"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.
The personal prophesies of some individuals within the Council intertwine with the "Curse of Eight" prophesy; resulting in some amusing moments, whilst the antics of Mikor; Mariel's nine year old son also raise some smiles. Evanor and Mariel's relationship is sweetly written; however it does lack the mystery and personal adventures found in the three eldest brothers' romances, and the pair certainly take a back seat to what is happening between Nightfall and Katan when Evanor is healed. Although my least favourite in this series so far, "The Voice" is a four star read with enough juicy titbits concerning the unmatched brothers to leave me eagerly awaiting the release of Trevan's story "The Cat" (pub. June 08), Rydan's story "The Storm (pub. Sept 08) and Koranen's story "The Flame" (pub. Dec 08). Let's hope a release date is soon available for the finale of this series; Morganen's story "The Mage".
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......