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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?
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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
About the Author
E. J. Mellow is the award-winning author of the contemporary fantasy Dreamland series. The Animal under the Fur is her first stand-alone action romance. She is also the cofounder of She Is Booked, a literary-themed fundraising organization that supports women’s charities. With a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, E. J. splits her time between her two loves—visual design and writing.
- ASIN : B08GC3WWQF
- Publisher : Montlake (1 July 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 7025 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 423 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 836 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I always have high expectations for the books I fall in love with.
This book was a sensory feast-I'm not much of a visual reader, but I appreciated how rich and vivid this world was. It's somewhat novel and I enjoyed the different portrayal. It's almost as if I could see it as a movie
The characters are definitely what had me hooked. I loved the dynamic of the sisters and the entire family. The banter is amazing.
The plot wasn't as complex as I thought it would be, it's been done countless times, and the villain could have been more fleshed out but still worth a read.
Summary: Not quite enemies to lovers, but close. Has one steamy scene that was tastefully done. The romance was sweet with a hint of spice to come. The world was quite interesting and I wanted to know more, so I hope this gets explored in upcoming books. The plot was a wee bit predictable without any of the twists I expected along the way. I think it's hard to balance romance, character building and plot complexity when it's the first book in a series focusing on a lot of characters.
Will be reading the next book.
What an epically amazing unique story that was!!!
It takes you to another land, with magic and darkness and adventure.
Larkyra and her family are truely something else! I loved her relationships with her sisters and those she is close to! I loved her humour and wit. And I loved her how deeply she cares for others.
Darius, I have a weak spot for gingers 😆, is strong even amidst horrors that he has lived through. He doesn’t trust, but wants to help those in need with every fibre of his being. He was so lovely. Some parts just made you want to encircle him in love.
Wow, these two together. You could feel how they are drawn towards each other. I loved how they fell into one another and how easy it is between them. They fit perfectly.
This was such an awesome adventure with twists and turns that keep you wanting more. And I am definitely, probably impatiently, looking forward to the next sisters book 😍
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I got this book as a kindle first read thinking the premise was interesting and encouraged by the reviewer to praised the clean language.
I would NOT give this book to a child or teen. I didn't finish it myself. I'm actually quite disappointed it's not a clean book because while the plotline was a bit dark, I was enjoying the storyline. I intended to delete this book from my device.
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.