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336 pages
Oct 2011
Living Ink/AMG

The Song of Unmaking (Legends of Karac Tor)

by D. Barkley Briggs

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The Song of Unmaking is the third book in the Legends of Karac Tor series by D. Barkley Briggs, and follows four young brothers cast away from their father into a fantastic alternate world. The brothers must learn to use the magical Songs they have each been gifted with so that they can stop the nefarious sorceress Nemesia from destroying Karac Tor. The brothers must learn the pain, and the value, of sacrifice and the importance of unity and love in the face of evil's seemingly irresistible power.

The book follows many different characters and may seem disjointed to those who have not read the previous books. The large cast provides an interesting array of characters, but sometimes at the cost of depth. However, in the conclusion, everything ties together in a satisfying resolution that appeals to the majesty of God's creative capability.

Ewan is the brother followed most. He sacrificed his Song to protect his family and is now struggling with normality as his brothers grow in their magical abilities. Through the story he regains confidence, and is the one who ultimately ushers in victory.

Being more sensitive to people than his brothers, Ewan is able to make vital connections with the other characters. This role of friend and supporter turns out to be more beneficial than having his Song could ever have been.

An adventurous romp into an imaginative world, The Song of Unmaking provides a main character who demonstrates the ideal of John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." Any child with a head in the clouds would enjoy this book, though it is recommended that he or she begin with the first installment in the series, The Book of Names. – Kyle Carruthers,

Book Jacket:

The dreadful Goths have invaded Röckval, testing the strength of Bitterland’s beautiful, widowed ruler. Meanwhile, the Barlow brothers are growing stronger and stronger in their powers—all except for Ewan, who traded his gift away to save the life of his friends.

Soon it becomes clear that the Goths are the least of their worries. A terrible machine is being built high atop Mount Vishgar, above Röckval, where the raging winds never cease. If the machine really does release the Song of Unmaking, what will happen? Can Arthur lay aside his grief and once more become a great leader of men? And what is the mysterious Doorless Tower, Nein Dyrr?

As Kr’Nunos grows more bold, the Barlow brothers take their stand with the viks of the north. Yet it is Ewan alone who must answer the question: Is any music stronger than the most powerful song of destruction the world has ever known?