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A Mortal Song
     

A Mortal Song

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by Megan Crewe
 

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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

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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.

With its breathtaking action, heart-wrenching conflict, and unexpected romance, this vivid standalone contemporary fantasy will delight fans of Julie Kagawa and Laini Taylor.

Dive into the captivating world of the kami today!

Editorial Reviews

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"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

Children's Literature - Magi Evans
On her seventeenth birthday, Sora, a kami princess, is forced to leave her life-long home on Mt. Fuji when the mountain is overrun by a demon and an army of ghosts. Sora and Takeo, her palace guard protector, learn from the sage Rin that a prophecy predicts that the princess will use the three royal treasures hidden throughout Japan to save the kami and Mt. Fuji. But she also reveals that Sora is not the princess, and in fact, is not even kami. The real princess has been living among humans since she and Sora were exchanged as babies, in order to protect the princess until she might be needed. Now Sora and Takeo seek out Chiyo, who at first resists the idea that she is kami, but a demonstration of her power convinces her that she must fulfill the prophecy. Joined by Chiyo’s friends, Haru and Keiji, the teens search for the treasures, but in each place they are met by ghosts and ogres who try to stop them. Meanwhile, Keiji has discovered who the demon really is, and he and Sora devise a plan to stop him. Throughout the story, Sora has to confront her own identity. Bravery and loyalty are constantly tested, and the budding attraction between Sora and Keiji becomes complicated. Crewe has taken the ancient Japanese myth of the kami spirits and given it a modern day twist, with a mixture of mayhem and romance that will leave readers wishing for more stories starring these intrepid teens. Reviewer: Magi Evans; Ages 14 up.
VOYA, December 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 5) - Laura Perenic
Sora, a Kami living in Mt. Fuji with her parents, has lived an ideal existence of privilege. Able to use Ki, a power in spirits like Kami as well as in the natural world, Sora is physically adept at fighting. At the age of seventeen, her life of tutors and guards ends when she learns she is a human changeling who must protect a student from Tokyo—the real daughter of Sora’s parents. Aided by Takeo, who has grown up protecting Sora, and a dragonfly, Midori, they seek out Sage Rin. Learning about the demons overtaking Mt. Fuji and encountering increasing numbers of ghosts, the group must embrace Chiyo, who is just learning to use Ki, and Keiji, whose knowledge is his greatest strength. Fighting against Omori’s control of Mt. Fuji and a powerful prophecy, both girls hope to rescue their parents in time. A Mortal Song, set in modern Japan, utilizes many traditional concepts as well as Japanese mythology to create a wholly unique feeling. While the setting will appeal to teen fans of anime and manga and the diverse nature of the entirely Japanese cast will attract others, the scenery does not hide the familiarity of the story. The growth of Sora and Chiyo shows strong characterization but the male characters are flat. Attempts at romantic content, while light in tone, seem misplaced and awkward. The concept of the heroine being revealed as a mere human designed to save the true, magical princess is unique. Greater description of place, costume, and other fundamental aspects of Japanese culture would create a more immersive experience. Reviewer: Laura Perenic; Ages 12 to 15.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940153567556
Publisher:
Another World Press
Publication date:
09/13/2016
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
9,980
File size:
613 KB

