Song of Sorrow Book Review

Song of Sorrow Book Cover Song of Sorrow
Melinda Salisbury
Fantasy, Young Adult
Scholastic UK
March 7th 2019

Sequel 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.

Best book this year.

I knew. I knew I would love this book. After my love for State of Sorrow, I had high expectations for Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. It was everything I wanted and more. What a bloody fantastic book. I am completely blown away with how outstanding this book is. Just everything about Song of Sorrow was so well written. The world building, as always, is top notch and the characters are just stunning. I LOVE this book.

“Sorrow, for that is all she brings us.”

The book continues on from the ending of State of Sorrow. Sorrow has won the election and is now the Chancellor of Rhannon. However, Vespus Corrigan has something over Sorrow that could destroy everything and everyone she loves. It could even destroy her. He knows the secret of who she really is. Sorrow struggles with political backhandedness, betrayal and needs to hide everything. Even from her best friend Irris. But of course, nothing is easy for Sorrow, as she soon finds out. Is Vespus her only enemy? Or is there more that seek to destroy her?

Rise or fall together. She chose to fall

Sorrow. Oh, my good lord Sorrow in this book broke my already fragile heart. The way that she is felt isolated from everyone is so painful and upsetting. She has really been dropped in at the deep end of a pool, so to speak. Throughout Song of Sorrow, you truly feel for her. Her love for her country and her friends is very inspiring and wonderful. Some of the choices she made turned me into a puddle of emotions. Her character goes from strength to strength and I have so happy with how the book ended.

Irris and Sorrow’s friendship knows no bounds. Their friendship brings me so much joy and throughout the story, my heart broke and mended itself several times. Irris as always is an incredible character and loyal to Sorrow in ways no one else could be. She is just great and I want her to be my friend too. Literally, anyone called Irris out there?

Rasmus is also back and his character made me feel things. I loved him in State of Sorrow, but his presence in Song of Sorrow felt more vital. How he still wanted to be friends with Sorrow and how that progresses. He’s a beautiful character and I am so glad he was back.

Mael also felt super vital to the story. How he wanted to still have a family and wanted to be the brother to Sorrow. I am glad that he ends of being part of the main group and is friends with everyone. It was a joyous addition.

Enemy of my enemy is my friend

I really enjoyed how we get to see another side of the “Sons of Rhannon” household. Especially with Arkady. Although bruttish, he was able to help out Sorrow during her times of need. Also without spoiling a damn thing, yes I ship them. Hard.

Vespus is a conniving evil bastard and I hated him to my very core. I wanted to kill him from the very first word he spoke and I hoped beyond hope Sorrow put him in his place. He was a little shit. NEXT!

Vine was also a bastard. Did I hate him more than Vespus? Possibly. He was another little shit who needed a good kicking in. NEXT!

“This sounds like A LOT of fun.

Luvian Fen is still my favorite character. Seriously. From the beginning of Song of Sorrow, whenever his name was mentioned, I got excited. Literally me: “IS IT HIM YET?” When it wasn’t, I was sad. I am SO happy that he was back. I think I may have had some serious words with Melinda if she didn’t bring him back. How can you not love Luvian? He’s a silly and quirky guy who enjoys reading. He even has his own library! I’d check out books from there any day. Wink. ANYWAY, I love him and I continued to love him throughout Song of Sorrow.  Also there may have been a moment during the story that I shouted YESSSSSS. I even have it in my notes with the exact page number (232). It gave me life. I loved it and I love them and I want a novella purely about the two of them. Please?

Overall this book is seriously amazing. I loved it so much I’m bursting.  I am SO happy with Song of Sorrow. It had a good mix of backstabbing political drama, friendship and romance, action and turns that you didn’t see coming. An absolute gem of a book. Do yourself a favor, read State of Sorrow and go straight onto Song of Sorrow.

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