Last Song Before Night

Last Song Before Night, an epic fantasy of the lures and perils of art, was released by Tor/Macmillan in October 2015 and is available in hardcover, ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook. READ AN EXCERPT at Tor.com.

 Long ago, poets were Seers with access to powerful magic. Following a cataclysmic battle, the enchantments of Eivar were lost–now a song is only words and music, and no more. But when a dark power threatens the land, poets who thought only to gain fame for their songs face a task much greater: to restore the lost enchantments to the world. And the road to the Otherworld, where the enchantments reside, will imperil their lives and test the deepest desires of their hearts.

“Myer’s depiction of Tamryllin and the land it inhabits is shadowy and lush, a tapestry of gossamer wonders as well as theocratic oppression and brutality. But the core of Last Song’s strength is its characters. Bound by enmities, rivalries, lust, sacrifices, and ancient tragedies, the novel’s sizeable cast forms a dizzying chemistry…Last Song Before Night is about music, but it’s also a work of music itself: Lyrical, dynamic, and winningly melodic.” –NPR

“Truly epic…Myer’s debut is exactly the kind of fantasy to lure back readers…who want great writing and great storytelling.” – The Guardian

“Beautifully lyrical, Myer’s high-fantasy debut weaves a multilayered tale of good versus evil and intimate self-discoveries. The gradual reveal of the main plot and the characters’ personal truths builds to a poetic crescendo worthy of their epic quest. With detailed worldbuilding and vivid characters…this lush and luminous story combines exquisite splendor and fathomless cruelty as it champions the power of art and the resilience of the human spirit.” – RT Book Reviews

“In this pitch-perfect debut, Myer has created a world of knife-wielding poets, bloody bards, and songs so important, so dangerous, that women and men are willing to die to sing them or hear them silenced. Myer writes with a music that lingers, even after you close the book for the night.”—Brian Staveley, author of The Providence of Fire

“Gorgeous, finely-wrought fantasy…Luminous writing, well-developed characters, strong world-building, all come together to create a wonderful debut!” Jessica Day George, author of Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

“In prose both lush and lyrical, Ilana C. Myer presents her stirring opus of singing truth to power. Superbly paced, with vividly drawn characters and a fearless dramatic heart, Last Song Before Night is at once elegiac and triumphant. It’s one of the most impressive debut novels I’ve ever read; I am in awe.”—David Mack, New York Times bestselling author of 24: Rogue

“A sumptuous symphony of music and magic.” – SF Signal

“Be ready to laugh and cry, gasp in horror, and vent steam through your ears, because Last Song Before Night will toy with your emotions from its first page to its last, and you’ll love every minute of it.” – Aidan Moher, A Dribble of Ink

Last Song Before Night is a fantastic blend of old and new ideas…It is addicting, artistic, and completely magical.” – Bookwormblues

A book that will stay with me forever.”Bookfrivolity

Last Song Before Night is lyrical. The flow and pacing are impeccable. The characters are fully realized–ugly and beautiful and ordinary in turn–and completely unique from one another. The world is intriguing and complete with a real-but-lightly-sketched historic breadth; though our glimpse of the world is limited, small, intimate, and there is much yet to be revealed.Galleywampus

“…Highly suspenseful and page-turning…The book has power, and I suspect that it will stick with me.” – Dear Author

As someone who firmly believes music harbors magic, I was totally drawn in to Last Song Before Night. The characters are complex and vivid, and the story is as grand as a Wagner opera.” Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver

“In the kaleidoscopic Last Song Before Night, Ilana C. Myer’s poets, nobles, and rogues fight for power in a world where blades may cut deep, but words are the most powerful weapon of all. A lovely debut.”—Fran Wilde, author of Updraft

“Ilana C. Myer’s Last Song Before Night is the lyrically written story of a world where poetry has life and death stakes. It’s full of brilliant, compelling characters you’ll want to spend more time with. An excellent addition to the field of epic fantasy.”—Kat Howard, author of Roses and Rot

Last Song Before Night is a chilling tale of censorship out of control, set in a realm where music is magic, and a crackdown on bards may spell the end of enchantment for everyone. Lin, Ilana C. Myer’s unforgettable songwriter-heroine, must survive in a society that limits what men can sing and forbids women to perform outright. Despite this, she strives to restore a musical and mystical balance before plague–and worse–can crush an already stifled society. A riveting debut novel from a promising newcomer.” —Alyx Dellamonica, author of Child of a Hidden Sea