Saturday, April 16, 2016

Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Title:  Song of Blood and Stone
Series:  Earthsinger Chronicles #31
Author:  L. Penelope
Publication Date:  January 13/15 by Heartspell Media
Length:  257pgs
Genre:  NA fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★
Book Links:  Goodreads - -

Back Cover Blurb:

Enter an alternate 1920's world of magic and adventure in this gripping, new adult, fantasy romance...

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her magical abilities are feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive – an injured spy who steals her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines nearly cost him his life but he is saved by the healing power of a mysterious young woman. Together they embark on a perilous journey straight into the heart of a centuries-old conflict.

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.

New Adult. Recommended for readers 17+.

My Review:

Penelope has created a work that combines fantasy with recent history in a unique manner. The novel started out quite strong, with lots of intricate and beautiful world building. I found that I got to know this world really well. Unfortunately after a while I found that the plot wandered and I couldn’t quite get into the author’s writing, making it hard for me to completely love the story.

The characters were quite intriguing, if at times a little too perfect. They were quite fun to get to know. At the same time, there were aspects of them that were only superficially developed. They did, however, fill their roles in this tale quite well.

As a whole, this was an enjoyable read. It is a good introduction to this series.

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