Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.
I really liked the premise of A Mortal Song from the get go. A sort of reverse princess story where instead of an ordinary girl discovering she is special, Sora grows up thinking she is special only to find out she is in fact just an ordinary girl. What makes the story so good though is the power Sora finds in just being a normal human and not letting that stop her from fighting.
I did have a bit of a hard time getting through this book though because it kept making me cry! I’m not much of a crier typically so I was surprised at how emotional A Mortal Song made me. Something about Sora losing everything she thought was hers and discovering she was basically sacrificed by her parents to protect the real princess just got to me. I actually found myself getting kind of mad at how well Sora took the whole thing. Funny, because it usually irritates me when a main character is too bratty or angry and I just want to shake them and tell them to get over it. But in this case I felt Sora was entitled to a little more anger over the situation. I mean seriously, she was sacrificed! Lol!
On a side note the book also offers the typical love triangle found in most YA fiction. So if you choose to read it you will have a chance to root for your favorite guy to win. In my case Sora did not pick my favorite, but when does a main character ever? Oh well……
All in all I really enjoyed this book and loved the setting in modern day Tokyo mixed with elements from Japanese folklore. But due to the emotional trauma I experienced from it I won’t be quick to reread it;)