Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

June 22, 2019
Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

What a fantastic conclusion to one of my favourite duologies, I'm just sad it's over now. Melinda Salisbury creates absolutely masterful political intrigue. Sorrow isn't your typical sword-wielding, martial arts proficient heroine. Her battles are won with logic and tactics instead which I've found so refreshing. As much as I love a good sword battle it's nice to see a book that favours its characters brains rather than brawn.

In this instalment, we see our favourite and not so favourite characters appear again and are introduced to some new. Every character is well crafted and complex. They aren't perfect by a long shot which I say time and time again is one of my favourite things to see in a character.

This book surprised me and ended in a way I never thought possible but I loved it. Well and truly. I can't wait to see what Melinda Salisbury brings out next.


Final Spoiler Warning...


This book was a rollercoaster from start to finish.

It began with Sorrow's ceremony to become the new chancellor and just went down from there. I have never read a book with so many plots and schemes. I found it so interesting how it was through this that Vespus Corrigan managed to trap Sorrow in a web of lies she was an unknowing victim too. The scene where she moved the bones from the crypt I found truly harrowing, more so that any battle could've been. However, that scene came second to Vespus manipulating Sorrow and her old flame Rasmus who happens to be Vespus' son. The way he forced them together whilst Rasmus was on Star Water was horrifying but you have to commend Rasmus for his will. He still loved Sorrow but knew that she didn't feel the same way. He didn't take advantage in any way shape or form.

I adore Luvian, so much. His reunion with Sorrow was everything I ever wanted. There was one specific scene that I thought was truly beautiful for a few reasons. Their 'love scene'. It wouldn't be right to call it a sex scene as there was no sex. So, why I loved it, well, it was revealed that Luvian was a virgin which was so refreshing. Usually, its the girl that is placed in that situation but the display of male vulnerability was so heartwarming. He asked Sorrow to guide him and that she did...until he got cocky and stated he'd read how to do certain things. It was lovely and promoted safe and healthy sex as they both agreed not to as there was no available contraceptive. YES YA NOVELS. TEACH THIS MORE.

The ending was exactly what I didn't expect but loved. Luvian and Sorrow lived together whilst she was at University on the weekends and he worked for the new democratic government. Sorrow stepped down as Chancellor and decreed that now it would be given to a person after a vote by the different members of the council.

Oh! Mael and Arkady are adorable together.

Honesty, I have no faults for this series.


Name: Song of Sorrow

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 370

ISBN: 978-1-407180-28-1

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Song of Sorrow?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    Jessica at Booked J
    June 22, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    It’s always sad to say goodbye to a favourite! This sounds truly brilliant, though.

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      June 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Oh I agree! I end up with such a book hangover when I finish a series.
      It’s well worth a read, as is Melinda’s other series. The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Such an amazing and atmospheric set of books.
      Katie x

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