Book Review: Hymn of Memory by S. Jean

 
 
A Divine's role is to guide souls into the afterlife, but Morgan, who started at 12 and is now 17, is losing himself, his own memories being replaced by those of the dead. When he gets the chance to escape for a bit with some new friends, he goes for it, but the decision to return or not won't be easy.

Book Cover - Hymn of Memory by S. Jean
Title: Hymn of Memory
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Pages: 213
My Rating: 4 Stars
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*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

This was such a chill story! The characters were soft and kind. The romance was gentle. The friendship was supportive. The pace was relaxed. Morgan’s power and the way it affected him could be harsh, and there were some unkind characters as antagonists, but even they didn’t ruin the vibe.

The world was similar to ours (in the 90s, according to the author), but with some fantasy elements. Each city has a Divine who sees to the recently deceased, taking on their lingering memories and sending their soul through the veil. These Divine are humans, with normal lives until it’s their time to fulfill their role.

The real focus of this story though was on Morgan’s inner turmoil and growth. His understanding that he was losing his memories, and thus losing himself, but that running away would be leaving souls to die. His grief over what he’d given up and lost. His resentment at being forced into duties he didn’t choose. And his joy at finally living a little, experiencing new things, and making real connections with other people who saw him as a person.

Also the friendship and found family and small touch of romance, all of which was sweet.

Overall, a chill, sweet story with soft, gentle characters that I enjoyed!

*Rating: 4 Stars // Read Date: 2023 // Format: Ebook via TTS*

 

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  1. Greg

    I’m liking chill stories more and more lately. Maybe it’s because the world is so chaotic lol. Cool premise, too. ./