A Mortal Song by Megan CreweA Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

A Mortal Song

byMegan Crewe

Paperback | September 13, 2016

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Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.

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.

Title:A Mortal SongFormat:PaperbackDimensions:382 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.85 inPublished:September 13, 2016Publisher:Crewe Morris Creative IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0993980694

ISBN - 13:9780993980695


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and Mythological Standalone One of my favourite things in the world is reading a book that challenges my assumptions, and one that holds true to classic mythology. A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe captures all those elements in a heart-warming story about choice, new opportunity, and maybe a little destiny, An exciting, well-written read, I highly recommend it as a standalone for anyone looking to adding a unique YA urban fantasy tale to their library. NOTE: I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m the kind of person who tries to pick out the ending of the story as she reads along. I know, I’m awful, but I can’t help it sometimes! I just read so much and begin to make predictions about how I think the story will go. So I was pleasantly surprised when A Mortal Song didn’t go the way I thought it would. After that, there were dozens of twists and turns, though the majority of the story lay in the subtext, which was masterfully woven to reflect on the pain of letting go, acceptance, and adapting to your surroundings and finding a new path. Sora is a great character. She’s strong in everything she does and immensely courageous, willing to put her feelings aside temporarily to do what has to be done. I loved the side characters Takeo and Keiji, and Chiyo was an absolute riot. What I loved about the villains was that they weren’t inherently evil. They had their own justified reasons for their choices, and weren’t evil for the sake of being evil. But my favourite element was the mythology. While it’s one of my favourite cultures to read about, I’m rusty with my Japanese lore. To have it refreshed accurately was an absolute joy and added another beautiful element to the story. I loved the variety of the kami, their personalities, how different spirits were interpreted, and how combing them as a whole gave the story made it seem more like a fantasy than I expected from its modern setting. The writing was stellar, and I can see why it was praised by Kendare Blake (yes, that Kendare Blake). I’ve seen this book floating around newsletters and my Goodreads feed for a while now, and I was so happy to have gained the opportunity to finally read it. Crewe is definitely an author to watch out for.
Date published: 2017-01-08

Editorial Reviews

"Megan Crewe's A Mortal Song is engrossing from the first chapter. The world of the kami is beautifully fantastic and delicately drawn, and the switched-at-birth scenario made me instantly feel for both of these resilient, brave girls. A Mortal Song has lots of magic, lots of heart, and lots to love." - Kendare Blake, NYT bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns."Sora is multi-faceted, endearing, intelligent and a pleasure to read... We've all read the classic rags to riches story, but in A Mortal Song, Megan Crewe delivers the opposite, and the result is gripping. Nothing about this book is typical; not the characters, nor the world. Young adult readers are in for a treat." -Kelly St. Clare, YABooksCentral"Wholly unique... The setting will appeal to teen fans of anime and manga and the diverse nature of the entirely Japanese cast will attract others." -VOYA"Crewe toys with the boundaries and tropes of science fiction and fantasy, making A Mortal Song a truly enjoyable read... Readers will not be disappointed as they follow this relatable and compassionate heroine on her way home, wherever that home may be." -Quill & Quire