Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: April 19, 2022
In this gorgeous, queer standalone fantasy, a young musician sets out to expose her rival for illegaluse of magic only to discoverthe deception goes deeper than she could have imagined—perfectfor fans ofAn Enchantment of Ravens!
Music runs in Sofi’s blood.
Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to compose and performoriginal songs. In the kingdomof Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, thereare strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art.
Sofi has spent her entire life training to inherit her father’s title. But on the day of the auditions, sheispresented with unexpected competition in the form of Lara, a girl who has never before playedthe lute. Yet somehow, to Sofi’s horror, Lara puts on a performance that thoroughly enchants thejudges.
Almost like magic.
The same day Lara wins the title of Musik, Sofi’s father dies, and a grieving Sofi sets out to prove Larais using illegal magic in her performances. But the more time she spends with Lara, the more Sofibegins to doubt everything she knows about her family, her music, and the girl she thought was herenemy.
As Sofi works to reclaim her rightful place as a Musik, she is forced to face the dark secrets of herpast and the magic she was trained to avoid—all while trying not to fall for the girl who stole her future.
This is a queer fantasy with a slowburn sapphic romance and interesting characters. Sofi has been training all her life to replace her father as Musik, but Lara, who has never played a lute before, comes in and wins the audition.
The relationship between Sofi and her was incredibly painful to read, his idea about suffering and yearning for her art, her music was horrendous. To say I hate her father for robbing her childhood would be and understatement.
Sofi and Lara were really cute together and it was fascinating to see how Sofi simultaneosly hated and admired Lara for getting her position as Musik.
I love how Sofi grows throughout the book, unlearns the stuff that she was taught and learns to be free, though a touch faster than realistic. The mystery of the magic was great too. I wish the book was dual POV as I would have loved to get to know Lara more. Overall, I really enjoyed it.
*ARC provided by the author via TBR Books and Beyond and Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
Adrienne Tooley (she/her) was born and raised in the desert suburbs of Southern California. Shegrew up in the theater, earning her B.A. in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. She and herwife currently live in New York City where she works in hospitality tech. In addition to writing novels she is also a singer/songwriter and has released several EPs which are available on Spotify & other streaming sites. Her debut novel, SWEET & BITTER MAGIC, is out now from S&S/McElderry.
Her second novel, SOFI AND THE BONE SONG, will release from S&S/McElderry in 2022. She can befound on Instagram and Twitter at @adriennetooley.