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3.00184162062615 out of 53.00184162062615 out of 53.00184162062615 out of 53.00184162062615 out of 53.00184162062615 out of 5 3.00 (543 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Bledsoe Narrator: Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tufa Novels Release Date:
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In this valley songs live … and kill.

No one knows where the Tufa came from or how they ended up in the mountains of east Tennessee. When the first Europeans came to the Smoky Mountains, the Tufa were already there. Dark-haired and enigmatic, they live quietly in the hills and valleys of Cloud County, their origins lost to history. But there are clues in their music, hidden in the songs they have passed down for generations.

Private Bronwyn Hyatt, a true daughter of the Tufa, has returned from Iraq, wounded in body and spirit, but her troubles are far from over. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, while a restless “haint” has followed her home from the war. Worse yet, Bronwyn has lost touch with herself and with the music that was once a part of her life. With death stalking her family, will she ever again join in the song of her people and let it lift her onto the night winds?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imagine a book somewhere between American Gods and Faulkner…Absolutely worth your time.”

    Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “It’s a mixture: folk tales and folks songs, updated with a dose of Sex and the City. Or, you might say, a rustic version of ‘urban fantasy,’ with its suggestion that there’s mystery just around the corner, hidden behind even the dullent small-town façade.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Bledsoe turns standard urban fantasy tropes on their head by reimagining modern elves as a tiny, isolated ethnic group unsure of their own origins…The slowly unfolding mystery of the Tufa is a fascinating and absorbing masterpiece of world-building.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Bledsoe] crafts a deceptively simple story of family and community, laced throughout with the music and beliefs of a magical reality. Elegantly told, this series opener…should attract a wide readership beyond genre fans.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This powerful, character-driven drama, set forth in superbly lucid prose, occurs against an utterly convincing backdrop and owns complications enough to keep everybody compulsively turning the pages. A sheer delight.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff | 2/17/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Good urban fantasy, better on the plot setup and background than on the actual dialogue and characterization. Some of the colloquialisms sounds a bit strained, but the book kept me coming back to read more every day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nell Secor | 2/10/2014

    " Delightful. Different from my usual reads. Hardcore, likable characters. Slower pacing, but I anticipated that... I soaked up the words, environment, culture. Totally recommend to fans of literary fiction and/or those who are looking for something engaging that's out of their norm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cindy Lyons | 2/8/2014

    " Are there more? I want to know more about the Tufa. i have not been this drawn in by characters in a LONG time. I found myself looking them up on the internet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane S. | 2/6/2014

    " In this created world of the Tuftas, Bledsoe has given us an outstanding story and wonderful characters. Mixing magic with a war hero, superstitions with instruments and songs , haints and omens, a family must come together with their history and their place in the world and finding a way to be true to their culture while at the same time true to themselves. Very enjoyable and novel read. "

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