Book Review: Songs of Retribution by Nicole Bailey

About the Book:

Title: Songs of Retribution

Author: Nicole Bailey

Series: The Siren’s Call #4

Page Length: 324

Publication Date: Sept. 16, 2023

Synopsis: When treacherous waters lead to darker shadows, alliances must be forged.

On the heels of personal tragedy, tensions rise and the destiny of the fairy realms hang in the balance. As the fae courts weigh the risks of joining the Prasanna, friendships are lost and bonds are broken.

As battle lines are drawn, and coalitions are formed, Sai and his team find themselves bound to a destiny that could change their world forever.

In Songs of Retribution, love and sacrifice intertwine in this final, explosive installment of the Siren’s Call series.

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My Review:

This is the fourth and final action-packed book in Nicole Bailey’s The Siren’s Call series, and though I’m bummed the series is over, it was such a satisfying conclusion. I love each of the main characters’ journeys and was so happy to see some of my favorites get the happiness and peace they deserved.

Like the other books in the series, the story is immersive and entertaining, and the characters have to survive one perilous danger after another. War is ever-looming, and sides are drawn as Sai, Lena, Lennox, Shaan, and the rest of the crew face some of their greatest obstacles yet.

The story picks up where the third book left off, and one of the major character’s life hangs in the balance. It’s so emotional and tense right from the start, and I was biting my nails to find out what would happen to these people I’ve become so attached to. And, of course, I adored the romances. There are several wonderful love stories, each unique, complex, and romantic.

One of my favorite parts of the story is the changing relationship between Sai and Lennox. There’s so much tension and distrust between them, but there’s also a grudging respect in some ways. They start to see the good in each other, and their perceptions of each other change. However, this proves difficult since Sai hates how Lennox betrayed Shaan, and Lennox doesn’t like some of the ways in which Sai acts and leads.

This evolving relationship and the men’s growth are so good to see. I love both characters and could understand both of their perspectives, but they both let ego, guilt, anger, and the past get in the way of working productively toward peace and resolution. I feel like this was a main point of the entire series – how detrimental these things can be not only to an individual but to a people. Other messages about love, acceptance, fighting against tyranny, oppression, and injustice are also strong.

Special thanks to Nicole Bailey for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.



Favorite Parts:

  • The romances.
  • The character development.
  • The world.

Favorite Lines:

My focus remained on Shaan, on how the rain made his spicy, lemony smell come alive and how his heartbeat thundered against my chest. Every aching, miserable moment of the journey was worth it solely for this.

A princess must know her weapons.

I would want you on the highest panes of heaven or the lowest realm of hell.

Words are an art form too. And you know how to wield them.

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