Syphon's Song

Syphon's Song

by Anise Rae

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ISBN-13: 9781616502119
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/03/2014
Series: Mayflower Mages , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 359
Sales rank: 141,339
File size: 864 KB

About the Author

Anise Rae grew up among the cornfields and soybeans of Ohio, dreaming of being a ballerina, an astronaut, and a romance writer. With no turn-out and a soul deep love of chocolate, her ballerina dreams floated away as high as the moon, equidistant with the astronaut aspiration. She stuck with writing. After 22 years, she got the call. Or rather, she got the email. Syphon’s Song, a 2012 Maggie Award of Excellence finalist, will be released March 3, 2014 from Lyrical Press.

Now transplanted to the South, Anise lives in Georgia with her family and a cast of characters that flit around in her head. A select few of those imaginary people are ever so grateful for their chance to escape into the real world of books. The remaining characters, enough to form an army, still clamor for freedom.

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Syphon's Song 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the second book in the series not knowing it was a sequel. Naturally I then had to find the first, and am VERY glad I did. She weaves a very entertaining thriller in this book. It has everything, intrigue, comedy, sizzling sex, characters you will care about, all while setting up a new world to flesh out. I cannot wait to start the next book now, just hope that we see how this couple makes due in this world, or how if they meet the new heroine in the next saga. This was a very entertaining, well written page Turner, that honestly could have been much longer, and I probably would still have torn through it without realizing.... Thank you!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Book Ever! Please write more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was OK, but there are some holes and many unanswered questions about this world of the mages. It wasn't fully explained if this world existed parallel to the regular world. Since they mention the Inquisition and witches, I assume both world exist together, but this is never fully explained. And the Nons were confusing too. It almost felt like I missed a book or something. My other issue was with Bronte herself. She was kind of equal parts stubbornly stupid and cowardly. For like 80% of the story, she cared only about herself. She didn't become a heroine until the end, and that still seemed to not be by choice. I was still very interested in the story and how it turned out. Despite my personal dislike of the female lead for most of the story, I did enjoy her interaction with her sister. Her sister called her out on all the things I was thinking. I still enjoyed the story but I liked Vincent and the peripheral characters more than Bronte.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. Great story great writing. You will enjoy can't wait for next one
burns_erin More than 1 year ago
This book is the first in the Mayflower Mages series. I picked it up because the second book was too tempting not to snatch up on Netgalley (that review will be coming up in the next couple of weeks), and I just can't start in the middle of a series. Let's start with the fact that I am thrilled with this book, I enjoyed it very much. I just can't see how to write this review without making it sound like I didn't like it. And that is for very good reason, because what it most reminded me of is Ilona Andrews, and particularly her new series first, Burn For Me. That is very high praise from me, because I adore Ilona Andrews, but of course I cannot help comparing it - and it falls just a tad bit short of that for me. But, others may really like this book better for the very reasons that it didn't quite hit all my buttons. This is an alternate US history where magic and magical ruling families control the world. Magic is passed on genetically and the people who came on the Mayflower ships were mages. There's some interesting world building going on, and Ms. Rae avoids the info-dumping issue mostly with aplomb, though there are a few places that did leave me scratching my head for a bit until I sorted out the rules. The main focus however is not so much the world building, but the characters and their romance. Bronte Casteel is a Syphon Mage, which in her world is a death sentence since it is assumed that Syphon's can suck all the magic out of other Mages. So, she lives as one of the downtrodden nons, thrown away from her powerful family. Colonel Vincent Rallis is her hereditary enemy, but a chance meeting when they were teens sets them apart and sets up the situation to bring them back together as adults. Their meeting was what prompted her family to send her away, and was something that gave him both hope and an academic interest to balance his dangerous military career. He's a powerful mage with a gift that could destroy him, she's an apparently powerless Syphon with the ability to suck out his magic, but it turns out that is only his magic, and for him that is completely not a bad thing. By all the rules of Romancelandia, obviously these two are meant for one another. So what did I think? This series is going to be set up as a series of potentially stand-alone books, each featuring a different couple, and it looks like each focusing on a different unfair law or situation in their world. Since their