Song of the Forever Rains
by E.J. Mellow
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?
My Book Review:
I don’t often read a YA Fantasy book, but this blurb caught my attention and so gave it a go. It was an enjoyable read set in an intriguing fantasy land with some magic thrown in there, not much in the way of adventure, but more of a murder / mystery / suspense.
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.