Harp and the Lyre

Exposed

Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 06/24/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Harp and the Lyre: Exposed is a work of fiction in the fantasy, adventure, and interpersonal drama genres. It is intended for the young adult reading audience and can also be enjoyed by the young at heart. Penned by author H. C. Roberts, this intricate multi-character drama takes us into a world where over-reliance and addiction to personal technology have taken an even bigger leap forward than today, as the giant Lyre rules all media. Five teens take center stage, each with their own apparently glowing personas to attract those all-important followers, and we slowly see the veneer peeled away as the dark side of this tech-social world sinks in.

Author H. C. Roberts hits on a relevant theme for this dramatic fantasy adventure and keeps the drama rolling as the narrative begins to explore pertinent themes for our own planet’s future. A standout feature for me was the commitment to unique character narratives, as I found the five central figures to be deeply developed, relatable in different ways, and complementary to one another. Their clashes and dynamics give the plot-line its biggest highs and lows, all happening along a spectrum of mysterious events that are clearly building up to more trouble as the series develops. I also loved the idea of including QR codes with an emotive and interactive soundtrack, which makes you feel even more involved in the techno-worship of it all. Overall, I would certainly recommend Harp and the Lyre: Exposed as a deeply engaging and sophisticated work of YA fantasy, and I can’t wait to see what more the series has to offer.