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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 Aadlior. 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 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 Aadlior. 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?


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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 Aadlior. 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 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 Aadlior. 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?

30 review for Song of the Forever Rains

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    this is a very relaxed fantasy. there is magic, but the majority of the times its used, its for a performative purpose, rather than for conflict. and because there is so little action, this is definitely on the slower side of things. if you want to compare books to journey speeds, this would be a lovely sunday stroll. that being said, i did enjoy this. i think the world-building regarding the kingdoms is interesting, as well as the different types of magic among the three sisters. i dont think t this is a very relaxed fantasy. there is magic, but the majority of the times its used, its for a performative purpose, rather than for conflict. and because there is so little action, this is definitely on the slower side of things. if you want to compare books to journey speeds, this would be a lovely sunday stroll. that being said, i did enjoy this. i think the world-building regarding the kingdoms is interesting, as well as the different types of magic among the three sisters. i dont think the whole ‘infiltrating a neighbouring land to get information by pretending to be a potential bride’ is very original, but it works for this storyline. all in all, its a pretty great story if you are looking for a little bit of fantasy fluff! ↠ 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Unexpected This was one of the monthly free books, which rarely are my favorite genre of fantasy, and it sounded good in synopsis, but I really didn't expect it to be quite this good. I loved it. It has taken me until 5:30 in the morning, but I wasn't putting it down till I was done. I adore the love between Larkyra and her family. I enjoyed her relationship with Darius. I love her mutati hawk, Kaipo, and Achak intrigues me. This was a wonderful story, and I'm looking forward to the forthcoming Unexpected This was one of the monthly free books, which rarely are my favorite genre of fantasy, and it sounded good in synopsis, but I really didn't expect it to be quite this good. I loved it. It has taken me until 5:30 in the morning, but I wasn't putting it down till I was done. I adore the love between Larkyra and her family. I enjoyed her relationship with Darius. I love her mutati hawk, Kaipo, and Achak intrigues me. This was a wonderful story, and I'm looking forward to the forthcoming books!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    Masks and scars A great new world. A good start to the series. I really enjoyed the empire/world building in this book. However what makes this series extra interesting it that it left me with many questions I wanted to know the answers to. 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 acqu Masks and scars A great new world. A good start to the series. I really enjoyed the empire/world building in this book. However what makes this series extra interesting it that it left me with many questions I wanted to know the answers to. 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    E.J. Mellow

    SONG OF THE FOREVER RAINS IS LIVE! For those who have been here from the start, you know how up and down and sideways this journey has been for me with this book and series. I damn near gave up towards the end. But stubbornness has its benefits and I’m so very, very glad I kept going. SOTFR is the hardest book I’ve yet written. It’s also the proudest I’ve felt towards one of my works. If you like dark romantic fantasies with a strong heroine and a group of sisters who like to get up to no good, SONG OF THE FOREVER RAINS IS LIVE! For those who have been here from the start, you know how up and down and sideways this journey has been for me with this book and series. I damn near gave up towards the end. But stubbornness has its benefits and I’m so very, very glad I kept going. SOTFR is the hardest book I’ve yet written. It’s also the proudest I’ve felt towards one of my works. If you like dark romantic fantasies with a strong heroine and a group of sisters who like to get up to no good, I hope you pick it up and give it a read 🖤. Here are some things you might want to know about this dark romantic fantasy: ⚔️ It’s a standalone. No cliffhangers! ⚔️ There's a slow burn romance ⚔️ There is magic. Wonderfully twisted magic. ⚔️ A strong heroine ⚔️ Action + Adventure + Mischief ⚔️ Free to read on Kindle Unlimited! AND…a #1 Best seller in FOUR Amazon categories!!! Start Reading today! - https://bit.ly/SongOfTheForeverRains

