Title: Heart Song
Series: Heart Song, book 1
Author: Desiree Williams
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 2014
In Aldonnia, the evil of Varkadon overflows its borders. War ravages the lands…
For as long as eighteen year-old Alanna can remember she’s lived in hiding, sealed off from the outside world. Despite a future built around a steadfast rule of seclusion, Alanna dreams of the impossible. Of a life outside of her parents’ cabin. A life with more for company than just birds and woodland creatures. A life she knows deep down is impossible for someone with gifts like hers.
That all changes the day Alanna finds a man floating face down in a stream. Despite her parents’ warnings, Alanna pulls the injured man out of the water and heals him with her elemental talents. Just another good deed. Until the man wakes and Alanna realizes so much more has happened than simply a life saved. The healing she performed on the stranger bound her soul to Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia.
Alanna’s heart wants to keep the prince, but duty and destiny intervene. Alanna’s world is rocked as her parents are lost. Left in the care of family she didn’t know, Alanna learns more than she wanted to about the evil threatening the lands. There is much more behind her parents’ drive to protect. Alanna learns her gifts were bestowed in order to fulfill a greater purpose. A greater calling. One her enemies seek to destroy at all cost.
Alanna’s choice is clear. To either ignore her destiny and remain hidden, or boldly fight to keep what sings to her heart.
**A copy was provided for review purposes**
Alanna has led a secluded life with her parents, hidden away from the war. Alanna possesses powers unlike any other, she’s special and her parents fear they will use her powers to destroy. When Alanna finds a man injured they have to come out of hiding, saving the prince of Aldonnia has unexpected consequences. Alanna has to decide whether to keep hiding or embrace her destiny and fight for what is right.
I finished reading Heart Song in one day, it would have been one sitting if life hadn’t got in the way. It’s very well written, the words flow smoothly and capture your attention from the very start. Even after a chapter in I knew I was going to enjoy it and I was right, I really did.
I loved Alanna, she is kind, brave, protective and puts other before herself. When she sets her mind on something she is prepared to carry it out no matter what it takes. Her courage is admirable and always does what she believes is right. I don’t think Desiree could have written a better main character.
Poor Jerric, I had a soft spot for him, when he first appears he’s gravely wounded but Alanna and her mother help him only to knock him out and run when he’s better. How unfair is that? His determination to find her after they ran was amazing, he just wouldn’t give up.
I loved the story, it was full of love, protection, hatred, betrayal, secrets, magic and friendship. Everything you need in a good book. The different factions were fun to learn about. I definitely think the shifters were my favourite. Especially Dustan, he was so full of himself but funny and awesome at the same time.
Everything came together nicely, if you’re a fan of fantasy you’ll love this one. Now I need to wait for Shifter’s Heart (book 2) to come out so I can dive back into the story.