2 1/2 stars - It was an ok book
Overall, I thought Songs of the Earth was a rather flawed book, but the series has potential if the issues with pacing and characterization can be worked out. It had a strong opening and ending, but the middle was rather unevenly paced with a lot of familiar elements that didn???t have enough spark to make the book stand out. The writing was decent, but considering the rather dull main character and a storyline that couldn???t always maintain my interest, I ended up feeling like on its own The Songs of the Earth is all right. I can???t say I enjoyed it, but I can???t say I didn???t like it, either.