Publisher: Another World Press
Release Date: September 13th 2016
Genres: Alternate History, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.
Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.
As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.
A MORTAL SONG is a novel that revolves around the character of Sora, a girl raised all her life as one thing but destined to be another. As a human changeling, Sora quickly finds out she is not the one prophesied to save the people she loves and the home she grew up in.
A character that isn’t The Chosen One?
Sign me up. I always enjoy it when a trope gets turned around on its head and that’s exactly what happened here. When Sora finds out who she truly is, you can really feel for her. As she comes to terms with the truth, she shows a side of vulnerability that is uniquely human and easy to relate to. Despite her newfound weaknesses, Sora remains courageous and brave, a heroine to admire.
A unique plot that is full of Japanese culture.
Set in Japan and chock full of ghosts, demons and kami (oh my!) A MORTAL SONG is definitely a refreshing read. It reminds me a little of INK by Amanda Sun and the manga Kamisama Kiss. The world building was incredibly interesting but I couldn’t help wanting a bit more history and explanation; I actually thought that this was a historical novel until laptops and high-rises appeared.
I thought A MORTAL SONG was a very readable book, it kept my attention and the pacing was nudged along by all the action. Adventure/quest books usually have a lull period but I didn’t find that here. There were a lot of elements at play, like friendships and romance, but they weren’t the focus. A little more more time developing the interpersonal relationships would have been nice, and some dialogue came off a little cheesy. There were a few twists though, which definitely added more depth to the book.
An anticlimactic ending?
The middle of A MORTAL SONG was great; the pages flew by and there was a lot going on. The characters spent a majority of the novel preparing for a big showdown but the main conflict seemed to resolve itself a little too quickly. However, I think the reason why the novel concluded as it did was so the overall message of compassion and power of humanity was clear.
Pre-order A Mortal Song in any format (Kindle ebook*—on sale for $0.99!, paperback, or hardcover) from any available retailer before Sept 13th, submit an image of your receipt using this form, and you’ll get a gift pack that includes:
- An exclusive digital booklet following Sora’s journey through Japan with photos from the author’s travels and lots of story commentary.
- An exclusive 25-page short story showing a key sequence in the book from another major character’s POV.
- An exclusive high-res digital poster of the book cover, signed by the author.
- Access to Megan’s secret bonus content webpage, where you’ll find deleted scenes from Song as well as her other books.
- A chance to win even bigger prizes, including swag and signed books.
Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and son (and does on occasion say “eh”), she’s always planning some new trip around the world, and she’s spent the last six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and spirits and other what ifs since before she knew how to write words on paper. These days the stories are just a lot longer.
Megan’s first novel, Give Up the Ghost, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. The Way We Fall was nominated for the White Pine Award and made the International Literacy Association Young Adults’ Choices List, and Earth & Sky was an OLA Best Bet for 2015. She is also the author of the rest of the Fallen World series (The Lives We Lost, The Worlds We Make, and Those Who Lived), the rest of the Earth & Sky trilogy (The Clouded Sky and A Sky Unbroken), and the standalone contemporary fantasy A Mortal Song.