Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Song of the Forever Rains (The Mousai Book 1) Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
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
“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 (July 1, 2021)
- Publication date : July 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 6906 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 423 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #597 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.
Although I have studied the techniques of writing fantasy as taught by Michael Stackpole, I am no expert on the craft, so take that into advisement while perusing my thoughts on “Song of the Forever Rains.”
World building does not commence early in this story. Instead, the author launches into a far-fetched tale of three girls exploring forbidden areas in the mischievous way that only the innocent youths can. Scene descriptions of their antics are so well done and such fast reading that I simply could not put the book down.
In short, I loved the book.
LANGUAGE: Clean language.
Although there clearly is more story coming, I would not call the ending a cliffhanger.
How much did I enjoy this fantasy? Well enough to pre-order the sequel. Michael Stackpole would be proud to have had E. J. Mellow as a student.
I liked the premise, but there were just too many things that bothered me:
* Book opens with protagonist getting her finger chopped off, then wandering the streets for a while. Apparently, blood loss and infection don't happen in this world. Also, this didn't seem to move the plot forward in any way - it felt like a pointless scene that was just there to shock.
* Almost at the end, the characters need to go on a quest to retrieve an item. This felt very shoehorned into the plot, and the whole quest was very rushed. I really wish this was taken out, or done better.
* The "romance" was pretty much "horny teenager girl rescues broken boy". As it was written, felt simple and cliche.
* This was a fantasy world, but there were a bunch of modern concepts sprinkled throughout that were very out-of-place. One of the character wears a tux? People understand allergies, their causes, and their medications? A character plays a violin (violins happened in the 16th century) as opposed to a fiddle?
I'll skip the rest of the series.
I really enjoyed her complex, well-meaning, and yet flawed main characters. The witty conversations and supportive relationships throughout the book are among the best I've read recently.
Readers should be aware that (in my opinion) this is not a story for young adults. The primary villain is abusive and violent. Descriptions of drug abuse and addiction are found throughout the book as well. The author never glorifies these problems and she does a fantastic job of drawing them together to show how destructive any of these things can be as well as how they tend to compound and feed on each other.
My one disappoint with the book, and I guess I'm old fashioned, but if your main characters and setting are traditional enough to marry anyway - save the reward (the sex) for the honeymoon. It is more romantic that way.
Still, I'll be buying her next book, the book was really enjoyable. And I am excited to read more fiery barbs between the dancer and the pirate.
Top reviews from other countries
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.