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Song of Blood & Stone
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.
Penelope is the author of fantasy, new adult, and paranormal romance with characters who match the real world. Her debut novel, Song of Blood & Stone, won the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the American Library Association. The fantasy series was picked up by St. Martin’s Press for publication starting 2018.
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A romantic fantasy
The book starts with introducing a girl named Jasminda, who walks into a post office. On the first page there are words like “Earthsong” and places are mentioned with names like “Elsira” and “Lagrimari”.. To say I was confused is an understatement.
The world in which this story takes place, and all it’s magical details, unravels itself page by page and it’s not explained in the beginning. I had to work my way through the first few chapters, to understand what was going on.
Jasminda is a girl, who lives in a settlement in Elsira. Elsira is a country with citizens who don’t have a Song, meaning they don’t have magical powers. Jasminda, daughter of an Elsirian mother and Lagrimarian father, is an Earthsinger, meaning she has magical powers. Lagrimari is a country in the east of Elsira. The countries are separated by a magical border, called the Mantle.
Jasminda walks home from the post office and comes across a soldier who has been badly injured. His name is Jack and he is an Elsirian. In the first few pages of the book it is made very clear that the Elsirians do not like the company of the Lagrimari. The Lagrimari are looked down upon. They have a darker skin tone and the Elsirians fear Earthsong. Jack is different. He doesn’t stare with hatred at Jasminda. Even though Jack and Jasminda just met, they help each other out. They both seem to have good hearts.
Jasminda is an amazingly strong and likeable female character. I loved reading about her and from her point of view. Jasminda has been through a lot and is still going through difficult times, but she manages to keep her head up and stand up for herself and her believes. Jack is sweet and loving, but a bit naïve at times and there were some situations in the book in which I wanted to shake him and ask what he was thinking.
The story of the two countries, Elsira and Lagrimari, is very well-thought-out. Honestly, it took me some time to get into it and to understand what was going on. But once I was into the story I was fascinated by it and I wanted to learn more about the history of the countries, the True Father and the Queen Who Sleeps.
Penelope has a wonderful writing style. The story is fast-paced, with clear shifts between the point of view of Jack and Jasminda and great dialogues. There are some very explicit (fighting and sex) scenes in the book. It was all in line with the story, so this didn’t bother me.
Conclusion; I really enjoyed this story. It was hard to get into at first, but once I learned more about Earthsong, Elsira and Lagrimari, I was hooked. I can’t wait for Book Two of the Earthsinger Chronicles.
4 out of 5 stars.
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