Title: The Song of All (The Legacy of the Heavens #1)
Author: Tina LaCount Myers
Genre: Fantasy, Adult, Fiction
Publisher: Night Shade Books
No. of pages: Hardcover, 452
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Date Read: March 9, 2019
On the forbidding fringes of the tundra, where years are marked by seasons of snow, humans war with immortals in the name of their shared gods. Irjan, a human warrior, is ruthless and lethal, a legend among the Brethren of Hunters. But even legends grow tired and disillusioned.
Scarred and weary of bloodshed, Irjan turns his back on his oath and his calling to hide away and live a peaceful life as a farmer, husband, and father. But his past is not so easily left behind. When an ambitious priest conspires with the vengeful comrades Irjan has forsaken, the fragile peace in the NOrthlands of Davvieana is at stake.
His bloody past revealed, Irjan’s present unravels as he faces an ultimatum: return to hunt the immortals or lose his child. But with his son’s life hanging in the balance, as Irjan follows the tracks through the dark and desolate snow-covered forests, it is not death he searches for, but life.
Thanks to Night Shade Books for sending me a copy of The Song of All to read before my blog post of book two, Dreams of the Dark releases on Friday through The Fantastic Flying Book Club!
I had not heard of this book before it landed in my hands and I don’t know why. This was a FANTASTIC fantasy read. This story is one that is so simple in some aspects, but complex in others. Truly, this is a story of love, sacrifice, redemption, and everything in between.
The Song of All follows multiple leads, but starts with Irjan, a farmer who left behind a life of bloodshed to life a simple life. His wife and his son have become his everything. When the priest of his village finds out that he used to be a Piijkij, one who hunts the Jápmea, Irjan is forced to once again track and hunt. Aillun, a Jápmemeahttun, is travelling to her Origin for her transformation to take place and for the cycle of the Jápmemeahttun to start again. Irjan and Aillun finally collide and this is truly where the story begins. What follows is people who should be trusted colluding with the enemy, enemies becoming allies, a people trying to survive, and many trying to make up for past choices that have determined their futures.
One of the things that I loved about this book was the lore within it. Essentially, it’s a giant game of chess between humans and immortals. While one makes a move, others make a move, and the cycle of hunting and fighting never stops. The Jápmemeahttun and the Olmmoš, immortals and humans. Each had their own rituals and their own ways of living. Each had their own cycle of which they lived and trained, and grew. I loved seeing the interactions where they treated each other ‘civilly’ (cause you know, still enemies). It was also super nice to read something set in the northern, Scandinavian area rather than central or lower Europe where a lot of books take place. I think the different landscape was a great setting for this story!
Also, I’m just gonna talk about Irjan for a second. He’s one of the main characters, we meet him on the first page, and he’s all throughout the story. Like, this dude has a heart of gold and is torn between two worlds. He’s a father in search of redemption and all throughout, he tries to make up for all the bloodshed in the past, but no matter how hard he tries, someone always looks at him with contempt. The dude makes hard choices and still no one sees how hard he’s trying to redeem himself but also to make sure that everyone is safe in the process. [He deserved the best things.]
But the most interesting thing that I found was that everything was connected. All throughout the book, Myers builds one of the most intricately weaved stories I’ve ever read. I was blown away by some of the twists that I didn’t realize until it was written down on the page. And I definitely don’t want to spoil anything for y’all because it was all just SO STINKIN’ GREAT. If you’re looking for a great fantasy read, this is one you should definitely consider. Myers has written a great story and created something that I can’t wait to read again.