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Song of the Forever Rains (The Mousai Book 1) Kindle Edition
From the award-winning author of the Dreamland series comes a new dark romantic fantasy about a young woman finding hope in her powers of destruction.
The Thief Kingdom is a place hidden within the world of Aadilor. Many whisper of its existence, but few have found this place, where magic and pleasure abound. There, the mysterious Thief King reigns supreme with the help of the Mousai, a trio of revered and feared sorceresses.
Larkyra Bassette may be the youngest of the Mousai, but when she sings her voice has the power to slay monsters. When it’s discovered the Duke of Lachlan is siphoning a poisonous drug from the Thief Kingdom and using it to abuse his tenants, Larkyra is offered her first solo mission to stop the duke. Eager to prove herself, Larkyra accepts by posing as the duke’s potential bride. But her plans grow complicated when she finds herself drawn to Lord Darius Mekenna, Lachlan’s rightful heir. Soon she suspects Darius has his own motivations for ridding Lachlan of the corrupt duke. Larkyra and Darius must learn to trust each other if there is to be any hope of saving the people of Lachlan—and themselves.
Welcome to the world of Aadilor, where lords and ladies can be murderers and thieves, and the most alluring notes are often the deadliest. Dare to listen?
An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Romance
“A spellbinding read…A dark, lyrical fantasy that merges vast worldbuilding with the best of romance tropes.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The novel is a quick read from the first page, and romance and adventure abound. Readers of The Princess Bride will find this novel a welcome read, as will the news that there is a second book to come in the series.” —Booklist
“This character-driven, high-stakes fantasy romance is a captivating read and the first book in a new series.” —BuzzFeed
“It’s so easy to lose yourself in Mellow’s evocative and engaging prose. Song of the Forever Rains blends excellent world building, wonderful character dynamics, and slow burn romance. I’m already looking forward to the sequel.” —Charlie N. Holmberg, Wall Street Journal bestselling author
“A story so immersive, it will haunt you long after the last page.” —Staci Hart, bestselling author
“From the award-winning author of the Dreamland series comes a new dark romantic fantasy about a young woman finding hope in her powers of destruction.” —The Nerd Daily
From the Publisher
Like the world of Aadilor itself, beauty and danger mix together on every page of Song of the Forever Rains. As many times as I would linger over a tender moment between Larkyra and her sisters, I would shiver over the details of their lives as the deadly Mousai. And for every time my heart skipped a beat as Larkyra and Darius took a step closer to each other, it broke a little when yet another secret from Darius’s harrowing past was revealed.
Larkyra’s voice is a weapon, and though her song is deadly, her true magic comes from her incredible capacity to love. Watching her learn to sing that new song is something that will stay with me for a very long time. The melody E. J. Mellow creates with Larkyra’s story is both haunting and inspiring...and I hope you’ll join the chorus.
- Lauren Plude, Editor
- ASIN : B08GC3WWQF
- Publisher : Montlake (1 July 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 6958 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 423 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,605 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Larkyra is one of the Mousai, a trio of sorceresses, who just happens to be sisters. The Mousai helps the Thief King reign over his kingdom where magic exists hidden away from the rest of the world. Larkyra power lies in her voice, and she can slay monsters with her voice but this is a gift she uses sparingly. On becoming an adult, she is given an assignment to pose as the Duke of Lachlan's potential bride to stop him stealing drugs from the Thief Kingdom then using this to fuel his magic and abuse his tenants. But of course, her mission is complicated by her growing attraction to the tortured ( literally) Darius who happens to be the Duke's stepson.
There are vivid descriptions that bring the world of Aadilor to life- I loved the description of the thief kingdom as seen through Darius's eyes when he visits the land for the first time. I was really intrigued by the premise of the weather being permanently stormy and grey in Lachlan as a result of the Duke's sadness. The story is told from both Larkyra's and Darius's viewpoint, so there we know straight away Darius is a good man, who cares deeply for his people and is horribly abused by his uncle instead of having to wait several hundred pages for the Larkyra to find out. The romance between Darius and Larkyra is sweet but runs a predictable course and in my view is the main focus of the story rather than part of it. The Duke is an unpleasant villain and truly creepy leaving me genuinely feeling sad for Darius and the awful childhood that he had.
If you wanted a book with a strong romance in a fantasy setting with interesting characters then this is a perfect book for you. But if like me you wanted more fantasy and more action, then you may be disappointed. I really wanted to learn more about the Thief King and his Kingdom- how did he manage to create an invisible kingdom, why is it invisible and more about the people who live there but most of the book was set outside of the Thief Kingdom. I was expecting a lot more intrigue and ninja action from Larkyra and her sisters especially as Larkya was sent to spy on the Duke.
4 stars, this book wasn’t for me but I’m sure other people will love it.
The Bassett family on the surface are a powerful noble family, but they are so much more. The three daughters are blessed/cursed with great powers. As formidable as they are separately together they are a force of nature.
When a desperate young lord asks an acquaintance of the Bassett's for help he has no idea who or what he has unleashed on himself and his lands.
I do find it interesting that the first book concentrates on the youngest and least experienced if the sisters. Though the supporting cast are great and I have no doubt will each star as main characters in the next books.
As only the surface has been scratched of this family, secrets and the world. As much as I like the magic, I am very interested in seeing the other skills such as blades that have been hinted at and what training they went through to learn these skills.
There was some great world building and explaining of how this fantasy land works, with lots of interesting characters. The 3 sisters who form the Mousai were born with their powers and have had to learn how to control them, along with how the land works. Their father is the Thief King, ruler of this fantasy land, who taught his daughters well, learning lesson the hard way, you would never know they were royalty!
The youngest sister Larkyra has just come of age and is sent on a mission to a neighbouring land to find out just what is going on there, under the disguise of courting the Duke of this land. The Duke's step son Darius has already asked the Thief King for help for his kingdom and he is convinced there is something dark happening there.
Not much in the way of romance, but I did enjoy the connection between Larkyra and Darius as it slowly built. I would definitely read the next book to see what direction it takes.