The Song of David by Amy Harmon
Published by Self-Published on June 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is David 'Tag' Taggert's book, a supporting character introduced in The Law of Moses. This is a stand-alone story, but it is highly recommended that The Law of Moses be read first to avoid spoilers.
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.
“There is no sorrow without the sweet.”
My vocabulary is too limited to adequately describe how I feel about this book, but it was nothing short of amazing. This book took me by surprise, not only because it was astounding, but because it was about Tag from The Law of Moses. I had somehow missed that tidbit in the excitement of this upcoming release. When making the decision to read this book the only thing I really needed to know was it was by Amy Harmon, so I guess I somehow missed the blurb in my anticipation. Opening the pages and seeing familiar names scattered across the pages was simply icing on the cake.
No worries if you haven’t read The Law of Moses because this is a complete standalone about Moses’ best friend Tag, and can fully be enjoyed without knowing a single thing about The Law of Moses. Your only problem will be that you missed out on another fantastic read. If you do intend to read The Law of Moses I would suggest you read it first, because Tag’s story does contain spoilers. I would hate for you to only experience the brilliance of how one story unfolds when you could experience two.
Now back to The Song of David. From the first chapter I knew I was in for a long night. This book is told in one of the most unique ways I have read. For most of the book the story is given to us through a mixture of Millie’s memories, a series of cassette tapes from Tag, and accented with the outside perspective of Moses as he listens to them. Not only was it so unique to hear the story through the cassette tapes, it was undescribable to read a pov from a character somewhat outside of the central story.
In typical Amy Harmon fashion she gives voice to those who are different. Where one might see weakness, she shows you their strength. My eyes are always opened a little more with each of her books and prejeduces I may not have even realized existed are wiped clean.
The characters in this book are unforgettable. I didn’t fully appreciate Tag in The Law of Moses, but in The Song of David he grew to be one of my favorite characters. There is such a pull to him as his charm leaps from the pages. As if he’s not enough to love you also have Millie who is just a beautiful soul whose strength and will is unmeasurable. The love that developes between these two is beautiful. The way in which the story is presented allows for a very uncertain and angsty read. There were times when I wanted to stop reading due to fear for what was ahead for these two, but the story just wouldn’t let me go.
When all was said and done and my emotions were spent this was a “wow” book for me. The ones that are just so powerful you can’t help but sigh “wow” when you turn the final page. This is a hard to come by feeling when you feel like you have read everything out there, but it’s a common feeling after reading one of Amy Harmon’s books. I’m convinced this woman could even write one of those strange dinosaur romances and leave me hungover and in love with a pterodactyl. She’s just that good of a storyteller.
No matter how affected or how beautiful a story is I’m the world’s worst at remembering the details of a story as time takes over, but I never forget how one made me feel. When I think back on this story I will remember strength, love, & hope.
Amy Harmon is a USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written seven novels – the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Law of Moses, is now available. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com
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