entire relationship has to be crammed into one book, there isn't quite the character exploration and building that I would have liked to have seen. They are insta-mates from the start, but it worked for me in the context of the world they are in, and he is much more dependent and bonded to her than she is to him, so sexist as that may seem, it worked better for me than it does when the reverse is true. And overall, I liked them as characters and for each other. So, since the only thing I can do is compare this to Burn For Me, here goes. While the world premise is just as compelling, and the supporting cast of family are just as quirky and fun, it just doesn't have the character depth and tension that I got from BFM, and the plotting and pacing had some rough spots and it just go as smoothly as i would have hoped. it felt a bit rushed trying to cram so much into one book. However, while Vincent has some rough spots and isn't above a little manipulation, he was nowhere near the Alpha-hole as Mad Rogan was, so there was, in my opinion, much less to have to work through. There's also a heck of a twist in this book to, though it is happier than the one in BFM. Selene Glendor is a helluva interesting character and I can hardly wait for her book. So, yeah, it sounds like I didn't like it, but I really did. I think of it as a softer and more romantic Burn for Me. And for those who were disappointed by BFM, or put off from it, because there wasn't enough romance or because of what Mad Rogan did, but were otherwise interested, you will probably enjoy the heck out of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish it were longer i didn't want the story to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very good
MaggieSheWrote More than 1 year ago
I met Anise Rae at a conference and thought, hmm, mages. That's interesting. Boy was it. Well written, tight storytelling set in complex but approachable and fully-realized world of magic, intrigue and, of course, a bit of romance. And also, she managed to actually come up with a completely believable dark moment that I had no idea how she was going to pull out of. It's a highly romantic read in the classical sense of the term, which you don't see nearly enough these days, IMO. Interesting secondary characters make for much anticipation of the sequel.
Kayaditi More than 1 year ago
Wow! One of those rare books I read in a day. I just didn't want to step out of the world Rae created. Colonel Vincent and Bronte wove their spell on me, and I was perfectly happy to remain ensorceled.  Syphon's Song was this pitch perfect mix of new adult and adult voice and story. The world building was delicious, reminding me of Patricia Briggs but with more romance. I want to compare it to something, but nothing comes to mind. This world of mages who have separated themselves from the rest of normal humanity felt new, a bit of paranormal I didn't know I was missing. I've read a lot of paranormal romance and new adult. This story brought me the best of both. Now where's book 2?
semckitrick More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The only issue I had was trying to figure out if the setting is an alternate reality or if it’s set in the distant future. No dates are given and I would have liked to have known WHEN the story was set. It’s definitely USA, though. But besides that, I loved Vincent and Bronte. Very good story. I look forward to reading more from this author.
CaryMorganFrates More than 1 year ago
Nicely written, this story is a fun adventure through the hierarchy and mystery of the Mage world. The Casteels and the Rallises face off like the Hatfields and McCoys, with magic and spells flying pell-mell, rather than bullets, but it’s quiet, brow-beat yet determined Bronte Casteel that brings them all to heal and makes both families, and the world, pay attention. I enjoyed this read and appreciate the extensive and solid world-building that Anise Rae’s imagination has brought forth. Well done.  A complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anise Rae has created a fascinating world of "haves" and "have nots" with this story.   Having just ventured into this genre, I wasn't sure what to expect, but thoroughly enjoyed this story's magic
Cecilia_Dominic More than 1 year ago
Bronte Casteel has tons of problems, but mage power ain't one of them (apologies, couldn't resist). Her estranged family continues to control her life in spite of pushing her out of theirs, she's limited by her powerlessness to performing mediocre music in spite of her own great talent, and there's that little secret of what she truly is that could get her killed if it gets out. Oh, and she's tied to the powerful Vincent Rallis in ways she can't bear to deal with. When a command from her mother lands her in the midst of the Rallis estate and temptingly close to Vincent's arms, everything begins to unravel. Anise Rae's alternate history world is incredibly well-drawn with mage-level detail that's both powerful and meaningful. Her characters are well-rounded, especially Bronte, who vacillates between wanting freedom and accepting her poor lot in life while refusing to take power when it's offered so she can avoid the corruption that's injured her family. The plot itself has some brilliant twists that even seasoned readers of the genre won't anticipate, and the mage politics enhance rather than burden the story. Finally, the romance is balanced well with other plot elements and should satisfy both paranormal romance and urban fantasy readers.