Author: Lauren Sevier
Publisher: Lauren Sevier
Release Date: November 21, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: eARC provided by Turn the Page Tours
Rating: ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️.5 out of ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️ ✈️
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 wonderful debut full of heart stopping, pulse pounding moments that leave the reader constantly on edge of what lies on the other side. Lauren Sevier has managed to create complex characters with deep seated emotions and problems who burrow their way into the readers heart and make it impossible to not root for them. The friendships created and shown within these pages help to reinforce the notion that no matter how steep and unconquerable the situation may be, with the right group of friends and perseverance, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.
From the relationship between Liz and her servant Tia who has always been more of a sister than a servant, to that between Mat and Gareth, two men who begin as enemies only to find themselves brothers in arms; these are characters and relationships which will stick with me long after the conclusion of this book. I found myself caring deeply about these characters and their desire to keep one another safe from their destinies while trying to safe the greater kingdom at large.
Between the author and the characters within Songs of Autumn, the reader finds themselves experiencing the rules and laws of Aegis right alongside the characters versus having to spend countless chapters learning about the world in which they’ve entered. Experiencing this system along with the characters brought the story that much more vividly to life for me. I found that I enjoyed jumping right into this world from the get go as it helped to eliminate the slowness that can happen when the author makes a point to take time to build up the world before getting to the heart of the story.
While this is a young adult fantasy, I think that all readers of fantasy will enjoy this story. It has a non-stereotypical princess who needs rescuing, for while she does need help from others, she is fierce and has no problem fighting for those she loves even it means placing herself in jeopardy. The “knight in shining armor” is flawed and shows the reader that not only is he not chivalrous, but weak as well. The history of the gods and loss of magic make the reader want to learn all they can about these two parts of this world to where it makes it difficult to step away from the story.
All of this is to say that I loved this book and after that cliff hanger of an ending, I need the next book now. Songs of Autumn comes out on November 21, 2020 so be sure to add it to your TBR on Goodreads and order a copy of the book through Amazon for the paperback or any of these ebook retailers.
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.
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Enter to win one (1) digital copy of Songs of Autumn by Lauren Sevier! Open to the USA and International.
Giveaway starts: Sunday, November 15, 2020
Giveaway ends: Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. CDT