Under the Lavender Moon (Nightingale Songs, Book 1)

About the book:

Sixteen-year-old Rilla Marseas believes she has a calling to become a healer. Her soul yearns to help people and save lives. Why else would Heaven grant her a singing voice that can heal any ailment?

But if the palace discovers her power, she’ll be selected for the annual Showcase, where the most beautiful and magically gifted girls in Seracedar Kingdom compete for the chance to enter the emperor’s harem. That’s the last thing Rilla wants. To avoid such a fate, she hides her power. No matter how the other villagers ridicule her for being worthless and talentless, she suppresses the urge to reveal her powerful voice and prove them wrong.

When a palace scout poisons Rilla’s auntie and coerces her into revealing her power, she’s thrown into the competition. The scout threatens to harm her family if she doesn’t win. But Rilla learns there really is no winning. The emperor and empress keep girls with magical powers as pets. In cages.

With some help from a handsome, but brooding prince and his mysterious bodyguard, Rilla must outsmart the palace and escape.If she fails, she’ll spend the rest of her life as the royal couple’s puppet, using her voice to grant them eternal youth.



This book was really interesting. I love the fantasy elements put in this book by the author.

Rilla is a strong character. Character development is seen throughout this book. Rilla is seen as a weak character with no personality in the beginning, but as you read the book she becomes a strong person.

Plot development is great. I love the plot twists throughout this book. It made this book a page turner and easy to read. I was a bit sad with the cliffhanger at the end, but hopefully book 2 will answer some questions.

There is quite a bit of romance in this book. I didn’t really like the prince. Some of his actions were weird and confusing.

Overall, I loved reading this book. It was highly enjoyable and I would recommend it to fans of Sarah J Maas and the Shadow and Bone series. There were disappointing elements to this book, but the good outweighed the bad.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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