“"Dangerous Voices" is told in the first person, by Errik, a prisoner in what the reader must assume is an oppressive society (Errik and others have been incarcerated because of their talent for song). Errik's single joy is the warmth he gets from a spot of light through his window in the summertime. Soon, though, the cell next to him brings another bright spot, of a different kind: Llyri, another Music Mage who is gifted with a muse and sings beautifully.
Such songs inside the prison walls can quickly turn into a death knell, so Errik at first discourages Llyri, but overcome by her songs and their imagery, Errik recalls his last neighbor in the prison, Allon, and his similar gift. As Errik's heart is at once filled by Llyri's song and broken by the consequence, he can remain silent no longer.
Rae Carson has sketched an amazing short story in "Dangerous Voices" which reminds the reader of the importance of creative expression in society and explores the lengths to which artists and dissidents must go to make their voices heard. Though a quick read, this short story paints a vibrant picture with well developed characters and an engaging plot. ”