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I got this as my free read of the month with Prime Reads and I figured it would be a good way to get over my Gleam hangover but this was just really meh. Nothing really happens...like 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. The characters are also really inconsistent, particularly Larkyra and I got this as my free read of the month with Prime Reads and I figured it would be a good way to get over my Gleam hangover but this was just really meh. Nothing really happens...like 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. The characters are also really inconsistent, particularly Larkyra and Darius. The Larkyra you get to know when the narration is focused on her is completely different to the Larkyra that appears during Darius' POV and vice versa, and there are some things that are just hard to believe. (view spoiler)[For example, Darius indicates that he's experienced, ahem but he's also super self-conscious about his scars and has been abused since he was 13. It doesn't fit with his character just like the shyness doesn't match Larkyra's. Another strange inconsistency is when Darius claims the walls have ears and that's why the thing that was stolen was stolen, but neither he nor Larkyra were all that concerned when they were sneaking around the castle. (hide spoiler)] It's a small thing but it really bugged me. (Also, the flashbacks were really irritating) I struggled to get through it because it was just really bland. The only things I liked were the Thief King and Achak. I wished they were around more. This is a pretty textbook YA fantasy with a barely there plot and a romance-heavy narrative (but the romance was just eh). I guess it could possibly be considered a palate cleanser between heavier books, so if you're looking for something sweet where no one gets hurt and has a happy ending then this is for you. If not, don't waste your time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    3.5 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 One may be beautiful,” she began, “rich, poor, young, blessed with magic or not, a sinner or virtuous, and the gift of life is still given to us all, just as death comes for us all. Song of the Forever Rains plunges you into an intriguing world of lush magic and dark secrets. Where lords and ladies are adorned in gold and jelwelry in one hand, and tainted with magic and blood in the other. Beware When The Songbird Sings This standalone follows the story of one of the Mousai: Larkyra Ba 3.5 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 One may be beautiful,” she began, “rich, poor, young, blessed with magic or not, a sinner or virtuous, and the gift of life is still given to us all, just as death comes for us all. Song of the Forever Rains plunges you into an intriguing world of lush magic and dark secrets. Where lords and ladies are adorned in gold and jelwelry in one hand, and tainted with magic and blood in the other. Beware When The Songbird Sings This standalone follows the story of one of the Mousai: Larkyra Bassette. 19-year-old Larkrya is the daughter of Dolion Bassette, Count of Raven, of the second house among the six elite houses of Jabari, where no king and queen rules them. She is the third and youngest of the Bassette daughters, her sister Arabessa is the eldest and then comes Niya. All three sisters are blessed with magic belonging to an ancient bloodline. They are the Mousai, a trio of creatures both revered and feared. No one would dare cross them, especially not in the Thief Kingdom where the most wicked and savage were welcomed. Before I get to the Thief Kingdom, I must say I adored the bond between the sisters. I enjoyed their interactions and it's always fun to see sisters be mischievous together and each of them had a colorful personality I felt more than I read that they do genuinely love and care for one another, that is something important to me when reading about familial bonds. It made me look forward to Niya and Arabessa's stories in the future. Let's move on to the other aspects I enjoyed in this book. For a place said to be filled with depravity and sin, it was extremely dream. The world-building was brilliant. Although I did wish we could have learned more about the Thief Kingdom and it's king. There are undiscovered wonders and horrors in that kingdom that I am eager to uncover. I still find the magic system in this book a bit confusing, but I like it is mainly focused on the type of lethal and corrupt magic. For Larkrya, she was in tune with her magic, soothed it when it wanted to erupt, not that her magic was always under control. It took Larkrya a long time to properly wield her magic as it was the source of her fears, because her voice has the power to slay monsters. A songstress of magic and blood. Larkrya is offered to go on her first solo mission to find out why the Duke of Lachlan is smuggling a poisonous drug out of the Thief Kingdom and using it to abuse his tenants. The Duke sets his sights on the youngest Bassette during a ball and asks for her hand, and so Larkrya must pretend to be his potential bride until they uncover all his plans. And in comes Darius Mekenna, a tortured hero whose joy was stolen away from childhood. There is more to uncover about him in the book. It took me a while to warm up to him, but I liked him eventually. And let's get to what is usually my favorite part: Romance The romance in this book is a slow-burn with a tinge of forbidden love in it. The romance took a while to buildup but I wasn't all that convinced. They seemed polar opposites, not that opposites do not attract sometimes, but I didn't feel they complimented one another. They do have some sweet moments and a steamy moment. This is one of the books where I wish the romance took a backseat or wouldn't have minded that there isn't any romance in it because I was more interested in the other parts of the story, and Larkrya was a fiesty and adventurous heroine that I wanted to go on more adventures with. That brings me to why I didn't give this a higher rating. I enjoyed how this book started but I felt everything had begun to slow down as we reached Lachlan. Maybe because with a character like Larkrya I wanted to embark on a bigger adventure with her. It didn't seem like her element for me atleast and from how I interpret her character. I am anticipating the release of the sequel and look forward to see where the characters pick off.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ••Camila Roy••

    This was fun! Would recommend if you’re looking for a light fantasy with not a lot of action. The characters were likeable, the storyline was interesting enough. Even though I found some of the dialogue to be over-the-top, I did laugh in multiple instances so it wasn’t THAT bad. I think what motivated me most to finish this (other than the interactions between the sisters, which were very entertaining) was the romance. Oh my. I adored Larkyra and Darius together. For me they do not match in term This was fun! Would recommend if you’re looking for a light fantasy with not a lot of action. The characters were likeable, the storyline was interesting enough. Even though I found some of the dialogue to be over-the-top, I did laugh in multiple instances so it wasn’t THAT bad. I think what motivated me most to finish this (other than the interactions between the sisters, which were very entertaining) was the romance. Oh my. I adored Larkyra and Darius together. For me they do not match in terms of personality but hey, opposites attract and the best sort of connections tend to be unexpected. Im looking forward to the next installments. Hopefully we’ll get more world-building and a little more action

