Running for her life these last few weeks had been the first time she could finally breathe freely.
Publishing(Expected) : November 21st 2020 by Lauren Sevier
Genre/Tags : Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ side Characters
No. of Pages : 231 pages
Mode : Kindle/ Arc by Turn the Pages Tours / November 2020
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.
Thank you Turn the Pages Tours and the author for the advanced review copy which lets me give you my unbiased opinion.
Songs of Autumn follows our main characters : runaway princess, Liz, whose fate has to rewrite her fate if she has to live and a bastrd born knight, Mat, who has to escape his last name and prove his worth. It’s filled with prophecies, terrifying Dragons, fated love, lots of ‘It’s going to happen, but I don’t want it to’ moments and amazing writing.
Liz smiled softly, sadly, her heart aching with happiness and sorrow mingled together. Happiness because of the time she had left, however little remained. Sorrow because of the doubt that refused to settle from her mind.
First, I absolutely loved the Characters introduced to us from the beginning. Unrelenting Tia who didn’t take any shit even when she felt out of place, the compassionate mother who stops at nothing yo save her daughter, brooding Gareth who has an air of mystery around him which intrigued me to no end, playful Finn who was a Little brother Mat never had, and just the whole gang was amazing. Their jovial banter, their support for one another to the point they were willing to die. It just, OMG my heart.
One day, when people looked at him, they would see a man of honor. When they did, he would stop them from hurting anyone else.
Second, I loved the world, the writing and the Characters and the high stakes we had and all the nerve wrecking moments. From the beginning we get that sense of foreboding that something was going to go wrong, and we knew what it was, but it still managed to make me emotional and surprised me. That was what I loved about the book. The writing was so lucid, I read the whole book in a single sitting. (No regrets by the way) The prophesy, the visions and the dream walk gave the magical vibes this world needed and added depth to the story as well.
“Fathers are just men. Men who can be cruel, indifferent, flawed. Whatever happens tomorrow, remember the man you are. If I dwell on who my father was, as a person, I would learn to hate myself. The way I sometimes hated him.”
Coming to the storyline and character development, I think Liz and Mat both grew up in different ways that could fulfill their respective roles, and how they came together complimented them. I loved the chemistry between them even though the romance kinda felt a little rushed, it still felt good to read about them. I wouldn’t say it was doomed because I want them to be happy, but it kinda was, and I don’t know how to feel about that anymore. I also loved how Gareth’s character was portrayed. I’m suspecting a few things will happen in the next book, but I don’t want to jinx anything. Even now, I wonder what the name of the book refers to, as the book is set during the onset of winter with dragons and magick.
She stood to face it the way she was always meant to. She stood until the snow fell so hard that the world was washed white. Until she realized that this too would be a new beginning.
Though we don’t get to see a lot of the Dragon, the dreamwalk scenes were one of my favorites! And not to mention Liz’s vision. And that ending. I am crushed. I knew it would happen, but it doesn’t make the ending any easier to read. The only teeny tiny thing I didn’t like was the point where the book ended. If ut had ended a few paragraphs before, it would have been perfect. But mind you, this book has a HUGE ASS CLIFFHANGER that will make you scream. I did. I cany wait for the next book in the series to come out because I want to know what happens during the war and the ring and the vision and Gareth and Liz. Omg so many unanswered questions.
“I suppose, growing up the way I did afforded me a different perspective. I know what it feels like to have no control over your life or circumstances. I wouldn’t wish that on another.”
Overall, I think I have found one more book series to add to my all time favourites. It had everything I loved. Sassy Characters, amazing writing style, very good Characters development, heart wrenching moments, magical touch to the fantasy setting, and so much more. If you haven’t heard of this book, THEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE? Go read this book and cry with me later !
About the Author
Lauren Sevier lives a simple life in small town Walker, Louisiana with her family and two mischievous dogs. She’s a proud firefighter wife and mother to her miracle son, born through IVF after an eight-year battle with infertility. She works full-time for a non-profit hospital in Cardiology caring for the elderly and low-income families all over the state of Louisiana in satellite and outreach clinics. Writing and being in the service of helping others are her two passions in life.
She started writing song lyrics and poems on the front porch swing of her family home nestled amidst a 200-year-old pecan tree orchard that was once part of a Civil War plantation. She’s inspired the most by Shakespeare, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, and JK Rowling. Her background in Theatre introduced her to classic British literature, playwrights, and poets from a very young age. This helped her to understand story concepts, dramatization, and character development the way Shakespeare once did, as an actor.
Now her biggest inspiration for writing is her son who, like all children, learns by example. Lauren is determined to set a specific example for him; to live simply, work hard, and to never stop chasing her dreams. Because, one day, you just might catch them.