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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Her Mad Song: A Project Tempest Story by C. J. Halbard is a delightfully strange tale told with horrifying imagery echoing the likes of Stephen King in combination with the literary genius of ancient authors. The man and his “adopted” daughter arrive at the crossroads of Tempest Bay under the premise of being on a mission. They won’t stay long. They know their presence is not welcome. Before giving up on the lack of hospitality, though, they dine at the Doris café where their questions are answered grudgingly. With a suggested peace offering in hand, the man and the girl, Lucia, climb to the clifftop to find the meteorologist who authored a book the man needs to discuss. No one expects what happens next.
With a lyrical sense of wording, C. J. Halbard pens a magical story of a post-apocalyptic theme that keeps the reader glued to the page. A tightly constructed storyline and colorful characters provide a mesmerizing story enhanced with beautiful words to be read again and again: "Like a breeze that wasn’t a breeze. We do what we have to do, and then we return to the home we’ve constructed, and we don’t bring things across the threshold in either direction." Her Mad Song will complement any library and be shared across the genres for years to come. "The natural state of the world is madness, and our efforts at civilization and technology are merely false shelters from that truth."—The Invisible Storm: Meteorology & Imagination, by H.B.