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Jean Johnson
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: BERKLEY - US; Reprint edition (22 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425229076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425229071
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Losing his powers and his voice during a terrible battle that had defeated his family's greatest enemy and freed his sister-in-law, Evanor searches for a way to restore himself, following a trail that leads him to Mariel, a beautiful healer who holds the promise of both renewal and eternal happiness for them both. Original. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 4 of the "Sons of Destiny" series 1 Mar 2008
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"The Song" is JJ's fourth book in her intended octology, a series following the eight exiled magical Corvis brothers as they find their destined wives and fulfil the "Curse of Eight" prophecy. In this book it is the turn of Evanor the Voice to meet and marry his prophesised bride; however there is no surprise to her identity as she is revealed in book three "The Master". Not only a gifted Healer with the skill to re-grow Evanor's vanished vocal chords, but also the honorary sister of Serina (the heroine from "The Master"), Mariel and her young son soon find themselves whisked to the forbidden Nightfall island to heal a patient and fulfil a prophecy.

A large amount of plot in "The Voice" is centred around the development of the magical equivalent of a mobile phone network on Nightfall and this, combined with the rather placid relationship between Evanor and Mariel (it certainly lacks the volatile beginnings of Saber and Kelly or Dominor and Serina); I was half way through "The Voice" feeling perhaps JJ's series had peaked at book three before changing my mind. Suddenly the plot line definitely picks up its pace when the Council of Katan decide to visit Nightfall island after trading reports reveal some unusual (almost womanly) items requested by the Corvis brothers (considering women are forbidden on Nightfall they drop a huge clanger here). The last few chapters of this book are phenomenal as the Council arrive on Nightfall, and not wanting to give away too much, Kelly (the heroine from book one "The Sword") has some interesting future decisions to make if wanting to establish herself formally as the Queen of Nightfall and achieve independence from Katan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loving it 16 Jan 2009
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I have to say that I totally agree with the other review on this book, in this book the charecters are strating to devlope, there is also the introduction of a child on the island of nightfall. Mikor is a very nosy 10 year old and this adds a little bit of fun and naughtness into the plot and its also explained very well how evanor gets his voice back. If you have enhjoyed the other books in this wonderfull series of book then you will most definatly enjoy this one and i myself can not wait to read the others just wish i had more time to read but i do have to go to work sometimes. so happy reading......
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Dissappointing! 26 Mar 2008
By K. Pickett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once again, I have dived head-first into the world of the eight Brothers of Nightfall and spent several blissful hours absorbing the magic that is Jean's storytelling.

In "The Song", readers finally experience the resolution involving Evanor (the fourth-born of the Brothers of Nightfall) and his lost voice. We also meet his Destined bride, Mariel, and her son Mikor. Both characters introduced in the third book, The Master.

One might think that a repetition of a theme, namely "brother meets Destined bride", would grow old by the fourth time, but not in these stories. New and fresh conflicts keep the stories interesting. I was at the edge of my seat, unwilling to put the book down, when the challenge in this book manifested.

Though the story is technically about Evanor, and certainly revolves around his voice dilemma and the challenge of facing not only his Destined bride, but also getting to know her son from her previous marriage. The rest of the brothers, led by the indefatigable Kelly, struggle with finding a substitute for Evanor's magic of the Voice, which allowed communication throughout the Isle, and the threat of conflict with Katan, the nation that exiled the brothers in the first place. Ingenious ideas and unflagging spunk win the day... at least for now!

"The Song", like it's predecessors, is a romantic, heartening and intriguing introduction to more of the mystical world that the Brothers of Nightfall live within. Though it brings resolution to two issues, more challenges still face the growing citizens of the small island. Introduced in "The Song" is a whole new conundrum... to whom shall the new nation turn to as a Patron Deity?

I can't recommend Jean's books enough. Readers will find themselves laughing, biting their nails, crying, and screaming for more before they even reach the final chapter of "The Song". Thankfully, we know we will get more. We've still got four brothers to go, and at least two of them pose such challenges that I eagerly await seeing how the youngest, Morganen, the Mage and Matchmaker, will resolve them!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars - Evanor's Romance in Song is a Bit Flat, but Morg and Rydan Sharpen my Interest in Their Upcoming Stories. 8 Mar 2008
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
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Really with the Son's of Destiny series Jean Johnson has set quite a challenge for herself. She has created a huge cast with the eight brothers and the eight mates that are appearing one by one and she has also laid out a story that builds as each brother's destiny unfolds. The Song is fourth brother Evanor's book and it is not quite as successful as it's predessesor's The Sword, The Wolf, and The Master. The previous books limited themselves to having just a couple of the non-starring brothers playing decent sized roles in the story, so there wasn't alot of time taken away from the main romance to try to flesh out all eight of them, so Saber, Wolfer and Dominor's romances were more satisfying. Also in these earler stories there wasn't as much background to rehash. Here both of those elements, the reintroducation of the brothers and their mates and the recaps of what has gone before, really bog the story down in places. Add on to that a great bit of intricate detail on the invention of a magical artifact to fill the role of a cell phone in a non-technological but magical world and there were places in the story that didn't hold my interest and I was tempted to skip over all of this filler that didn't move the story forward at all and made the first half of the book pretty slow.