  8. 4 out of 5

    Di Maitland

    3.5*s. An enjoyable young-adult fantasy romance, with a vibrant setting and interesting characters but a rather contrived plot. It gets brownie points for the gorgeous cover. 'I will stop your nightmares, she vowed. For I will be the final storm to rock this keep.' Nineteen-year-old Larkyra lives a double life. In Jabari, she and her sisters, Niya and Arabessa, are the Bassette sisters, the respectable young heirs to one of the city's ruling families. Meanwhile, in Yamanu, the Thief Kingdom, 3.5*s. An enjoyable young-adult fantasy romance, with a vibrant setting and interesting characters but a rather contrived plot. It gets brownie points for the gorgeous cover. 'I will stop your nightmares, she vowed. For I will be the final storm to rock this keep.' Nineteen-year-old Larkyra lives a double life. In Jabari, she and her sisters, Niya and Arabessa, are the Bassette sisters, the respectable young heirs to one of the city's ruling families. Meanwhile, in Yamanu, the Thief Kingdom, the sisters are known only as the Mousai, revered and feared sorceresses. Now of age, Larkyra is sent on her first solo mission to Lachlan, to investigate their Duke and his crumbling estates. But things are far worse than Larkyra or the Thief King ever imagined, and Larkyra finds a surprising ally in the Duke's stepson, Darius. My first impression of Larkyra was a good one, great, even. She's hard as nails and takes responsibility for her actions; she breaks rules and helps innocents. Unfortunately, it turns out her skills in the spy department are rather lacking. A bit of an issue given her chosen profession. She's also pretty thoughtless, which grew increasingly annoying with time. Whenever I considered Larkyra, her sisters and their father together, I couldn't help but think of Charlie's Angels (the 2000 movie). You've got the gorgeous women using their looks to hide their sneaky undertakings; the mysterious bossman, making plans and controlling the action; and the general young-adult vibe, where action and appearance trump deep thought or consideration, and there's a costume change with every scene. If I had to pick one of the four characters to keep, it would definitely be Dolion, the dad, that silver fox. Darius' first impression was a little less sure than Larkyra's, but he grew to outshine her in the end. His bravery in the face of such relentless abuse, both physical and mental, and his stalwart support for his people, were hard to resist. As was his smile, when at last he favoured us with it. "Are you always so demanding?" "Only when it rains." Best of all, though, was the vibrancy of the world Mellow crafted. I could quite vividly imagine the crumbling castles and rainy vistas, the virtuoso Mousai performances and their chained, demonic admirers. It's a small world, but full of life and colour and magic. Unfortunately, the plot rather let down the side. It was beyond contrived. At one point, we took an adventure by boat which served no purpose other than to set up the next book. And the denouement actually had me rolling my eyes. Talk about over-complicated and over-dramatic. Fortunately, both were relatively short sections in an otherwise enjoyable romp. Would I recommend this? Yes, but only to fans of young adult fantasy. It's good fun and the setting lends itself to a big-screen adaption, but it might rot a few of your brain cells along the way. I'll definitely be reading the next. Not because of Niya, who I think could actually be quite annoying, but because I can't resist me a sexy pirate.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie

    Right from the beginning of reading Song of the Forever Rains, I was hooked. That first scene with the sisters pulled me right in and told me so much about the world so elegantly. A lot of time with fantasy you get those dreaded info dumps with world-building. Not so with Song of the Forever Rains! Much like when Larkyra sings & her voice has the power to slay monsters, I felt like EJ Mellow was singing a masterful fantasy in these pages. Multiple plot points, character backstory information, and Right from the beginning of reading Song of the Forever Rains, I was hooked. That first scene with the sisters pulled me right in and told me so much about the world so elegantly. A lot of time with fantasy you get those dreaded info dumps with world-building. Not so with Song of the Forever Rains! Much like when Larkyra sings & her voice has the power to slay monsters, I felt like EJ Mellow was singing a masterful fantasy in these pages. Multiple plot points, character backstory information, and characters felt completely fresh and surprising. I couldn't think of anything I'd read that had something similar. I can't wait for the next one!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Evelina Kalo

