An ancient evil is stirring. The old gods grow restless. Can she stop the storm that's brewing?
Mercenary Casia Greythorne cares about two things: Completing whatever her latest job is, and earning enough coin to buy the expensive medicine that’s keeping her mentor alive. 
So when the king himself offers her a job, she can’t resist the massive reward he offers—even if it means working with Captain Elander, the arrogant, mysterious right-hand to that king.
Her partner may be infuriating, but at least their mission seems simple and quick enough: Investigate the origins of the strange plague that’s been ravaging their empire, help find a cure, and then call it a day.
But in a land brimming with old magic and meddling gods, nothing is ever that simple, and nothing is ever what it seems.
As the bodies pile up and strange monsters begin to wreak havoc throughout the realms, Cas and Elander will have to work together to protect their world whether they like it or not. Because one thing is clear: Something ancient and evil is stirring in the shadows of that world.
And their empire will not survive its full unleashing. 
My Thoughts!
Rating: 5 Stars
OH. MY. GOODNESS. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. This is probably one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year! I love SM Gaithers writing, and her characters and world-building were so incredible. I love the main character Cas because she is snarky, witty, strong and a total badass. She’s basically my hero and who I want to be when I grow up 🤣 The world that SM Gaither created was so wonderful and right up my alley. I love the idea of old gods, and magical abilities linked to those gods. For me, it was like learning about a brand new mythology from a different land. And I LOVE mythology so this was the perfect book for me!
The dialogue between Cas and Elander was incredible and I loved every single interaction that they had!!! I am a total sucker for an enemies to lovers trope so again, this book was perfect for me! This is definitely one of those books that I couldn’t put down and was constantly thinking about! There were so many questions that I was dying to have answers to and so much mystery that I was kept in suspense the whole time!
Song of the Marked is book 1 in the Shadows and Crowns series and I honestly need the next book right now! This is definitely one of those books that I couldn’t put down! I was constantly thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it, and I’m STILL thinking about it after finishing it! It will likely be stuck in my mind until I get my hands on the next book!
Thank you so mucht to SM Gaither and Book of Matches Media for gifting me an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


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