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Syphon's Song

(Mayflower Mages #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Legends say a syphon can drain a mage dry. He’ll brave the danger. Will she?

Someone’s playing pranks. The body of the late Casteel patriarch has been stolen and gifted to the family’s enemy, the powerful Rallises. As far as Bronte Casteel is concerned, they can keep it. She hasn’t spoken to her family in thirteen years, not since they exiled her from society for her lack o
ebook, 300 pages
Published March 3rd 2014 by Lyrical Press
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Dangerous magic, forbidden passion, and tyranny? Yes, please! The first thing that grabbed my attention was the line from the synopsis that reminded me of witches being branded and killed for their power. Of course, sultry nights with a certain colonel didn't exactly deter me from reading ;o)

First reviewed on Tower of Babel

Legend has it that a syphon could suck a mage's power dry. That's why they were persecuted and burnt at the stake. Nowadays, Bronte lives in
Gemma Brocato
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves the magic of love
When I turned the last page on this book, I was sad for a moment. I knew I'd miss my new 'book friends.' Anise Rae has done an awesome job of weaving all the elements of a good story together.
There are three dimensional characters. Bronte especially leaps off the page, but Vincent is no slouch either. Bronte is a syphon, capable of pulling magical power from other mages around her. It's a secret she has hidden her entire life. Theirs is a story of two halves completing each other. I caught myse
Cecilia Dominic
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bronte Casteel has tons of problems, but mage power ain't one of them (apologies, couldn't resist). Her estranged family continues to control her life in spite of pushing her out of theirs, she's limited by her powerlessness to performing mediocre music in spite of her own great talent, and there's that little secret of what she truly is that could get her killed if it gets out. Oh, and she's tied to the powerful Vincent Rallis in ways she can't bear to deal with. When a command from her mother ...more
A lovely, compelling, engaging read with a wonderful romance.

I loved the alternate history setup and the intricate world-building of the mage republic. The different powers and spells, as well as the politics of the world captivated me and pulled me right into the story. I could tell that the author thoroughly enjoyed building this world -- it shone through every word and description.

Bronte is a likable heroine who lives with a secret power that might just be her death warrant if it is revealed.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! One of those rare books I read in a day. I just didn't want to step out of the world Rae created. Colonel Vincent and Bronte wove their spell on me, and I was perfectly happy to remain ensorceled.

Syphon's Song was this pitch perfect mix of new adult and adult voice and story. The world building was delicious, reminding me of Patricia Briggs but with more romance. I want to compare it to something, but nothing comes to mind. This world of mages who have separated themselves from the rest of
Larissa Reinhart
As I read Syphon's Song, I was reminded of a regency romance set in a modern day urban fantasy setting. Rae does a wonderful job of creating a complex story filled with family vengeance, political plots, and unrequited love. I love the idea of a syphon with the ability to drain away a mage's powers, which puts Bronte Casteel at odds with her own family. The love story between Bronte and Vincent immediately pulls you in. The intrigue of the power struggle between ruling families and the underpriv ...more
Erin Burns
This book is the first in the Mayflower Mages series. I picked it up because the second book was too tempting not to snatch up on Netgalley (that review will be coming up in the next couple of weeks), and I just can't start in the middle of a series.

Let's start with the fact that I am thrilled with this book, I enjoyed it very much. I just can't see how to write this review without making it sound like I didn't like it. And that is for very good reason, because what it most reminded me of is Ilo
Twin Sisters Rockin' Book Reviews
Syphon's Song (Mayflower Mages, Book 1) by Anise Rae

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***

Overall rating: 4.0 Rockin' Stars!!!!

"..Vincent's energy. It flowed through her, a delicious warmth that would haunt her for the rest of her life."

"He controlled everything. Including her."

"Sweetheart, going into the gyre was not following my commands. You are freer here than you ever have been. You don't have to hide who you are. Not here. You have choices. You just have to find the coura
Marta Cox
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

I love discovering new authors and it's always interesting to find out what they can bring that's new and original to the paranormal genre. Ms Raes take on Mages and the world that they inhabit is completely different to anything else I've read so it was with great delight that I sat down to read this book.
Bronte Casteel is a Syphon, that is to say she has the ability to absorb and diminish the magical powers of other Mages. Syphons have long been feared and reviled and hunted to extinction. Bro
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Syphon's Song is a wonderfully new and exciting story that opens with Bronte Casteel being pulled from her current existence and tasked by her family to deliver a message to the family's powerful enemy. She has been cast out to the world of mages, existing in the severely regulated world of the Nons, and living in constant fear with a secret. Rather than being a Non (a non magically gifted). Bronte actually has magic, a type of magic that has not been seen for many years and historically those w ...more
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
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Love this book <3 A must read!!

When you think about a book that entices you to read it in just one day because it is THAT awesome, you’ll be thinking of this book. I love the characters, the backstory, the cool powers and the time period. It. Was. Amazing. No, scratch that-AMAZING. Much better.

We get taken to a time where magic is real but so are Nons, also known as humans. Then you have the people with magic who basically
Nicky Peacock
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really appreciate a book that takes a risk, and this one did. It was a mix of magic concepts that struck the right cord, and the world built around them was lovely and engrossing. it was also nice to read a book that clearly starts a series, but doesn’t leave you on a cliff-hanger.

