Title Song of Autumn
Author Lauren Sevier
Published November 21st, 2020
Genre Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy
Songs of Autumn is a new spellbinding fantasy novel that will keep you on your feet. With a prophecy that Liz cannot escape, she must decide the fate of her people with the cost of her own life. With the encouragement of her mother, she runs and betrays her kingdom, in hopes that there is another way. Matioch or Mat is a brooding soldier hoping to land himself a spot on the legion to serve his kingdom but without the identity of his father, he has landed a reputation of a bastard.
It is a unique addition to the YA fantasy genre as the world is familiar yet the plot is unpredictable and captivating. Songs of Autumn is perfect for new fantasy readers who want a strong element of romance. Each page contains a twist and turns that will make you want to fly through this book!
“YOU WILL SING THE SONG OF MY LIFE. IT WILL ECHO IN THE HALLS OF THE GODS FOREVER.”
Throughout the chapters, we alternate perspectives of Liz and Mat which gives us a nice contrast of the story. They cross paths immediately in the book and it is apparent that they are connected by fate. Their love story had some elements of Disney’s Tangled and was very reminiscent of it (although it is very PG-13!!).
It was a very character-driven book and I enjoyed reading from Liz and Mat’s perspectives. Both characters have a slow growth that contributes to the course of the book but we are ultimately brought back to a prophecy they cannot escape. They yearned for each other so much despite the short time they’ve known each other which made sense for Liz because this was her first time truly making contact with someone outside of court, but I did feel like Mat’s feelings for Liz was a bit rushed.
We are also introduced to 2 characters; Tia, Liz’s loyal best friend, and Gareth, who Mat saw as a rival. These two characters were such a joy and help our main characters through EVERYTHING. Liz would honestly not have gone to where she is by the end of the book if it weren’t for Tia. Gareth had the most immense character growth — he grows into a compassionate character and we learn so much about why he acted the way he was.
I do wish we got to see more of the Dragon, the sorcerer destined to kill Liz and rule Aegis. Throughout the book, we learn that he is feared by everyone and terrorizes villages to ensure himself in power. It seemed unclear at first what his motives were but as we meet him for the first time, I begin wanting to learn more about why is the way he is.
“AFTER ALL, THERE WERE SONGS TO BE SUNG AND A WAR TO BE WON.”
As it is a character-driven book, we get very little world-building which personally, made it easier to fly through especially with all the twists and unpredictability of what our characters will do. The lore of Songs of Autumn was definitely a mystery. From the prophecy to the Gods and fleeting magick, it is all very intriguing. I do wish these elements were more built up but I’m assuming these will all come to play in the second book!
The book also ends on a HUGE cliffhanger so be wary and prepare yourself! Overall Songs of Autumn was a fun read that may spark a love for reading for new readers.
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 fora 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 never stop chasing her dreams. Because, one day, you just might catch them.
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