Description from Goodreads:
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.
Review by Katy Haye:
A Mortal Song is a delight, I’ll just put that out there and if you’re short of time you can stop reading now and go pick up a copy.
If you want more, it started very fairytale-esque and introduced me to lots of Japanese folklore. I’m in the UK and I’ve got no idea if kami are a real Japanese thing (I hope so!), but it was utterly convincing and pleasingly different. The story turned some YA conventions upside down in a refreshing way. Sora is an inversion of the special snowflake trope – she spends her whole life to the start of the book believing she’s special, only to have that torn away.
I don’t want to describe much more about the plot in case I give anything away, but I’ll just say it was fabulously plotted and the sword, the mirror and the jewel was SO CLEVER, I am in awe.
Relationships are beautifully described and I especially loved the depiction of letting go of a crush in order to allow something real to grow. Complex and humane, A Mortal Song packs a real emotional punch – there was some furious blinking going on towards the end.
Oh, and I want a Keiji of my own – he’s unutterably lovely.
PLUS, it’s at 99p/c currently (I think that ends this weekend) – so grab a copy quick!
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