    I liked Larkryra but did not love the romance in it. The world was interesting and those first pages really lured me in. Although predictable, I enjoyed it very much so. I loved the sisters so damn much! But my favorite character has to be Niya and I cannot wait to read her's and Alos' story! I am so intrigued. I liked Larkryra but did not love the romance in it. The world was interesting and those first pages really lured me in. Although predictable, I enjoyed it very much so. I loved the sisters so damn much! But my favorite character has to be Niya and I cannot wait to read her's and Alos' story! I am so intrigued.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Update, 6/6/21: A solid 3 stars for a fantasy novel that combines many different types of magic and mythology in the first of what I assume with be a trilogy - the series title, Mousai, refers to three sisters (the youngest of whom, Larkrya, is the MC of this book). To sum it up quickly: I found the entire cast of characters both interesting and likable, which is rare, but disliked the lack of logic and structure of the seemingly-random magic system. It's kind of like, any and all types of creat Update, 6/6/21: A solid 3 stars for a fantasy novel that combines many different types of magic and mythology in the first of what I assume with be a trilogy - the series title, Mousai, refers to three sisters (the youngest of whom, Larkrya, is the MC of this book). To sum it up quickly: I found the entire cast of characters both interesting and likable, which is rare, but disliked the lack of logic and structure of the seemingly-random magic system. It's kind of like, any and all types of creatures and magic exist so there aren't any rules or boundaries (I prefer a Harry Potter-style magic world where there are certain things that are possible or not, and are introduced in an organized way). And if you're here for the romance, know that it's a super slow burn - meaning nothing romantic happens for about 90% of the book. In fact, the romance is quite bland and the love interest is a fairly reserved young redheaded dude named Darius. It's not what I expected since when sexy pirate lord Alos (the love interest of Larkyra's sister, Niya) was introduced early on in the book; it made me expect that it was going to be a lot more intense! Read that intro for yourself! For a moment I thought he was going to be the main love interest: But what a face it is. Sin. He had a face molded from sin, every inch painting pictures of depravity in Larkrya's mind, of heated bedchambers and hidden corners. His brown skin, tanned a deeper shade from his life at sea, onyx hair reaching below his shoulders, and angular cheekbones tempted all. But his lilting grin, Larkrya knew, also held a promise of pain. And the combination was utterly terrifying. For a pirate lord said to be the worst sort of beast on the Obasi waters, the spectacle of walking unmasked and baring his devastating beauty clearly worked to his advantage. Know me, it whispered. Remember who carved out your screams. "Come to grovel for another favor?" Niya asked the nefarious man. Larkrya wanted to pinch her. Nothing good came when these two exchanged barbs. Thought each sister was dressed identically from head to toe, Alos's glowing gaze ran the length of Niya's cloak, as if he could see through it to each and every one of her curves and knew what she kept hidden. "My little fire dancer." Alos's words slithered through the air. "We both know it is you who is more likely to be on bended knee, looking for favors." The room's temperature soared, heat pressing against Larkrya's side as Niya stepped forward. (72-74) 6/4/21: Man, I hope this book lives up to that beautiful cover since I'm a hussy who falls for any book with pretty cover art. It looks like an updated/modernized, fantasy version of Alphonse Mucha's art nouveau pieces, but with a splash of art deco (think Gatsby) gold:

  12. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Winter

    I got this for my free book from Amazon last month. I am dissatisfied with this book, tbh. It had so much potential! Magical sisters? Musical powers?? An alternate reality kingdom???? ROMANCE?????? Almost too much potential. I did try very hard to like this one. I did. I am, first and foremost, annoyed by the writing style. There were of course a few mistakes (but what e-book doesn’t have errors), but that’s not why I’m irritated. It was just so simple, so plain, so boring and basic. Not in a ba I got this for my free book from Amazon last month. I am dissatisfied with this book, tbh. It had so much potential! Magical sisters? Musical powers?? An alternate reality kingdom???? ROMANCE?????? Almost too much potential. I did try very hard to like this one. I did. I am, first and foremost, annoyed by the writing style. There were of course a few mistakes (but what e-book doesn’t have errors), but that’s not why I’m irritated. It was just so simple, so plain, so boring and basic. Not in a bare-bones-no-nonsense kind of way, but like such a juvenile cadence and overall diction that it was just so underwhelming to slog through for 400 pages. It absolutely did not help that the world building was completely random. There were opportunities to go places with characters who’ve never been or are experts at that place, and so much more. But no it was literally random. And I think the style contributed to a lot of confusion in the plot, not just the setting, at least for me. Along with being as interesting as watching paint dry (linguistically), sometimes the author would let the characters decide things without telling us until the moment the decision was carried out. Didn’t throw in more dialogue (which was needed), just let everyone go to the next place in the same chapter without telling you why. The author told, not showed; didn’t slow down and take the moment, didn’t seem like they trusted us enough to make inferences. Second, I am very upset about the characterization, or lack thereof. The two leads had potential, again, but every few chapters they would somehow have an entirely different personality than before??? And that’s being generous, given that they were so two-dimensional that you could blow them over with one sneeze. Which was also jarring to read since the relationship between the sisters was fantastic. That dynamic was probably the only redeeming quality in the book. Third, there were hardly any obstacles in this book for the characters to overcome. And half of the dramatic reveals were “misunderstandings” or just didn’t matter after a few chapters. I’m all for a comfort read, but I mean *something* has to happen for characters to grow, right?? Not in this book, apparently. Fourth, the romance felt forced and though the author tried to plant seeds along the way, they totally could have been just cool crime-fighting friends until like page 350. No chemistry existed before that. Fifth and finally, I’m more interested in the pirate than anyone in the forefront of this book. And I don’t enjoy that at all because it felt like the MC didn’t care about her love interest as much as the pirate. It was weird. But I kinda want to read that one, it seems like chemistry might be there. But who knows. So overall, I wish this would have been better. I also don’t think I agree with those saying that this is an okay garden variety YA fantasy. I think there’s much better out there. Concept and potential only get you so far, even (and perhaps especially) in YA.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elly

