Song of Serenity (Memory’s Muses #1) by Brey Willows is the first of a new paranormal/fantasy series. It is also very much a romantic tale between the Muse of Justice, Calliope Ardalides and Jordan James, a very successful businesswoman who builds and runs adventure parks.
This story begins when Calliope, overworked as the Muse of Justice in this new world where the gods live on Earth with humans after the Merge, goes on vacation. She heads to her small cottage in Scotland near one of her temples only to discover that her idyllic temple and vacation home will soon overlook a noisy parking lot for a new adventure park owned by Jordan.
Jordan has very negative views about the gods in general and is determined to finish this project in Scotland. This sets up a lot of conflict between the two, even as they both seem drawn to each other on a personal level.
While this is the first book in a new series, it is set in a skillfully crafted universe that the author created for her Afterlife Inc. series. Those of you who have read that series will find the secondary characters and the setting quite familiar. The characters are also well-developed. I would love to just hang out with Calliope. She is so gentle and calm…even when she is upset. The romance between Calliope and Jordan is wonderful to read. It doesn’t matter that one is human and the other immortal, they act and react realistically towards each other.
Even though this book is set in the same world as the Afterlife Inc. series, you can read this book as a standalone. The author gives you all the information you need to understand this universe. Knowing how wonderfully this author writes, though, I recommend that you read as many of her novels as you can, including this one. I’m very glad I read Song of Serenity, and now I’m looking forward to the next book in the Memory Muses series.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.