Song of the Forever Rains (The Mousai Book 1)

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Song of the Forever Rains (The Mousai Book 1)

Song of the Forever Rains (The Mousai Book 1)

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I'm not writing a massively long book review for this one - but I feel like everyone needs to read it. With a distinct arabesque feel to the story and the way the characters are written, I couldn't help but love Larkyra's story of traveling across the lands to unwitting save the man she would grow to love. Before I get to the Thief Kingdom, I should say I liked the connection between the sisters. I enjoyed their interactions and it’s consistently enjoyable to see sisters be mischievous together. Every one of them had a brilliant character and I felt that they truly loved and really care for each other. That is a significant thing to me when reading about familial bonds. To start with the prologue was so intense as we were introduced to Larkyra’s power and I loved it. It showed power yet danger lurking around, and 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘁𝗺𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 appropriately👏🏼

Song of the Forever Rainsis E.J. Mellow’s first book in the Mousai series. The Mousai are three sisters, each with a special, magical gift and a powerful place in the kingdom. Larkyra, the youngest of the sisters, has a voice that can soothe, enchant, or harm. After her coming of age, her father places her in the path of an evil duke and his mysterious nephew, Darius. Larkyra goes undercover in the duke’s home to find out why his people are suffering and where he’s getting a drug that he shouldn’t have access to. Nothing really at all. Everything goes according to plan, and when it doesn't it still works out. The villain isn't really an evil mastermind, he's just a sad, mean person. There's no sense of urgency or tension in the book and the climax was super underwhelming. TikTok - https// E.J. Mellow grew up in a household of artists, surrounded by three sisters who were often found traipsing through the small grove of trees near their home. There they morphed into wolves and wild horses, escaping capture from many foe. Their light banter was very enjoyable. Not exactly enemies but not exactly friends either, watching them dance around each other was at times delightful and other times a bit frustrating: perfect ingredients for a slow burn, right?

The start immediately pulled me in with the introduction of the Thief Kingdom and the three sisters as the Mousai. I thought the scene when they made the performance was strong and beautifully written. It totally captured the power of the three sisters and the world they belonged to, with a dash of respect and reverence. But the plot and the way 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗮𝗸. I mean, it was interesting and a bit heartbreaking but I feel this could have been so much more…. The 𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿’𝘀 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿-𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱😕 and I wanted to see more of it. And I hate how she didn’t use her magic when she realllly needed to use it.. not as badass as they were made to be.. The Author Resource Round Table on Goodreads:

I cannot believe I didn’t read this book sooner because it was extraordinary! Firstly, let me just 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀… I mean, how beautiful are they🤩 I really loved the characters, though, and overall, this was a good read. The three sisters are hilarious together, and they each have very distinct personalities. I loved every time they were together and wish the book had been able to spend more time with just them. Overall, I do recommend Song of the Forever Rains, and I’m excited to see what else Mellow does with this series. She’s created a really interesting world and good characters, so I think it can only improve from here. The Thief Kingdom is a place hidden within the world of Aadlior. Many whisper of its existence, but few have found this placeWith a 𝗛𝗘𝗔 𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴, I cannot wait to read the second book because the steam between Niya and Ezra was sizzling, and also coz Niya was my favourite in this book😌

Plus, the 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱-𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 was amazing and I was drawn into the magical world of mysteries, supernatural powers, and fantastical trio. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲𝗱 was marvellous, especially the beauty of Achak and their dances. I also found the romance, which was a big part of the story, to be very engaging. The longing between them in some parts totally snared me. His father on the other hand? He could choke. I hated this man and when we learn about the way he treats Darius? I was almost feral. The best development was the fact that I was about to DNF this book and then after finishing it, rating it five stars. This book was so freaking good that I honestly was rendered a little speechless to be honest. Can we talk about the fact that Darius and Larkyra were just so perfect for each other? Because they were just beyond perfection. I loved the fact that Darius had a troubled past yet felt so safe in telling Larkyra about his past and opening up to her while Larkyra felt inside and out, including her magic, that she was safe to be herself in front of Darius. Now that was pure amazingness. 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.There's no doubt and no way to deny the way these three love each other. The banter, the teasing and the little jokes they play on each other spice their relationship a bit, but sisterly love is, with no doubt, the main element between them. It was one of my favorite things in this book, seeing them so close and so ready to do anything for each other. Focused on 𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗣𝗢𝗩𝘀 — Larkyra and Darius’s, this book from the start was full of mesmerising energy😯 The way the 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗮𝗶 were described was amazing, and I thoroughly enjoyed their hypnotizing dance performances. Feel free to invite some friends to join our Round Table community!

This novel starts with Larkyra out on a coming-of-age mission, living on the streets in the Thief Kingdom and learning how to control her magic even more than she already does. I absolutely loved this beginning and wished Mellow had chosen to focus the whole book on this part of Larkyra’s life. Unfortunately, the pacing of the book somewhat slows down once she goes to stay with the duke, and it’s a bit more of a drag to get through. This had such an interesting blurb but unfortunately it just didn’t deliver for me. I did like the initial prologue with the sisters and I was ever so intrigued by that and also Larks first introduction when she’s slumming and without the use of her magic then it just kind of fizzled and I then found myself just mostly bored.

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