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Song of Sorrow

Song of Sorrow

About the Book

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Age Range: 11-14 Years 14-16 Years

Publisher: Scholastic

Price: £7.99

Review

Fantasy meets politics in this beautifully crafted sequel by Melinda Salisbury, which continues to follow the fate of recently elected but reluctant leader Sorrow Ventaxis as she attempts to fulfil the responsibilities of her new role, whilst protecting her people, and freeing herself, from the malevolent influence of Vespus Corrigan.

Despite the exotic setting, strange names and alien cultures, Salisbury keeps her central characters entirely relatable for modern, young adult readers.

Sorrow’s main concerns – when she’s not calling meetings of the Jednevat, dealing with mysterious plagues, warding off potential coups and foiling assassination attempts – are the same as those of modern teens: what to wear at the next party; how to maintain friendships under pressure from external forces; and of course, the dizzying complexities of attraction, desire and love.

The result is a thrilling and deeply satisfying read that transcends the boundaries of genre.

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