Book Review: The Song of Embers (Starfell #5)


Hi Bookworms,

Hope you’re doing well as Christmas nears. I’m actually more prepared than I’ve been in several years, so I’m excited for some holiday fun and gift giving!

Today I’m sharing another book review. This time I read the new release The Song of Embers (Starfell #5) by Jessica Renwick

Over the course of my last grad school semester I wasn’t allowed to read any YA or MG books for my class assignment, so I’ve been missing these kinds of books so much! Also, the author was kind enough to give me a free ebook copy, so this went straight to the top of my TBR given how much I loved the other books.

How did this one compare to the others? Keep on reading to find out!



Fable and her friends are on a mission to restore her grandfather’s memories. There’s only one thing in Starfell that can heal his magical injuries—the ashes of a recently reborn phoenix. They head out to visit Thorn’s family in the Windswept Mountains, who can guide them to a phoenix’s den near their home. But finding its ashes and unlocking their magic is not going to be easy. Especially with Endora vying for the bird’s flames, desperate to use them to break her bond with the immortal dragon.

Can Fable and her friends reach the phoenix before Endora and find the key to unlocking its power?



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The Review

This is the fifth book in the Starfell series, and it was another solid magic-filled read.

After stopping Endora in the Oakwrath Thicket, Fable and friends are determined to restore her grandfather’s memories and free Brennus’s parents by traveling to the Windswept Mountains and collecting a phoenix’s ashes. Can Fable and her allies succeed against the prying eyes of the magic-fearing folkvar colony and ominous revelations about Fable’s magic?

With a series this long, it’s hard to keep character progression going, but Renwick has really pulled out all the stops. Fable continues to discover more about her mysterious past, her parents, and her magic. At first I thought her concerns were unwarranted but I was surprised at some of the things I learned along the way.

Thorn continues to be my favorite character, and it was interesting to see how she struggled and persevered around her own people who have conflicting thoughts about magic. Timothy has grown to be a great supporting character, and I like that he’s stepping up to the plate with his necromancy skills.

A special shout out goes to Leena, a new and mysterious character.

The writing was super easy to read and blaze through, and the plot was a lot of fun with oodles of magic! Once things really picked up I was totally immersed, and I think the next volume of this series will be quite the epic battle for Starfell. Can’t wait!

If you like middle grad books and magic adventures, you can’t go wrong with this series.


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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