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My rating: 4 stars out of 5
Megan Crewe’s A Mortal Song heaps the stakes toweringly high–identity crises, kidnapping, tortured parents, the potential end of the world, first love…and second love, betrayal, and supernatural battles. Whew! This novel is action-packed, full of twists, and super cool magical battles.
Sora finds out, on her seventeenth birthday, that she isn’t who she thought she was. She’s been raised by the Japanese Kami–the spirits that keep the world in order and maintain the balance of the weather–and learns she is utterly human. And now, an evil army has trapped the Kami and is threatened to destroy the world. Only Sora and her trusted guard can save them…by finding and training the true daughter of Sora’s parents. The problem? This girl doesn’t know she’s Kami and has been raised in the human world. That’s an awful lot of things to dump on a teenage girl, especially on her birthday.
The blend of contemporary YA with the fantastical Kami of Japan was intriguing. Megan does a great job of exploring how to accept emotions, analyze the, and use that understanding to make decisions. My only complaint, is that in the climactic battle the resolution felt too easy. I wanted one more big twist.
I really enjoyed this book! Contemporary plus a bit of fantasy and some epic battles makes for a fun read.
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.
Book: A Mortal Song
Author: Megan Crewe
Publisher: Another World Press
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy