Title: Songs of Autumn
Author: Lauren Sevier
Publisher: Lauren Sevier
Pub Date: 11/21/2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Edition: ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy)
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.
Songs of Autumn is a really good debut novel that YA fantasy lovers will easily enjoy. One of the things I liked best about this book was the importance characters placed on choice. Many of them had been bound to circumstance in the past, so they gave each other room to make decisions even if they didn’t approve of them. It was one of the biggest elements of growth you could see in the characters because in certain moments it meant even letting someone choose death. It did feel like there was something missing to really grab my attention, but I was interested in the plot and characters, so I would definitely read the second book.
Another one of my favorite parts was the relationships between the characters. I love a good ensemble cast that adds life to the book so Finn, Wallace, and Smitty were a lot of fun to read. But honestly I could name so many characters I loved in this story because Tia and Killian were also amazing. Tia’s vibrancy, selflessness, and love were such an important part of the book. I also thought Liz’s connection with Gareth and Mat was really unique, and I really want to know what will happen in the next book. Overall, Sevier wrote an interesting YA fantasy with a distinctive premise and lovable cast of characters.
This is my first time making a book mood board, but it was really fun! Also I don’t own the right to any of these images.
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, and Jane Austen. 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.
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