    I liked this one, the intrigue and magic and secrets. Pirates and secret plans and multiple masks. The balance of power and complex and still relatable evil. It was fascinating, the world building. Loved it. Did not love the romance plot line, and how it’s at odds with such an amazing story that happened before the broken-but-charming duke arrived. I can’t see how she, as the ingenious and adventurous protagonist would consent to settling down as someone’s wife on her first exciting mission. Just I liked this one, the intrigue and magic and secrets. Pirates and secret plans and multiple masks. The balance of power and complex and still relatable evil. It was fascinating, the world building. Loved it. Did not love the romance plot line, and how it’s at odds with such an amazing story that happened before the broken-but-charming duke arrived. I can’t see how she, as the ingenious and adventurous protagonist would consent to settling down as someone’s wife on her first exciting mission. Just, blah. It would have been a significantly better book without the happily every after proposal. Or, even better, if she’d said no, kept him as an occasional lover and then went on to live her very amazing and adventurous life that wasn’t stuck on some island very far away from everything. (Seriously, tell me you would give up the wonders of the Thief Kingdom to go live a very humdrum life helping your tenants clean their fishing boats. Potentially if you were retiring, but not at the very beginning of your youth). I loved the adventure and world building. Was let down by the romance subplot and the mediocre ending. It’s like the book was trying to be everything, and ended up feeling dissonant. Blah.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brend

    Objectively? 4 stars. Considering how much I love Darius and the sisters? 5 and patiently waiting for the sequel

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Haas

    Hauntingly Beautiful💜 What I loved most about this book was the three sisters and their banter, it reminded me of my sisters and me. This book has the unique way of giving off an eerie vibe while still making you laugh. I enjoyed how the first 99% of the book was rated PG and then the smut came out of no where! I mean it was only a few pages but I did not see it coming and was pleasantly surprised. 🤤🤤❤️

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jillianne Ryca

    The cover tho 😤 Is bloody gorgeous for sure! My first read of EJ Mellow's work and I did not know what to expect! I enjoyed the authors writing so much 🤩 The book was really enjoyable for me and the story was so not what i expected. As usual I read this blindly and is pleasantly surprised at how much I love it! A unique story about family and love. Love how the book talks about physical and emotional abuse, made my heart cry out for the characters 🥺 This is indeed a unique fantasy, with character The cover tho 😤 Is bloody gorgeous for sure! My first read of EJ Mellow's work and I did not know what to expect! I enjoyed the authors writing so much 🤩 The book was really enjoyable for me and the story was so not what i expected. As usual I read this blindly and is pleasantly surprised at how much I love it! A unique story about family and love. Love how the book talks about physical and emotional abuse, made my heart cry out for the characters 🥺 This is indeed a unique fantasy, with characters which i could never imagine at all, but this author's description of the setting and location was something I enjoyed so much reading 😍 The magic system and world-building in this was 10/10, has so much potential where I could see it grow in the future (hopefully! fingers crossed hehe) The pace does slow down once you reach the middle of the book, but it was no issue for sis here. The book follows the two main leads, Larkyra and Darius. Personally I felt that they were well developed and enjoyed the thing they have going on cause I simp for them so bad! I just want to protect our man, Darius, such a softie i- 🥺 He has a heart of gold 💕 This was so magical for my fragile heart to comprehend, beautiful mix between fantasy and fairytale. Absolutely loved the relationship between the three sisters and their father, it was just so wholesome and beautiful to read. The sisters characters were well written! None outshines the other as they have their own personality and quirks. I love our main character, Larkyra in this one 😍 She is strong, witty and just a total mood for sis, I felt so strongly her! NOW my favourite character from this book has gotta be Achak! Like what a super cool character, like damn, a creature which holds the identity of 2 individuals like how maam?! We need a book about them as well 😤 ✨ Mystery & Magic ✨ Strong female protagonists! ✨ Light dark fantasy ✨ Slow burn romance

