Book Review for SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE by L. Penelope
SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE by L. Penelope
Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One
St. Martin's Press
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A diverse cast of characters set in a world of magic, tragedy, and lore.
SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE is the first in the Earthsinger Chronicles. It does a beautiful job of opening the reader to a world filled with enchantments, magical gifts, and a dark villain wanting to take it all. Where the book truly shines for me is the weaving together of the lore between these two lands and relating it to Jasminda and Jack in the present day.
Now, I have to admit that at some points the book lost me. Some aspects of the story left me wondering why they were in there. I know that they set a mood or what certain people were like, but it didn’t do what I think it was suppose to for me. Also, the romance could have been explored deeper, been slow burning, or not even in the book. I felt the connection between Jasminda and Jack more when they were dealing with looming danger and in the beginning than when they were in romantic scenes.
With that being said, I don’t want anyone to think that I disliked this book. I truly enjoyed it. From beginning to end, I was caught up in world the author created. Penelope’s ability to bring together a rich history, magical realism, and characters with such interesting backgrounds was superb. Her writing came alive within the flashbacks as well as when Jasminda and Jack were on their quest. She deals with issues of race and acceptance in a way that readers can identify with. Many times while reading, I was caught by the subtle way she uses reality to inform her fiction.
For those of you wondering, this is a cliffhanger. Yes. Certain issues do get resolved, but are loose ends. I cannot wait to see what happens next in WHISPERS OF SHADOW & FLAME and then in CRY OF METAL & BONE.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.
Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive--an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.
Jack's mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it's people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda's Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.
Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.
The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.
About the Author: L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes dreams in HTML. After living on both coasts, she settled in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents.
Series: Earthsinger (Book 1)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 1, 2018)
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