Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.
As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.
With its breathtaking action, heart-wrenching conflict, and unexpected romance, this vivid standalone YA fantasy will delight fans of Julie Kagawa and Laini Taylor.
"Definite must read!" By Ashia 1 year ago
A MORTAL SONG is a magical young adult story that is all the more compelling for its humanity.
Sora is a kami, one of the elemental spirits that lived in Mt. Fuji. On her seventeenth birthday, a demon and his cohorts attacked and subjugate the mountain, and she and her loyal guard Takeo were given a quest that would help save the mountain. She then found out that she was in fact, human, and she and the real kami princess were exchanged at birth so that the princess's life could be preserved for such a time as this, when the princess was prophesied to be the savior of the mountain.
Sora was understandably bitter, because it was as though her life was nothing, because she was meant to be a decoy to keep the princess safe. Yet, we see the dichotomy in her character, because even as she felt betrayed, yet, she loved the mountain enough to set aside her own feelings and focused on doing all she can to save it and the kami she had come to love all these years. I love that Sora is a complex, multi-faceted character; she becomes more interesting, humanly flawed and yet also strong, but maybe strong in a different manner than she had thought. I love that she was able to appreciate her own humanity in time, and need I say how fitting the resolution to the situation was?
Both Sora and Chiyo, the kami princess, have their own strengths and weaknesses, and yet, they complement one another. Both girls are the heroes in this story, and for once, I like seeing that the boys were mere sidekicks, albeit important sidekicks, in a fantasy novel.
Author Megan Crewe brought a fresh new idea into the young adult fantasy genre, and I was almost sad when I reached the end. A MORTAL SONG is a fascinating, page-turning read that nobody should read. A definite must read!