by Jean Johnson

February 2008
ISBN: 0425219291
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In another realmÖ

Three of the eight Corvis brothers, better known as the Sons of Destiny have already found their mates, and now Evanor the next mage brother was about to get his. Severely injured in the battle to save his sister-in-law Alys from her dastardly uncle, Evanor lost his voice which was the instrument of his magic. Not many mages use their voices to sing their magic so when healer Mariel, (who also croons her magic) arrives at Nightfall Island along with her precocious nine year old son Mikor, Evanor knows that she is his destiny!

Traveling via mirror with her best friend Serina who is now wife to Evanorís twin Dominor and with Mikor in tow, widowed healer Mariel must do her best to restore Evís lost voice. Mariel is Evanorís only hope to get his precious voice back and hopefully his powers as well. Trying to concentrate on healing Evanor as she was brought to Nightfall to do, Mariel finds it hard to resist the sexy mage who sets out a slow and very concise seduction to win his mate. Evanor must convince the skittish Mariel she is destined to be his, after all The Song that was sung over a thousand years before by a seer foretold it! But the council of Katan, the country that exiled the Corvis brothers, will do what it must to make sure that prophecy doesnít come true, because if it does, the ramifications from it could destroy all!

The Song, the fourth installment of Jean Johnsonís successful paranormal series the Sons of Destiny, just falls on a flat note. The supposed romance (or more to the point lack there of) of Evanor and his destined mate, Mariel, takes a backseat to other more dominant plots. There is the scheming of the Katan council, Evanorís youngest brother Morganenís obsession with his sister-in-law Kellyís (the heroine from The Sword) earthling friend, and Kelly who is now way to full of herself as Nightfallís appointed queen! Since the inception I have been following the series, and looked forward to this installment, but it hits a sour note and Ms. Johnsonís repetitious descriptions, (yes we know Mariel is petite and has curly hair, and that Kelly is freckled, and that Kellyís friend has a tanned hand), makes this a tedious read that had to be force read. Hopefully the next book, The Cat will get back on track.

Reviewed in April 2008 by Bonnie.

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