Spirit’s Lullaby

Continuing the Shaudrey Universe series is Spirit’s Lullaby, the second book of the series. The story is set five years after the first book, Fire’s Song and it continues the story of Tella whom we met for the first time in Fire’s Song as a precocious teenager. Tella is grown now, and is partnering with Lydia in slaying demons. The voice of Tella is quite distinct from that of Key and the author must be applauded for bringing distinctive voices to each of these protagonists. Tella is also characterised by the same independent, questioning spirit that Key had, and her humour is less subtle. Again, we have angels and demons and other magical creatures. The theology that was touched upon in Fire’s Song is further deepened and explained here. Faced with a conspiracy of global proportions, Tella must find answers in order to save the world. With the help of Lydia and Danielle who also shares Tella’s ability to see spirits, angels and demons, Tella battles to save everyone from the demons’ domination. With cameo appearances from Key, Lee, Emmyth and Kegan, Spirit’s Lullaby is much darker in tone than Fire’s Song and even more interesting. J E Mueller has penned a bestseller here and Spirit’s Lullaby is a must read for fans of the fantasy genre.

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Fire’s Song (Shaudrey Universe Book 1)

I heard of this book from a friend and loved the sample I read in kindle, so when I got an opportunity to read the full book, I jumped at it.

Princess Kikara (or Key for short) has been cursed while still in the womb, a curse that kills anyone she touches, accidentally or otherwise. Despite her mother’s desperate attempts to provide her with a normal childhood, Key realises she’s cursed and runs away from home in an attempt to break the curse.

The book has its ups and downs, but the tale is interesting enough to hold a reader’s attention till the end. The story is narrated by Key from the first person, and her voice is matter of fact and dramatic by turn. There’s sufficient sarcasm and humour to give her a distinct voice of her own. Though Key is the protagonist, there is a supporting cast of characters that are fleshed out well. The magical universe is well realised and the world feels real yet magical. Magic is a common phenomenon, as are demons and angels. The complex mythology makes it even more intriguing to the reader.

Fire’s Song is recommended for fans of fantasy as well as fairy tales.

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