When the story finally did pick up it was the background elements of the story that moved things along, so I suspect the real problem with this book was that Evanor's story was really thin. The more poignant parts of Evanor's tragic loss of his voice and his magic were already done in the previous book. After seeing him so despondent over losing his voice along with his important role as the magical focal point for communication between the brothers and after watching his frustration with becoming pushed into the background whenever the brotherly hoard convened now that he could no longer be heard, I really felt sorry for him. Johnson doesn't capitalize on this pathos in Song however, Evanor's has somehow moved past most of that torment and there is no suspense as to whether Evanor can find a healer to help restore what was lost and or as to how a potential mate will end up on Nightfall to allow hime to fulfill his destiny. Add to that the fact that while Evanor was a really nice guy, and his destined mate Mariel was probably a nice woman, Mariel either wasn't developed all that well or just wasn't that interesting a character. To top it off, the relationship between Evanor and Mariel lacked obstacles to overcome and there wasn't anything else in the place of that conflict to spice things up between them. Basicly, they were a done deal from the start.

Even with all the above griping (sorry) there are definitely parts of the story that I enjoyed. Unlike many other readers, I don't dislike Kelly. I like the way that she thinks outside the box. (But I do think that we can leave the word 'virago' out of the rest of the books, is she really as shrewish as that implies? And leave her clever contributions to the managing the threats to the new Kingdom of Nightfall and leave out the gory details of any futher inventions.) I love Morgannen and Johnson is doing a good job of setting up for his, Rydan's and Korannen's turn in the spotlight -- while Trevan's story is next, I am looking forward to these final brother's stories the most, so I hope that the series stays popular enough that Johnson's publishers will allow her to finish it.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly disappointed 16 July 2008
By Neker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If this would have been the first book in the series written I would not have bothered to pick up another by this author. I had to go back and read my reviews on the previous books to remind myself that I did enjoy them, since I cannot fathom why at this point.

I fervently hope that someone will tell Johnson to please remove the character of Kelly from such a dominant figure in the story. Is this Kelly's story or Evanor's? I have to ask because I believe she had more pages dedicated to her overbearing, annoying ways than he did with his voice problem and romance. First off--what happened to her being Queen only during weekends and holidays? She now orders everyone around like they were no better than lapdogs. I hate the whole "we can't pick a deity because in my world we don't." Hellooooo! You are no longer in your world. Your world tried to burn you alive in bed!

The absolute worst part of the book was the cell phone debacle. Why? What was the point to dedicate 1/3 of a book on the function, purpose, and parallels of a cell phone to magic. Then another portion of the book to creating like equipment on the island. How did the cell phone contribute to the storyline? I'll tell you how, it didn't. Therefore, that entire chapter that went over in painstaking detail how to use a cell phone was a waste. Yes, somewhere out there a tree died for the use of the copied paper that created the chapter...and I mourn it's senseless death.

*Sigh* Despite my raving disappointment I did buy both The Song and The Cat at the same time. Therefore, chances are I'll read the next book. I soooo hope Kelly plays a very...very small part in it and that Johnson gets back on track with a plausible and more action packed plot. This book, in my opinion could be skipped. Suffice it to say, Evanor and Mariel hooked up with no problems at all and Kelly formally declared the island independent. Yep, that is the WHOLE story summed up in one sentence. Imagine all those dead trees! HA!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest book in the series so far 20 Sep 2008
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Evanor has lost his voice but will the prophecy offer him salvation?

Evanor's magic was in THE SONG and the loss of it has devastated him. Mariel is a Healer from a distant and foreign land. She offers Evanor hope of regaining his voice, but will they find love as well? Meanwhile, how will the Katani Council react when they realized that the residents of Nightfall Isle have defied them?

Jean Johnson continues her interesting series featuring eight brothers, four sets of twins, who have been exiled to Nightfall due to a prophesied curse. Evanor is the fourth brother and his turn for love is a sweet one. Mariel isn't as headstrong as the previous heroines but she has a solid sense of family. Her son, Mikor, is the real hero of the story though, as his antics lead both to trouble and hilarity.

THE SONG is not truly a stand alone as it jumps right into events that occurred in THE MASTER. The multitude of characters could become somewhat overwhelming to someone who hasn't read the prior books. In addition, the dominance of Kelly (see THE SWORD for her entry into the series) diverts the story quite a bit from the romance of Evanor and Mariel.

THE SONG is perhaps the weakest book yet in the series, which surprised me as I had been looking forward to Evanor's story. The romance itself is sweet but the real heart of the story is on the political maneuvering, both on Katan and Nightfall Isle. The last portion of the story somewhat redeems the story as the characters come to the forefront of the tale again. Prior to that, many pages are spent trying to translate cell phone technology into magic and the focus on the characters themselves seems somewhat lost in the particulars of the world itself.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enchanting story by Ms. Johnson 10 May 2008
By Dannyfiredragon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Evanor lost his voice when he saved his sister-in-law from an attack. Now he is a mage without power, because he is a voice mage. His last hope is the healer Mariel, who promised to follow her friend Serina to Nightfall together with her son. Evanor has the feeling that she might also be his destined bride, but he has to wait and see about this. As if his worries about his voice aren't enough, the council of Katan comes to the island to stir up new trouble for the brothers and their mates.

Ms. Johnson delivers with each book a real keeper and THE SONG is no exception. It's like Ms. Johnson and her mages put a spell on their readers, because the story is absolutely enchanting and takes the reader on a journey to the isle of Nightfall. One might worry that the theme of "the meeting of a destined bride" becomes a little bit boring, but Ms. Johnson manages to give each brother it's very special story and twist in the plot.

The book is the fourth book of the SONS OF DESTINY series and although it is possible to start with this one, I promise you that you will run to the next bookstore to get the first three books, because these brothers are absolutely addictive. There should be a warning label that the books are addictive. I can hardly wait to read Trevan's story "THE CAT", which will be released in June 2008

I can highly recommend THE SONG, because it is the best book of this genre that I have read in months.

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