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Under A Lavender Moon

(Nightingale Songs #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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 cha ...more
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published February 11th 2021 by Acorn Publishing

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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
UNDER A LAVENDER MOON is the first book in the Nightingale Songs series, and we enter a world where magic is called tin-chai and can take many forms. Rilla has kept her tin-chai a secret but is found by scouts anyway. With no options available to her, she is taken to the emperor, along with a group of other girls, to compete for the 'honour' of becoming one of his wives,

There are hints of romance in this book, between Rilla, Friend, and Carrick. However, that is very much in the background as t
Tonja Drecker
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The moment I saw this one, I was eager to dive in, and I wasn't disappointed.

Rilla has grown-up in a fishing village, her parents both dead at the hands of pirates, and her brother and his wife taking care of her. Her brother has the magic of a healer, but his talents aren't nearly as strong as hers. She wants to heal but knows that would land her in the hands of the emperor and, probably, in his harem. While every other girl in the kingdom dreams of this chance, she does her best to avoid it. B
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
She was thought from a young age to keep her voice and her magic hidden because it could draw attention. When the scouts come to the village, to find beautiful and talented girls for the emperor, it's especially vital that she stayed hidden. And then she saves an animal in the remote part, sure no one can hear her, and by the worst of luck, one of them does.

She is soon found and forced to join, or her family will be hurt. When the girls arrive they have to prepare and train, to impress the empe
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars

This is a non-stop action, suspense and fantasy novel. The world building is great and you are sure you are reading about China or Japan.

The Emperor lives in his city far at the other end of their province. The custom is for the girls in all the small towns to rehearse to audition for his representatives for a coveted slot in his harem. If you win the whole competition, you may have a chance to become his Favorite. Yasmina was now the age for the Showcase. At sixteen, she had her
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this story! I loved the unique magic system, where different gifts manifest and are utilised by the girls through song or dance. It seems that song and dance are not the only ways to channel the magic though.

Girls of a certain age are chosen each year in order to compete to become one of the emperor's faela, and enter the harem. Rilla has an amazing gift, but she has hidden it because her family did not want her chosen for the competition. Those who do not become faela themselves become
Jacob Rundle
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful YA fantasy about a 16 yo protagonist, Rilla, who must hide her power so that she doesn’t get chosen for the Emperor’s Showcase, an event where young gifted girls are shown off for their beauty and magic. The character development in this novel is outstanding. Throughout the entire story, I felt every emotion for Rilla: anger, angst, confusion, anger, etc. I loved this novel so much that I wished I could take her out of her world. Alas, she was in it and she did what she had to! T ...more
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Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Kri Wood
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ya Fantasy Lovers
From Old friends to becoming enemies while staying true to yourself among such outstanding character development that will have you feeling their emotions along with having empathy for them. Between the plot and the journey within Under the Lavender Moon is one that you will not able to put down. A thoroughly enjoyed this book with how every description painted such a vivid idea that was refreshing to read.

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P.J. Colando
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Innovative and sweet Magical Realism
Shannon Cullip
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Unique world!

Great new voice, with a very well developed, creative world to explore. I look forward to following Rilla on her next journey.
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