Review: The Melody of Three by S.D. Reeves

The Melody of Three

Author: S.D. Reeves

Published: December 2, 2019

Publisher: Riversong Books

Format: eBook

Source: Author Request

Sorcerer Christaan De Rein’s return to Liverpool does not go well, starting with the fact that his trusted apprentice, Higgins, dies on the way. Then again, Higgins dies a lot. Of course, Rein doesn’t expect to be welcomed with open arms after being banished for nine years, but a cryptic summons from The Musician herself cannot go unanswered.

But when Rein arrives all is in chaos. People with fairy blood are turning up dead. The Forum Magicae is undone and the Curators sieged.

And in another world altogether, where Earth is just a legend, a girl named Niena and a cursed lyre hold the key to saving both realms. Or destroying them.

I accepted this book review request in May and have just now gotten to it due to blog tour commitments (or over commitments), a promotion at work, and some other life things that have gotten in the way.  I shouldn’t have waited so long, but also I was ‘sleeping’ on this one!  What a fantastic beginning to a trilogy!  I love the mashup of magic and clockwork which created a vivid steampunk world! 

Christiaan is such a witty and wry character, something I absolutely enjoy in fiction.  His assistant, Higgins is a delectable character as well!  I found that all of the characters,  main or side, were well developed and thoroughly fleshed out.  I didn’t have to suspend belief to believe that they were indeed real and were indeed a bit loony.  This book is jam packed with magic, fantasy elements, and a ton of steampunk!  I’ve read a few works of clockwork literature, but this one is smashing.  Some works only grasp at what a clockwork novel could be, but this fully explores it!

I agree with other reviewers, it takes the author about 1/4 of the book to really hit their stride with the narrative.  I didn’t mind this at all actually, because the overall plot and story development was so well done!  I am very glad that this is the first book in a trilogy from S.D. Reeves because I need the next book as soon as possible.  I picked up on the influences from classical and more modern fantasy authors and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent with this book.

Thank you to author S.D. Reeves for sending a review request to me!  I fully appreciate your work and am so glad you gave my blog the opportunity to read such a great work!  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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