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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Gods of Sound: The Perilous Path of Cameron Foster is an exciting cross between a slice of life and urban fantasy. Written by QM Schaffer, this young adult novel takes you into the life of ten-year-old Cameron Foster, a guitar prodigy whose soft-spoken and painfully shy demeanor has made him a target of school bullying. Along comes a leather-clad girl who finds talent in Cameron and who seems to act like a badass fairy godmother for the young boy. When Cameron faces a personal tragedy, the leather-clad girl, who is eventually introduced as Hillary and then goes by the name of Senza, takes Cameron under her wing. Cameron then hangs out with a group of musicians and finds himself under the influence of a billionaire named Ziam Zen Ziam or Z3 for short. The billionaire has found a way to harness sound into such an intense amount of energy that it can topple walls and knock holes through almost anything. Cameron will never play his guitar the same way as before.
Gods of Sound is a brilliant combination of two reliable themes. It borrows from that common theme about a young underdog who goes into an apprenticeship with a seasoned master. It also borrows from countless stories in which everything will depend on the young hero’s choices. Yet what is remarkable about QM Schaffer’s work is that it all comes together as something fresh and original. Moreover, the name-dropping of old-school rock bands and musicians is a brilliant tactic to introduce curious young readers to artists that they may not be familiar with. Schaffer has created passionate characters, and you will really believe that young Cameron is a fanatic when it comes to romancing the guitar. For all the fantastic events that unravel in this novel, it is still about a character who represents something greater about himself, and you must read his story to get to know him.