Review: The Song of the Sirin

The Song of the Sirin by Nicholas Kotar

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An evil omen clouds the sky. A song of lore returns. Can one man’s quest save the world?

Voran can’t help but believe the rumors. As blight ravages the countryside and darkness covers the sun, the young warrior of Vasyllia hears of an ancient spirit that devours souls. He feels powerless to fight the oncoming devastation until a mythical creature entrusts him with a long-forgotten song. Legend has it that such a song can heal the masses, overthrow kingdoms, and raise humans to divine beings…

Armed with the memory of the song, Voran must hunt down a dark spirit before it achieves its goal of immortality. His quest takes him through doorways to other worlds and puts him on a collision course with seductive nymphs and riddling giants. With each step of the journey, the strength of the villainous spirit grows, as does Voran’s fear that the only way to save his world… is to let it be destroyed. 

The Song of the Sirin is an epic fantasy retelling of the Russian fairy tale Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf.

  • Book 1 of the Raven Song series
  • Published July 1st, 2017 by Waystone Press
  • [Goodreads]

 

I obtained an advanced reader’s copy of this book through Story Cartel in exchanged for an honest review. You can buy it on Amazon

 

Rating: 2. 5 stars

My Review:

In general, this book wasn’t very easy to enjoy. Although it was thoroughly intriguing and had some fascinating concepts, there was a general lack of explanation and information regarding most of them. I was perpetually confused while reading this book. 

The concept of story-telling had a different meaning/importance (perhaps related to the fairy tale it’s originally based on). It wasn’t only used for entertaining but sometimes as a method to resolve issues between characters. Most of the stories the characters told were pretty interesting but the quantity and size made them a little dull after a time. 

The plot was clear enough. A typical ‘save the country/world/etc’ sort of plot. However, the stories I mentioned earlier and the switches between POV’s almost made me lose track of it sometimes. 

The characters were mostly well-developed but there were several that were very similar in personality and there was no diversity whatsoever. Almost all of them were fair-skinned with dark-brown or black hair! (There was no diversity in terms of sexual orientation, or even religious beliefs either. Everyone believed in the same beings/gods/etc). 

The writing wasn’t at all bad but personally, I prefer more a more well-balanced writing in terms of detailed descriptions and a character’s inner-monologue. 

To sum it up, I did not enjoy this book or recommend it to anyone. Which might sound a bit harsh but frankly, it was painful to read.

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