas the previous series focused mainly on witches and their type of magic. It was interesting to see how werewolves worked in this world.
This is Scott's story as much as Madison's, which you can tell because Amsden decided to write half the book from his perspective. We not only learn about his werewolf side and that world, but also him as a person and his feelings towards Madison. There are multiple frustrations that this duel perspective presents. Both Madison and Scott have feelings for the other, but are hesitant to act on them. For me, it got to the point where I wanted to jump into the story with them just so I could push their heads together and yell at them to kiss already.
Of course there was more going on than just a budding romance. It all starts with Madison getting a cryptic call from her brother who she hasn't been able to talk to for a bit, and ends up with a mysterious plot involving a secret research facility. There are also other packs of werewolves to deal with, and Madison is continuing her journey to deal with her magical gifts.
All in all, Madison's Song was an enjoyable read. It kept my interest, and I liked learning more about characters who until now we had only seen in the background. The characters were well written, and the plot made me keep turning the page to see what would happen next. Just like the Cassie Scot series, I would highly recommend reading Madison's Song. I hope that there will be more to Madison's story with more books to come.
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories.
Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s
Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work. Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.