  17. 5 out of 5

    abi

    well-written, but everything interesting was crammed into a few chapters at the end, and the rest of the plot is formulaic and pretty boring. i would, however, be more interested in reading books about the other two sisters -- niya's in particular seems like it has the potential to be a lot more active. well-written, but everything interesting was crammed into a few chapters at the end, and the rest of the plot is formulaic and pretty boring. i would, however, be more interested in reading books about the other two sisters -- niya's in particular seems like it has the potential to be a lot more active.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    Mellow is a new-to-me author and this is the start of a very promising fantasy romance series! I was instantly caught up in the world of the Mousai and the Thief Kingdom, although at times this felt like it leaned more into the fantasy than the romance just because the love story was more of a slower burn in comparison to other parts of the plot. Of course when it finally gets culminated, it’s very satisfying! I will say I’m looking forward to the sequel involving Larkyra’s sister and that dasta Mellow is a new-to-me author and this is the start of a very promising fantasy romance series! I was instantly caught up in the world of the Mousai and the Thief Kingdom, although at times this felt like it leaned more into the fantasy than the romance just because the love story was more of a slower burn in comparison to other parts of the plot. Of course when it finally gets culminated, it’s very satisfying! I will say I’m looking forward to the sequel involving Larkyra’s sister and that dastardly pirate, but there was enough tropey goodness here to keep me entertained throughout. content warnings: familial abuse (stepfather to stepson), self-harm (male LI is magically influenced to do this not of his own free will) I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    Well, I think I found another favorite author. I have had her Dreamland series forever on my TBR (I know, I'm grounded) but I DID read The Animal Under the Fur (a standalone y'all have to read if you like action romance) and LOVED it! And now... SONG OF THE FOREVER RAINS. Honestly y'all, I don't know if there's enough stars for this one. It's been a minute since I've delved into some dark romantic fantasy and I think maybe that's what I've been missing all summer. First, the visuals are OUTRAGEOU Well, I think I found another favorite author. I have had her Dreamland series forever on my TBR (I know, I'm grounded) but I DID read The Animal Under the Fur (a standalone y'all have to read if you like action romance) and LOVED it! And now... SONG OF THE FOREVER RAINS. Honestly y'all, I don't know if there's enough stars for this one. It's been a minute since I've delved into some dark romantic fantasy and I think maybe that's what I've been missing all summer. First, the visuals are OUTRAGEOUS - I savored so much of what I was seeing in my head as I turned page after page. Kingdoms, magic, sorceresses, kings, drugs, addiction, grief, abuse, romance, sassy AF sisters... ALL WHOM I LOVED. Though can I change my name to Larkyra now please? 😍 I would also like a Kaipo please... k,thx. Secondly, the writing is amazing and I, if you can't already tell, am enthralled with the world building. I legitimately want to travel to the Thief Kingdom and watch the Mousai perform. I don't care what the cost. The Thief Kingdom reminds me slightly of a sultier and scarier version of Vegas (and I LOVE me some Vegas.) Uff y'all. I know I'm rambling but really if you like fantasy in the sleightest, go pick this up and read it immediately. All I can see now are pink jellyfish in a dark blue sky, jeweled masks and if I listen closely enough... a song beginning. Oh Mellow.... now I have to wait for the second in this series.... Sticks.

  20. 4 out of 5

    VICTORIA EDWARDS

    I loved this book!!!!!! I had a feeling when I saw the synopsis that this one was going to intrigue me and it absolutely did. A new author for me to swoon over 😍. This was a great romantic dark fantasy full of interesting characters, a wonderful exciting new world and a plot that kept me thirsting for more. I love that we started out with the least experienced sister to allow for the future books to then build upon what Larkyra starts us off with. I also adored the relationship between her and Da I loved this book!!!!!! I had a feeling when I saw the synopsis that this one was going to intrigue me and it absolutely did. A new author for me to swoon over 😍. This was a great romantic dark fantasy full of interesting characters, a wonderful exciting new world and a plot that kept me thirsting for more. I love that we started out with the least experienced sister to allow for the future books to then build upon what Larkyra starts us off with. I also adored the relationship between her and Darius!!! Absolutely enjoyed this. I think it’s four stars because the beginning was good it had a moment of slowness after that I tail first scene but then of course it picked up and I was right back in!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon Chillingworth

