Hello loves. So today I’m going to talk about a new fantasy series from a new author, Lauren Sevier. Songs of Autumn is the first book and will be releasing on the 21st of November. Before I go about my mini review, let’s get to know what this book is all about!
About the book
Isn’t the cover just so pretty?
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.
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.
So, time for my mini review. I’ll break it into two parts for a quick rundown.
What worked for me:
– the setting
– the writing
– the strong beginning
– the promise of a new adventure
– use of magical (realism?)
– side characters (I wish we get to see more of it in the next book)
What didn’t work for me:
– the romance (*big eyeroll*)
– the pacing
– the main character
– the plotline in between 🙊
– the way it unfolded
I see potential for a solid fantasy series and will look forward to the next books to see how the story goes. Thanks to Turn the Pages Tours for having me on the tour and giving me an early copy of this book to read.
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