Review: The Song of David by Amy Harmon

My Thoughts

Beautifully written and deeply moving.
A story about hope, love and fighting for what matters most.

4stars

Synopsis

the song of davidShe 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.

My Review

Amy Harmon grips us once again with a beautifully written story of courage and love… about fighting for what’s most important. In The Law of Moses, we met David “Tag” Taggert—the man who had lost his sister and carried the weight of that guilt. The man who tried hard to die, but never seemed to get there. The man who begged Moses to save him from himself. Now, Tag has built an empire with a string of successful businesses, finding his slice of heaven in the octagon… adrenaline coursing, heart pounding, fists flying.

But his life takes un an unexpected turn when he meets Millie and her brother, Henry. Gradually they each make their way into his heart. They teach him things. Make him see the world, and his life, through a different lens.

I fell in love with Millie and Henry. They were two people who didn’t quite fit, didn’t see the world like everyone else, but in some ways, were all the better for it, despite their hardships. Tag was forever changed because of them.

What we also experience quite deeply is Moses’ perspective to what transpires in the story. I almost saw this as an extension of Moses’ book. But as much as I love Moses as a character, I wanted to experience more of Tag directly. Without spoiling too much, Amy devises a unique format in which the story unravels, but it also in some ways hindered my own connection to Tag. The story was irrevocably evocative, but for some reason, I didn’t quite feel the same level of intense connection that I felt with some of Harmon’s other protagonists.

The story also layers a couple more surprise elements, adding richness and depth, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you.

Was it a beautiful story? Yes. Was it moving? Absolutely. Was it unique? Always. Amy Harmon is remarkably talented at painting a story in a way that is gripping and beautiful and singularly her. I think this will be a story so many will fall in love with, as they have with each of Amy’s novels.

Reading Order

The Song of David can be read as a standalone novel,
but best enjoyed after reading The Law of Moses.

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Comments

  1. Love your review! I agree with a lot of what you said. It wasn’t my favorite Amy Harmon book, but I still thought it was a beauty.

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