    There was a hell of a lot to like about this book. It was well written, with interesting world building, and involved a trio of powerful sisters. The plot was pretty engaging and moves at a good pace. Unfortunately, what made me not rate this higher (and doubt the 4 star rating, if I'm honest) was the relationship with Lark and Dorian. It was a bit tepid, and dare I say, YA in its vibe for my taste. There wasn't really much chemistry there and I wasn't overly invested in them as a couple. I guess There was a hell of a lot to like about this book. It was well written, with interesting world building, and involved a trio of powerful sisters. The plot was pretty engaging and moves at a good pace. Unfortunately, what made me not rate this higher (and doubt the 4 star rating, if I'm honest) was the relationship with Lark and Dorian. It was a bit tepid, and dare I say, YA in its vibe for my taste. There wasn't really much chemistry there and I wasn't overly invested in them as a couple. I guess I just felt like the romance was a bit lackluster, which was a shame when everything else was great. I would definitely recommend this, though.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "Remember you are brave, my songbird, so do not fear whatever you might feel." A young woman from a prestigious family can slay with just her voice. Beware when she starts to sing…. The only way I can really describe this book is simple, a BSer BSing a BSer. Games were played and you never fully knew who was scamming who. It was evilly delicious. I really enjoyed the closeness of the three sisters. Even though they may have acted like brats (aren't we all) they still looked out for one another and "Remember you are brave, my songbird, so do not fear whatever you might feel." A young woman from a prestigious family can slay with just her voice. Beware when she starts to sing…. The only way I can really describe this book is simple, a BSer BSing a BSer. Games were played and you never fully knew who was scamming who. It was evilly delicious. I really enjoyed the closeness of the three sisters. Even though they may have acted like brats (aren't we all) they still looked out for one another and had each other's backs. It reminded me of my relationship with my two sisters when I was younger. I love a book that makes me look at myself and reminisce about my younger years. *Sigh* To be an innocent tween again. The characters were very well written and could stand on their own. No one really outshines another but they are all characters that you'll always remember. Lark was a complete badass who could take down anyone who got in her way. But my favorite character was Darius. Deep down past that tough exterior, he had a massively warm heart and you felt all of his emotions through the pages. Song of the Forever Rains was a so-so read. Give it a chance, you might find your new favorite read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    diana

    Considering this is my first EJ Mellow book, I didn't know what to expect. Fortunately for me, the inside is just as good as the outside. (What a gorgeous cover!) I had an amazing time being immersed in the mysterious and dark world of the Thief Kingdom. I greatly enjoyed the author's writing and fell in love with the (unexpected) quirks of the Mousai. But most especially, I am in awe of the bond between the Bassette sisters. Being the youngest of three girls myself, I know the kind of unique bon Considering this is my first EJ Mellow book, I didn't know what to expect. Fortunately for me, the inside is just as good as the outside. (What a gorgeous cover!) I had an amazing time being immersed in the mysterious and dark world of the Thief Kingdom. I greatly enjoyed the author's writing and fell in love with the (unexpected) quirks of the Mousai. But most especially, I am in awe of the bond between the Bassette sisters. Being the youngest of three girls myself, I know the kind of unique bond among sisters. I love how the Bassette sisters complement and balance each other. Arabessa's steadfastness, Niya's wit and Larkyra's loyalty- I honestly don't know who's my favorite. Regardless, I have to say I love all three! I did struggle a bit with the slow pace in the beginning. But I didn't let that stop me because I needed to know what happened next. I wanted to see more of the Mousai and their extraordinary magic. I wanted to explore more of the world. And I most definitely wanted more Darius. Darius with his beautiful, selfless soul. *cue swoon* I have a feeling the next installment will focus on Ezra and Niya. (Edit, June 2021: Yass! I'm right!) Considering I'm way past intrigued over the elusive captain, I'm really excited to read it! Not to mention I feel like we barely scratched the surface of the Thief Kingdom and the Mousai, so I'm most looking forward to that, too! "The road to anything truly worth having is often steep, but think of the view when you get there." "How could the simple act of stringing certain words together change the very shape of a soul? For that was the only way Larkyra could describe what was happening inside her. Her soul was changing, expanding to something new and hopeful and devoid of grief. "I feel endless with you." I received an ARC to read and review. Quoted excerpt/s may change in the final print.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Green

    So this is one I picked as my free book of the month from Amazon Prime. So glad I picked it!! The synopsis is a perfect pitch and I hear that’s the hardest part for authors to write. I loved the banter between the three sisters. You will love their father and other unique characters they call family. The world these characters live in is dark and there are dark themes laced through but the characters personalities bring a lightness to the story. I love Larkyra and Darius and every step of their So this is one I picked as my free book of the month from Amazon Prime. So glad I picked it!! The synopsis is a perfect pitch and I hear that’s the hardest part for authors to write. I loved the banter between the three sisters. You will love their father and other unique characters they call family. The world these characters live in is dark and there are dark themes laced through but the characters personalities bring a lightness to the story. I love Larkyra and Darius and every step of their relationship. I’m always nervous when I read an author that’s new to me. I do require a book to have a happy ending for me to give it all the stars. Not only do you get a happily ever after but a tease that has me anxious for the next book that will focus on a different sister and very bad pirate.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hirondelle