Bronte was a lovely character that really made you feel for her, and even though there was a definitive supernatural element, her problems were identifiable and felt very real – a keen accomplishment in a paranormal
Pratr- Authors
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

Syphon's Song is the first book in the Mayflower Mages Series. Bronte Casteel is a Syphon mage hiding among the Nons (non mages). In the past, Syphons were killed because everyone feared their power. By hiding among the nons, Bronte may not have any of the power and rights that mages have, but at least she was still alive. But when the body of the deceased Senator Casteel is stolen and hidden on the Rallis' lan
Mae Clair
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An intricate weave of romance, politics and magic in a brilliantly-envisioned world. I was enraptured from the start of this tale that delves into the hierarchy of mage families and “nons” -- a type of second-class citizen without magic. The world-building is phenomenal, the political intrigue deliciously complex, and the romance a satisfying mixture of steaminess and tenderness.

The world the author has created is mesmerizing—from the various mage types, territories and ceremonies right down to
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rae, in my opinion, did a great job immersing us as readers into the magic. Through her well-written descriptions and scenes, we get a feel for what the magic (vibes) in this world feel like, look like and behave. It's really fascinating the way one character's magic interacts with the magic of another and added depth to all of the interpersonal relationships in the book.

Can Bronte open the mage world's eyes to the power syphons really have and the good they can do? Can Vincent stay true to his
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read Syphon's Song and really liked it. The idea is that there are mages and "Nons" The heroine is a Non but she's hiding her power of being a syphon (who helps other mages control their powers) so she won't be burned at the stake. She makes a living by playing the violin.

Her family disowned her, but they want her to carry a message to a powerful mage family. She has no idea what the message says. But she doesn't want to go there because she had a...moment with a member of the mage family year
Cary Frates
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nicely written, this story is a fun adventure through the hierarchy and mystery of the Mage world. The Casteels and the Rallises face off like the Hatfields and McCoys, with magic and spells flying pell-mell, rather than bullets, but it’s quiet, brow-beat yet determined Bronte Casteel that brings them all to heal and makes both families, and the world, pay attention. I enjoyed this read and appreciate the extensive and solid world-building that Anise Rae’s imagination has brought forth.
Well done
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I honestly don't know. I liked it but I'm irritated. I don't know.
K. Lincoln
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a book just hits you in the right mood. Although I've read a ton of UF/PNR both trad and indie published, this one drew me in more than your average indie UF. I think I'm a sucker for stories with music, and I'm also a sucker for stories where there's some kind of unique spin on magic underscored by a political system/world.

And I'll even forgive over-done tropes such as "she is mine, I must protect her, so she must always be within my power" alpha male and the apparently powerless fema
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
World building was excellent and unique. Magic is all. Non mages are considered worker bees and held in contempt. And it's all about protecting your family, clan and the good of the country. Enter Bronte, who was cast out by her family because she is considered a non-mage, except she isn't, her powers would terrify others is they knew and be an automatic death sentence. Such a cool set... pity the characters and storyline failed to live up to the set up.
I was okay with Bronte's attitude for the
Brittany Price
I don't read a lot of supernatural books, but this was great! This was a mystery / romance book that I couldn't put down. I loved the two main characters. Vincent was a strong and protective alpha male, who cared so, so, so much about Bronte. Bronte was an independent person, so had plenty of walls that needed to break down. The conflict between their families didn't make it easy on them. Finding out what kind of powers everyone had and how they used them was interesting. Watching their romance ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author skillfully showed the world of Mags and Nons. I initially didn’t understand what the rules were in the land, but I wasn’t worried about it because the characters were as intriguing and unique as their individual powers. I was drawn into the story because of them. But it wasn’t long before I felt comfortable with the rules and laws and got into the mystery of why Bronte’s grandfather’s body was stolen and put on Rallis’s land. I found Bronte’s dangerous situation to be believable and t ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book while in a bit of a reading slump, thinking it sounded interesting and hoping it would be intriguing enough to get me reading again. I can honestly say it didn't disappoint - I read it over two days and have now bought the second novel in the Mayflower series to keep the flow going!

Bronte and Vincent are fantastic leads, but the supporting cast of characters are just as intriguing, notably Helen, Edmund and Selene. I love the world that's been created here, and I can't wait to
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Not the usual PNR. Interesting world-building. On the down side, I feel like I'll never get back the substantial time I spent waiting for the heroine to grow a backbone. And I'm convinced she's blithely off to engage in more TSTL moments. Also, it felt like the powerlessness of the "nons" was supposed to be some kind of allegory, but their plight seemed forgotten once the heroine (view spoiler)

Oh! Also! Why aren't there any POC in this world?
J Seb
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally a story that delivers on its opening premise!

I enjoyed the story so much I neglected work! I will wait impatiently for number 2. I did buy the .99 cent 250 page story offered as also written by.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Milque toast heroine

Probably one and a half stars. Kept reading to see if the heroine would grow a backbone. She didn’t. Wasn’t helped by the mc and his family essentially taking over her life and controlling her.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not so good. Interesting world, but why develop such a sexist framework?
Eden Ashe
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I love anything with magic and love in it, and Syphon's Song didn't disappoint. Everything about it surprised me, from the love story between Bronte and Vincent to the Rallis family, all the way to the secrets playing out behind the scenes.

While Vincent wasn't as dark as some PNR heroes I've read, I found myself falling madly in love with him. His love and concern for Bronte knew no bounds, and I loved the possessive streak in him. I thought Bronte was perfect f
Stacy McKitrick
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The only issue I had was trying to figure out if the setting is an alternate reality or if it’s set in the distant future. No dates are given and I would have liked to have known WHEN the story was set. It’s definitely USA, though. But besides that, I loved Vincent and Bronte. Very good story. I look forward to reading more from Anise. FYI—I know this author through our Sizzle and Sass Facebook page (she’s another Sassy) and met her in person (during Dragon*Con, no le ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Great story. The plot had many twists and turns which held my attention to the end. The characters were well developed. One of the best paranormal romances that I have read in a long time. I highly recommend it to others who like their stories to contain lots of detail, action and romance.
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