Musical characters


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week.Check out their blog for more information.

This week I’m talking about characters in books to whom music is important. I had trouble coming up with the books for this challenge, but finally managed to find enough!

“You all right?”

“The music . . .”

“Lovely, wasn’t it? Good choir at St. John’s” He whistled under his breath. “I promised the Major we’d buy him a drink. The Freemason’s arm, you think? It’s a nice enough evening to sit outside.”

Gemma gazed at him in consternation. Tall, slender, his unruly chestnut hair falling over his forehead, looking down at her with an expression of interested inquiry–he made a picture of the perfect sensitive man. So why did she suddenly feel they might as well be from different planets?

How could he take such music for granted? Had he not felt that the glory of it was almost beyond bearing? The gap between their perceptions seemed immense.

From A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

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1. Susannah in Angelica by Sharon Shinn (science fiction)–All the angels sing in these books by Ms. Shinn. As I read these books I felt like I was hearing the beautiful music they all sang.

2. Cécile de Troyes in Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (fantasy)–Cécile is a singer who hopes she can become a professional singer like her mother, but then she’s kidnapped and taken into a mountain by trolls.

3. Seraphina Dombegh in Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (fantasy)–Seraphina is a gifted musician and becomes assistant to the court composer. This is a world of humans and dragons who have had peace for 40 years, but are still suspicious of each other. Seraphina’s music brings her to the attention of the royal family as well as the dragons.

4. Gemma James in A Finer End by Deborah Crombie (mystery series)–Gemma discovered her love of music during the early books in this mystery series and finally began taking piano lessons. In this book, however she discovers the transcendence of music for her.

5. Charlie Gale in The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff (fantasy)–Charlie plays in bands and is able to travel the Wild Ways by playing music. Music becomes magic when Charlie plays or sings.

6. Eddi McCandry in War for the Oaks by Emma Bull (urban fantasy)–Published in the 1980’s and considered by many as the first urban fantasy. Eddi is in a rock band when the book opens, but quickly becomes involved in a war between the Seelie and Unseelie.

7. Menolly in Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey (science fiction)–Menolly becomes Pern’s first female harper. The harpers keep the people educated about Thread and its dangers even when most people want to forget about it. Most of the Pern books have harpers in them.

8. Devin Freedman in What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss (contemporary romance)–Devin is a rock star who meets a librarian in this romance!

9. Del in Diamond Star by Catherine Asaro (science fiction)–Del is a rock star and part of the Ruby Dynasty in the Skolian Empire.

10. Christmas in Christmas Belle by Mary Balogh (historical romance)–This is one of the things I love about Mary Balogh’s Christmas romances. The books include singing Christmas carols, music in church and music in the homes of the characters.

Bonus Music?

Sirens in The Odyssey by Homer (classic)–It’s been many (many) years since I read The Odyssey in high school, but I think there were sirens.

Did you do the challenge this week? What type of character did you choose?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “Musical characters”

  1. Great topic! I had forgotten about Gemma’s love of music. I haven’t read Christmas Belle or What the Librarian Did but both sound like a lot of fun! Adding to my TBR.


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