    This was different from expected. A lot less dark and cryptic and more straightforward. By the way I got this notion while reading some of it, it kind of reminded me in tone of Anne Bishop (crossed with Charlie's Angels) maybe, if that makes sense, and I think Anne Bishop fans might like this. You got this world with magic and 3 sisters all specially full of magic, each with a special haircolor and talent and a doting super hot (I got that feeling yeah. Love plot coming up by book 3 the latest) This was different from expected. A lot less dark and cryptic and more straightforward. By the way I got this notion while reading some of it, it kind of reminded me in tone of Anne Bishop (crossed with Charlie's Angels) maybe, if that makes sense, and I think Anne Bishop fans might like this. You got this world with magic and 3 sisters all specially full of magic, each with a special haircolor and talent and a doting super hot (I got that feeling yeah. Love plot coming up by book 3 the latest) father who sends them on secret missions. And you can see clearly who the love interests for each one will be, and for this first, youngest sister, he is not looking that compelling, sadly. The writing is off, sometimes it is plain wooden, dead, sometimes it is cool, sometimes it is way too purple and florid (honey-rusted hair, tresses. The incredibly detailed descriptions of everything physical. By the way "honey-rusted" does it imply red details or grey? Rust is red, but people do not get red tips naturally... I spent way too much time thinking about this). 30% of the way in I decided I just did not care particularly since the love interest and villain (Sadly different, or it might have been more interesting) all seemed so perfunctory. But if "Anne Bishop crossed with Charlie's Angels with lots of magic" seems like an entertaining concept (and I am not completely opposed to it myself, and it might have worked on different circumstances) this might be fun to check out. It was not for me right now, though.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Firstly how gorgeous is this freaking cover?! What an epically amazing unique story that was!!! It takes you to another land, with magic and darkness and adventure. Larkyra and her family are truely something else! I loved her relationships with her sisters and those she is close to! I loved her humour and wit. And I loved her how deeply she cares for others. Darius, I have a weak spot for gingers 😆, is strong even amidst horrors that he has lived through. He doesn’t trust, but wants to help thos Firstly how gorgeous is this freaking cover?! What an epically amazing unique story that was!!! It takes you to another land, with magic and darkness and adventure. Larkyra and her family are truely something else! I loved her relationships with her sisters and those she is close to! I loved her humour and wit. And I loved her how deeply she cares for others. Darius, I have a weak spot for gingers 😆, is strong even amidst horrors that he has lived through. He doesn’t trust, but wants to help those in need with every fibre of his being. He was so lovely. Some parts just made you want to encircle him in love. Wow, these two together. You could feel how they are drawn towards each other. I loved how they fell into one another and how easy it is between them. They fit perfectly. This was such an awesome adventure with twists and turns that keep you wanting more. And I am definitely, probably impatiently, looking forward to the next sisters book 😍

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna Foster

    A vibrant magical blend of fantasy and fairy tale.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Missie ☆

    I think I've fallen in love with E.J. Mellow's writing style! I think I've fallen in love with E.J. Mellow's writing style!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

    Actual Rating: 3.5 stars!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    This is a hard book to review, it was enjoyable but not at all what I expected, and really needed better editing. I enjoyed the beginning of this book more than the rest where it really seemed to lose focus of the plot and the characters. When we first meet Larkyra she is a very interesting character with nerves of steal. She is very strong and capable but unfortunately later on we find her completely stripped of that for reasons that make no sense. Her love interest is mostly a bland character This is a hard book to review, it was enjoyable but not at all what I expected, and really needed better editing. I enjoyed the beginning of this book more than the rest where it really seemed to lose focus of the plot and the characters. When we first meet Larkyra she is a very interesting character with nerves of steal. She is very strong and capable but unfortunately later on we find her completely stripped of that for reasons that make no sense. Her love interest is mostly a bland character of tragic background that apparently cannot seem to put two and two together which is annoying but is mostly a benign character. Larkyra comes from a family that is very important to her but it’s grating to constantly hear about her missing her sisters who have a very weird relationship when actually together. My biggest gripe is the pacing, it moves painstakingly slowly, and when interesting things could actually happen just skips through them quickly. If the book is not going to progress it has to be an interesting moment with the characters holding the reader’s attention but unfortunately that was not the case here. This felt to me like an interesting book that badly needed editing to turn it into something more. Again it’s a pleasant enough read but I cannot say it’s worth reading and that’s about how I feel about continuing with this series, I’m just not sure I care enough.

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