Kindle Edition, 400 pagesPublished (first published September 30th 2011)
Source: PurchasedSynopsis:Mute, heartless, and tormented by auditory hallucinations, Madeleine Lavoie never questions why her family has hidden her from the world. But the night her brother casts her out, she learns the mysterious voice she thought existed only in her mind is no delusion, and no matter how hard she tries, she can never disobey it.
Now Madeleine must find her own voice in a cacophony of powerful tyrants, monsters, and gods. If she fails, she will forfeit her life and the lives of everyone who loves her. But if she succeeds, she may finally gain the ability to love someone in return.
I demand that you all go and purchase a copy of Titan Magic and then read it. Seriously, I mean it. Go!
Okay fine, I’ll give you some reasons that will perhaps justify my demand.
I don’t usually read self-pubbed novels and even more rarely am I moved to write a review on the ones I do read. This one intrigued me initially because of the description of the main character and then Misty of the Book Rat rated it highly. Titan Magic presents a very new type of heroine (and I will not give away the type she is) and a very different (fresh, new, innovative, attach what adjective you will) mythology. Maddy is one of the more fascinating protagonists that I have come across.
She is a curious mix of spitfire and vulnerable. Her inability to talk does not present as much trouble as I had expected. I liked how Lamm portrays her inhuman-ness. Usually we are told that a main character is not human yet she acts exactly like human teenage girl. Maddy’s confusion about her nature, about the way she feels about certain people, her questions about who she is and what she is form the foundation of the character. Her interactions with the various people are also, interestingly, character building. The way she reacts to the various characters shows who she is. There are a lot of male characters in the novel. I just realized that Maddy is the only girl in the novel. However, it’s just an observation and not a criticism. There is a love triangle which is not really a love triangle. It is really difficult to write a review without giving away one of the main elements of the novel. Suffice it to say that this novel explores themes of self-discovery, courage and desire in a bold new way.
The novel is quite an accomplishment and I really do recommend it to you. There are betrayals, angst, creepy crazy parents, love but not love, love plus self-hate. It’s a smorgasbord of emotions and ambitions. It’s just really really intriguing, you guys and I am really making a mess of my review. But I do not want to spoil the discovery because I feel the discovery is an important aspect of the story.
Just take my word for it, okay?
Read the book.