Book Review – Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

Song of sorrowSequel to STATE OF SORROW by best-selling fantasy author Melinda Salisbury.

Sorrow Ventaxis has won the election, and in the process lost everything…

Governing under the sinister control of Vespus Corrigan, and isolated from her friends, Sorrow must to find a way to free herself from his web and save her people. But Vespus has no plans to let her go, and he isn’t the only enemy Sorrow faces as the curse of her name threatens to destroy her and everything she’s fought for.


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I am now dead. RIP Nikki, died from overdosing on an amazing book, 16th Feb 2109. ๐Ÿ’€

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Song of Sorrow from the publisher. And this morning, when I finished my reread of State of Sorrow, I was therefore able to just dive back in. Pushing all my plans askew and gleefully indulging in the beauty that is this world. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

I have NO idea how I can possibly review this without spoilers, but Iโ€™m going to give it my best shot as it deserves people reading it unspoiled.

Firstly, it really does pick up where State leaves off, and glories in the build up of that world and the politics, skullduggery and general underhandedness that Sorrow has had to face. Basically, it starts with all the things I loved best about State.

I challenge anyone to read this and not feel what Sorrow feels, and not want to hug her. My heart broke so many times in the first half. And I continue to adore her relationships with those around her, even when they are hard to read. Charon in particular, given what we learned in State, is wonderful to read. As is Mael.

I particularly want to shout about the romance in this book – as you may well know I am NOT a fan of romance in general. Well apparently I was wrong and this is fantastic and I love and and and and… *flails* I donโ€™t want to spoil ships, but the first one is so lovely, especially the way taking the relationship further is written, I adored that so much, I donโ€™t even have words to properly explain how. Just gorgeous. And so rare to see it written that way round. And the second surprised me and made me squeal. So cute. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Right, now Iโ€™m done with all the silly romance (never, not done, still loving it, will rave about it to everyone I meet), back to the plot! I loved the general plot so much. The story with the decorum ward wasnโ€™t too surprising, but it is still brilliant, because I love the whole fury of it. And I love everything with Vespus. Heโ€™s just straight up evil. I think how it all plays out is almost a little too convenient, but I still loved it. It allowed me to have the book I wanted this to be, with the overall ending I wanted.

Basically, you should read this series if you like politics and intrigue, and well written romance, and awesome women, and fantasy set novels that arenโ€™t necessarily about the fantasy. This ticks every box for me. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™


Buy Song of Sorrow from Amazon UK.

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