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A Mortal Song 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Title: A Mortal Song Author: Megan Crewe Genre: YA Fantasy Format: Ebook Shelf: ARC Pages: 382 Rating: 5 Heat: 1 Thoughts: I absolutely LOVED this book!! It's one of the few stories where the main character, Sora, is NOT the hero but one of the "sidekicks". Granted she still played a huge roll in saving the world but it was such a refreshing change from most stories. The characters were awesome, I'm actually bummed that I finished the book, I feel like I've lost touch with some friends. I also really enjoyed all the new to me magic of Japan. I read at the end of the book how Ms. Crewe actually went over to Japan and traveled the same beautiful path as Sora. The detail was awesome, makes me want to explore the same path. I don't think I've read anything that takes place in Japan and it was such a nice change for me. This is also the first book I've read by Ms. Crewe and I am looking forward to reading more by her. The writing just drew me in and the descriptions made it seem so real. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
onemused More than 1 year ago
Sora has been raised by the kami in Mt. Fuji and enjoys her life with her parents and her best friend, Takeo. On her 17th birthday, a demon attacks Mt. Fuji with an army of ghosts and only Sora and Takeo are able to get away. The visit the odd Rin, who can see the future vaguely but not interpret it. Rin reveals that she is not kami but rather a mortal human who was switched at birth (and then with odd specificity tells them where the kami actually is). Takeo and Sora seek out the kami with whom she was swapped at birth. They find Chiyo, who is glowing with kami energy, and who does not have any interest in being a kami. As the lives of all the kami at Mt. Fuji and possibly the whole world are at stake, they convince Chiyo, and are joined by her boyfriend Haru and random fan, Kaiji on their quest. The story is told from the first person POV of Sora, who is your typical teenager. She feels betrayed by her parents, disappointed in her true self, and lied to. Instead of letting it all fester, she decides to prove them all wrong and she certainly does. I found it a little slow in parts in the first half of the book, but then it became rather action packed towards the last half of the book. There is a lot of set up for the world and Sora's feelings/thoughts. They are all justified but it made the book a little younger than what I typically like in a YA book (read as an adult). Perfect for younger readers. There is some romance, but it is very clean/sweet. I did not predict it, but I like how it evolved. I feel like more background on the kami would have been helpful for the complete novice (me). I ended up doing research as I read and then things started making a lot more sense. Crewe has done her research well- too well perhaps to assume most of us would understand to basics! ;) It was easy to research and interesting to learn about, so maybe it was for the best! I also agree with another reader- why not water guns? I was thinking there has got to be an easier way, but I liked the ingenuity and Sora's ultimate role in it all. You can see Sora mature into herself in the book, definitely a coming of age type of novel. I'd highly recommend it for younger teenagers, as I think it's got some good lessons about potential, maturity, and making your own destiny. Sora is a strong female role model (albeit still young), but is nice to see for younger girls. Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
lenorewastaken 18 days ago
4.5 stars -- I'm a day late, but I started reading this book to fulfill the January theme for one of my Diversity challenges, which was "Stories based on/ inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology." This book fit that theme PERFECTLY and I'm so glad I picked it up with this challenge in mind, b/c I was thoroughly entertained by Sora's story! This is not a book that typically piques my interest, as I tend to go for either contemporary or more modern paranormal/sci-fi. But after reading a review from Lillian @Mom With a Reading Problem, it sort of just stuck with me. So when I saw it go on sale, and noticed it matched the diversity theme, I snatched it up. So after that long-winded explanation...ahem. I really loved that this one introduced me to some mythology from Japan. It was all so enchanting, and I loved the blending of the world of the Kami with the modern world in Japan. I'm not really a huge fantasy reader b/c I enjoy the linking back to the real world, so I loved that this was both...I guess kind of urban fantasy then, eh? If you couldn't tell, I'm really not that familiar with the genre. I loved the uniqueness of Sora's journey. So often we read about a seemingly ordinary girl who actually has extraordinary powers and saves everyone. In some ways Sora's story was kind of opposite. She grew up thinking she was a being of extraordinary powers, but in the end she was a normal human. But it was her normal humanness that helped save everyone (sort of). I really LOVED that. I loved seeing her struggle with the lies she had been told, and how she would deal with her new reality, eventually coming to embrace what it meant. I enjoyed Sora as a narrator, I thought her struggles were relatable and she grew in a reasonable way. And the plot kept me hooked!! I enjoyed the journey the whole group went on to fulfill the prophecy and defeat the bad guys. There was exciting fight scenes and intriguing plot twists. I was up til 3am reading this bad boy, before I had to finally put it down. I'm not a fan of love triangles, but this one only bugged me a little since it was pretty shallow, though I will admit that I fell for the first boy and didn't give the second boy nearly enough of a chance, so I didn't really get totally on board with the romance. It's funny, b/c I tend to require romance in the books I read, but I wasn't super invested in this one. It had some great butterfly moments, but I wasn't always convinced of the feelings involved. Perhaps I didn't get what was drawing them together outside of attraction. As for the side characters, I really enjoyed them and loved that they all had some depth, with both admirable qualities and flaws. I thought Chiyo would annoy me, but I actually came to enjoy her and root for her (and I loved her romance with Haru). I felt similarly about Haru, but he really surprised me, and I kind of loved that. I almost wished I knew more about Takeo, b/c I really enjoyed him, and I felt like there could be more there. And then there's Keiji. I had a harder time forgiving his flaws, but I also enjoyed his redeeming moments (and they made me bawl). I also really liked that he was a bit of a nerd and beta boy. I even kind of enjoyed the bad guy and the story surrounding him. One of the things that has me rounding down instead of up is that I found I guessed a few major plot twists, and how to defeat the bad guy, quite early on, and so it was frustrating to wait around while
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ElsaVivi 5 months ago
Recieved a free ARC in exchange for a honest review This book is definitely different from other books out there. It takes the whole "averge girl finds out she's not so average after all" story line and flips it. In this story, Sora, who is a Kami princess finds out she is only human. All her incredible powers were only borrowed. The true Kami princess is currently living with Sora's real parents in Tokyo. I loved the character Keiji! He's funny and brave and just an awkward teenager ;) What I didn't like was how part of the ending felt a bit rushed and too good to be true...still it was a great read! If you're looking for new mythology to dive into this will introduce you to the magical world of Kami!! The characters are fun and easy to like! Happy reading! Elsa M.
JoonS 5 months ago
Sorta is a Kami getting ready for her 17th birthday celebration. Sorta believes her parents have been delaying her training and learning process. She plans on discussing it with them. However before she gets the opportunity, her celebration is invaded by a demon and a large group of ghosts. Takeo helps Sorta escape and their journey begins to find Sage Rin and learn of the prophecy. This is a fantastic ya fantasy book. It is entertaining from start to finish. I love being introduced to a new world without any preamble. You just get thrown into the story with Sora. The story is very descriptive without slowing down the pace. The protagonist is very intriguing and likable. I love the relationship between Takeo and Sorta. He is a mentor but also a friend. The strength of this bond is well represented in the book. The book is a great ya adventure. I will be recommending it to my friends who enjoy this genre. It is an amazing adventure in an extraordinary world. I highly recommend it.
Raq-uel 6 months ago
I absolutely loved A Mortal Song. Having a story about not a chosen one, but the person who thought was the chosen one? GIVE ME TEN! Sora has turned into one of my favorite characters. Going with her through the journey of discovering her "humanity" was incredibly real, and the rest of the characters don't fall far behind her. The writing style makes the story even more enjoyable. The only thing that gave me a little bit of an internal-conflict was the ending. I wish I had 20 or 50 more pages, I wish I could see more about how everything turned out. Overall, A Mortal Song was a book I enjoyed and will probably reread someday soon.
Shaun-Green 6 months ago
One of the best YA novels I've read this year. Loved the combination of Japanese mythology set in a modern day world. It has an exciting plot, likable characters, with fast moving action. Didn't see the twist coming at the end. And what great art work. Highly recommended.