The series review for this will come next week with whatever review I do for next week. I did not have enough time to do it this week. Sorry!
I still need to get back into the swing of writing these things longer. It has been so long. So for now, bare with me as this and the next one are sort of short.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
Synopsis From The Book
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.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Alright, the sequel to a book with our good queen. I had to review over the previous novel’s review to remember what even happened. It’s been so long. This is both a positive and an extreme negative, I think at least.
Alright, so this is a relatively short book but the last one was jammed pack with politics so let’s do this!
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
So this was as political as I thought. I’m surprised she went with Luvian in a way, but also not. In general I’m just irritated we didn’t get more of the other cities and countries. I want to see so much more of all of them. This just means there needs to be more books. I’m sorry, I don’t make the rules.
Part 1: Sorrow has become the Chancellor and she has to determine what she’s going to go about Vespus. He gives her two weeks, and in her fear she banished Iris to the north. She tries to convince Mael, while on her victory tour, that she does want him. Army’s reappears during the grand ball and Sorrow snaps at Mael. Vespus makes a plague on the land he wants and Sorrow is forced to see hallucinations by his new wife, in an attempt to convince her to let the people die and do what he wants. She quarantined the group and fights with Iris and Ramus before they both leave. She goes to the quarantined area and sees what has been happening to them thanks to the manufactured plague
Part 2: the rebellion group kidnaps Sorrow. She finds out it was a clever plot by her friends and she tells them that Vespus is using her relationship with Ramus over her. She makes up with Mael, Irris, and Luvian. She makes a deal with the rebellion group before going to the monastery where all her family was buried and taking the skeleton of the baby she replaced and hiding her somewhere else. She tells Iris and Luvian the truth before sending Ramus off with a letter to his aunt. She then sleeps with Luvian who she realizes she likes.
Part 3: Sorrow goes back to the palace, and begins to change things. Vine, the head of the Decorum Ward, rebels. Vespus goes back to his country and later resigns. Vine kills people and Sorrow sets up a trap for him. They get Vine and back at the palace, Sorrow is attacked by Vespus. He uses his abilities on Ramus to make Ramus and Sorrow almost do things they don’t want to. They break free because of an explosion. Vine made the explosion and he attacks them. Vespus attacks and kills Vine (and himself) because Vine killed Vespus’s plants with the explosion. Sorrow gives up her position as Chancellor after changing all of the government. Ramus can go home without fear of treason. Sorrow can go to school.
What I Liked:
Progress of characters; I liked watching the characters, particularly Sorrow, go from book 1 to the end of this one. Her development in this book was a lot more about doing what she wants and becoming what she wants. I liked that.
Mael x Happiness; HE CAN BE HAPPY! This was all I wanted in book 1. I got it. Goodness, I’m so happy he’ll be happy.
Sorrow and Luvian; This relationship is cute. I won’t lie, I still like Ramus as a character more, but I do like this couple.
Ending; I liked how it ended with the “democracy” as it stood, changing. I like that Sorrow gave up her seat. I was okay with Vespus sacrificing himself in a way. It wasn’t a perfect ending but I def didn’t hate it.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
I want to know so much more about all the other countries, so much more. Why can’t I get that? I want to know so much more!