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 its 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.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Title: Song of Blood & Stone
Series: Earthsinger Chronicles #1
Author: L. Penelope
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
I love warring kingdoms, assholes in power, ignorant people who make you want to thank your mother you weren’t raised to be so hateful toward things you fear, and I like romance. The growing love between Jack and Jasminda was sweet, born from shared moments of nearly dying over and over. They form a quick bond, and it was just cute to watch their attraction grow as they journeyed to save their home.
The suspense and aggravation that could only come from politics kept me entertained, and even though the action took a backseat somewhere in the middle, it was still pretty fun to watch the couple figure out what they’re going to do. I did get irritated a lot toward the end, but only because of how many obstacles the couple had to go through. And then I had to remind myself that any story that gets you mad means they’re doing something right, so I had a huge pay off in the end when things ended up the way they did. I want to say the ending came quickly, but at the same time, it wasn’t wrong, so maybe I’m just wishing I’d seen more of the after bits. There was no cliffhanger, but it left you with a hint at something great happening in the second book, which I’m excited to check out. If you like your romances with obstacles, annoying councilmen, magic and oppression, bedazzled villains, young girls growing more confident and a cute redheaded prince just trying to not lose his shit over the ignorance of his own kingdom, this is a definite recommend.