Published by Lauren Sevier on November 21, 2020
Series: Songs #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Author
What if your entire life you knew the exact day you were going to die?
Magick in the Kingdom of Aegis has almost run out. When that happens, the seasons will stop changing, the tides will cease to turn, and the sun will no longer be able to rise and set. The only way to save the lives of her people is if Liz agrees to be a blood sacrifice in a brutal ceremony that will take her life.
The problem is, Liz isn't ready to go.
With the help of a mischievous wanna-be soldier, Matioch Steele, Liz dares to take her fate into her own hands. Defying a blood-thirsty sorcerer, her desperate flight teaches her how to truly live while Mat finds out what's worth dying for. Each other.
Love, Death, Magick, and Mystery come together to weave one girl's epic tale of self-discovery.
Her song will echo within us all.
Songs of Autumn is the first book in the young adult fantasy series called, Songs by author Lauren Sevier. The premise of this book was super unique and interesting and I really enjoyed both the plot and the characters. I can’t wait to continue on with this series. Songs of Autumn is set in the realm of Aegis, where there is magic but it is not what it once was. The magic in the realm is dying out, and with it nature and the seasons are starting to get a little whacky. I loved how magic was tied to the seasons and nature of the land. I think that is a really interesting and harmonious way to incorporate the magic system and I loved learning about it. As the seasons start to slow down, the realm turns to an ancient prophecy where they think in order to restore magic to the kingdom and set right the course of nature, they need to make a sacrifice.
This is where our main character, Princess Lisabetta, or Liz to her friends, comes in. Liz is the person that is prophesized to save the kingdom. Only problem is, that means she needs to die in order to do it. Or does it? Liz, not ready to be a willing sacrifice decides to go on a quest to try and learn more about the prophecy to see if there is any way around her having to die to fulfill it, and to see if that is even what the prophecy actually says. The prophecy aspect of the story kind of gave me Order of the Phoenix vibes, which I was digging. Along the way, Liz creates a great cast of friends to tag along with her. I adored Liz and Tia’s friendship. I am always so happy to see a strong friendship represented in a story, and Tia is an absolute delight! She was my favorite character in the whole book!
I will give one warning- the romance present in Songs of Autumn did feel a bit insta-lovey. Not something that bothers me too much, but just be aware if that is not your cup of tea. It might deepen in the future books, but here it was a solid case of Insta-love, with Liz being the unique special girl that finally turned Mat’s eye. I like the romance in Songs of Autumn, but I found myself enjoying the overall main plotline more than the romance aspect of the story, but I am equally interested in both continuing in the next book in the Song series. I can’t wait to see what Lauren Sevier has in store for us next!
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2020