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Song of the Forever Rains

By: E.J. Mellow
Narrated by: Madeline Lake,Nelson Hobbs
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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning author of the Dreamland series comes a new dark romantic fantasy about a young woman finding hope in her powers of destruction.

The Thief Kingdom is a place hidden within the world of Aadilor. Many whisper of its existence, but few have found this place, where magic and pleasure abound. There, the mysterious Thief King reigns supreme with the help of the Mousai, a trio of revered and feared sorceresses.

Larkyra Bassette may be the youngest of the Mousai, but when she sings her voice has the power to slay monsters. When it’s discovered the Duke of Lachlan is siphoning a poisonous drug from the Thief Kingdom and using it to abuse his tenants, Larkyra is offered her first solo mission to stop the duke. Eager to prove herself, Larkyra accepts by posing as the duke’s potential bride. But her plans grow complicated when she finds herself drawn to Lord Darius Mekenna, Lachlan’s rightful heir. Soon she suspects Darius has his own motivations for ridding Lachlan of the corrupt duke. Larkyra and Darius must learn to trust each other if there is to be any hope of saving the people of Lachlan - and themselves.

Welcome to the world of Aadilor, where lords and ladies can be murderers and thieves, and the most alluring notes are often the deadliest. Dare to listen?

©2021 by E.J. Mellow. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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couldn't finish

I got about 20 chapters in, fully emerged in the story, when I had to quit. The female narration is just too hard for me, personally. So monotone, so unaffected. I just couldn't finish.

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Narrator has room to improve

The female narrator had too clear enunciation at times. Often her was tone overly formal.

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Solid magic, flimsy romance

An entertaining and easy listen. I felt a lot of the ideas for the magic and fantasy were really fresh and fun. Loved the thief kingdom concept. I do want to note the similarities between this story and The Bridge Kingdom—a gorgeous blond spy infiltrating a stormy kingdom that ends up falling for the broken leader. I also found myself wishing some of the romantic interactions with the characters would just stop because they were so vanilla. So very boring and lacking any sort of heat. Mellow, turn up the heat, girl.

I look forward to the next book!

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Great Story

This is the first audible I have finished! It’s creates a picture in your head and the female voice is great! The male performer is good as well, I just hate that when performers use their voice for for her characters it isn’t consistent and I had to think about which character is talking.

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No, just no.

I’m confused as to whether or not this story is set in some magic realm, or in the deep south. This is terrible.

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Good

I really thought this book was very interesting. The author was very creative when it came to this book. I did like all of the characters especially the two main ones. I did like how Darius first met lark. I also liked the hawk that lark had. I did like the narrators of this book they did a very good job. Sometimes it seemed like the female reader was a little too dramatic in some areas.

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Took me a few chapters in to get into this book. It was like dropping down in the middle of the book and trying to catch up. once I did, halfway in , I enjoyed the story.

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I was bored and the narration did not help. I am very disappointed. Normally, this is my kind of read but I’ve chosen the wrong book this time.

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"Promoted as romantasy, but...

... couldn't force myself to finish it due to the slow build. The reader was good."
Wife was very disappointed with this one. Didn't live up to the hype.

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Interesting Fantasy World

This was my first read of E. J. Mellow. I have now read the 2nd book and awaiting the 3rd. The contrast between good and bad had a unique twist. Implying that neither was right or wrong; but that even a good motivation can turn sore and bad.
The characters were real and yet possessed of superpowers of an ornate nature. The book held me with pauses of character mixed with tidbits of fantasy, like embellishments to your person.

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  • 07-26-22

It lacked depth

Such a short read yet took me forever to finish.

Female part of the narration missed a mark in my opinion. The actress pronounced everything with matter-of-factness, which just killed the vibe. Many dialogs could've been salvaged if read with more emotion.

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  • AnmarieS
  • 06-08-22

One of the best

This has to be one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. Narrators were good and the story itself was fantastic.

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  • Fluff
  • 02-01-22

Amazing book but untrained narrators...

Love this book so much ! I read it several times, but the audiobook leaves a lot to desire... I have originally stopped listening to it as I was shocked by Madeline Lake's rendering of Darius-painful to listen- but the story is so beautiful that I forced myself to finish it. Nelson Hobbs is ok Such a pitty...

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  • Erssie
  • 01-06-22

Won't download, can't return nor contact Audible

Won't download, can't return nor contact Audible as they have a high volume of calls. Ironically only Audible members can return a book if faulty. Otherwise I'm stuck. Wasted hours on th s product.

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  • bookworm
  • 12-21-21

Fun NA fantasy romance

Very light on smut, for a majority of the book this feels closer to a YA romance than an adult one.

The magic world is fun, the characters get progressively wholesome and the romance is cute.

A fun listening experience.

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  • Jose Manuel Lopez Reyes
  • 11-30-21

Pleasantly surprised

I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. As it’s included with my Kindle Unlimited membership, I thought it wouldn’t be that good, but it is. I can’t wait for the second and third instalments!

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  • Kimberly
  • 06-04-22

3 star listen

I don’t 100% know how I feel about this book.
The burn is really really slow.
The world building is good and I like the premise around the magic and the three sisters.

I felt awful for the background of the mmc.
There is a hea for the songbird sister
No smut
There is a sex scene for those wanting to know so this makes it upper ya.
Quite a bit of violence in this book.
3 star listen. This has duel narration and I enjoyed the narrators.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-22

A happy ending

I saw a few reviews complaining about the love story being too plain, but I liked it. The relationship is a nice break from other books (such as The Cruel Prince) - good if you want to have a break from heart break

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  • Rebeca B.
  • 01-11-22

Lovely story

Loved this narration and story. Intriguing and so engaging as part of coming to terms with who we’re are and our struggles. A great summer read