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Colorful Sound

By Elliot Moors, author of Super!

Jan 3, 2019: Music Masters is a story that is bright and full of life. It is wacky and out there, all in a good way.

The story follows the exploits of Michael Kay and his newfound friends as he gains abilities from the music he listens to. Half magic, half superpowers, they struggle against various villains to protect themselves and foil evil organizations.

It’s a simple premise, and the author manages to get a lot of mileage out of it, creating new and unique abilities spanning many different genres of music, all of which are tailored to the individual character.

It’s got a feel of classic superhero fiction, mixed with a nice helping of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

The prose is serviceable. It feels a bit barebones at times, and certain fight scenes can fall flat, but it certainly does its job.

The characters are simple, and their relationships to one another are easy to parse. The tone is light and fresh throughout, although I haven’t gotten started on CD 2, the second part of the story, so that may yet change.

What elevates this story for me isn’t the concept, or the characters, or the descriptions, or any single thing about the execution. For me, it is the obvious passion with which the author applies himself to this project. From the character illustrations (of which there are many), to the meticulously inserted links to every song played throughout the story (of which there are even more) to the consistency in characterization and attention to continuity throughout, as well as the colorful covers, the story simply sings with the vision of the author.

It’s greater than the sum of its parts. There is certainly room for improvement, and I’m excited to see the author develop in the future, but right now it is a story well worth the read.

Is it a story I would recommend to everyone? No.

However, Music Masters has a special place in my heart. As someone who finds it hard to get through an entire book cover to cover at the best of times, the fact that I keep coming back to this story says a lot.

So, I would like to recommend this story for anyone who is up for a grand, sparkling, colorful adventure, all of which serve to celebrate, what else, music!

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Serial

By Megajoule, author of The Warlock Ruthless

Dec 24, 2018: Music Masters, as has been pointed out, strikes me like a Saturday Morning cartoon. It has the same vibrancy and lighthearted tone (albeit not completely) as shows like Xiaolin Showdown. There are some technical issues that hamper the experience but overall it is a pretty enjoyable read.

Music Masters follows Michael Kay and his friends as they enter a world where, as should be obvious from the title, music gives people powers. I hesitate to say either superpowers or magic, as the powers tend to fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum (and really, what’s the difference?) this is where MM is at its best: the powers are creative, the worldbuilding is clever and mono-thematic around the idea of music powers. This is something very important to me and I really appreciate it here in MM. it’s a simple and solid idea that gives the text a LOT of mileage. From instruments that are bonded to people, to songs giving effects, to groups of Masters getting together like bands would, it’s all very strongly centered on that.

The characters can be quite goofy, perhaps even cheesy, but they are generally very fun. Michael and Kim have a good balance that is fun, and you can see why Michael ends up gathering newcomers to his little group.

There are some hiccups that hurt the experience. Generally it is easy to read grammar wise but some sentences were rough. It could benefit from an edit, it feels, but not overly so. I admit the omniscient third person view was very difficult for me to initially get over, and I think that it would be stronger if the chapters followed one POV. There were a few that almost completely did follow one POV (such as a chapter with Arashi that I really enjoyed). Some phrases were clunky (as Rhodeworks pointed out, there are too many times that names are traded out for descriptive phrases like "the Afro-headed boy").

Overall though, this didn’t prevent me from enjoying Music Masters enough to recommend it. I always think that if a story evokes a certain feeling in me, that I will definitely enjoy it. Music Masters accomplishes that in spades with its cartoon aesthetic that takes me back to lazy Saturday mornings and bowls of cereal.

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