When Anna Marshall is transported from her boring and frustrating life in Ames, Iowa, to the very different world of Erde, she's angry and confused. But she soon finds out that for the first time in her life she's uniquely powerful. In Iowa, Anna was a music teacher and small-time opera singer, but on Erde, her musical ability makes her a big-time sorceress-potentially. First, though, she must figure out how to use her ability before the rulers kill her.
©1997 L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (P)2015 Tantor
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"Resplendent feminist fantasy with an inventive and expertly handled scenario, life-sized characters, and flawless plotting." (Kirkus)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Tasha Derrett on 13-05-15

Repetive and boring

I listened right through to the end in the vain hope that it would improve at the end but it wasn't to be. After Anna is magically transported to another world where she turns out to be a powerful sorceress the story consists of a limited number of actions performed by Anna repeated over and over again. Anna has a drink of water, performs some feat of magic which more often than that not gives her a bad headache or causes her to collapse, she kills x number of people with magic, feels bad about killing but justifies why it needs to be done, rides and grooms her raider horse that apparently no one else can, eats a lot of bread and cheese, composes spells. That's about it besides the occasional weirdly written interludes describing the actions of leaders of other kingdoms spying on Anna doing the above and plotting her downfall.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Debbie Winn on 22-03-15

A different magic system

I'm so glad this series is finally out on audiobooks. It was my favorite of Mr. Modesitt. Right from the beginning Anna, the unexpected sorceress shows her resilience and strength. I had forgotten what a strong character she is, and how her struggle is still relevant all these years after this book was first published.

The narration was very well done, the pacing and presentation well suited to the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Susanne L. on 25-02-15

Lets hear it again.

What did you love best about The Soprano Sorceress?

The blend between confidence and doubt, strenght and weakness, the wish to get away then the chock of actually doing so.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Soprano Sorceress?

Not sure, there are so many moments in the book that tugs at once heartstrings... Seeing her daughter with the letter beside her with the word Mom.... The first time she sees Secca...

What does Amy Landon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Attention to details through how she says things.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A grand adventure that will curl your toes.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion this is L. E. Modesitt Jr. 's best series. It has balance at the same time as it is Epic. I hope the rest of the books in the series will come out soon with the same narrator since Amy Landon is doing an exelent work.

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